@capi3101 , I have noticed this word in the Lexicon:
ahrava = acolyte / attendant / follower underling / subordinate
Could I ask why you would use iv = false to construct a phrase of "concubine" instead of ahrava? Thanks!
Breakdown of the word is ahr
= to lead / leader + negative / opposite / not / do not / converse (opposite) + "being that does" / "-ist", i.e. "being that does not lead". The most general usage of the word is intended as "follower", with the others being general purpose synonyms.
As to 'concubine', like any other word I tend to first turn to a thesaurus to see if I've already got a word that will work. I did as it turned out; the word was kilavrax
; here are the terms that came up: concubine - harlot / mistress / courtesan / kept woman / paramour / prostitute / whore. That didn't seem to fit, so I next went to dictionary definitions:
- A sexual partner, especially a woman, to whom one is not or cannot be married.
- A woman who lives with a man, but who is not a wife.
- (chiefly historical) A slave-girl or woman, kept for instance in a harem, who is held for sexual service.
So if the idea is to "a female mating partner", I'd go with kilav
= female + vrash
= mate. But that combination of words already existed in kila'vrash
= wife, so I added -iv
= false to it, thus making kila'vrashiv
= "false wife", thus making a distinction.
is intended to carry a connotation of 'mating out of season', to have relations with a non-receptive partner. Rape would be a synonym. In case you're were looking for a difference in terms there).
As to your questions about the children of concubines holding inheritance rights, I'd once again go back to look at feudal Japanese society
for your guide. Concubinage was practiced as a means of increasing the likelihood of male heirs among the nobility, and it was possible under the correct circumstances for the son of a concubine to become Emperor; the most recent such instance of this was with Emperor Taisho, the great-grandfather of Emperor Naruhito (the current monarch).