An Introduction To The Sexual Mores Of The Bud-Hadnu Tribe

I have been searching for an authentic copy of The Sexual Mores Of The Bud-Hadnu Tribe translated and edited by Sir Leslie Smythe. Lord Smythe attended numerous meetings of the “Inklings“, a group of literary scholars who met weekly to discuss their works. Members included JRR Tolkien and CS Lewis, the founders and close friends. Most of the time, they met at Lewis’ dorm room on Magdalen College, England, or a local pub (1). Sir Smyth has been known to attend the meetings for two years during the time he was translating the Sexual Mores of the Bud-Hadnu Tribe. His version retains the original old English translation of the text, no doubt influenced by the expertise of JRR Tolkien who was an authority of Chaucer and old English. Tolkien studied Finnish and was also fluent in Romanian.

The only version I could locate was translated by Father Brian McBryan (2) who published it with a more contemporary syntax rather than old English. The dedication reads:

To My Husband, Count Igor (3) Alexandru Octavian Peter Gabriel Cristof Loveless Von Bralispth;

To Ma’ma, the late Esmeralda Lucinda Goochie Von Bogg-Stuppor, whose love and encouragement was instrumental in fulfilling my destiny;

To great Grandma’ma Zwzanna (ZaNa) – Her guidance was invaluable. I hope she is proud of my accomplishments;

To Aunt Isabella, my dearest auntie Izza;

To Peanut (4), my precious Three Eyed Cat, who helped discover the Bud-Hadnu.

In father McByan’s version, Archaeologist Bralispth writes in the forward: “It was my first expedition to the northern most region of Muscovy, Sibir (Siberia) after the Isle off the coast of Chin(a), finding my precious Peanut. It has been more than a century and a half following the fall of Constantinople, 1453. I had made the decision to become an ‘Archaeologist**’. GreatGrandma’ma ZaNa said my knowledge of cooking was part of my destiny, but not all. ‘Astronomy should be the province of men’, she added. ‘You have more to learn from other cultures, Llwaxanna‘, as she took my cup of tea and read the leaves. Although she was right about other cultures, I never agreed with her about my love of Astronomy, first inspired by my trip to Aunt Izza’s when I looked up and saw the lights in the sky.” (5)

“The route chosen led North, through Chin, into Muscovy, moving west of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy Peninsular to an island in the East Siberian Sea, North of the Arctic. I had been corresponding by carrier pigeon with a colleague, Natalia Chekov (6) who wrote about a lost tribe of Amazon Pygmy Midgets. She had known of my work with the Aborigines of Northern Taiwan (Goan-Chu-Bin) (7), asked if I would come to study the people who called themselves The Bud-Hadnu. This would be my second expedition. The terrain was harsh and barren in this land. Danger at every turn, but our guide, Aaron Von Braunsterin, knew his way along the most traitorous path through isolated parts of the world.”

cherokeematriarchfull.jpg“Natalia and I first chanced in Cherskiy. It was if I had known her all my life. Many things of her were familiar, and yet reminiscent most of Mother who had died a year earlier. The same faint scent of lavender that Ma’ma wore. We have been life friends. She also took a fancy to Peanut, and he to her.”

“We happened upon the Bud-Hadnu whilst Peanut disappeared. He came upon the royal princess Phlonia, 4 years old, who was lost. Peanut lead her back to us. She is the daughter of Phylo-Dahda IV, reigning Queen of the Bud-Hadnu. Apparently they worshiped three eyed cats as gods and held them sacred above all other living creatures. The Queen embraced us when we found and returned Princess Phlonia unharmed, accepting us into their tribe in honor and for our mutual respect for their sacred animal. This became the beginning of a most remarkable two years of my life. I was curious seeing only females. I wondered how they replenished their tribe without males? This was the first of many mysteries I faced in my two year expedition studying the unique culture of the Bud-Hadnu.”

Research Notes:

  1. Sir Christopher Lee, the actor who portrayed the evil Sauraman in Peter Jackson’s film adaptation of LOTR describes in the extended version of the Fellowship of the Rings how he first encountered JRR Tolkien in one of the meetings held at a local pub.
  2. Father Brian McBryan, instrumental to research on Sister Mary Florence of the order of the Hopeless Lost Cause.
  3. Igor, pronounced eyegor.
  4. Peanut in Romanian is Aluna.
  5. The Red Coat And The Hummingbird
  6. Natalia Chekov, maiden name was Kornoviskovsky, an ancestor of Anton Chekov.
  7. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taiwanese_ aborigines, see also Peanut The three-eyed Cat.

** Archeology is a contemporary term. Its not known what was used at that time.