A cave warren designed to protect a tribal community, with a population of thousands, with its own water supply in an endless desert. (Read the full article)

"I think the term "sietch" night be related to a word "siech" in the dialect of Russian spoken by Cossacks. A siech is the war camp where a cossack host musters."
(Eric S. Raymond 1/20/2010 3:06:11 AM )
"Eric - interesting speculation. I've never read anything by Frank Herbert or any of his biographers about his derivation of the word."
(Bill Christensen 1/20/2010 4:55:17 AM )
"If you look up Taras Bulba in wiki-they use the word Sich.These are more than war camps- they tend to be natural redoubts, like islands or high ground in the middle of a swamp, so they are "places of safety".Herbert tends to use ideas and concepts from lots of exotic cultures. I recently made the connection between the Butlerian Jihad and the law brought into question at the Scopes trial...The Butler Act."
(ursus 2/11/2010 9:14:58 PM )

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