We Shield It [the Vulcan Mating Rite] With Ritual And Custom Shrouded In Antiquity.

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We shield it [the Vulcan mating rite] with ritual and custom shrouded
in antiquity. You humans have no conception. It strips our minds from
us. It brings a madness which rips away the veneer of civilization.
It is the "pon farr" -- the time of mating.
-- Spock, "Amok Time," stardate 3372.7.