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Dosh khaleen and Daenerys

Daenerys Targaryen meets with the dosh khaleen, so they can interpret omens about her child.

The dosh khaleen are a ruling organization within the Dothraki social hierarchy, specifically the crones who preside over the holy city of Vaes Dothrak. The dosh khaleen are comprised of the widows of slain khals, and serve as seers foretelling the future and interpreting omens for the Dothraki. In this capacity they essentially also serve as the leaders of the Dothraki religion. Even powerful khals and fierce male Dothraki warriors fear disobeying the will of the dosh khaleen.

History

Season 1

Daenerys flanked by dosh khaleen

Daenerys eats a Stallion heart in a ritual conducted by the dosh khaleen (seen behind her)

In Vaes Dothrak, Daenerys is summoned by the dosh khaleen to eat a stallion's heart so that the crones can read the omens. At first it seems she won't hold the raw meat down, but to both her and Drogo's relief she is able to compose herself. The crones declare Daenerys and Drogo's son will be "The Stallion Who Mounts the World", a great conqueror whose coming is long foretold in Dothraki history. Daenerys says his name will be Rhaego, for her brother Rhaegar, slain by the usurper Robert Baratheon.[1]

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Appearances

Season One appearances
Winter is Coming The Kingsroad Lord Snow Cripples, Bastards and Broken Things The Wolf and the Lion
A Golden Crown You Win or You Die The Pointy End Baelor Fire and Blood

In the books

In the A Song of Ice and Fire novels, the dosh khaleen have great honor and status amongst the Dothraki. At their bidding, no blood may be spilled or blade bared within the confines of Vaes Dothrak, though this does not prevent other inventive forms of killing. Daenerys, as the wife of Khal Drogo, is told that when Drogo dies, she will be expected to return to Vaes Dothrak and join the dosh khaleen, on pain of death if she refuses.

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