On Arbre, the word Ita is an ancient acronym whose meaning has been lost to time; however, the first two letters are generally believed to stand for "Information Technology".
The Ita were established after the Second Sack. They are strictly segregated from the avout, and wear a very noticeable uniform so that fraas and suurs can keep their distance. It is stated that the Reticulum is the equivalent to the Maths for Ita. They spend much of their time immersed in, comprehending and understanding the information flow which give the Reticulum its form. The remainder of their time is spent doing work within the Math.
Etymology of 'Ita'Edit
In the text, the actual meaning of Ita is left intentionally vague. Possible sources include:
- Information Technology Administrator, Association, Agency, etc.
- "Ita" may be a bilingual pun on "IT" and "eta", the latter being a now-archaic Japanese slur for members of the feudal burakumin caste: an excluded class handling corpses, refuse, and other pursuits considered unfit for civilized society (compare the avout's treatment and exclusion of the Ita).
- "Ita" Aramaic for "it is learned from". this may be a reference to the Ita providing the framework for the Discipline.
- "ita" is also one of the Latin words for "yes"