The Demosthenes hiearchy of exclusion goes Utlanning, Framling, Raman, Varelse, Djur.
Of these, U, F, V and D are recognizable as Swedish words:
- Utlanning from Utlänning ("foreigner").
- Framling from Främling ("stranger")
- Varelse from Varelse ("creature", "being")
- Djur from Djur ("animal", "beast")
But what does "raman" refer to? No combination of a, ä or å in the two vowel positions appears to produce any recognizable Swedish word. So where did Card get this word?
(I tend to think of Rendezvous with Rama, but it seems like a strange place for them to pop up. Of course, the piggies did do everything in trees ...).