Culture and cultural heritage

The religious heirarchy is linear, strong, and religious roles are specialized. Primary functions are to lead ceremonies/rituals, provide spiritual protection, and sometimes speak to the divine.

Clergy are men who are royal and not of Z ancestry. To join a religious order requires being appointed by military leaders, and sometimes elected by the people.

The average clergical lifestyle is self-supporting, although some live in a community-supported manner. Clergy are expected to be mostly celibate, and display their status with visible tattoos, and often stylized clothing.

Shared customary codes and values

Which of these toys is most likely to be given to a young boy is commonly given a set of paints while girls are often given balls
Education is compulsory.
Suicide is a tragic thing but not a tabboo subject.

Common Dress code

Current Fashion: This style features formal, tailored tan and red-violet garments. Tops are typically long with high necklines. Piercings are popular accessories. Grey-green, golden-brown, and burnt orange are also common colors.

Art & Architecture

The highest art forms are psalms, metalworking, and more rarely singing.
They place a high value on their entertainers and athletes.
An artist who creates a very offensive work will have their work destroyed and face punishment based on the severity of the offense.

Common Customs, traditions and rituals

Good people are expected to be gentle and humane.
Evil is defined as recklessness, cowardliness, and avarice.

Anger is seen as a major flaw.

The spirit world includes guardian spirits, benevolent ghosts, and sometimes folk magic. The average person avoids any spirits, but never is cautious about them.
  Outsiders are usually banished, and sometimes considered misguided.

The divine will sometimes hear a child's petition.
  The divine will often speak through teachers.
  The divine will never speak on auspicious/holy days.
Rituals are occasionally structured, public, and take place anywhere well-lit.
  Participants must not be working-class.
  Preparation involves reciting certain words, speech taboos, and bathing.
  Rituals include reciting certain phrases, scarification, and sometimes ritual items.
  The ritual calendar is set according to a solar cycle. Rituals begin at anytime and always last to the next sunset.

The most important symbol consists of horns and a fist. Lesser symbols are the stars and an animal part.
  The most common liturgical colors are fuchsia and magenta. The highest religious ranks wear tan, and goldenrod is reserved for holy days.

Coming of Age Rites

Coming-of-age rites require promotion to a certain military rank, performing an ordeal, and more rarely leading a private ceremony.

Funerary and Memorial customs

Denial is a large part of how the Ciheians feel about death. As such, death rites require less than 3 days before burial, extensive eulogies, but never less than 8 days of receiving visitors. Bodies are left exposed on a raised platform.

Common Taboos

Taboo subjects are physical contact, certain clothing, and more rarely sex.

Common Myths and Legends

Creation myth
The myth does not have a creation story, or does not consider it important.

Major Deities
the Refiner deities
the Cabinetmaker god
the Joyful goddess
the Runaway goddess
the Fearless god
the Fate god
the Light goddess
the Vintner deities
the Butcher goddess
the Archer god

Minor Deities
god of Cooking
goddess of Tanning
goddess of Loss
goddess of Morality
god of Baking
goddess of Trapping
goddess of Stablekeeping

The Elevated
81 teachers
5 prophets
64 deified humans
Life after death is dull and gray except for heroes, although minor sects say the afterlife is incomprehensible to the living.

The afterlife can be reached by living humans.
In general, the religion is focused on honoring ancestors, physical health, and to a lesser degree, honoring parents.

On a personal level, people focus on upholding the family, saving the world, and sometimes avoiding killing.

Historical figures


Relationship Ideals

Marriage is based on common affection, a widespread activity, although sometimes considered sacred.
  Initiating or arranging a marriage is usually a father's' role, and more rarely a feminine role. Marriages usually include auspicious date selection, but never gift-giving between families.
The most common type of marriage in this society is polygyny (one man + multiple women) though lately this practice is falling out of favour.
Encompassed species
Related Myths
Languages spoken


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