The Red Weeks

The Red weeks are a period of a few weeks during mid Autumn in which Ethernians celebrate the goddess Xusetegi and her affects on the world. Historically, there would be a small population of women who had consecrated themselves to Xusetegi and they would wear crimson red habits- thus the origin of the name.  

Origins

The Red weeks have their origins in the kingdom of Viling, a small medieval kingdom in Legan. Beginning in the late fourth century A.K. the The Jasonic Kingdom of Etha began to culturally influence Ethernia. A large degree of this influence was from the Ethain religious institution, as the practices and beliefs filtered north and across the Batic sea where it would syncretize with the local beliefs. In the centuries following the founding of Ottah, the main interaction between Etha and Ethernia was driven by merchants and traders who carried good and ideas over sea in their ships. After Battika was subdued by the Ethain kingdom, Ethain influence began to pour into Ethernia, which was itself beginning to take shape.   Around the time of the founding of Ottah in Etha, Sedun had faced its first invasion by the people of the Kolkal. Nearly a century after that began its age of clans after it was largely conquered by Hijuandagi tribes. As the different clans solidified, and were eventually united under the Ectique clan, they began to turn southwards to the Ethains for inspiration. It is in this context that the Seduni people primarily, and other Ethernians largely from them, would adopt Ethain poetry and literature, the Ethain written script, and Ethain philosophy and religion. Of the latter two, the former found itself more at odds with the local customs, and even as the Ethain gods were conflated with the local Ethernian gods, in many parts of Ethernia the foreign philosophies were slower to take hold. In Sedun proper, the phenomenon was different, as the Seduni queens and Kinyuz' found that their own situation in an unstable and often fractured realm surrounded by enemies mirrored that of the Ethains quite aptly.   In Viling, where local gods had become inflated with the Ethain gods, the goddess of Xusetegi was adopted as the patron of an old community of priestesses. With the coming centuries, a convent of these priestesses would be established in the kingdom devoted to the goddess. They would wear red habits as a sort of representation of the goddess. In particular these women were devoted to charity and cared for the sick and produced textiles that would be sold to the local settlements. The population of the nearby cities would adopt a practice of showing praise to the goddess of love and the affection shown by her through her priestesses. This would typically be through donations to the convent. By the tenth century, several cities had large populations of a sort of lay people of these convents. Additionally, by the tenth century, the women in many cities of Viling and other kingdoms would wear crimson hoods much like the priestesses did for a few weeks. This practice, a show of local devotion to Xusutegi and of solidarity to the priestesses, would become known as "The Red Weeks" for the crimson clothing often wore.

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