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Naming Traditions

Feminine names

Feminine names are usually heavy in a's and l's

Masculine names

Masculine names often have the ending 'yn'

Unisex names

In general, names are often quite heavy in y's and n's


Shared customary codes and values

Family and home are quite important to the Salihn. The Salihn view of "family" usually extends farther than most, with first cousins being treated almost like siblings. Salihn families will avoid moving long distances away from the husband's birthplace, so families usually stay close to one another.

Birth & Baptismal Rites

The extended family will usually gather for the birth of a new child, bringing gifts for the parents and siblings of the new baby. The mothers of both the new baby's mother and father are present for and assist with the birth, if at all possible. A feast is thrown and the baby is usually paraded around the room being handed from one relative to the next. This visit usually lasts about a month, with more immediate family remaining for about a month to assist the new parents.

Funerary and Memorial customs

Funerals are, as one might expect, cause for a large family gathering. The deceased is sometimes buried before the family can gather, but a feast is thrown with at least three varieties of meat. This is seen as a lavish sendoff, though not always practical for poorer families.   In certain communities, The Harbinger, the Courier, and the Deliverer is the primary funerary mythos, and in others, Burial Under the Roots is observed.


Beauty Ideals

Beauty ideals for both men and women start with clear skin, bright eyes, and a symmetrical face. Long hair is expected of women, and common on men, though lately there has been a shift toward shorter hair for men.   For women, the ideal is to be thin, but with good sized hips and bust. Light colored eyes are generally preferred with long eyelashes. Light colored, modest dresses are seen as attractive to the opposite sex. Ideal facial features are soft and feminine, usually described as understated.   For men, the ideal body type is to be tall with decent muscle definition. Facial features are preferred to be more defined than those of women's. Generally, females find darker eye colors more attractive.

Gender Ideals

Generally, women are lower on the social ladder than men of a similar class. She is considered part of her father's or her husband's family, and has responsibility to both when she marries. Men are the heads of the households, and are expected to provide for their family.

Courtship Ideals

Single women who are interested in finding a suitor will wear their hair loose. An interested suitor will bring her a flower to show his interest. If she accepts, she will begin to wear her hair tied up or in braids.

Relationship Ideals

Family relationships extend fairly far, with aunts, uncles, and grandparents acting almost like other sets of parents. Cousins are usually quite close, and siblings often remain near each other and their parents. It is expected of siblings to aid their siblings with their families as well. Often this will result in the extended family's children being watched by two or three of the mothers while the others do housework. Friends are expected to remain unobtrusive to family activities and needs.   Wives are expected to maintain the household and raise the children while husbands see that they are provided for. Men usually make major decisions and the family usually remains near his extended family.

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Significance of Hair

For the Salihn, the way the hair is worn communicates a lot: from marital status to mourning. The way women cover or wear their hair is indicative of whether or not they're seeking a significant other, married, or engaged. For men, hair is traditionally cut when in mourning of a relative. If a man wishes to show his displeasure for someone, he will cut his hair and send it to the person in question. This is how family feuds were declared in antiquity, and it is still commonly seen that if a man has very short hair, he is hot-headed.   While hair cutting for these reasons were traditionally only for men, it is now accepted that women can also do this, but it is not required. This is because the hair for women is meant more to communicate marital status.   A common Salihn story is the story of two feuding families. The head of one family was an elf who was patient and had hair down to his knees, while the head of the other family was quick to anger. Each day, the second man tried in vain to shave enough hair from his head to declare a feud, but each day the tiny hairs were lost as soon as they were sheared from his scalp. One day, he was so enraged by his inability to declare a feud that he began shouting at the first man in the village square. Without hesitating, the man who was slow to anger took a dagger form his pocket and easily sliced the braid from his head. However, because he could not do the same, the second man was the one who was humiliated by his actions.

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