It is believed that this ritual resembles a traditional Treist sacrifice in many ways. However, it has grown more extreme and has a few key differences in its current state, including the frequency of its execution, the fact that participants eat a portion of the sacrificed animal, and the belief that the Sul passes the sacrifice to Kaika.
The ceremony begins as traps are set for various types of animals depending on what the tribe wants for the feast. The most common animals are deer, boar, bear, and wolves. Snares must be carefully set so animals are caught around the leg so they can be retrieved alive. Once the desired animal is caught, it is captured, bound around the legs and mouth, and brought to the ritual site. A blessing is said over the animal explaining to the Sul what the feast is for. The animal is then killed and skinned and broken down. The hide is worn by the Kyning as the feast continues. The tongue, trachea, heart, and reproductive organs are burned while the rest is cooked over the pyre and consumed by the tribe. Once the rest of the meat has been removed, the skull is removed and placed on the Kyning's head, who then begins a ritual dance. The rest of the skeleton is burned. The Kyning offers a final blessing and the tribe is dismissed apart from a few to aid in putting out the fire once the bones have broken down in the pyre. The fire is extinguished by the Kyning using a mixture of water, blood from the animal, and crushed flower petals.
Kyning, or priests, will oversee every aspect of the sacrifice, from setting the traps to quelling the pyre. An equally vital participant is the sacrificial animal. Other participants include the remainder of the tribe, who feast on the animal and perform chants and dances before the pyre as the remains are burned.
Different tribes have different beliefs of what their local Sul require, but generally this ritual is performed for births or deaths within the tribe, any sort of disaster or significant change (including the change of season) in the local area, and certain astronomical events.
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Treist SchismAs necromantic tribes almost exclusively live far removed from cities and those who do not subscribe to an Old Treist belief, few accounts of this ceremony have reached cities. Treists not in these tribes usually describe this ritual as an almost horror story, often exaggerating the events and claiming Humans are used for the ritual.
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