Età Pari Tradition / Ritual in Pathfinder: Crusades | World Anvil

Età Pari

The età pari, or ceremony of equal age, refers to the Caelsimillian coming of age ritual. According to religious law a child is not responsible for their moral failings before they undergo this ceremony. After this ceremony it is accepted that the now adult is subject to the same laws- and rights- of any adult in their community.   The eta pari is notable for its major differences between how it is celebrated in the holy land and the new lands and reforms. In the Alterosot is it more typical for the event to be celebrated on any person's sixteenth birthday, after which they become a full legal adult with the same rights and subject to the same laws and taxes as any other. In less conservative circles, like the country of Caelsimil, they're more accepting and take it a bit looser. Adulthood begins later and the età pari is more a religious formality that begins a child down the path to adulthood. Those in the new lands are also more likely to celebrate it on days other than the person's exact sixteenth birthday, whether this is for convenience since that day wasn't free or because they're another species and it should be celebrated sooner  or later.

Execution

The età pari begins at noon the day it is celebrated, the yet-still child is brought to open the event by by burning a burning a childhood toy and offering it one of the gods who represent what kind of person they wish to become in life. With that the it begins.   While in some regions the next part is the reading of scripture most modern more progressive takes have a large feast following with festivities- often including singing hymns of family, rhyming competitions, and dancing.   No matter what the festivities eventually lead to the honored guest and priest reading scripture to show they're literate and able to understand law. Many different families and sects have other small ritualistic tests to make sure the honored meets certain educational standards, some include solving small puzzles or doing arithmetic.   Finally, one of the last events is the gifts of responsibility. Here traditionally the honored is given their new chosres- often around a farm or ranch from their father before being given a gift from each other guest to help them in their life. Tools and small gifts of money are most common. In addition these guests can request the honored take on new responsibilities in their honor as well. In the newer customs, however, the gift being a tool is less common- though often they're still practicle, clothing, bags, and the like- money is still an accepted gift. Responsibilities involve some new chores, but often continue to stress they keep educating themselves as in the new customs this marks their beginning of adulthood rather than their true entry.

Participants

The honored is the boy or girl becoming an adult on that day. A local priest is also needed to help guide them through the religious stories and give small speeches. The family of the honored- those sharing a house with them, are also important as they tend to give the most new responsibilities when the time comes.

Observance

On/around the honored's sixteenth birthday


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