The Dewellian Naming Rite

Baking-child stepped into the warm water. The torch his mother handed him slotted in neatly into a little nook next to the pool, just as she had told him it would.   "You'll step into the water and float. It'll be dark, and quiet, more quiet than anything you've probably ever been around. Your mind will wander, and then you'll hear your message. Don't worry if it takes awhile, it has come to every one of us, and your name will come to you today as well."   He took a breath to steady himself. Nobody had ever gone nameless. Surely he wouldn't be the first.   As the torch burned down, he leaned back and let the warm water bob him to the surface.   The quiet was a stranger in his village. Here, now, this complete silence pricked at his skin, making him hum nervously. His voice echoed throughout the chamber, and he drummed his fingers against his abdomen before taking another deep breath and closing his eyes.
The Dewellian naming rite refers to the process where a child becomes an adult in Dewellians  society. As well as starting their duties as an adult, they also go through a process to decide upon their name and shed their childhood moniker.   The rites begin with a celebration where the village fondly recalls their memories with the person undergoing the ritual.   After, the person is led to the naming chamber. These are generally dug into caves, leading to pools of warm, salty water. The child undergoes a period of relative sensory deprivation, where the distance from the village and other people leaves them in a quiet, dark environment. It is Dewellian belief that the name is then revealed by the soul of the community, the personification of the communal work and emotional energy of the settlement.   After three hours, the now-adult is retrieved by the village and carried back, and a feast takes place, starting with the person announcing their name to their community, and each villager talking to the person, making sure to use their name through either speaking or singing.


The Naming Rite is done alone by the person coming of age, although the entire community will celebrate with the person before and after their entrance into the chamber.
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AS Lindsey (Pan)
20 Jul, 2021 14:40

I love this! Sensory deprivation as a required part of growing up is an interesting thing to have in a society, and the concept of people truly choosing their own name is just great.

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