Goodbyes in Golgar
Whenever a loved one, cherised one or even the enemy dies, the people of Golgar follows a mourning tradition. It should help settle their disputes, embrace the good times and strenghten the community. Life is battle. Battle against Elyd, battle against oneself, battle against the enemy.
Allfather, Allmother, Allchild.Chant to lay the dead to peace, called Liberation chant.
Strong as earth,
proud as fire,
fast as wind,
spirited as water,
sharp as spear.
Find your freedom.
Find your peace.
Find your rest.
Allfather, Allmother, Allchild.
Originally, the nation now known as Golgar was separated in many clans. In fact, the area spread from the North to the south of Coria, all lands west to the Goleda Massiv was inhabited by different clans. They fought many wars, struggling to have access to warm climate, natural ressources and land. The sun was a symbol of live, still is valued as such. The people of Golgar (as of today) was constantly struggling against nature but also with their neighbors. A typical Golgarian never gives in. Death in combat, death after long sickness, all of these are signs for resistance. Signs that need to be honored. But as dead bodies attract diseases and other unwelcomed guests, especially if there were too many deaths in short periods of time, the Golgarians started to burn the bodies.
Upon the death of a Golgarian, all animosity is forgotten. Even enemies treat their dead counterpart with honor (as anything else would be a sign of weakness - if you show fear of your dead enemy, then you'd probably been lucky to beat him rather than anything else). Mourning is symbolized by a red and black band worn across the upper body. Depending on how close one is to a river, either a wooden plattform is built on a river or stones are gathered together. If available, the Galsofern, is used to wrap the body. If not available, the body gets wrapped in cloths. Then, the mourning party gathers together, chanting the liberation chant three times, focussing their eyes on the body. During the fourth repetition, the body wrap is covered with alcohol or oils. With the beginning of the fifth repetiton, fire is set to the body wrap and, if on a river, the plattform is given a push towards the sea. Afterwards, the mourning party turns so that they all face west, to were the sun touches the horizon, were the dead will be able to become part of the live ensuring power that is the orange sun. The closest friends and family, especially the men, then kneal for at least until the sun rises again. They kneal on a rocky surface, enduring the pain as symbol of their pain for losing their loved one/friend. If the body is burned on stone, the ashes are then taken to the nearest river so that they may find their way to the ocean. In times of war, there is a codex which forbids to draw weapons against those wearing the mourning cloth. This tradition is still followed, even in cities and larger town, however, there are designated areas to burn the bodies, ususally already equipped with a small canal that leads to the closest river.
Components and tools
Important items are
- the mourning band, if none is available, it is made out of a strech of cloth, covered in dirt and blood
- oil or alcohol to burn the body
- Galsofern or cloths
Everybody, even enemies, is allowed to attend and show their respect to the dead. Ususally, the oldest one present is leading the ceremony.
Usually, this ritual is conducted within 48 hours of the death, if possible. Usually, it takes place close to sundown as the sun is perceived to be closest to the earth.