Khatedin(The people of the red sand)
Religion and beliefs: The People of the Red Sands follow the old ways, reverence to the living world, and T'anoria. They also show deep reverence to the ancestors, and being included in the ancestral of the clan/tribe is the highest honor one can achieve upon their death. The clan tombs are where the greatest members of the clan regardless of tribe are buried, everyone else is buried in the tribe tombs.
They hold great value in honor, This Idea they call the Kra da. This embodies the idea of duty to what must be done, because it is right, just, and must be done. By following the Krathid they gain honor, but honor is only gained through respect. This is in three parts respect from ones betters Ethedik, respect from ones spouse/family Ceheth, and respect from ones leaser’s Trao. Those with great Kra da command the attention of others. To be in following with the Kra da to follow the old way. In all cases of respect it is earned never given.
The spring floods. This can last two days or three weeks depending on how long it rains. During the rains it is a time for contemplation, and silence, remembering the year past. Up to six days after the last of the rains have fallen it is a time of celebration, and joyous frivolity.
The winter equinox,
There are specific holidays for various tribes,
Dance of the sisters: This is done only once every twelve passings, or once every cycle when the two moons are in alignment, the month of Burin on the 25th day. This commemorates the two moons and their tragic story, how their deep relationship was strained when the youngest was wed to the night and the eldest was wed to the light. How they could only see each other every twelve years. The dance consists of two young girls who stand naked with their arms around each others necks in embrace. The the dance is in steps of twelve, with six quick steps then six slow steps with the last quarter note a pause. They slowly dance away in a dance very much like ballet where dexterity and flexibility and grace are important. Then the slow steps, signifying their loss of each other as they are apart. Then they draw together again though never touch.
Days of flowing water: These are the days during the spring floods and rains that grind everyday life to a halt. For however long the rains pour and the floods last everyone busies themselves with in preparation of the festivities to come, finishing projects and what not. For one week after the floods last the tribes gather into their clans and celebrate, various needed activities are still done such as tending to the flocks, but all spare time is spent playing games, feasting the last of the winter stores and having general fun.
important historical figures:
brief history: The Khatedin were originally from kingdoms of man before the breaking. Gitrin the painter of sands, lead his people through the Aradariu peninsula and past the Teriel mountains into the red sands fighting through demon infested lands to bring his people to safety. There they made their life among the rocks of the Thunderledgs, and the red sands becoming nomads. Through the years their way of live gradually changed. He died and was entombed in the ancestral tombs. He died of a mortal wound crossing the sands, at a small mountain range along the Thundercliffs. The Cerliun came down and sealed the tomb deep within the mountains sealing it and allowing only his descendants to pass and seek wisdom. His people grew and grew finally splitting off to inhabit the entire length of the thunderledge making a living wandering the small valleys and cultivating olive oil and a few other plants. Among the cliffs and sands they found a city, that they named Macaada. A forgotten relic of a time long past, before the dragon wars. It was the seat of the Cerliun where they watched over their creations. It became a place all could come seeking safety. His people split apart fragmenting into the clans and tribes.
There are four types of greeting.
One. Between to people who are very close. Good friends and family. The hands are clasped closed to the breast/heart and extended forward palms up before them while saying, “Ahed adenar kalath.” or “close to my heart” or “one I cherish.”
Two. Between to people who do not know each other but have meet before, acquaintances. The tips of the fingers a are held to the eyebrows and extended forward palms up saying. “Gahteehe.” “I remeber”
Three. To strangers. The hands are held forward palms up saying. Ahethe ka'a nar. “my hands are open.”
Four. Between master and slave. The fingers are held up over the face and extended forward palms up, nothing is said.
Naming ceremony: Only 1 of 7 children reach the age of four in the red sands so children are not named until. This can in some cases depend on the clan or even tribe. Most often it is not done until a child has reached two floods before they are named. Then a ceremony is held announcing the child to the rest of the clan/tribe, world. They are then a member of the clan. They will start to gain Tra or the respect of their lessors, younger children and slaves.
*******'s clan. Naming is only done once they can ride a horse. But they have grown up around horses all their lives. This usually happens around three or four. So some of the clans have different ages.
Ceremony of First blood: This marks when a child after training has drawn blood in a fight with his betters. Then they are considered adults able to protect their family, and marry. They are still under the rule of their parents, and relatives, but this is when they can gain honor.
For girls however it can also be their first menstruation, marking them as an adult.
For both boys and girls the second after first blood is drawn or flowing, they are stripped of any clothing or jewelery and for seven days they remain in the red sands alone with only a single water skin. During that time no one can speak with them, they are ghosts. It is a time to contemplate what they are becoming, and what they have left behind. On the seventh night they are brought before the tribal elders by friends and peers. They tell them what they have learned what it means to be Khatedin. It is then they are given the Troah, breehclout, and a spear, The Troah signifies there virtue, that they are of marriageable age, and will touch no other but who they will marry. The spear signifies they are no longer children and that they are able to protect their family.
For both this also means that they can marry, which in it's own way is a form of protecting their family. At this point they will gain Ceheth by their actions. They will start to gain the respect of their tribe.