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A Ceremonial Full Moon Ritual of the Haásvian People

 
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Eyen



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PostPosted: Sun Aug 09, 2009 6:41 pm    Post subject: A Ceremonial Full Moon Ritual of the Haásvian People Reply with quote

The Full Moon is seen as the phase when Edžida and her children are the fullest and will listen to any prayer that is sent to them (children born on the Full Moon are said to posess special powers and be the most in the Goddess's favor).
This is the celebratory Ritual of the Full Moon.
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A large group of people; merchants, warriors and members of the Royal Family (standing at the front) gather around the statue of Edžida, which has been placed in the middle of a courtyard in the temple, under the moon. All heads are bowed toward her. A High Priest, his faerie wings glowing silver in the moonlight, steps in front of the statue. Incense smoke wafts around the people gathered around for the ceremony. Children are in the front, any born during the full moon are placed nearest to the statue.

HP: Hvávi mažiaiv, vakókta siv kókta pož dattiv Edžida ig nvavi döchin dedías.
Kopíav nva poža.

- My friends, tonight is the night that we celebrate Edžida and her moon.
Blessed be she.


All repeat: Kopíav nva poža.
- Blessed be she.

The High Priest lifts the incense, wafting the scents around the room. He continues.

HP: Ves í nva nožcaý.
- All pray to her.

All bow their heads, placing their hands on the statue (or close to it) and pray silently. While this is happening, the High Priest lights the elemental candles, which are in a circle in front of the statue.

HP: Kopíav nva még, nvavi alisiev. Nva mégiv nožcaýaliv sĺlinaana.
- Blessed be you, her children. She will hear your prayers.

A ceremonial song is sung, ending in dhes, which means "amen."

In turn, each person (royals first) touches the forehead of the statue and then turns their palm up to the moon. At the end the High Priest says "dhes", and the candles are left to burn for the night.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 12, 2009 1:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I see, but it would be more interesting if someone attacked them or tried to sabotage the ceremony for political or religious motivations. What would they do if for some reason (e.g. some tornado, hurrican, earth or seaquake) they could not celebrate this during full moon? I guess this isn't just some weird idea, people say everything gets weirder or more dangerous during full moon but not on any other moon phase...
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 12, 2009 1:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hurricanes/Tornados etc. happen very rarely, so people in my conworld may not experinece one during their lifetime.

If they cannot worship by the statue, then such is done in their homes.
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