Re: Re: Thunder Rebels culture question

From: John Hughes <nysalor_at_...>
Date: Wed, 27 Jun 2001 18:07:56 +1000

Adding to my own reply to Alexandre, no discussion of a clan's ruling group can be complete without mentioning the Chief Priestess and the Women's Circle.

The Chief Priestess leads in custom and ceremony, and provides leadership to the clan. She is usually born to the clan, and her husband will join her on the tula of her ancestors. Depending on the clan, the chief priestess may belong to Kev, Orendana (also a cult for female chieftains) or to an AllMother aspect. Much of her power springs from her role as leader in ceremony. She can be a powerful foil to a chieftain's power and influence.

The women's circle is informal: it has no office bearers or fancy titles, it may meet in the loom house or by the outdoor ovens or on the stream bank midst the washing on Waterday. It is sometimes called the women's moot or the first moot, and few clan decisions can be effectively enacted unless the women's circle lends support.


nysalor_at_...                 John Hughes

Then Bioy-Casares recalled that one of the heresiarchs of Uqbar had stated that mirrors and copulation are abominable, since they both multiply the numbers of man.

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