Re: An observation about Yinkin

From: Todd Gardiner <todd.gardiner_at_bFtEKcgd41HsXQycXmIUWCOeu-4UWBnWSUERVqXNcC35oxoE17-Lvjp2rPsRks>
Date: Wed, 5 Nov 2008 09:00:03 -0800

It seems to me that emulating the behavior of Yinkin, especially his lascivious nature, would not be accepted of women in the Heortling culture. It's really hard to find a dependable husband for your Ernaldan daughter if there are a handful of flirtatious Yinkin initiates in your clan. While Yinkin may be gender-indistinct, the culture traditionally limits gender roles. Not to mention that it is hard to be continuously lascivious for a woman in a era without birth control. While woman-specific cults may have some control over reproduction, Yinkin certainly doesn't.

--Todd Gardiner

On Wed, Nov 5, 2008 at 8:44 AM, valkoharja <> wrote:

> It's always bugged me when Yinkin is referred to as a tomcat, and it's
> implied (but never stated out loud) that he(?) is only worshipped by men.
> I think that's unthinking bias from male writers. Yinkin is an
> important hunting (and heroquesting) God, and I don't see any reason
> why his worship would be male dominated, let alone exclusive.
> Many heortlings may think of Yinkin as a tomcat, but since there is no
> female cat deity, I claim that Yinkin's gender is actually very
> ambiguous... yinkin is a deity of sensuality afterall, not of male
> sexuality.
> In a hunting focused clan I wrote for one PC, Yinkin is a very
> important deity for both men and women, not just the hunter's deity,
> but also an important source of their customs.
> -Adept

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