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Culture of Orioni [WIP]

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## Philisophy
## Morals

The five (sources of) happiness. The first is long life; the second, riches; the third, soundness of body and serenity of mind; the fourth, the love of virtue; and the fifth, fulfilling to the end the will (of Heaven).

Of the six extreme evils, the first is misfortune shortening the life; the second, sickness; the third, distress of mind; the fourth, poverty; the fifth, wickedness; the sixth, weakness.

## Good & Evil

“Just as an inferior grain ripens in a month or two but the best grain ripens only after five or six months, good deeds ripen only after a long time. Furthermore, the results of both good and evil will be experi­enced in a future life, but because evil is blame­worthy it has been decreed that those who do evil will be punished by the law, yet they do not reward those who do good. If they were to make a law to reward the good doer then good deeds would also be rewarded in this very life.”

"Very good. We shall then, to reward those who do good dead, begin with the rewarding of give bestowments."

The five bestowments (Oharic: āmisiti sit’ota; literally: "five gifts") were awards given by Orioni empresses to extraordinary officials, ostensibly to reward them for their accomplishments. While the nature of the bestowments was probably established during the Queendom, there was no record of anyone receiving them until the First Empire.

The five bestowments became typically a sign of a powerful official becoming part of the imperial household. For the rest of Orioni history, it became rare for an adoption or intermarriage to happen without the five bestowments having been given sometime before.

Gift of a red door, as seen in Dion (1937).

Gift of a red door in Gruis (1995).

The five bestowments and their meanings, from least to most important:

  1. Gift of clothes: when the official writes well and appropriately, to show their good deeds.

  2. Gift of armed guards: when the official is brave and willing to speak the truth, so that they can be protected.

  3. Gift of a wagon and horses: when the official is appropriate in his modesty and walking in an appropriate manner, so that they do not need to walk anymore.

  4. Gift of wine: when the official is filially pious, so that they can sacrifice the wine to their ancestors.

  5. Gift of a red door: when the official maintains their household well, so that their household can be shown to be different.

Gift of red clothes.

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## Role of women
A number of factors are mentioned; the big ones are (1) the status of women in a society, along with the relative balance of power between men and women, and (2) the acceptance of violence as a normal part of interpersonal relations.

Women in Orioni have historically enjoyed freedoms that they could not get on the outside. These privileges included not having to care for their own children as this was taken care of by a communal child care system, as well as freedom from unwanted pregnancies. In addition, they were able to wear functional clothing and maintain short haircuts. Women were able to participate in practically all types of community work. While domestic duties remained a primarily shared responsibility, women were free to explore positions in business and sales, or as artisans or craftsmen, and many did so. Last, women had an active role in shaping commune policy, participating in the daily religious and business meetings.

Miss Orioni:

## Names
When in combination with a location, the prefix "Ay-" is added. For example: Ay-Parishiya.
In older time, children could receive the suffix "-set" to indicate which mother they belonged to. For example: Chandrasit.

- A female's surname begins with Ní ("daughter of descendant of"). If a man marries, he may choose to take his wife's surname. In this case, "Ad" is added as prefix ("husband of") and Mac is replaced by Bean Mhic ("wife of the son of").

## Art

## Music
## Cuisine

## Clothing

Many sumptuary laws regulating specific items of dress were issued throughout Orioni during the Second Empire. Low necklines were prohibited in Sirius, Nordhaven, and Corona Borealis in the early 16th century. In the early modern period, sumptuary laws continued to be used to support native textile industries in the face of imports. Prohibitions continued to be tied to rank and income and continued to be widely ignored.

An extremely long list of items, specifying colour, materials, and sometimes place of manufacture (imported goods being much more tightly restricted) followed for each sex, with equally specific exceptions by rank of nobility or position held. For the most part, these laws seem to have had little effect, though the government made repeated amendments to the laws, and several monarchs (most notably during the Oini period) continually called for stricter enforcement "to the intent there may be a difference of estates known by their apparel after the commendable custom in times past."


## Sport
## Symbols
## Holidays

From time immemorial, in the month of May, maidens from city and village have been in the habit of casting upon the river wreaths of green leaves — which each girl has to form for herself — and consulting their oracles. If the wreath sinks, it is a sign that the girl will die unmarried within a short time; if it floats, she will be married, the time depending upon the number of verses she can repeat during the experiment.

Inati was an indigenous goddess, whom the Orionii eventually made equivalent to the dawn goddess Aurora, and the Greek goddess Eos. At Hierapolis, her festival was the Inatochi, celebrated on June 11 in her temple at the Foreki Bariyemi (cattle forum). The festival was only for single women or women in their first marriage, who offered prayers for their nephews and nieces, and then drove a slave out of the temple.

## Stereotypes

As with any specific types of individuals, many stereotypes exist for Orioni people. These thoughts or beliefs may or may not accurately reflect reality. Some of these definitions share commonalities, though each one may also harbour unique aspects that may contradict the others. Throughout the world, some of the most common stereotypes expressed regarding Orionii are:

  • Orionii are proud

  • Orionii are self-centred

  • Orionii are tree huggers

  • Orionii are feminists

  • Orionii are absent minded

  • Orionii are modest

  • Orioni are ironical and cynical

## Ordinary parts of life