The Long Road Home
Giant Traditions and Customs
The Race of Giants, thought by some to be sinking back into the mists, and fading from existance is a proud and noble race of creatures that prefer the solace of their mountain lands. For it is truer that much of their withdrawl from the rest of the world is primarily geographic. But how do these strange and mysterious creatures live? What are they like? This Section will attempt an in depth look at Giant society as a whole as it relates to their socialogical mannerisms.
General Holidays(Celebrated by all Giants):
The day of Tears: This holiday represents the day when the meteor storm hits and signals the Grand Jalah Tournament to begin. Many come out from their homes and look up into the air to catch a glimpse of the flaming meteors coming down. The small ones are hard to see, and many children play games, seeing how many they can count. Some teens even set out in search of the prescious metal, for they know even a few ounces of the star metal will fetch a high price from the Brotherhood of Origin. For the adults it is a day of preperation for an evening of Drinking that goes late into the morning, filled with plentiful food and drink for all. __(It is probably one of the most busy days for the Brotherhood of Origin, because they have to help prepare food, tell stories of the ancient and holy day, go out and gather any star metal that falls, and lastly prepare themselves to travel, for many of their number are instrumental in the officiating of the Grand Jalah Tournament.)
The day of The Long Knives: represents the day the two brothers fell and ascended/descended. Knives are broken and either jammed into the front door of homes/signs, or strewn across the front stoop of a home, symbolizing the mistake of Chimera. Most do not travel on this mournful day. Instead deciding to take refuge in their homes and surround themselves by family. Many hushed stories are told about their ancestors, and it is a time of reflection upon family and tradition. It is usually the responsability of the father and eldest son to bring home a boar, or other large animal to be cooked in the stewpot with many earthy/hearty vegetables and herbs.
The day of Repentance: The day of Repentance is characterized by a number of wrong-doings being admitted to. It is a day when brother can tell brother of misdeeds and slights. It is however customary for the offender to offer the one they have slighted with a suitable gift. If the gift is accepted then the offended party in essence excuses the transgression, and it is as if the misdeed never happened. However, if the gift is not accepted, then the offerer has two more attempts to add to their gift in an effort to win the approval of the one they offended.
The Goading of Benung is a special day in giant society where a large number of giants kill and roast a storm drake and make a sort of rotten haggus inside the intestines, that end up looking like big blue-ish purple sausage with yellow and gray veins. It is served with a special kind of greens that grow on the north slope of the highest hills. Though the components sometimes change, it is considered rude not to accept the gift of Benung when offered to you on this day. It is also traditional to offer the offeror a seat at the table when you roast these huge stinky sausages. In terms of other general custom, if you approach someones home with fresh steamy benung, and they are not home, you are at your disgression to enter and make trade with them for the prized gift of benung. It is common to take simple, non-sacred items in exchange, and if someone accidently takes something important often it is considered such a faux-pa that most do not ever mention it. This is not a dish served in any bar or tavern, the benung is a ceremonial dish that represents one of the first meals the giants ever made for Origin. If you see these brightly colored casings hanging in your window it is a sure sign that others think well enough of you to serve you with the most prized of meals in giant society, benung.
Clan Union Day:
It is a day celebrated every third month to honor the uniting of the Giant families, to form the first clan. It is a day where no court matters are held, and the Clanhead opens his doors to the families, and invites them to come and dine in the main city. It is a great day for food, laughter, and commerce, all culminating with a speach from the Clanhead, and a jalah match for sport.
The Fall of Ragbunant:
Ragbunant Kifrit is a celebration of the defeat of the tyrant Ghalder the Unforgettable. This celebration features reinactments of the legendary stories of Ghalder, a once mighty and powerful Clanhead who was so wicked to his people that they rallied together, and supposedly it took the entire clan to wrestle him down(because he was so strong). But once he was caught he was set aflame and thrown from a high cliff for punishment for his crimes. Children raise themselves up on stilts, and dress in large black robes with goat horned helms, and shout at passers by to become low beneath their boots. But the day culminates in a large effigy of Ragbunant Kifrit being burned, while people sing and chant around the pile. Burning the effigy is symbolic of them casting off their own repression, and getting rid of any gloom in their own lives.
Balthja the day of Honor:
The Day of Honor, is a holiday on which Giants re-affirm their own sense of honor and commemorate their most esteemed enemies, reflecting on the past year’s events and behavior. It is marked by loud and obnoxious shouting/chanting. It is believed that by yelling or saying aloud your grievances and declaring the name of your enemies or of your greatest trials that you drive them back from you, and you take power from them unto yourself, by honoring them with your words. The most sacred of Vows are spoken on this day, and recorded by the Brotherhood of Origin. In fact many Brotherhood of Origin, members choose this day to take their vow of Honor, if they intend to follow that tennant of their beliefs.
|Gnu||Good friend, buddy, or Confidant|
|Glug glug||A hearty mead/drink that hits hard and dulls the senses. Goes down warm kind of drink.|
|Verbeeg||A derogatory term for highlander giants. It means dwarflike, stubborn, and greedy.|
|Famorian||A derogatory term for lowlander giants. It means fowl birth, or unworthy heirs.|
|Howlie||A slang term referring to beastmen(derrogatory)|
|Laug||A slang term referring to dwarves/dwarvenkind(derrogatory)|
|Drauka||Death, spirits, underworld (contextual meaning)|
|Dominie Dirtch||Calling forth the Demons|
|Fuer grissa ost drauka||The bringer of death/spirits/the underworld|
|Raug’ Moss||Divine wind|
|Talga Vasternich||Deserve victory|
|Grushdeva du kalt misht||Vengeance is through me|
|Tu vash misht||Open yourself to me|