Zalnduu Religious Rituals
Fire: Each day A Zalnduu must light a fire or smoke out of their sacred pipe. This is to honor the spirit of fire Sua. If this is not done the Zalnduu fear that they will burn to death in their sleep. When smoking out of their sacred pipe they must smoke the correct mixture of tobacco and herbs. Any deviation will anger the spirit of fire.
Smoke leaf: Combination of tobacco, thyme, rosemary, and Catnip
Water: A short Prayer of thanks must be said before water is drunk, taken from a river, or splashed upon the body. If this is not done the Zalnduu fear that it will boil and scald their skin when it touches them. A prayer can also be said for others. And water can be blessed using a different prayer for long journeys.
Prayer for self: “Oh ibai, eskerrik asko me, bizitza opari hau emateko.Maiatzaren nire egarria quench eta garbitu me garbitu.”
Prayer for self, Translation: “Oh river, thank you for granting me this gift of life. May it quench my thirst and wash me clean.”
Prayer for others: “Oh ibaia. Barkatu bai bere akatsa.Eman zure ibaiaren zuzenean, bere egarria Laguntza gelditzeko zure odol.Ematen dizut nire odol tanta bueltan”
Prayer for others translation: “Oh river. Forgive their folly. Give them your life oh river, Help to stop their thirst with your blood. I give you a drop of my blood in return”
Prayer of Blessing Water: “Oh mantentzeko ibaiaren ur purua.Jarri zure bedeinkazioa ur me, nire bidaia luze bizirik mantentzeko.Eskerrik asko nirekin bat pieza ekartzea me emateagatik.”
Prayer of blessing water Translations: “Oh River keep this water pure. Place your blessing this water to keep me alive on my long journey. Thank you for letting me bring a piece of you with me.”
Earth: A Zalnduu must sleep on dirt. This means either directly sleeping on the ground or having earth placed under a mattress, Sleeping bag, Bedframe, in the bed with them, Or under their pillow. If this is not done they fear that they will contract Rheumatism, Cancer, and arthritis.
Hunt: When prey is spotted A Zalnduu must sit and speak a prayer before killing the animal, In reverence to the spirit of the Hunt. Once the animal is killed they must say a second prayer of thanks. After the meal is finished the Waste products, scraps, and any bones that will not be used in craft must be arranged on the shoulder blade of the killed animal so that scavengers may come and dispose of it. Also one bone from the animal must be buried where the creature fell.
Prayer before killing the animal: “Eskerrik asko dit janaria.Zure baimenik animalia hilko dira i eta nire afaria.Ez baduzu onestea piztia hiltzeko mea edo nire enbrageetam ihes.”
Prayer before killing the animal translation: “Thank you for bringing me food. With your permission I will kill this animal and make it my dinner. If you do not approve may the beast slay me or escape my clutches”
After Successful hunt Prayer: “Eskerrik asko eta harrapatzeko me piztia hil emateagatik.Ezer ez doa hondakinen ziurtatu egingo dut.Lurperatuta dut da hezur eta zer ez i erabiltzeko beste izaki zaintzen duzula jaten utzi i izango”
After Successful hunt prayer translation: “Thank you for letting me catch and kill this beast. I will make sure nothing goes to waste. I have buried it’s bone and i shall leave what i do not use out to feed the other creatures that you guard”
The Three Trails of maturity:
To be granted permission to be an adult by the spirits a Zalnduu must go through three trials.
Trial of the soul: This happens when the Zalnduu is born. Their soul is offered to Mountain. In return they are given their Heartstone in the stone of their birth. The new born Zalnduu will become soulless and marked for death if the parents do not perform this ritual. This Ritual entails encasing the child up to the neck in the ground. The heat beat of the Mountain is felt though their body And they shall feel their soul being compressed. This is an incredibly painful experience which is why it is done when they are very small.
Trail of life: A Zalnduu offers their live in service to the spirits and to life herself. They are given healthy hair and are never allowed to cut it. If they cut it they forfeit their lives and become a disgraced one. However, Completion of this ritual allows their hair to not have a terminal length. The length of a Zalnduu’s hair marks their age. It is half as long as they are old.
Trail of the name: A clay mask is made by the mother or father of what the name of the Zalnduu shall be. They are then taken to the place of their birth and struck by lightning from Storm. Their name is branded upon their face or back in rare cases. All Zalnduu branded on the back are named Tzatch The sound of lightning. They are only given this name if they are born when lighting hits the ground. This is done to Honor the Spirit of the storms
Ritual of battle: Before a battle An Zalnduu must sit and meditate to commune with Battle. Battle will direct the Zalnduu to victory and tell them how much flesh they demand. The amount varies. The flesh that is required can come from either the opponent or it can be ripped from the Zalnduu’s skin after battle.
Ritual of war: Before a war a Zalnduu must commune with Battle, Blood, and War. They will be instructed how to kill, how much blood must be spilled, how much flesh must be offered, and how many bodies must be given. A Zalnduu will not stop until they have filled their quota. Symbols will be drawn on the Zalnduu body using red and white paint to note this number.
Ritual of mating: Zalnduu must dress in popper mating chains. These can be handed down by the mother, or father respectively, or made by oneself. Their bodies are painted with gold dye, and a Prayer must be given to life and blood. Failure to do so leads to Impotence and infertility.
Mating prayer: “Geure burua entwine egingo dugu elkarrekin egin eta gurekin bat.Zaintzeko i.Ez dut egin me gorroto horiek”
Mating prayer Translation: “We shall entwine ourselves together and make us one. This is the one I care for. I shall not betray them.”
Ritual of death: Upon the end of an Zalnduu life they shall leave their possessions in their den and start to wander across the land. They will not hunt, they will not drink, they will not stop until they reach the spot chosen by death and they will die there. Any family they may have shall rejoice in the Zalnduu final sacrifice. Their Heartstone turns black and shatters.
Ritual of birth: An expectant mother must give prayer and tribute to blood daily to keep her baby healthy. She shall Praise life once a week and must wear a dress made from Indocrin skin at all times. Her body shall be painted with red, silver, and black dye. This dye is permanent and will forever stain her fur. The Zalnduu family shall rejoice and take care of the mother in this time. If separated the Zalnduu family will make the trek back to see the new child. The Father must hunt for the mother. He will not eat during this time as tribute. Instead he Feed upon the same milk that his child shall feed upon during this time.
Ritual of marriage: In this ritual the two Zalnduu exchange their Heartstones. This is a symbol of love and trust as they trust the other with their very soul and essence. Same sex Marriage is not discriminated against. The stones are to be kept inside forever or until given back to the original owner. Having your Heartstone given back is a disgrace. It symbolizes that the person rejects your very being.
Ritual of the Beast: When a Zalnduu matures they will search out the skin and bone of an Indocrin that has died naturally. This skin and bone is kept with them at all times and is considered to be a sacred item. Usually the skull is kept somewhere on their person as well. Zalnduu may not have children unless they possess this skin.
Compulsion of Protection:
There are three parts to this they are listed below:
Indocrins: If a Zalnduu happens upon an Indocrin being hunted they must rush to its defense. The Zalnduu will attempt to kill all parties hunting the Indocrin, or they will die in this attempt. No Zalnduu is exempt from this. Be they men, women, children, pregnant mother, or the elderly.
Sanctuary: If a non Zalnduu is inducted into the clan as a brother/sister, they may make a claim for sanctuary. This allows them into the homes of any Zalnduu, and allows them to have a Zalnduu companion that will protect them with their life if needed. The same is said for any Zalnduu. A Zalnduu may request the same as the inducted.
Nature: Each Zalnduu is expected to keep their territory free from invading people, harmful elements, and Grutroot taint. If they have the slightest feeling that something is offsetting the delicate balance of their territory they will seek out and destroy the cause.