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Menu 1. Languages 2. Provinces and Tribes 3. Conceptions of Time etc. 4. Government 5. Religion 6. Clothing 7. Relationships, Family and Other
Soooooo...
I have been hopelessly trying to better my conlang and conculture, and though I'm not necessarily aiming for LotM, it would be nice to be nominated lol.

Anyway, here's some notes on the beautiful lil' conworld of Griseoculum.

[edit] [top]Languages

The officially recognised languages of Griseoculum are as follows:
- Grisian
- British Grovian
- (Old) Novinian
- Syrralese
- Astoyakese
- Maldovian

More information on these languages can be found here.

[edit] [top]Provinces and Tribes

Griseoculum was not always divided into provinces; rather, when Grisians were still divided into tribes, each tribe controlled their own territory. The main tribes lend their namesakes to the current provinces of Griseoculum. The most well-known tribes are as follows:

- Noviska
- Astoyiska
- Kunziska
- Siraska
- Gorista
- Porulska*
- Malavska
- Orkioska
- Kitneska
- Revkitska

*regarded as the original royal tribe, and many early Grisian dictators would have been of Porulska descent

Names

Given names are composed of:

- a forename (typically the name of a Puaski deity, natural phenomenon such as Nebur ('star' in Grisian) or a personality trait
- a first middle name, usually that of a grandmother
- a second middle name, denoting the tribe from which they have descended
- a surname, usually denoting the offspring's mother

Here is a typical example of a male child's name:

Varfor Soratia Siraskamä Nebur
Varfor, grandson of Soratia, of the Siraska tribe, son of Nebur

[edit] [top]Conceptions of Time etc.

Months:

Each month will contain the root word 'röm', meaning 'month' or 'moon' in Old Novinian.

January - Nesporöm (lit. the starting month)
February - Xivdosiröm (the fickle one) - relating to leap years
March - Malameröm (month of war) - considered an unlucky month, due to religious connotations (see Religion)
April - Öbumaröm (month of opening) - relating to the opening of flower buds
May - Vèčuröm (the fifth month)
June - Gøtosiröm (the sacred month) - sacred due to religious connotations
July - Ködaröm (the hot month)
August - Chaniröm (the eighth month)
September - Molduröm (the month of death)
October - Çoröm (the tenth month)
November - Paskmolröm (the penultimate month)
December - Khortröm (the cold month)

The lengths of months used to be based on the lunar cycle, but now, Grisians follow the Gregorian calendar.

Days of the Week:

Days are named after the planets in the solar system, in order of distance from the sun, with the suffix '-dien' meaning 'day':

Monday - Mesdien
Tuesday - Amodien
Wednesday - Genodien
Thursday - Vardien
Friday - Kendien
Saturday - Čordien
Sunday - Uraldien

[edit] [top]Government

Before any republican form of government was introduced, Griseoculum was ruled over by the Royal Family. Then, when people got fed up with the aristocratic ways of the royals, they took matters into their own hands and formed a republic. Unfortunately, some dark souls among them were power-hungry and became dictators, plunging everyone in Griseoculum but them into poverty. But after several revolts from the people, a fair democratic system was finally put in place.

Currently, Griseoculum is managed by a democratic federal system, introduced after the main tribes in the country grew larger and decided between themselves to distinguish each of their territories, thus forming 8 of the 9 provinces (the province of Mewa Nova is an exception - it was formed due to religious differences from the original province Orkinpria).

[edit] [top]Religion


The first settlers in Griseoculum were atheists, surprisingly not having any animistic beliefs typical to religions of early tribes. The origin of the widely practised Puaski religion is not certain, but some say that it was due to a series of 'revelations' and 'visions' experienced by several inhabitants of the Eastern provinces (back then members of the Orkioska tribe and other related tribes). As these visions containing callings from the Puaski deities signified the birth of the Puaski religion, this is one of the reasons why the provinces of Orkinpria and Mewa Nova are considered holy lands.

Puaskis typically belong to one of four main sects:
- Orthodox Puaski - hold all the normal beliefs, as stated in the article linked below
- Kewat Puaski - smaller sect, belief in other deities as well as the ones listed here, and belief in specific holy sites of pilgrimage
- Azma Puaski - this sect believes that the gods live among them, and in some cases worship their own members
- Port Puaski - a sort of tribal religion, where rituals are carried out frequently and magic is practised by village elders

There are no other known sects.

According to Puaski legend, the Puaski deities Purol and Puaria had a dispute over who was the supreme deity, which resulted in violence, leading Purol to sever Puaria's left wing. Though harming the high goddess was a great sin, Purol was cleansed of her sins. However, the month of March (Malameröm in Grisian) is regarded as an unlucky month, as common belief is that this heavenly dispute took place in this month.

More information on the Puaski religion, including specific practices, can be found here.

[edit] [top]Clothing

Typically, Grisian clothing is the same for both men and women, though a woman (or man) may choose to wear a dress rather than trousers.

Casual

- A knee-length tunic, usually green, purple or brown in colour
- Baggy trousers/long dress
- Leather boots

Formal/Religious

- White tunic/white gown
- Purple shawl, either worn over the shoulders or tied around the waist
- Purple kerchief, tied in one strand of the hair
- Black boots

Celebratory

- Purple robes
- Green or yellow shawl, worn as above
- Green/yellow kerchief, worn as above
- Peacock feather jewellery eg. earrings
- Leather boots

[edit] [top]Relationships, Family and Other

Familial

Unlike Western families, the mother and grandmother are considered the mistresses of the household, rather than the father. This is one of the reasons why children take both their mother's and grandmother's names.

Mother - vubar/moma
Father - mubar/doda
Parent - bar
Child - bèda
Son - mèda
Daughter - vèda
Grandmother - vubarkeč/mokeč
Grandfather - mubarkeč/dokeč
Grandparent - barkeč

Marital

Arranged marriages have always been looked down upon in Grisian culture. Love has always been given its freedom to be practised, no matter what. For marriages, there are no dowries required as such, though the groom may want to give a dowry to the family of the bride.

Regarding the wedding ritual, both the bride and groom dress in purple from head to toe, and wear garlands of cinnamon (the spice is believed to 'enrichen' many things, including marital relationships). The wedding ritual is performed outside, if the weather permits, otherwise a town hall will be rented out. An altar similar to the one used for religious offerings will be set up, and a priest will read Puaski prayers and bless the bride and groom. Usually, this involves both being brushed on the shoulders 10 times each with peacock feathers, whilst the priests ask for the gods to shower their greatness onto the couple.

To end the ceremony, the bride and groom anoint each other on the forehead with a mixture of rosewood ash (to signify their love) and ground cinnamon (to strengthen it).

Feasts are usually held afterwards, accompanied by ceremonial dances, which usually incorporate either Novinian folk songs or Puaski hymns.

Husband - mulamo
Wife - Vulamo
In-law - demebar (literally 'parents carried over')

Funerals

WIP (come back laterrrr)
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