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Advent Day 4: Love Tradition

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Tuesdays are for Traditions and Celebrations! Tell us a little about a tradition or celebration centering around childbirth in your world.

Just like our other advent challenges, there's no hard deadline, although the goal is to complete this December 4th. Post your responses as comments on this event, unless you get inspired into writing a flash fic that you want to put in the Library! In that case, tag it with "advent day 4" so I can find it.

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Okay I think I have one. The country of Lym, named after their patron, Lymnia, Goddess of the Moon, consecrates every child born on their soil to her service. Other countries give children a choice of who to serve, often when they hit puberty or adulthood, but not the people of Lym. Their entire lives revolve around the Goddess, and so it is seen as sacrilege if anyone refuses to serve her. So they receive a moon mark (the shape of the moon on the night of their birth) on their palm to show that their parents have pledged in their name. Should the child choose to no longer serve when they get older, they are rejected from their family and exiled from the country.

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1 hour ago, Penguinball said:

Okay I think I have one. The country of Lym, named after their patron, Lymnia, Goddess of the Moon, consecrates every child born on their soil to her service. Other countries give children a choice of who to serve, often when they hit puberty or adulthood, but not the people of Lym. Their entire lives revolve around the Goddess, and so it is seen as sacrilege if anyone refuses to serve her. So they receive a moon mark (the shape of the moon on the night of their birth) on their palm to show that their parents have pledged in their name. Should the child choose to no longer serve when they get older, they are rejected from their family and exiled from the country.

The moon mark is a particularly cool dimension to this tradition!

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I hadn't previously developed any traditions to do with childbirth for my world, but I can think of a couple logical ones based on other aspects of my world. For one thing, in Josuld Auramancy is viewed religiously, so it would be natural for new babes to have their aura read by a skilled Auramancer. A fresh soul with no previous lives would be extremely rare and simultaneously celebrated and, to some degree, feared for; a lot would go into warding for the child's future, trying to ease their path and grant them wisdom as they make decisions in their future.

In historical Somnion before magic was lost, people were born either as a Senset (a wellspring of magic) or an Eshen (a conduit of magic), so it would be natural to test a newborn babe to see which one they were. Depending on the era, location, and social class, it was often a sad thing if the baby was a Senset, because they were often treated as second class citizens or worse. Every Eshen sought out their sheerbond Senset, the one person with whom they could bond perfectly and perform magic at the highest level, and in most cases a sheerbond pairing was the strongest legal claim you could have on someone. Eshen were entitled to take their sheerbond Sensets with them wherever they wanted, so Sensets were often ripped away from their families. If a mother gave birth to a Senset, her neighbors might treat it almost like a funeral, bringing her condolences and food, etc.

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In my world, in the Helori culture, the first child born to a woman also signified that she could get married to the father, so the birth and the wedding were celebrated at the same time.

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