There’s a terrible pun in that title.
Anyway, I’m without my lexicon at the moment so I’m writing this FREE of Gotama words. But I thought I’d explain what sin means to the Setivai.
As Mandivas is a world of magic and the gods are real, they tend to keep things relatively secret from most people except those they have chosen to confer deeper knowledge to. Even these chosen people don’t know everything and the information shared depends on the god themselves. Some gods are more willing to share than others. This ambiguity has meant that there are numerous religions and methods of worshiping the gods. There are different theologies and explanations for why things are the way they are.
You might think “Well, don’t the gods care about these differences?” Well, not really. The gods are largely disconnected from people on Mandivas. They can appear to those they wish to, but in a way, it’s like the ultra wealthy: they know there are other people out there but they may not necessarily understand them, know them,or even care to understand or know them. The gods are concerned with ruling their domains, and as long as they aren’t insulted or their realms threatened, they don’t pay much attention to the goings on around Mandivas.
One thing that is not well understood, but there is a general sense of, and wild speculation about is the afterlife. The details are unknown, but each religion has its own “sure” idea about what happens. What is known across religions on Mandivas is that transgressions in life mark the soul in some way. As transgressions mount, the marks add up. Upon death, entry into the realm of death requires some kind of purification. What this entails again depends upon the religion. This purification is typically considered a type of punishment, but the end result is a soul that has been cleaned of its sin, and is now is fit to take its proper place in the afterlife.
For the Setivai, they believe that the cleansing of the soul happens in a number of different regions that are a part of the afterlife. What region a soul enters depends on its most severe sin in life. Almost all souls are believed to go through this cleansing of sin, though legends do speak about those virtuous ones who have entered into their proper place in the afterlife without a single mark on their souls and become exalted. They are said to become a part of Ganggirohau’s court.
While the concept of eternal damnation does not exist in Setivai theology, the length of time that these punishments last are believed to last enormous amounts of time. However, what could be thousands of years in the afterlife may be no longer than a second on Mandivas. Once a soul has been purified of their sins, they are allowed to exit into the realm of purified souls where they live out a life that is pleasurable, but still very much like their life on Mandivas. Punishment is temporary, and the living are believed to be able to help souls going through punishment to move through it faster. This usually takes form in offerings, prayer and veneration. Veneration is also important to maintain status in the afterlife as well.
COME TO THE DARK SIDE: WE ARE LITERALLY MADE OF CHOCOLATE
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Maester Aemon. 🙁 I mean, I know we don’t see what he was like as a young man, but he seems like the most level-headed and wise character in the series. Of all the characters I can think of (I know there are hundreds, so I’m sure I’m missing someone good), it seems to me that Maester Aemon would’ve been the best ruler.
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Teaching! My mother’s been a teacher her whole life; I taught a student-run class while at Berkeley; I actually took all the tests to qualify for a master’s-credential program at UCI while I was a senior in preparation to teach high school English (in fact, one of my favorite courses at Berkeley had the rather unique and specific title Advanced Composition for Future Teachers of Secondary English); I served as a TA about a dozen times while I was a graduate student at UCSD; I served as the web master for OCCGATE, a 501©3 nonprofit dedicated to serving GATE educators and coordinators in Orange County; and I taught English at Fullerton College for two years. Honestly, I can’t imagine that I won’t be teaching again some day (probably at the community college level). Education has always been something I’m passionate about.
And…installed! Thank you, fellow Tumblorg! May that awful mistake never happen to me again!
So. I had all but typed up a long answer to this question when somehow I mistakenly keyed in the code to hit “back” on my browser. And then my entire answer was gone, because that’s how Tumblr works. I was pretty steamed. Made me not want to get back to this. But it’s not your fault. You don’t deserve to not have this ask answered for that reason. So back in the saddle I am!
First, I’m sure someone has done this before, but I don’t remember who.
Second, I think this would work best with a large vowel inventory and smaller consonantal inventory. The one I came up with was (obvious ATR harmony set-up):
a ǝ ɛ e ɪ i ɔ o ʊ u
p t k l m n s h j w
Since Arabic and other abjads often have a consonant that doubles as a long vowel, I figured you could have certain vowels double as consonants—specifically, for /h/; for /j/; and for /w/.
Here are some test words (using CV to help out this system):
Here’s what those would look like in a system with optional consonants:
Okay, two ideas off the bat. If this is a vowel harmony system, you could actually spell the consonantal forms with the opposite harmonic vowel. Thus /h/ would be spelled in a word with all [+ATR] vowels and <ǝ> in a word with all [-ATR] vowels. Second, I think vowels would at least need two forms: One form that says it has a consonant in front of it, and another to say it doesn’t. (And if a vowel is preceded by /h/, /j/ or /w/, it would take the form that says it doesn’t have a consonant in front of it.)
Even so, this system wouldn’t really work with totally optional consonants unless the vocabulary were so restricted that there were very few vowel pattern repetitions. I mean, consider English:
All these would be spelled the same. You’d need, like, two max that rhymed in this language to make the writing system useful (something like one word which was super common, and another that was only used in specific contexts). Otherwise it’d be too difficult to read.
That said, I’d love to see someone give it a try! Be interesting to see how it turned out.