"Pasori" redirects here. For other uses, see Pasori (disambiguation).
Pasori refers to the ethnic group and persons occupying the northern latitudes of Dia. They consider themselves the "first born people," a view shared by the Santri and Carissi, who also think of them as an aboriginal society. In Basori, "Pasori" literally translates to the "true people."
The Pasori are physically characterized by their burly stature and swarthy features.
old history, war wives etc pact between santri and pasori caris abductions sadar/ war luca
Pasori society is rigidly structured on all levels. top tribes vs low tribes, tribal death, woman seer, tribal leader, subtribes
Polygamous marriage is a common occurrence in the far northern tribes. Leaders are known to have dozens of women in their harems. Tribes closer to the southern border tend to foster marriages with fewer women per husband.
As a general rule, the tribes dislike and avoid non-Pasori peoples. Especially up north where the only access to other peoples is through coastal sea-travel, outsiders are often killed upon sight.
In the last century, in conjunction with Santri and Carissi expansion, the tribes have been forced to interact with others more often than they would prefer. The southernmost Pasori on the border developed a working relationship with Mesda in order to trade furs and other resources for arms to aid with infighting. The Bear tribe also formed a connection with Caris slave traders.
At the present the Pasori accept the Santri and trust them, thanks to their alliance during the war. All tribal members despise Carissi and will go to great lengths to avoid or attack them, depending.
Hunting and agriculture
The various tribes have different means of obtaining food, ranging from primarily hunting and gathering in the North to a completely agricultural society in the South.
All tribes keep animals, especially donkeys for labor purposes, but for nomadic tribes such as the Pasori Gulo keeping a larger flock in such an extreme environment is out of the question. Many sedentary tribes keep flocks of domesticated goats and in some cases, cattle.
Southern tribes also cultivate a wide variety of crops and vegetables. As these tribes sometimes border Santri towns and villages, there is some trading between peoples and the Pasori have gained different types of crops this way.
Most tribes do not use currency. Within the tribe, items of equal value may be traded or given (to be repaid later). The relative value of different objects is often a matter of debate, making the Pasori consummate hagglers.
Trading between tribes is limited to those tribes who have formed a positive relationship with each other. Even then, traded items tend to be neutral (clothing, trinkets or prepared foods) and not goods that could potentially give rival an advantage (weapons or seeds).
The Pasori who trade with Santri usually offer only hides. Seal hides are especially prized by the Santri, as are rare reindeer hides. In return the Pasori invariably ask for guns and ammunition. During the warmer months season, southerners may also try to barter for seeds in order to grow crops.
Procreation is considered a routine activity, and not much attention is given to it. It is customary for a pair to engage in sexual activity in relative public, a practice that early Santri explorers found barbaric. Married men and women couple at whim, but if a man tries to bed a woman that he hasn't claimed (or is claimed by another), a violent confrontation is certain to occur.
Pasori society does not allow for many deviations from the norm, especially in matters of sexuality. Men are expected to father as many children as they can within their tribe, and often take several wives if their means allow. Women are expected to service their husbands and are also expected bear as many children in their lifetimes as possible.
Homosexuality in women and men is considered not only an aberration but an actual threat to the tribe. Members feel strongly that it is a waste to expend energy and resources on an individual who is not planning to contribute to the growth of the tribe. Active homosexuals are often expelled from the tribe if discovered, or in extreme cases even executed.
While superstitious, traditional Pasori do not follow a religion. Tribe members are expected to act along certain totem-based moral rules but do not worship these animals as a higher power. Otherwise, the Pasori are very motivated to behave in a way that will ensure the survival of their families and tribes. Individuals can become very emotional when describing their sacrifices towards this goal. Additionally, the Pasori do not believe in a true afterlife outside of the idea of historical family honor (or dishonor) following their progeny.
One recent trend is that of emigrated Pasori converting to Generalism. This adoption does not sit well with tribal members still living in the far north, though they are powerless to stop it.
In all of the Pasori tribes, males and females fulfill separate roles and functions. Common male tasks include the policy making, herding, hunting, weapon-making and building. Females carry out work such as butchery, cooking, child-rearing and gathering vegetation. A few jobs, such as medicinal practices and soothsaying, may be assigned to either gender based on skill or natural predisposition.
Pasori men and women also remain socially distant during the course of a normal day. In many tribes a few larger tents may be erected to sleep or house the activities of one gender alone. Smaller communal tents offer a space where mixing between the sexes (such as for a private ceremony or discussion) can occur. These tents may also be used for intercourse during in colder months or regions.
Despite the divide between the genders, neither side serves the other. Both genders enjoy trying to gain an upper hand on the other during the communal hours. While men hold more power in leading the tribes, there are many popular stories where the well placed jibe of a woman has brought his plans crashing down. It is considered sport for a man and woman to exchange verbal attacks to try to shame the other in front of their peers. However, an honorable woman is expected to bow unquestioningly to a man's demands if it serves the overall good of the tribe.
A common saying of male Pasori: "Women are the ground, and men are the trees. We may be rooted in them, but always rise above them."
Each Pasori tribe follows rituals modified specifically towards their totems and traditions. However each tribe shares several basic rituals and ceremonies. Ceremonies are different for different sexes and are kept private and separate from each other.
The first ritual a child undergoes is the naming ritual, in which an infant is given its name at the end of its 8th month of life. Since the Pasori (mistakenly) believe that a baby develops in the womb for 8 months, the end of that same amount of time outside of the mother's body represents its transition from that mysterious realm to the human one. Names are chosen to impart luck or skill upon the child, and are selected to have positive connotation. Names with meanings such as 'sharp-eyed' and 'healthy' are common, as well as names with physical motifs such as 'hot spring' and 'rock.' Other less common names represent a specific need of the tribe or family at the time of birth, such as 'heavy rain' or 'fish hook'. These names are of particular interest to scholars as they are another indirect means by which the Pasori record their history.
Blooding is a rite of passage by which a male individual shows their loyalty to the tribe by killing a member of a warring tribe. For the most part blooding may take place either before or after the male adulthood ceremony, but most members do not have an opportunity to become blooded until after they have achieved their manhood. This practice prolongs feuding between tribes, in some cases for hundreds of years, and has led to the extinction of several.
The adulthood ceremony marks the end of childhood and the beginning of an individual's life as a valuable member of the tribe or clan. For both sexes there is a combination of dances, oral recitations and other ceremonies that must be carried out correctly in order to gain adulthood. There is no physical marker of adulthood once the ceremony has been completed, but the successful individual is allowed to set up his own home on the border of the clan's living area. If accepted they are also granted the status of practitioner of whatever occupation they have decided to pursue. They may also take a wife at this time, or for the women, become eligible for marriage.
Myriad smaller rituals exist for daily life as well, mostly verbal recitations.
The Pasori do not devote a great amount of time in the pursuit of arts, but many practice it occasionally in order to decorate personal objects or as gifts to present to the head of the clan or tribe. Some of the larger clans have been known to employ an artisan though normally individuals cultivate their skills in addition to their primary work.
Typical forms of Pasori art are beading, embroidery and carving. The Pasori are also lauded for their leather working abilities.
Each person is responsible for a ceremonial dress, an overcoat with leggings signifying their place within the tribe and their strengths. The dress is often covered with sewn images and items such as animal teeth and beaded stones. Members of a family assist each other in creating these individualistic pieces. At tribal gatherings they are useful in identifying individuals who perhaps have not been seen for many years.
Tree carving is another form of art. A living tree is chosen to become a carving, and work commences on it. It is a testament to the skill of the carvers to keep the tree alive and create a permanent marker for the tribe. The trees are generally chosen in an out-of-the-way location on the tribal territory, and rarely found intact as warring tribes single them out for destruction.
Telling folk tales are another important Pasori tradition, often accompanied by costume and acting. Popular stories include tribal origin stories such as "How Father Dark Spared the Animals", or anthropomorphic tales such as "How Gulo Bested the Others".
In the last 30 years acceptance of Pasori members into 'civilized' society has increase dramatically. The election of deSadar in 735 was an astounding upset reflecting the changing make-up of the times. Since his ascension to Emperor, the integration of Pasori people and beliefs in daily life has continued to grow.
A current issue pursued by the deSadar regime is the matter of reparation for the 30 Years War. Citeran refuses to recognize the New Territories as being the same government as Mesda, to whom their debts are due. On a more personal level the Pasori tribes are also seeking restitution for the crimes committed against it by the Amakessarian Kings. At the present it is unlikely that Citeran will admit its fault in this area. Additionally, Citeran is likely without the means to pay either amount considering the totality of their defeat in the war.