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|By UnderTheStairs||Part of thecontinuity.|
| || Juji's fine. He comes back to life in the end when the doomsday device shifts the polarity of the Earth. Oops. Spoiler. Sorry.
Warning! This page contains spoilers for Legacy.
|The Water Tribes|
Tui and La
In, the original four nations of Water, Earth, Fire, and Air, have been expanded to include several bending cultures since the establishment of the The Dimani Empire. After the discovery of the hidden cultures, a meeting was held between the Four Nations and a decision was made. With the affirmation of the Empire, these cultures were accepted as additions to the other Nations/Kingdoms. The Water Tribes are no exception.
After the first war with the Dimani, the Southern and Northern tribes were split into sections and renamed. Boreas, which means 'God of the Northern wind' was given to the land of the North Pole. While, Notus, which means 'God of the Southern wind', was reserved for the South. The remaining natives of those tribes who did not want death or slavery placed upon themselves, took the option of living on small, close-knit communities commonly known as reservations.
It was around this time, that the Dimani had discovered several other cultures that bore strikingly similar customs and creeds like the prior people they have conquered. Alerting this to the previous tribes, it was then that they had a meeting known as the Treaty of the Blue Waters and decreed those cultures to be Water Tribes, as well. For the Foggy Swamp tribe, this also meant for them to move away from their own lands and many of their descendants have married into the Boreas/Notus tribes.
The Proper Names of the Water Tribes
Besides, Water Tribe, these groups have actual names that they have been known by for centuries before the Dinami. These names are (as followed from left to right on the page image); the Kuru, the Haka, the Akamu, the Native Peoples of Boreas/Notus and finally, the Hjálmarr.
While on the surface, the tribes are clearly different from one another. However, there are also key comparisons that each tribe has. First of all, no one tribe is the same. Many of these tribes hail from different parts of globe and are as separate from each other as Madagascar to Scandinavia is to our own. These people clearly dress, eat, and live their lives much differently from one another. An example lies in the illustration found on this page. However, they do share many similarities with each other.
The colors blue, white, and their respective shades are considered important in the daily lives of these people. Many of them use these colors in ceremonies, and proudly wear them as a symbol of their Nation. Every person (unless they are of mixed blood or born with a rare condition) born under the tribes have an eye color that is a shade of grey or blue, regardless of skin-tone or hair color.
Items like betrothal necklaces, and waterbending used in healing and combat are also seen in the Water Tribes, as well.
Waterbending is an ability that is seen in each of these cultures, and many waterbending people of these tribes are during a time when the moon is full.
When it comes to the three spirits associated with Water Tribe culture, while they are also observed by these people, they are associated with completely different names and legends. For the Kuru, Yue/The Moon Spirit, is known as Waka-ush Kamuy or simply, Waka. In their mythology, she is the spirit of fresh water and the moon. She is depicted as a benevolent river spirit that is a protector of humanity.
The Haka call her Yemaja and to them, she is the embodiment of the ocean and motherhood. She is the protector of children and many Haka mothers place a small idol, fashioned in her likeness, in their delivery rooms.
For the Akamu, she has been named Hina Hine. To them, she is the spirit of not only the moon, but of the sea-life, as well. She is the reason why the waves push and pull and how women can have children. As Hina-Hine, she is also a bit more playful and fun than her previous incarnations.
To the Hjálmarr, she is known as Iðunn and is not just a moon spirit, but is also the spirit of change. Every fall, a feast is dedicated to her in honor. There's dancing, food, and stories about the battles they've won and the hunts they've succeeded in the past because of her.
And finally, to the Native Peoples of Boreas/Notus, they have continued to call her Yue and the spirits that she is associated with as Tui and La. They've withheld the story of her once being a princess that sacrificed her life to save her people and for that, she is revered to an utmost high. Terms like, "May the spirits be with you" or "May Yue bless you," are common sayings amongst them.
- Each Water Tribe is based on an actual real world culture/civilization and have similar names and histories, as well.
- The creator is a bit of an Anthropology nerd.
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