Marriage and Sex

May 12, 2007

Marriage is viewed as a sacred institution. It is intended to fulfill the grand order of Universe: to perpetuate Creation.

As a matriarchal society, women are permitted by law (and expected) to have several husbands. By contrast, men are restricted to having only one wife at any given time. Extramarital affairs are punishable by imprisonment (for the man, not the woman).

Households are structured with a dominant female personage as its head called a matron. Such women maintain the female equivalent of harems, called Equerry or Stables. Equerries may comprise of as many men as manageable.

Husbands manage the personal affairs of their wives, while wives maneuver to increase their wealth and social standing through the accumulation of property and business associations. Within an Equerry or Stable, men vie for dominance. The first male to father a female-child becomes First Husband and senior amongst the husbands. Generally, men who father girls are more recognized in the larger community and receive advancement.


Arranged marriages are a common practice.

Generally, they are politically motivated. When a woman comes of age and has rank, mothers of families within her charge are expected to offer one son for consideration. Such a betrothed man is called an affiant and may later be officially welcomed into the household if he proves his merit. Sons who marry well not only increase opportunities for themselves, but also further the standing of their family within the clan-group.

Men

May 12, 2007

The Aideenan male is historically society’s laborer and actioner, relied on for craftsmanship and toil. However, in Aideena’s matriarchal order, a man is a second class citizen.

Men serve the cause of women. Their responsibility in the culture is to assist women in procreation and to perform whatever activities further the higher position of women in Creation (universe).

Only in those institutions established for men, such as the Guild Brotherhood, can men achieve positions of influence. The catch: positions of influence are dependent on such factors as family bloodline, marriage and sponsorship by a matron.

Naming Conventions

May 12, 2007

Gender and genealogy are central to the Aideenan character. It is most evident in the conventions used for personal names.

One’s name identifies both the House to which a person belongs, as well as the immediate family. Thus, it is possible to extrapolate the person’s loyalties, legal status and family hierarchy within the genealogical order. The combination of the House and family name may suggest the region or province a person originates from, but not always. The order of a person’s name also identifies whether they are male or female.

  • Males: First Name + House + Family Name
    as in Edmund etaSade
  • Females: House + Family Name + First Name
    as in betaLassier Elizabeth

Among the Faithful, naming conventions expand to include the person’s rank or title, as well as the Discipline to which he/she is a member and the Order.

  • Males: Rank/Title + Discipline + First Name + House + Family Name + Order
    as in Reverend Constable Michael Constantine tauValez of the Order of the Knights Templar
  • Females: Rank/Title + House + Family Name + Discipline + First Name + Order
    as in Reverend Sister psiSadewa Rachel Angela of the Order of The Oracle

History

March 12, 2007

In her grand and voluminous epic poem, Apocrypha, thetaSummer Catherine attempted to chronicle human experience on Aideena. The work divides history into eight epochs. These epochs became the standard calendar. Later scholars continued to amend and make additions.

Gender

February 12, 2007

A person’s sex plays a significant role in the culture of Aideena. Wealth, influence, education, occupation and custom are all interwoven with the male and female identity.

The Aideenan society is matriarchal, with women assuming a dominating role in government and the social hierarchy. The feminine is commonly valued, while masculine qualities are generally regarded as subservient or dependent.

Despite the values attached to gender, Aideenans prefer to believe that the sexes are in partnership and, in the grand scheme of Creation, equal. Numerous double standards and contradicts exist.

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