Post:Rakash language and cultural items - 09/15/2015 - 21:24
|Rakash language and cultural items · on 09/15/2015 09:24 PM CDT||1367|
| The following is the first in a series of updates and expansions for many things Rakash -- including lore, items, language, shops, and a few other choice bits!
Those of you who have been heavily involved with Rakash cultural information over the years are likely to notice several things that might be somewhat different (and in some cases rather significantly so) from what you're familiar with. This is intentional, as some aspects of certain things did not meet current design standards, some other things had ended up with contradictory releases or minimally fleshed out documentation, and yet others were simply areas where I felt I could bring more to the table for you all through these updates.
I hope that you will all find that the additions and expansions make it all worthwhile, and please know that I tried to incorporate as much of what was existing as was possible while still having things remain coherent and fitting with the overall vision.
The Rakash language is considered frustrating by many outsiders who attempt to translate it to the Common tongue. So much so, that the chief scholarly debate remains whether the issue at hand is that the language is too vague or too specific to translate cleanly!
The truth of the matter is that, as a fiercely collectivist people, the Rakash often do not make distinctions that seem common sense to other races, and their language is deeply reflective of this. The examples are manifold, with the most commonly known being that their nouns do not change to indicate plural or singular forms, for all are the pack, and the pack is all. What many non-Rakash often fail to understand is that the language is also one where many words hold dual meanings, frequently one general and one very specific. Perhaps unsurprising given their own natures, Rakash often fail to see this as a complication or why it is a point of confusion for others. However, as the Rakash have become increasingly at home in eastern Kermoria, certain language conventions have shifted to accommodate more eastern ways of thinking.
When not translated into Common by a Rakash who is otherwise using the trade language, the following words refer to very specific things for which the Rakash cannot find a precise equivalent in the Common tongue, or the explanation of the term in Common would be so involved as to be burdensome to daily communication.
Part 1: Clothing
Odaj "Robe": The odaj is a traditional Rakash sleeveless robe with a flowing, wrapped design that allows free movement in both forms native to the race. It is pleated at the shoulder(s) and generally loosely belted or fastened with a clasp below the breastbone. Both one and two-armed versions of the odaj exist, with the asymmetrical version that drapes beneath the wearer’s other arm being more favored for formal affairs, and the symmetrical version more apt for daily wear or martial applications. Decorations are traditionally placed near or on the shoulders, and/or at the belt/closure area.
It is not unusual for a Rakash to wear an odaj either by itself or layered atop other clothing for warmth, though it would be considered odd to wear more than one odaj at a time, even if one is a battle odaj.
Note: The term battle odaj always refers to armor, and never just clothing. It is a more recent development, having first begun as makeshift armor during the fights against the undead prior to the Great Migration. Rakash of that era would sometimes add scraps of metal or leather to their odaj, affixing them in whatever way they could to give themselves a measure of additional protection.
Though superficially differing from the more common armored robes mainly in the odaj-esque styling, a modern battle odaj is a much less haphazard creation and is actually quite difficult to make due to the balancing of the armored properties with the movement and flow expected in an odaj. Usually crafted either wholly from leather or from a combination of chain atop cloth, a battle odaj will always cover both shoulders and be ankle length. Oftentimes, a battle odaj will have some sort of decorative pauldrons as well. When these are present, they are most likely to be designed to reflect the religious leanings of the wearer.
As other sorts of dresses were not present in Rakash culture pre-migration, the word has come to be applied to all dresses when Rakash speak of them in their own language. However, when left untranslated by a Rakash when speaking the Common tongue, the term continues to apply only to this particular style of dress. Due to this semi-conflation of terms and the lingering cultural connotations of wearing a safos, it is not unusual for particularly old or traditionally-raised Rakash to feel it is somewhat childish or embarrassing for an adult Rakash woman, especially one who is married, to wear a dress of any type.
Outside of wedding ceremonies, formal rantija are often made from panels of two different colors, symbolizing the dual forms of the Rakash race.
Though religious symbols are frequently used in decoration for all Rakash clothing, items of personal significance are often also knotted into a Rakash’s josta. Traditionally, a josta would not have a buckle and would instead be affixed by tying the loose ends together, however, some Rakash have taken to adding eastern-style buckles to their josta in more recent years.
Traditionally, boys and young unmarried Rakash men only wear vikses with a particular vented cuff style that denotes their relative youth. Girls and young unmarried Rakash women might also wear this youthful style of vikses beneath their safos.
|This message was originally posted in The Races of DragonRealms \ Rakash - Rakash Pack, by DR-PERSIDA on the play.net forums.|