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"The All You Need to Know"
I've done about all I can with DeviantART with the Coarcathian language. I'm working on a dictionary that currently has about 100 words. However I thought it would be more important for me to document their culture, simply--how it affects their language and beliefs.
For starters, all Coarcathians are in a government known as a Xenocratic Republic. The Grand Architects are not Coarcathian [except for one] so they form the Xenocratic portion and that the Xenocrats choose representatives and senators to represent the interests of the Coarcathians from several different districts.
The Economic system of Coarcathians is a Capitalist society where any member can open a business and compete for survival. However, they have much stricter definitions of what constitutes as a "monopoly" so they have a maximum store count of ten stores--and every product has a price ceiling and a price floor. Additionally each store has to specialize. This is why in my books, even though they live in cities they all go to small stores. There are no Department Stores.
VIEWS ON RELIGION:
All Coarcathians have strong beliefs in religion. Their religious beliefs are as follows:
SERENTISM: They hail Serenity Gaelic as the mother of all Coarcathians. They believe in the "Hester" as the last descendant of Serenity and fear her. The Hester is the equivocal Anti-Christ, but in literature is seldom held as a malevolent figure. She's instead held as someone to be pitied; the sole survivor of her line and doomed to end the world as they know it. Serentists attend outdoor temples fixed around a sacrificial altar and promote infanticide of male children. They are also extremely biased against humans as the murderer of their goddess. This is the traditional religion and largest in their species.
RESVISM: They hail Serenity Gaelic as the mother of all Coarcathians and recognize her murder at the hands of humans. However they hail Resva as the link of humanity and Coarcathian. Lightly influenced from teachings from the New Testament, this religion formed after the creation of the Universal Codec between humans and Coarcathians. Resva was the first-born daughter of Serenity and lived a hard life, struggling and barely making it to adulthood after surviving several human riots. When the humans marched on her hometown San Aposta, she stood on the city borders and gave them food and kindness. When threatened by a man, it is said that she stripped the trees of all their leaves and carried him over the edge of the mountain with them. She died of an assassination at age 100.
Worshippers of Resvism are reminded constantly of the trials that Resva faced by living off a one-meal a day fast, not being allowed to wear shoes, painting their faces with kabuki and smearing their own blood on their faces. They must always wear their hair in braids when maidens, or outside view of their husband/wife. Only females are allowed to be members of the Halls of Resva [A massive indoor temple with Cathedral and Mosque influenced architecture.] At 3:00 every morning they wake up, light a candle, and pray for their souls. Almost every "sister" was born into the religion, or orphaned and adopted into it. It is unspoken, but they have been accused of infanticide of both male children and females that were born without black hair and golden eyes.
ARCATHIANS: They hail the Architects as their creators and benefactors. They meet inside "Arcathian Domes," which is a large dome where they read history and study the Architects. They do not recognize SteM [Stephanie], Cynthia, or Catherine as Architects due to their domesetic blood They represent a third of the population on Gecerces, but are very quiet about their beliefs.
ATHEISM: Mostly represented on Des'Varr, they make up almost 6% of the population. They are neither disputed nor frowned upon, seeing as most Coarcathians do not have a clear concept of heaven or hell. They only conflict with Sisters of Resva due to the extreme degree that they take their religion.
CHRISTIANITY: Mostly represented in the province of Magiska on Serenity [the planet] and Verdes Borough on Gecerces, Christians make up 2% of the Coarcathian population [11% of the human population, in the Williams brood.] There are no "true" Christian Coarcathians, but they are often regarded as cultists due to their hailing of The Bible. They construct churches from human designs. All Coarcathian Christians are nondenominational, but technically Orthodoxy as they were educated by the Eastern European rooted Williams clan.
ISLAM: There are virtually no Islamic Coarcathians [making up less than 1% of the population.] while Islam is the largest religion for the human demographic [55% of humans are Islamic.] The Baudeville family--hailing from France--was the most persecuted family by Coarcathians and are most opposed by Serentians and Sisters of Resva. This dates back to Claire Baudeville's murder of Serenity. Even with humans, there are no mosques. Islamics are often forced into ghettos. Due to false branding by Coarcathian media and fellow humans, Islamic Coarcathians and humans are portrayed as extremely hostile and violent--when in reality they are among the least combative religious groups.
JUDAISM: Judaism is the third largest religion on Serenity [32% of the population], and second largest sector total [46% of all Coarcathians.] Judaism was introduced by the Elliot brood and brought into Coarcathian attention by interbreeding and cult hit. Although not viewed as quite niche by non-believers as Christianity is, Judaism is viewed as a cult religion due to its popularization through studies of the Holocaust, Israel, and anti-semitism making Coarcathians view Judaism as a romantic religion filled with many hardships. There are many synagogues throughout Coarcathian space, with the least amount on Gecerces [5 synagogues.] Out of the human religions, Judaism is the most studied and Jewish humans are often the least persecuted. Almost amusingly, 34% of humans are Jewish--a lower amount than Coarcathians which fell in love with the religion.
VIEWS ON GENDERS:
FEMALE: Over 80% of the Coarcathian population is female, with the rate estimated to decline as Public Service Announcements about the dangers of mating with males and negative stigma against male members rise. They hold most positions, but very few Coarcathian women enter the field of being doctors. The reason is not known, but there are many theories involving females and the health industry--most ending with the fact that females live shorter lives and tend to be more impressionable than males who can stand the pressure.
MALE: Infanticide is a huge issue in Coarcathian culture. Males are often viewed as dangerous creatures. While all Coarcathians have very few bones, males have substantially more bones--often killing their mothers in childbirth. Most male children are aborted as fetuses or murdered upon birth, but the ones that survive often enter the medical field--ironically as gynecologists [30% of hospital-employed males.] They are viewed as stronger and more violent than females.
VIEWS ON MARRIAGE:
Very few Coarcathians support Monogamy. This is due to their belief that one is an unlucky number. Most Coarcathians marry a member of one gender and then partner with extramaritial partners. When the Coarcathian conceives, they can concieve children by multiple partners and very few partners raise children, so paternity is not an issue.
BRIDAL TRAINING: Female Coarcathians, like humans, are born with hymens. In Coarcathians this thickens over time--reducing fertility and increasing maternal death in childbirth so at age six children undergo "Bridal Training" which is where the mother breaks the daughter's hymen and completely removes it. When the mother is dead, often times the father has to perform it, although it is usually left to other female family members.
VIEWS ON LUCK:
Coarcathians are not very superstitious, however the number 1 is held as unlucky. From birth 78% of all Coarcathians are fraternal twins, 20% are identical twins, but only 2% [of children born in any given year] are single births. Hybrids are not counted in this estimate, excluding the whole of the Gaelic line. Children that are born as single births are believed to be marked with evil and absorbing their sibling in the womb.
VIEWS ON SEXUALITY:
STRAIGHT [HETEROSEXUALITY]: In Coarcathian females there is no such a concept. Heterosexuality occurs, but to stick completely to the opposite gender is a new idea to females. Since Females can reproduce with both other females and males there is no religious basis or scientific basis for heterosexuality. Heterosexuality is frowned upon in their culture due to the likelihood of producing males and the inevitable "Bridal training" that females undergo at age six. Virtually all males are heterosexual.
GAY/LESBIAN [HOMOSEXUALITY]: This is promoted in PSA's and multiple religions with a scientific basis that childbirth to males is often fatal to the mother. Virtually no males are homosexual. Almost 42% of Coarcathian females are homosexual.
BISEXUAL: Most Coarcathian females are bisexual, having mated with males multiple times in their lives.
COARCATHIAN [UNFORMAL]: This is the second most common spoken language in the nation. It has 30 letters with basic grammar and constructs. Although being replaced by the Universal Codec, Coarcathian is still used in private homes and letters.
COARCATHIAN [FORMAL]: This is the third most common spoken language. It has 33 letters with more complex grammar than Coarcathian. It is only used in the Elite Mesa and official documents.
UNIVERSAL CODEC [English]: Coarcathians were tricked into adopting this as their universal language by Claire Baudeville and Bryon Elliot.
SPANISH: Spoken only on Serenity.