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#14988252 Sep 05, 2022 at 05:03 PM
Antu'zul
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I'd like to do another mini-celebration of a headcanon festival for the Shatterspear, but to make it easier for our other Shatterspear to offer ideas, I thought a forum thread might be more efficient to brainstorm! I'd like to get these up for the last week of September or early October depending on what we wanna do.

So below is my brain dump, based on older headcanons I've written and some ideas for events of a mini celebration of Mavuno, the Autumnal Equinox festival!

What is Mavuno?

Mavuno celebrates the Autumn Equinox, and coincides with deer rutting/mating season. It can be celebrated roughly September-November, usually when the temperature starts to cool consistently (but before the first frost). Also considered to be a good time to enter into mateships (if you were a traditionalist and started your courtship in Basata), as both day and night are equal in parts and this evenness is considered ideal in a mateship. Hunters are particularly fond of this festival as it also heralds the start of hunting season, with rituals often done to promote successful hunts. Also a celebration of harvest and bounty from the Vernal Festival. The most common design is stag antlers for facepaint. Some may choose to make faux antlers out of branches, or use real stag antlers in a headdress-- particularly men (or anyone) looking to impress someone they want to court or enter a mateship with. Fall leaves, dried berries, and vines are often used in mask-making and decoration elsewise.

One could think of it as a mix between the clan's celebration Lan'mou, and a classic Harvest Festival.

Event Ideas:

Autumnal Equinox Dance - Stag Dance

Colors are deep orange, brown, and yellow. Partner dances are important, whether mates, courtships, or even just friends or hunting partners. Can have two parts- a 'dance-off' for those who are trying to impress someone, as well as partner/family dances to invite prosperity, fortune, and bounty in for the winter. Often imitates motions of a stag or elk, with lots of head dipping and tossing, linked arms with bent elbows, and more stomping than the Root Dance of Basata.

Fetish Crafting

As well as sharing stories and superstitions akin to what was done at Basata, except here folks are being taught to make some classic fetishes or pieces for Mavuno, such as corn-husk or clay horns to use as blessing vessels to attract bounty, to how to make faux stag antler headdresses, etc.

Mavuno Feast

Featuring classic Shatterspear dishes, much more meaty and hearty than Basata with all the harvested goodies and hunted game. Lots of freshly prepared meats, vegetables, etc. as well as breads, soups, stews, etc. Tradition is to bring a handmade loaf of bread to the feast, to be given to someone you don't yet know very well, as a sign of friendship.

If anyone has any other ideas for fun events, superstitions, etc. please drop them here! I'll organize what I'm able to as I continue to update our massive Shatterspear doc, and hopefully we can get a few fun events going to share the fun mini-festival!
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#14988253 Sep 05, 2022 at 05:15 PM
Ai'shi
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#14988252 Tezuli / Ai'sedai wrote:


Event Ideas:

Autumnal Equinox Dance - Stag Dance

Colors are deep orange, brown, and yellow. Partner dances are important, whether mates, courtships, or even just friends or hunting partners. Can have two parts- a 'dance-off' for those who are trying to impress someone, as well as partner/family dances to invite prosperity, fortune, and bounty in for the winter. Often imitates motions of a stag or elk, with lots of head dipping and tossing, linked arms with bent elbows, and more stomping than the Root Dance of Basata.





This. But the stag dance consists of the dancers wearing antlers from a hunt they've completed this year. We craft fetishes first, and make one of them the stag wreath and it's used to 'mark' your interest in another. Each wreath is personalized :>
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#14990877 Sep 14, 2022 at 04:24 PM
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Superstition idea: You break your antler at the dance the mateship is cursed.
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