A certain culture believes that evil can live beyond the grave. They also believe that the destruction of the dead body can keep that one from coming back. Destroying the newly deceased body can destroy the soul if done properly. They first burn the body for 24 hours, smash the remains as well as possible, then burn the what is left for another 24 hours.
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Ideas - Society/ Organization
October 16, 2002
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Diseased people, (leprosy or any other such fear inducing disease) when traveling, will often times wear a cloak that entirely covers their body and ring a bell as they travel, used as a warning for any others to stay away. Could be used for a disguise or safe passage.
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Ideas - Society/ Organization
September 21, 2002
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A people who believe it is incredibly impolite to speak to anybody they meet for the first time. They believe their actions should speak for them until they are comfortable in each others presence and can then trust each other. Only then would converstation be appropriate.
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Ideas - Society/ Organization
May 31, 2002
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During battle/war the heads of all slain are decapitated and collected by the slayer. The slayer will clean them up and put them on display for inspection by the commander. Depending on the deads name, rank, and expression on the face held by the death blow-the slayer will be rewarded by gold and/or status.
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Ideas - Society/ Organization
May 31, 2002
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Archers never waste arrows in a volley. Always aim for something. To waste an arrow is a great dishonor and if caught will be shamed.
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Ideas - Society/ Organization
May 31, 2002
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As a new member of a magical organization you get 1-3 magical scrolls to do with them whatever you want. They are unmarked and contain spells you dont know and will only find out at the moment of reading=casting.
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Ideas - Society/ Organization
May 14, 2002
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A culture has it forbidden to say their rulers name under penalty of death. Anybody in power must be referred to as their title. Comes from the fact that the rule or position can be taken over by anybody from any level in society. To use the title elevates them or brings them down from whatever level they were originally at before they took the position. Respect and authority comes from the position, not from previous life.
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Ideas - Society/ Organization
May 10, 2002
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City, group, religion; every time a significant event happens to the city/person a new name will be given to signify the event. Could add the names to previous ones like a list of titles or could just be completely changed every time.
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Ideas - Society/ Organization
May 10, 2002
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A religious group has a vow of poverty. They have nothing except what is donated to them. Once a day the group walks through the town holding small baskets for offerings. Main purpose is to recieve their food for the day. Most families believe it is good luck to give the group small foods that they can spare. The group is very grateful for the donations and all bow in unison to each that gives a donation much to the amusement of many kids that enjoy giving the donation.
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Ideas - Society/ Organization
April 22, 2002
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After building a new granary,it is customary to let a rat feast on grain. After that,there is chase and the rat is killed. Failing to catch this rat is a bad omen.
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Ideas - Society/ Organization
April 8, 2002
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In this culture it is not wise to talk too much good things about anything - especially children,lest some evil spirit steals it. So it is customary to say it is ugly and weak and will surely not survive. Also:

'The man who boasts of his young woman is a fool,

The man who boasts of his wares will get rich.'
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Ideas - Society/ Organization
January 7, 2002
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Some people are linked psychicly and get brief glimpses of each others lives. They will have visions of what the other sees.
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Ideas - Society/ Organization
January 5, 2002
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The size and number of knots in hair, tied around neck, or hanging from belt could signify family, importance, worship, guild affiliations. Being able to translate the meaning of the size and placement of knots can give you a a large understanding of who somebody is.



May be used in a more barbaric society. Where in cities peoples clothes and crests show who they are, barbarians have no need for this so use knots.
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Ideas - Society/ Organization
January 5, 2002
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Head priests of a order are buried sitting up with their skeletal hand sticking out of the ground so worshippers can still kiss his hand for a blessing.
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Ideas - Society/ Organization
December 31, 2001
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To become a warrior in a tribe. -no food, drink, or sleep for 4 days and nights. -change into special clothes and painted enter hut -slices of skin carved from their chest and shoulders -wooden skewers through the bleeding flesh behind the chest muscles -stout thongs, secured to rafters were tied to skewers -hoisted from floor by these and weights were attached to their feet -twirled around till fell unconscious -when recovered from this, given a hatchet to cut off their little finger -ropes then tied to wrists and force to run in circle like a horse until he passed out -if survive all this he can return to his family in honor knowing he is now a warrior.
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Ideas - Society/ Organization
December 31, 2001
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After a hanging, purchasing the rope and burning it yourself is said to remove all sins from you and keep you safe from the rope.
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Ideas - Society/ Organization
December 31, 2001
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Earrings are said to give the sailor better sight. The pulse center for the eyes is through the earlobe.
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Ideas - Society/ Organization
December 31, 2001
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Seeing a priest on the way to the ship to depart is bad luck. Sailor will not board the ship for 24hrs.
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Ideas - Society/ Organization
December 31, 2001
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Whistling on the sea is bad luck. It is said to mock the sound of a strong wind and will call it so nature can show the true sound. Whistling is only allowed when becalmed or when shrouded in fog.
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Ideas - Society/ Organization
December 31, 2001
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Common for sailors to get lashings for punishment. Sailors would then get tattoos of god symbols on thier back so the thrasher was less likely to whip the symbol of the god.



Others say symbols bring bad luck. They draw the attention of the god and it could be wrathful.
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Ideas - Society/ Organization
December 31, 2001
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