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Spiritual sanctum gatherings signify wide range of meanings

Tribe gathers for fellowship, competition, and worship

By Leon Barquet

Upon observing the Noitiava, lead researchers observed many special tribal events. Out of all such events, the natives appeared to be the most excited about their tri-annual spiritual gatherings.

Large herds of these Noitaiva are known to gather on specified days to worship a higher power. Nearly all the tribesmen and women will gather in an arena they call “the pit,” due to its deep cavernous appearance.

The elders, chieftains, and a few selected tribesmen lead the gathering. These selected leaders are called the ASB, and they direct the gathering because they are the prime combination of divinity and tribal community.

These gatherings are loud and have constantly created verbal altercations between the social classes, as they tend create a superiority competition consisting of screaming, stomping, and using the tribal air horn to be the loudest caste.

At times, these large spiritual gatherings would bring chieftains from other regions to spread their knowledge and wisdom of foreign lands and or events. The Noitaiva are a young tribe still acquiring knowledge from the visitors, whom they bestow with generous gifts like a shirt.

During most of the spiritual gatherings of the Noitaiva, it seems that the structure of the pit encourages castes to engage in verbal assaults toward fellow tribesmen from other castes. Another conflict created is the ritual sacrifice of tribesmen from each caste.

Though not much is known about these gatherings, the sacrifices happen about once each trimester, as a part of some sort of gift of worship. Competitors are selected from each caste, or volunteer as tributes, to engage in one-on-one combat or blind catacomb runs.

The unselected tribesmen are able to gaze down upon such battles from their feeding grounds and cheer for their caste’s sacrifice.

Those being sacrificed were most devoted to the winged flying machines they praised so intently and see this task as a duty to the gods.

Each caste of tribesman would dress in special colors that they believe would give them powers from the gods. They represent their caste and hope to gain the favor of the heavens and the “Spirit” to win the “Spirit Competitions.”

Though roughly translated, the phrase “a sea of red” is commonly chanted by the third caste. After further research the phrase has now been decoded to be a story of a plague, and in wearing the red, it would bring good fortune from the gods and safety.

The third castes believes themselves to be a more superior caste, but the other castes acknowledge that they are full of themselves. After further research the third caste is now thought to have cannibalistic tendencies.

On rare occasions, the tribe’s elders would be forced out into the sacrifice. At such times, this brought loud praise and screams from the tribesmen, as elders had the tendency to be the victors and the crowd favorite.

These gatherings are one of the most popular days of worship. One ritual was the powdered puff challenge, in which the elders and selected tribesmen were forced to place many puffs in their mouths and chant to the phoenix god, Archimedes.

These spiritual tests were enacted for the hope for a good harvest, or point out the problems of gluttony. It is believed that all of these testaments of the tribe’s will during these spiritual assemblies had a deeper meaning.

Even though the most prominent and celebrated spiritual assemblies were that of intense worship, there were also many other subjects that the Noitaiva partake in. One of these is the gathering for the recognition of the tribesmen of the season.

These tribesmen are selected based on their merit and how the gods view them. Those who have the most affection from the gods are closer to the them, and therefore are selected.

The selected were experts in nearly all of their fields of study. They are placed in the pit where they are all praised for their devotion to the tribe, their academics, and their gods.

Though this happens four times in the year, it is still considered one of the more special events for the tribesmen.

The gathering was very important to the fourth castes, for they have survived a plague that has been rumoured to have claimed countless members of the tribes. “Senioritis” is an awful plague that takes the members of the fourth caste to near-comatosed states, leaving them unable to work.

One of the most fascinating tribal assemblies is that of the “Monk Breakfast.” These monks would select a tribesman and spread their practice and ways of worship.

The monks, each specialized in a very skilled practice, would attempt to teach the tribesman. This ritual has been in the Noitaiva tribes for generations, but the Noitaiva often appear unteachable.

From further research of the tribe, it appears that the tribesmen would later take over the monks’ job one day praying-mantis style and continue the endless cycle.

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