Malawi Tribe

Residing in the Akinat Desert along the northern edge of Keperu’rai is the tribe of Lithorians known as the Malawi. Perhaps the most open and accepting of outsiders of the two tribes, the Malawi are mostly merchants and traders, setting up several outposts in their lands where the curious can come and browse the rare and unique items created by the tribe. This is not to say that they allow these people into their tribe, but see them as tourists and visitors to their lands that may come and partake of their culture so long as they follow the rules set in place.

Dressing themselves in bright, vivid garments, the Malawi love colors and rarely incorporate black, grey or brown in their wardrobe unless an individual is in a time of mourning. Many women and children wear belts of thin, gold circles that are overlaid upon each other, making a soft gentle chiming noise when the wearer moves about and creates was is referred to as the music of the tribe. The Malawi love to celebrate the bounty that is given to them, as they live in an area where resources can be slim. During the harvest, the outposts will organize a huge festival that will begin at one outpost and travel the desert road, accompanied by song and dance. The massive crowd will end at the tribe’s sacred graveyard where it takes on a more somber tone and people leave offerings to their ancestors.

As open as inviting as the Malawi are, they are also hand out some of the harshest punishments for traitors and criminals in their lands. For outsiders to the tribe who break their laws either spend time in public stocks to be laughed at and ridiculed, or they are permanently exiled from their lands and no one in the tribe is ever permitted to even look upon them ever again. Traitors and lawbreakers within the tribe suffer much harsher punishments than simple exile. The dungeons of the jails in the Malawi are known to be so substandard that the air is barely breathable and those that are locked within them are considered the lucky ones. There are rumors of the vilest of criminals being tossed in the quicksand to sink to their demise, or buried to their necks in the desert to suffer a slow, monotonous death. While these practices may seem cruel to outsiders, to the Malawi, it is merciful. For their culture, the soul has been tainted beyond repair, and to allow the person to die lets the soul move on and be reincarnated for a second chance.

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Posted September 22, 2011 by belimedra

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