Iashagani

The Iashagani people are the second largest cultural group in the Reefwind Islands and control the second largest island amongst the Reefwind. Isjenberg is the largest island and the center of the Tashagani homeland. Though these people originally came from the frozen south, their ancestors paddled way north in light hide kayaks centuries ago. They have long since left the cold of the south behind and now enjoy the abundant food of the Reefwind Islands. The change of location helped shape who they have become.

Culture The Iashagani are people of mixed descent. The truth is muddled and lost in hundreds if not thousands of years of history, but the histories say that the Iashagani or Gani as they name themselves, say the came from the frozen south. They were a tribal nomadic people who scratched a living in the deep snows and frozen wastes of the southern pole. They fished and hunted in the waves just off the ice shelves, in kayaks of seal or whale skin. Then the elder seers of the tribes gathered and found a better way for their people to live. Gani set out across the waves in the hundreds in search of the warmth in the north. Years later the Gani were settling down on the shores of Isjenberg

Since those times much has changed. Some of the storied told to children on Isjenberg tell of the strange new land full of warmth and lush trees deep jungles and rich coastal sholes. These tales tell of how the Gani learned how to live in this new land and of the strange copper skinned men and women who they found here. Of how these two peoples intermingled and became as one, combining the traditions of both and learning to venerate the new spirits of the land and sea.

Fashion

Because of the climate here in the steamy jungles, the Gani prefer loose-fitting robes and trousers with wide open legs. Vests of loose fabric adorned with dyed threads and embroidered with intricate patterns. Men and women dress much the same and often dress in similar clothing. In the evenings long shawls and wrapped lengths of light cloth often serve as adornments. Priests are the notable exception. While they wear much the same clothing as the people they rule over, they wear elaborate headdresses. A typical local Priest will have a large headdress of feathers. More prominent Priests will adorn theirs with gold, jade, and turquoise. The priest-king, the ruler of all Gani, wears a massive headdress of golden feathers ringed with many colored feathers radiating out like the sun. above his forehead a jade crown anchors the headpiece with spun gold blades extend, resembling the sun itself.

Burial Rights The dead are divided into several groups based upon their lives.

Those of the sea and Sky Most people are encased in a thick paste made mostly of crushed limestone, seashells, and rich volcanic ash. This paste hardens creating a sort of cocoon around the body. The body is then wrapped in a soft fabric layer before being covered again. Then, the body is anchored to a carved stone ring large enough to sink the body to the bottom of the ocean. Friends and family then take the body out into the deepest parts of the island’s many reefs where they are sunk to the seafloor. Slowly the bodies are consumed by the ocean and coral reefs becoming a new growth of the reef they have been sunk in. Some towns and families can mark miles of new reef growth fed by the bodies of their ancestors.

Priests of the Ocean Goddess High Priest and those who served as regional leaders are buried in stone sarcophagi. These are then placed above a large stone gate. Fifty feet tall and 12 feet wide the gate is free standing. The gate is built upon a terraced platform adding even more height to the structure. A set of stairs leads from ground level up to the gate itself on either side. Around the terraced platform are square stone pillars carved with the name of the priest and prayers. The gate itself is topped with a stone pagoda steep-roofed and pointed. The sarcophagus is placed above the gate under the pagoda and built into the structure so it can not be robed without tearing the whole gate down. On festival days or the anniversary of the death of the person buried within, the gate is draped in yellow cloth and offerings of food are placed on each step along with gifts of silver, spices, feathers, jade, and books.

Speakers of the Past The most respected elders of a community are often the teachers and the storytellers. These men are sacrificed before they grow old enough to die. They are brought to a place called [[The_Heart_of_the_Ocean?]]. Here they are thrown into the mouth of a great whirlpool which they Gani see as the heart of divinity in the islands. This is all part of a ceremony in which the sacrifice of these elders is seen as a way to return all the knowledge, skill and learning back to the [[Priest_King?]], and the people.

Define external redirect: The Heart of the Ocean Priest King