For Aurloks, the everyday and the sacred are intrinsically linked: everyday life is inseparable from the invisible forces of the World of Spirits: a disembodied space and invisible to the naked eye, shrouded in mystery which is unknown to what extent can manifest physically.
The ManitousEach natural thing on Mornea has in the world of spirits, a Manitou and in a voice that Aurloks can hear. Notable exception alchemical stones! The Aurloks found that thunder–stones have no voice, they have concluded that they had no honcho.
September manitous animals have a powerful enough voice to communicate and influence the lives of children Aurlokan: they not only take under their protection of newborns, whose physical appearance evoke that of the czar, but in addition they each special symbolism. An alchemical formula is the result of negotiations between the shaman and the manitou it contacts.
The first four are the ones that have come forward to Aurloks to Gigage Gadusi, who taught them the use of stones thunder and became one of the foundations of the nation Aurlok.
– Waga (Auroch) symbolizes awareness of the physical body, power, brutality, but also fertility and desire. Faithful and steadfast, the clan Aurloks Waga are true pillars on which their brothers can rest;
– Walosi (Toad) symbolizes awareness of emotion, sensitivity, feelings and imagination. Clan members Walosi bring healing and happiness and love penetrate appearances to discover the inner being that lurks in every heart;
– Koga (Raven) symbolizes awareness of intelligence, reasoning but also prescience. Those like Koga clan understand and see further, they help their brothers to grasp things and to order their thoughts;
– Waya (Wolf) symbolizes awareness of intuition, the unconscious but also cunning. The Aurloks Waya clan act quickly, instinctively. Big on the things of the soul, they are also the ones that support the dead and funeral rites.
The latter three moguls others came forward after Gigage Gadusi more reserved, they do occur rarely with Aurloks and their clans are extremely minority within society Aurlok.
Iktomi (Spider) symbolizes awareness of spirituality, detachment from material life and familiarity in the world of spirits. Wanbli (Eagle) symbolizes awareness of the will, the one that puts knowledge to action. Mato (Bear) symbolizes awareness of life, the paths that the souls and respect the cycle of eternal life.
Many other manitous raise their voices, but they are so much less audible as those described above: the other animals but also plants and minerals. Some animals manitous sometimes take under their protection of newborns, but without giving rise to a clan.
The souls of ancestors
The moguls are not the only powers of the world of spirits, because there are also the souls of deceased Aurloks, awaiting reincarnation. It seems that unlike other peoples, Aurloks have three souls who combine to make each a unique individual whose moods result of their good or bad deal. When death comes, we say that these three souls have very different fates.
– Inextricably linked to the dynamism of earthly life, the breath will join that of his ancestors and is waiting to be joined by the spectrum to reset its cycle and invest the body of a newborn;
– The ghost continues beyond death through the memories of deceased loved ones: it accompanies and protects them from evil spirits. Once all the relatives of the deceased have joined in death, the ghost can find rest and reset its cycle;
– The spectrum remains attached to the mortal remains to cry. When he manages to mourn, the body breaks down and the specter joined the breath and begins its cycle.
Once disembodied body of the deceased, these souls are invisible and intangible, but the alchemy of shamans–night can give them sufficient materiality to intervene in the world of the living. With thunder–stones, a shaman can restore contact between the ghost and relatives who are still alive. A shaman may evoke the breath of a Aurlok was not yet reincarnated the soul comes to the material world as effectively as she could time his lifetime.
While alive, the souls and bodies of Aurloks are exposed to the existence of taboos: acts that Aurloks shall not perform or risk a sanction from the Spirit World. These taboos are many and varied, such as “it is a taboo to disturb Manitou” or “it is taboo to eat the flesh of another Aurlok”. The punishment that may attract the transgressors can range from onset of disease to the corruption of one or more of its souls: If nothing is done by then to redeem his fault, unfortunate loses all reason and becomes an evil spirit. In some cases, the body can die and then continue, then connected with the soiled soul and after the spiritual depravity: the evil spirit haunts then Oblaye Itse, embodying the downfall in the eyes of Aurloks who view with great pity while the relentless fighter because an evil spirit is always be a tempter who always encourages the violation of the taboo that it was born. Thus a Aurlok going guilty of cannibalism will change to Wendigo, as one who is guilty of murder could become an yenal’doshi a Skinshifter.
The role of shamans in society Aurlok
The spirit shaman maintains contact between his tribe and moguls. It was he who oversees all communion with spirits and most initiation rites. VOR manitous messengers, they convey their words and demands on the material world. Many of them go beyond the role of intermediary and lengthy discussion with manitous to have a better knowledge of the world of spirits. This task usually favors conciliators characters, clever or pugnacious, but some are sometimes authoritarian, applications manitous imperative to be executed.
Other shamans are more specialized. The medicine shaman shaman and night are quite common. Rarer, shamans dream–clan Iktomi are responsible for the interpretation of dreams, which is a roundabout way for manitous to then issue an advice or a message to an individual: Visiting such a shaman allows the dreamer to properly interpret his dream and not to offend the honcho who took the trouble to offer. It may also appoint shamans–thunder, who gave up everything to devote themselves to the fight against Avalon.
Communing with the spirits
Sometimes a Aurlok feel the need to communicate with the world of spirits. Although this can be done through a shaman-mind, the Aurloks often prefer to commune with the spirits directly without having to go through an intermediary, to show respect to Manitou. We must then undergo a ritual: the quest for a vision. This involves weakening the barriers to enlightenment: it can be done by singing, dancing, eating peyote, bodily deprivation or isolation in a sweat lodge. Whatever the means chosen or by Aurlok, it is accompanied by prayers to attract the attention of Manitou. If it happens, contact causes a trance, a daydream in which the communicant and Manitou can chat.
These communions are equally individually and collectively, the whole of a tribe can sing and dance around the fire to enter the world of spirits.