Family, gender and sexuality in Alanu

The Alanu republic is a very patriarchal society. Men is  seen as the natural heads of both state and family. The authority of the husband over his wife and his children is wide. It is the fathers responsibility to weed out sickly or deformed children at birth and his total authority over the life and death of his children extends as long as he lives. Patricide is seen as one of the worst crimes imaginable and will always be harshly punished.

“Safe in HIS hands,” by T.Alan Kirk

The Alanu family patriarch is not only given far reaching rights regarding his children, but also have considerable responsibilities towards them. He is responsible to care for his children’s health, prosperity, patriotism and education. A person living in poverty or behaving badly is seen as his or her fathers shame, regardless of their age. A father is allowed to order his children’s inheritance in any way he like but if he doesn’t make his will clear only his sons will inherit him.

Only male adult citizens are generally allowed to vote in the different institutions of the republic. There exists but a handful of anomalies to this rule in some countryside constituencies of the clan council. All but one senator are men. The only woman of senatorial rank is the high priestess of mother Alissu. A female citizen is allowed to represent herself in court but she is mostly represented by her husband, father or other male relatives as their words are generally given more weight by the judges.

When a woman enters marriage, she comes under the authority of her husband. A husband cannot legally kill his wife but it is his duty to punish her if she behaves badly. The husband can divorce his wife at any time and always keeps the custody of his children but loses all wealth brought into the family by her. A wife can petition a judge in order to get a divorce if her husband is impotent, traitorous, to brutal, sexually disinterested or unable to sustain her. A marriage can also be ended by the father of the bride but then the husband also keep all her belongings. Both men and women are seen as adults at 16 years of age.

Sex is first-most seen as a reproductive duty but pleasure is also a accepted part. Homosexual relations are accepted, as long as they doesn’t interfere with the duty to produce more citizen children. Many see persistent homosexual activities among adults as a sign of immaturity.

A Alanu woman should not fraternize with foreigners. Especially if she is not accompanied with a male citizen of good standing. Sexual relations and marriage between a female citizen and a foreigner is only allowed by special permission by the senate. Women who disobey this rule is often flogged publicly and the male foreigner is castrated. A male citizen who wants to marry a foreign woman must first surrender her to inspection and initiation by the priestesses of Mother Alissu.

The life of a woman in Alanu is certainly more limited then that of a male. A woman’s prime duty to the republic is to carry, deliver and raise children. A woman at the age of 25 who hasn’t borne any children is seen as something unnatural, ill fated and potentially unpatriotic. There exist women i most trades of life but in many cases they have to excel in order to be accepted.

“I am a daughter. I am a sister. I am a mother. I live only to serve.” (The main prayer of the great Mother)

All Alanu children male and female, are by tradition obliged to participate in basic weapon-training organized by their elders. Men, as soldiers, are seen as the first defence of the republic and women as the last. This is a result of the very harsh realities of the early generations of exile. Women are not allowed to join the regular ranks of the republican army but the all femal

e temple guardians of the great Mother Alissu are a potent military force that many martial women join. The total size of the temple guard is unknown but at the Great Nortern War 50 years ago it fielded almost 2000 soldiers to participate in the republican forces.

Most priestesses and priests combine their priesthood with marriage.  The exeption is the priests of Kudurri and the priestesses of Mother Alissu that reaches beyond the third rank of priesthood. They are seen as married to the republic and are not allowed to marry. This doesn’t, especially in the case of the priestesses of the Great Mother, exempt them from the duty of procreation. The priestesses of mother Alissu are to seek out and mate with any citizen that they deem worthy. The priestesses especially seek out good soldiers that have yet to father a child. This, in combination with customary donations, is often practiced as a high status kind of prostitution. Children born by unmarried priestesses of any rank are adopted by trusted families or raised in the temples.  Sexual relations between a priestess of Mother Alissu and a foreigner is punished by death for both and is seen as a very bad omen.

Few Alanu mothers die at child birth, in comparison with all other known people. This is seen as a blessing from the gods and a result of the deep knowledge in midwifery among the priestesses of Nusha and Mother Alissu. This knowledge is also the source of the use of the common susu-root as a effective contraceptive. The susu-root has been twice banned, and then later allowed again, by the senate. This as it’s use prevents childbirth and therefor might encourage lewd behavior. The priestesses defend the root as a mean to plan childbearing in order to bring forth fewer but stronger children. This defense is at the moment accepted by most, but certainly not all senators.

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2 Responses to Family, gender and sexuality in Alanu

  1. Tim Kirk (T.Alan Kirk says:

    I can appreciate that you like my photo of “Safe in HIS hands.” However I request that you give me credit for it: “Safe in HIS hands,” by T.Alan Kirk

    I own the rights to this photo. I’m not sure how you came upon it. Giving me credit is the right thing to do.

    • Vidugavia says:

      Oh sorry. I must have mixed up different pictures and the rights connected to them. Of course I will give you due credit. Beautiful picture!

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