Re: [conculture] Body Modifications/Tattoos
- "J. K. Hoffman" wrote:
> Do tattoos or body modifications fit into your world? If so, how? WhatTattooing in Kassi culture marks the person off as a slave. The
> are people's reactions to them? Why would someone volunteer to get a
> tattoo or piercing? Or, would they
particular pattern marks where they were originally from and the age at
which they were enslaved. So, I can't imagine why someone would choose
to get tattooed. :-) Maybe in more "modern" times, especially after
the abolition of slavery, it might be adopted for shock value.
I haven't thought much about piercing. I may adopt an idea that a
friend had for her conculture wherein piercing marks ones position and
rank in society. That's an issue I've been debating for a while, how
exactly rank is marked.
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- on 9/4/03 2:07 AM, Barry Garcia at barry_garcia@... wrote:
> firstname.lastname@example.org writes:Actually, Indentured Servants are, or were, not always necessarily doing it
>> how about serf or endentured servant ?
>> Marc Pasquin
> The reason i do not use "serf" is because serfs cannot be sold unless an
> owner sells his land to a new owner. Slaves can be sold at any time for
> any reason.
> Indentured servants work for their employer, rather than a Saalangal slave
> who is doing this not out of will, but out of obligation (indentured
> servants took the role voluntarily to get passage to the new world,
> usually). A debt slave (which is what Saalangal slaves are) does this
> because he is forced to with no other recourse.
'by will' -- some religious and social groups had it as a part of an
obligation for paying off debts. The main difference between an Indentured
Servant is the prospect of freedom -- even the earliest American slaves, as
we *now* consider them, were only considered Indentured Servants by their
masters: They worked to pay off the costs of the ship ride from Africa, then
they were freed by their masters.
I like to, personally, define slaves, in my concultures, as "people with no
rights, no class, and distinctly marked as separate." This leads to the
tattooing of Orkish slaves, a permanent mark. When an Orkish man is sent
into debt which requires a slave-payment, he loses his rights and class --
even a highly-ranked shaman or priest in such debt would not be saved by his
class. Even those with lasting diseases, though exiled, retain class when or
if they recover.
> So, slave remains the best word.That's up the builder of the world/culture. After all, the Adin have
indentured servitude, though they insist their word translates as 'slave',
and has a positive connotation -- Hemeilu are always provided decent and
appropriate clothing, food, and hygienic niceties, as they are just like any
other servant. The only difference is that their earnings are withheld while
a normal servant collects them (or at least has them in a deposit with the
Lord). Hemeilu are expected to also use the term "my lord" or "master" when
addressing their master, while regular servants would never use "master"
except in honorific form with the given or family name, depending on
circumstances (ie: "E'feistaus-soma" or "Firom-soma"), preferring the
honorific of 'lord' or 'lady'.
The Adin would never consider being a hemeil to be bad, indeed some of the
less wealthy would not mind becoming a hemeil -- at the end of their
servitude, they may choose to remain in service to their master, which can
raise the social ranking from a poor man with no trade to a devoted servant.
Sometimes nobles even trade or sell servants who perform exceptionally, to
help train the servants of others. Hemeil is a word viewed positively,
because it offers a way to improve ones lot without learning a trade, or
when one is sunken in debt.
The Orks, on the other hand, never desire to be elbsuken (the lowest form of
slave, with no chance of freedom), nor even albsesku (those who may be
freed). They view the existence of the term with disgust, but all admit the
Any thoughts? Maybe questions on other races and how they handle slavery and
servanthood? I'm glad to answer them all.
- The Hunter -