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5/25/2021 8:02 pm  #31


Re: I'm confused on how Atevi society actually works.

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I looked at your starlings, and what came to mind is:     together we live

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5/25/2021 8:17 pm  #32


Re: I'm confused on how Atevi society actually works.

This has been an utterly fascinating discussion. I only just found it today.
One thing I have been thinking of , regarding Atevi manchi, is zebras.
Only a few years ago I learned that many attempts to domesticate zebras had been tried and all failed. The reason is that a zebra family is inseparable. You can't take one zebra from a herd segment. All the rest of the family come after the stolen member and break down barriers to reclaim that member. So what are the zebras thinking? This sounds a lot like mecheiti, but also like the bond between a lord and his clan members. Unbreakable bond that will not tolerate separation.
Humans can have unbreakable bonds with individuals who are not part of his family or his political allegiance. To Atevi these bonds are incomprehensible, and provoke unanticipated and unpredictable actions. Bren loves Banichi, but he can't say it.
Bren attracts manchi, possibly because his protectiveness towards his staff causes him to act in ways that look a lot like a lord's downward manchi, taking care of his people.
 


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