Rituals, Ceremonies, and Practices
The Lurlinist faith is a simple one. Lurline, The Fairy Queen, created the world, and rules over the Fairies, whose job it is to carry out important tasks like overseeing weather, aiding Lurline’s beasts, pollinating certain plants, and sowing new seeds.
The faith is largely practiced throughout daily living, with little formal institution. Instead, Lurlinism is a faith that is based strongly in its Creation Myth and honouring the core concepts of Fertility, Nature, and Childhood.
Fairies are magical creatures that serve Lurline and carry out her bidding. This largely includes chores in caring for nature, and allowing Lurline’s beasts to thrive. They are particularly known for their love of sweets, and you will often see offerings of cakes, fruits, and candies outside Lurlinists’ homes. While there are documented reports from people claiming to have seen these fairies, sightings are few and inconsistent between each other; the most notable differences being in their size. Some reports claim fairies to be as large as young children, while others have been as small as mice. In most accounts, Fairies are kind-hearted but mischievous, and have the ability to disappear instantly. Their rarity is revered, but children seem to encounter fairies more frequently. This may be due to the natural innocence and purity of children, or because children are also generally kind-hearted and mischievous, attracting their similar personalities. Whatever the reason, children are seen as particularly special for this, and childhood is considered to be the most important time in a person’s life. Therefore, to force or request a child to perform an adult’s duties is seen as a grave sin.
Nessant’s Day and Robhir’s Day
A person’s tenth birthday is called their Nessant’s Day, and marks the beginning of her/his transition into adulthood. It is the day their childhood ends, and their transition begins. On a person’s Nessant’s Day, s/he is required to sacrifice a juvenile animal, in place of their own death. The remains of this sacrifice are placed into an earthenware container, along with a mixture of traditional brews and aromatics that have been prepared in advance by the eldest member of the family. The container is sealed, and left to sit for a year until the person’s Robhir’s Day.
In the course of the following year, a person takes it upon her/himself to learn about all the necessary aspects of being a fully contributing member of society as an adult. While it is not mandatory, it is often assumed that older members of the family will assist in this learning process. It is important that all the most pertinent knowledge is learned before the person’s Robhir’s Day.
On a Robhir’s Day, the animal remains are removed from the earthenware container. After soaking for a year, all soft tissue will have dissolved, and the bone will have hardened and turned to a dark grey colour. The Robhir selects a particularly favourite bone to be worn as a Robhir’s bone for the remainder of their lives. This bone is meant to protect the wearer, and serve as a reminder for their lost childhood. The remaining bones are crushed, and scattered in the places that were most significant during the Robhir’s childhood. Once this task has been completed, the Robhir is considered to be an adult, and a fully contributing member of society.