2 Days ago i talked to AinaraLuas, the Owner of Luas in the Game “SecondLife”.
She released an amazing Outfit for Slaves and also for Mambas.
Skin: BodyGossip Felicia + Liplayer of BodyCo. Chocolata
Tattoo: Luck Inc.
Tits: Lolas! :::Tango::: NEW (LOVE THEM)
SkullNecklace, Armbands,left Legwrap, StomachWrap, Bracelets: [Rude] Designs
Loincloth, ChestFur, Gloves, right Legwrap: LUAS ODISEA BLACK
long Necklace: N*Creations
Pose: Olive Juice- The Huntress for EPOCH (from EPOCH event. not sure if still avaible)
Location: Home of Damu Hekalu Mambas (it is a GOREAN ROLEPLAY SIM)
I decided to join a Mamba Tribe. I was active in Gorean Roleplay since over 3 Years and now i have to say, that is the best role ever. the background is much more interesting than others.
following informations are gathered and written by People who know, what they are doing!!!!! ( so not by myself LOl)
“The disciplined and dignified social structure of a Mamba homestead (umuzi) is captivating for visitors who may come witness to it without falling enemy to the flesh eaters. Customs pertaining to food and the brewing of paga, ancestoral worship and places of burial, the dress code for men, women and children, the subservience of the female mate, the role of the traditional healer (inyanga), the importance of a man’s cattle, the system of compensating a father for the loss of his daughter in mating (lobola), courtship, witchcraft and superstitions.”
SO this is how i look at our tribe from a RL angle. we can be compare to Mayans, Inka, Aztec people. also we can be compared like the tribe in AVATAR. haven’t seen it? watch it, there is some comparisons.
I know most of you are also looking for mates and to make families. but you must remember that, that shouldn’t be a 1st Priority. at this moment i’d like for you all to work on a back story, who your character is? what’s his/hers personality? where did you come from? are you from a long line of Damu ancestors? reason why i ask for this is because when we RP each other or others outside of camp, you can make the RP a lot more interesting.
here is some knowlege about Mamba placement in household and tribe.
for the women:
“Traditionally, women(free or slave) did the cooking and childcare. If chosen as ones mate, she is totally subservient to her mate and has full responsibility for the raising of the children, albeit the men take very active rolls raising their children too. Whether she is mated or daughter, she participates in all household activities such as cooking, cleaning.. teaching. She is not a stranger to hard work. However, in the more prosperous villages, the woman sometimes do less as the families tend to have slaves to do most of the work.
Although the female mate is subservient to her mate and the elder men of their immediate family, she is highly respected by her mate and village for her place in the family. The Mamba woman displays great strength when it comes to wisdom and independence just as the plains women, even moreso. She is arrogant to a degree but does well to remain respectful of man. She is, by no means, anything like the women of the cities. She will almost seem fearless and always full of spirit and might. She, too, like the Mamba male, could be cunning, calculating and fierce.
The Tharlarion people did not believe in collaring their women. The spirit and the fight is challenging to them, a challenge they expect, desire and thrive upon. A female can be harshly punished by way of the whip, work or other means when purposefully insolent to her mate or male elders of her family if it is warranted, but her place in the family is always cherished.
The women’s weakness: Like the exotic flowers that only grow deep within the Schendi jungles, they do well there, but anywhere else, they would fail to thrive therefore can be said to be dangerously fragile. Another reason they are fiercely protected.
“In Gorean mythology, it is said that there was once a war between men and women and that the women lost, and the the Priest-Kings, not wishing the women to be killed, made them beautiful, but as the price of this gift decreed that they, and their daughters, to the end of time, would be the slaves of men.” -Dancer of Gor, page 352″
so uh be careful ladies! and take note. we are important in the tribe, and very much protected, but also us as woman are ferocious and protective of our selves and our families.
for the men:
“The demeanor of the Mamba male is anything but kind upon the enemy. They are the grim Askari of the jungles. Expressive of a cruelty befitting hell. Vicious, quick, cunning and deceptive are only a few attributes of such males. Most diabolicaly trained Askari who were hellishly fierce protectors of their sacred grounds. It would be asinine to ever believe one of Mamba decent could or would ever be able to survive outside of the jungles, even half bloods. The caliginous depths of the jungle are the Mambas playground, their vice, …. a weapon, in itself… a way of life.
Within the walls of the stockage, few outsiders, save for truly trusted friends, would ever come to see the Mamba male’s more relaxed state. He attends tribal meetings, makes all the important decisions and protects all family and property. He is also the hunter and bringer of food for his family. A man who did “women’s work” like cooking or cleaning, it was thought of as weak. Some men would rather stay hungry than touch a pot to cook a meal. The only exception is that of the ritual ceremony given when an enemy falls prey to the hands of the flesh eaters. Then it would be the men who prepare the body and it is at most times cooked over a large open pit near the central fire of the village. It is very common that they feast upon raw flesh as well.”
Mamba men are very dominant, well respected, prideful. they are protective over everything. so be toughand basically show NO mercy to your enemy.
There are younger mambas i see in the tribe (have to be 18 ICly to play a young mamba thats teh only age allowed. so if your character is 18 you are considered a young mamba)
here is for the girls (young)
They learn household chores including carrying containers of water on their heads, weaving, beading and the tending to the elders and those younger than they. They also work alongside the women in the homes and learn the dances of their village.
“Within the stockade of the Mamba people there was much light and noise. I could hear the sounds of their musical instruments, and the pounding of their drums. Within the stockade, too, we could hear the chanting of the people and the beating of sticks, carried in the hands of dancers.” ~ Explorers of Gor
for the boys(young)
They look after the cattle and play at stick fighting which prepares them for when they become of age to train as a warrior. They also learn musical instruments and dances of their choice to participate in village festivities. They help their fathers or older male siblings with chores.
Stick Fighting: The military influence of the Mamba regime is reflected in demonstrations of stick fighting (umshiza), with which the male teenagers and men settle their personal differences in a public duel.
now MEN. you are expected to fight. after all you will all be askrai, BUT under the command of a woman. for now, the role of a male high askrai to command with her is still open, and will be proven under the inkhosi and sangomas eyes to find the best male fighter. here is some interesting facts of what the askarai/men wore.
“The men wear “skins” that hang from their waists, and the kind of skin indicates the social status. For example, only the royal family and chiefs can wear larl skins. The Mamba warriors wear the tufts of bosks’ tails around their upper arms and knee joints, supposedly to make them look bigger and more frightening. They also carry leather shields, which tell how experienced a warrior is by how much white is on them. Another interesting fact about their shields are the tufts of fur. When it lays to the bottom, they hunt animal. When it lays to the top, they hunt the flesh of human.”
The same Can go for women. woman even though you are expected to be in the household, you are also expected to fight and gain new roles like the men. though our attire is more regal, yet dark. we do wear less clothing than usual. we wear things such as furs. skeleton pieces, feathers etc. so wear what you have with confidence and don’t try to cover up so much.
These were the entities who lurked high above, obscure with calculating quickness. They gave life to the jungles of the sacred Mamba territory. They lurked.. waited.. watched from the lush, shadowy foliage of the jungle tops. Any moment, raining down in dozens upon unsuspecting intruders. Intruders whose remains might be found in the stockade refuse dump after a ritual ceremony of cannabalistic feast. Beware upon the grounds you wander, once the Askari are upon you, there may be no return. If one is unfortunate to come face to face one, such a grim visage would be seen. Rib cages hang ornamental over there torso like some grisly shield, tribal markings of ebony swirl in contrast to bone powder that artisans their visage in some macabre tradition.
now some small facts that must be followed for interesting rp
is mostly avoided of strangers, as it is thought to be provocative. so be careful at whom you are staring at.
Female mates always walk behind their mates. Female children behind male children. (not like we can have children here anyway)
It is custom at most times that a Mamba always pass an item or artifact to you using their right hand only. The palm of the left hand will be under the right forearm. This custom is significant, and serves to assure you that there are no hidden weapons and you have nothing to fear from them. This custom can also prove to be very misleading to outside visitors who may end up as the evenings meal.
MEALS AND FOOD
They eat food grown in and above the ground, slaughtered bosk, kills of wildlife brought by the hunters and most importantly, they eat human flesh, as they are the cannibals of Gor. First the men are served, then the women followed by the boys and lastly the girls. The Mamba people some times eat from a common dish. Depending on the type of meal to be consumed, some people still prefer to eat by hand rather than use spoons. The family would sit on grass mats together, eating with their hands from a common bowl at times.
In Mamba culture, general cooking is the domain of women, free or enslaved. The only exception is that of the ritual ceremony given when an enemy falls prey to the hands of the flesh eaters. Then it would be the men who prepare the body and it is at most times cooked over a large open spit near the central fire of the village. It is not uncommon that they feast upon raw flesh as well.Hence the reason for sharpened teeth.
There is an inner area if the stockades in which the cattle are traditionally kept. Cattle are very important to the Mambas, and a large herd is a sign of wealth, status, and power. Not only are cattle important for milk and meat, but also for paying the “lobola” or dowry for a mate, and as a sacrifice to the spirits of angry ancestors. Without cattle, a man cannot feed himself and his family, get mated, or appease angry spirits!
Mating ,beads dancing and singing
now for family and mating!
Family was extremely important to the Mamba. He choses the one who will be his mate carefully. It is common that this will be the woman he lives his life out with. The woman who will give him a son. Sometimes males will seek the help of the a village Sangoma to help him choose a mate who is seen to be fertile and able to give him a son. Therefor, the female mate is chosen mostly for her fertility, and also for her dowry and beauty.
If the woman he mates only bore him daughters or is found to be barren or unable to give him a son to carry his blood name forth to the next generation, she is looked upon as a lesser woman and if the male chooses such, she can lose her status as his mate and he may take a new mate who is believed able to give him a son. The continuing of his name is very important. The Mamba people believe that if a man dies without a son the history of the family will vanish because the daughters will get mated and leave the family. The implication is that if you have girls only, when you die you will no history behind.
When a man chooses the one who will be his mate, he must pay the woman’s father with cattle. This is to compensate the father for the loss of his daughter. Should the mating not work, which is rare, the father must return some or all of the cattle. The female changes clothes often on her joining day, to show her beauty off in a variety of ways. When joining her mate, he would slaughter a bosk for her and she would put her dowry money within it. She would also give blankets as gifts to his entire family. In return, he pays the “bride price”, traditionally 11 bosks.
When a young man proposes love from a woman, she gives him a gift of betrothal beads as an indication of her acceptance of him. This acceptance is usually followed by lobolo (bride price) by which the young man pays eleven bosks to the woman’s family. See Beads for further information..
this shall be followed as is. and i will explain the beads in a different NC.
now for a mating ceremony!
he Mamba joining ceremony takes many shapes and forms. Usually the ‘bride’(for lack of better word) changes more than three times on her mating day, showing off to her ‘in-laws’ how beautiful she is in different colors. The ceremony takes place at the temple, and during this time the ‘bride’ is dressed in white. After temple the ceremony moves to the home of the ‘groom’. The ‘bride’ changes into traditional outfit. During the traditional joining the parties from the ‘bride’ and the ‘groom’s’ side compete through dance and songs if desired.
During this ceremony the family of the ‘groom’ slaughters a bosk to show that they accept the ‘bride’ in their home. The ‘bride’ puts coins inside the stomach of the bosk while the guest looks on. This is a sign that she is now part of the family. The joining ceremony ends with the ‘bride’ giving gifts in the form of blankets to her new family, including the extended family. This tradition is called ukwaba. Even the long-deceased family members receive gifts and are represented by the living ones. The spectators ululate, sing, and dance for the family.
this as well will be followed as is, for fun RP.
Beads are the pride of the Mamba nation. Mamba beadwork encompasses a symbolic language that may include reprimands and warnings, messages of love, and encouragement. Different beads carry symbolic meanings that may be used during courtship.
Bead Colors & Meanings
Color Positive Negative
Black Mating, Regeneration Sorrow, Despair, Death
Blue Fidelity, Request Ill Feeling, Hostility
Yellow Wealth, Fertility Thirst, Badness, Withering away
Green Contentment, Domestic Bliss Illness, Discord
Pink High birth or Rank, An Oath, Promise Poverty, Laziness
Red Physical Love, Strong Emotion Anger, Heartache,Impatience
White Spiritual love, purity, virginity
One of the most fascinating manifestations of this traditional craft is its unique language. Every colour has a different meaning and a Mamba women can weave a message of love, grief, jealousy, poverty or uncertainty into her patterned creation. Young Mamba girls, in particular, use the vocabulary of the beads to send sweet (or bitter) thoughts to their loved ones.
The colors and patterns of the beads worn by both mated and unmated women tell a lot, such as if the woman is of mating age, if she is intended, pregnant, or grieving
Dancing & Singing: Dancing and singing is very much a part of the lifestyle of the Mamba people, and each dance formation or movement symbolizes an event or happening within the clan. There is the rhythmical dance of the small shield, the fiery motivation body movements of the hunting dance, the symbolizing of the tidal ebb and flow in the Umbhekuzo, the snakelike motion of the umchwayo and the challenging war dance with traditional shield and spear.