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near Carpathian Mountains
The Sharamudoi consisted of two groups: the Shamudoi and the Ramudoi. The Shamudoi had dominion over the land, while the Ramudoi moiety specialized in river life.
The Shamudoi and Ramudoi were both semi-autonomous and independent. The Shamudoi governed matters concerning the land, and the Ramudoi, the river, but both groups shared with each other.
The Shamudoi lived in mountain caves. The Ramudoi lived on floating platforms in the river. Both groups wintered in the Shamudoi shelter.
Each Shamudoi family had a Ramudoi counterpart; this arrangement was called cross-mating. Cross-families depended on each other all year and lived together during the winter. They shared some responsibility for each other's children.
If a Shamudoi and a Ramudoi mated, one partner would have to join the moiety of the other.
Technology and ArtEdit
The Ramudoi are best known for building boats made from hollowed out trees that were widened in the middle but narrowed to a point on each end. These vessels ranged from simple dugouts that held one or two people to large, elaborately decorated boats with several rows of seats and a canopy for shelter. The prows of larger boats were often shaped like swans.
There is no evidence of dugout boats in the Danube river from the time of the novels (late Paleolithic). The world's oldest known boat is the Pesse canoe. It was discovered in the Netherlands and dates from ~8,000 BCE. However, circumstantial evidence, such as the early settlement of Australia (40,000 BCE), Crete (130,000 BCE), and Flores (900,000 BCE) suggest that boats have been used since very ancient times.
The Shamudoi hunted chamois with throwing spears. The most successful tactic was to climb higher than the chamois and throw from above, since the chamois primarily looked below for predators. Shamudoi were known for their ability to produce exceptionally soft chamois skins. Their closely guarded secret involved curing the hide with a combination of chamois brains and sturgeon roe.
The Ramudoi were excellent boaters and fishermen. They hunted sturgeon from their boats with bone-tipped harpoons.
Sharamudoi art primarily used abstract or geometric designs.
A Shamudoi boy became a man when he killed a chamois. A Ramudoi boy became a man when he caught a sturgeon from a boat. Both peoples were required to help build a boat before they were eligible to be mated.
When a couple decided to mate, they participated in a Promise ceremony and feast. After the ceremony, there was a fun contest between the Promised couple and the guests in which the lovers would try to be alone as soon as possible, and the guests would try to delay them.
Matrimonials were held during the summer. Although the Sharamudoi did not have formal Summer Meetings, friends and relatives often traveled to witness the Matrimonials of their loved ones.