Rajian culture is the unique and distinct traditions of the people of the Sultanate of Raj. This page will serve as a catch-all for aspects of the culture not covered in other pages.
Family Structure Edit
The Rajian family structure is completely unique, and while often written off as similar to the Haruze(Near Haradrim) concept of a harem, it carries much more depth and background than a crude polygamy. Rajian men are permitted to marry as many women and/or men as they like, and women are permitted to marry as many men and/or women as they like, as long as all relationships are consensual and agreed upon by both the partners but also the full extent of romantic relationships for all involved. This practice of polyamory lends itself to large, branching, complicated families, and genealogy is seen as a ultimately futile endeavour. Monogamy is also practiced, being less common however and centered in the cities. Children take a combined name of their parents, for example the famous first discoverer of the Amaranth-grain Imezzar was child of Agwilzzar and Ime'qwran. The order in which the names are combined is typically arbitrary and follows no standard pattern. In general, the Rajian families are closely-knit but very large and expansive, and surnames are almost unheard of.
Rajian cuisine centers around the Amaranth grain, a pseudocereal grown in large floating reed islands called Cinampas. The graid tastes similar to corn when ground into a flour, though is typically used in its whole form called Qusquas. Plantains(a variety of starchy bananas) are considered a sacred food, sliced into wafers and fried in traditional harvest ceremonies. The mustard plant native to the valleys of Rijrij is often ground into a thick paste, one of the few seasonings of the Rajians. The many varieties of mushrooms native to the Cloud Forest are often mixed with Amaranth grains to create varieties of bread, ranging from the cheese-like tasting Kossuth to the hallucinogenic Xvedod which is used in some ceremonies of the Darme Raskudria. The Rajian foods generally taste plain and earthy but in no way bland, and the cuisine has become popular in Bellakar as of late due to trade between the regions.