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'''Karawati''' (or the mother of Rixx, the lifestone of Krysaros) is the ancient symbol of purity, hearth and unity of the Betazoid people. Rixx is an influential figure in Betazoid history and his story is told in many different ways. This would both tie him to Krysaros, a certain powerful figure in his own right who gave Rixx the instruments he used to unify the planet, and the houses themselves. Krysaros was thought to be Karawati's brother in many occasions in other sects, she is believed to be his wife. At any rate, the believers of Karawati are not limited to any one scenario, but do have some of the basic ways of thinking.
The religion is one that involves many variations of Gods and Goddesses.
A number of other Gods and Goddesses follow, but each have their own quality and sect of followers.
== The Houses: The Play According to Karawati Followers ==
*'''First House of Betazed:''' ''House of Honesty/Truth''
*'''Second House of Betazed:''' ''House of Mysticism''
===The House's Stories===
There has been many tales of how the houses were originally divided. Some say that as part of the houses nobility, it had caused prior conflict with the lesser of Betazoid blood, kind of like a Lord and serf relationship amongst the planet's population.
== Love ==
The followers of Karawati do not stray from the ideals of love, which means that any one Betazoid man or woman can love and be attached to several different mates at any one given time. Some sects hold true to the idealist manner that held families together through the tests of time. Here are some terms to keep in mind when it comes to the love and bonding of Karawati's people.
*'''Genetic Bondmate:''' As some of Earth cultures, a mate can be prescribed to an individual at a very young age. However, with this type, much like Vulcans, the children can be psychically attached and eventually marry in an elaborate ceremony that is instigated with a ''Bonding Gift''. Though modern Betazoids typically do not marry genetic bondmates now, other than marrying Imzade's or Imzadi's. The sentimental connection to genetic bondmates is still a common practice though and preferred through the majority of religious and cultural divisions.
===Love, Marriage and Relationships===
The ethics of a Betazoid love relationship becomes a little more complicated when it involves another from a foreign race. Some other species do not understand in why a Betazoid would do this; some Betazoids do not take in other mates, but some others will.
== Places and Art of Worship ==
There are a number of ways to worship and pay homage to Karawati, depending on personal preference. A series of temple locations scatter across the planet's surface some in major cities (most notably, Mestara) and within jungle regions.
===Common Incenses and Candles===
*'''Sea'Nu:''' A fruity scent that is used in festivals. It is believed to embody a chemical that rejuvenates the spirit, making the individual feel more alive and active. This is also used to center the mind into a total state of bliss.
===Cycles, Solstices and Festivals===
*'''Moon and Rite of Yimone:''' Yimone is associated with Life and Death, as she is the sister of Karawati and twin of Retana. As one of the makers of the Moons, it has become a balancing effect of both sisters to keep the stability of their sister (Betazed). This is the beginning of the end of what the Betazoids call Winter and brings in the first signs of Spring. The waters are supposedly washing more rapidly, and it is believed by the Goddess' followers that this is the time for rejoice. Things to begin anew, another life cycle starts.
== Raising Children and Family Affairs==
Most of Karawati's people tend to be liberal, and bring their children up into homes that accentuate their strengths. Faith is not forcefully drilled onto them as they believe every child should go where their heart tells them. However, the ethics of right and wrong are enforced as well as good standing and respect for others.
===Ceremonies and Rites===
*'''Caitia Panelle:''' The rite to ensure a good, healthy life full of lessons and prosperity that is enacted upon birth. This ceremony ensures the gift of empathy and telepathy, also, so they can feel the connection to others and the Goddess herself.
== Dispositions ==
Depending on the individual of course, many of Karawati's followers share a common faith that everyone should be treated equal as they were created equally. Even if not from the Houses, each being and essence is a part of a bigger scheme that binds them together. Treat others the way you want to be treated. Do things good and do no harm unto others. This is the common goal of Karawati and hopefully she inspires her children to do the same. If they accomplish the goal of peace, stability and harmony to themselves and others, the next life cycle will bring about an even more beautiful harmony.
== Sources ==
The web-sites used to help assist in this final production of Alana's religion:
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