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spelling of Khrysaros and removal of dead links, clarification of modern beliefs in the Four Deities vs ancient
'''Karawati''' (or the mother of Rixx, the lifestone of KrysarosKhrysaros) is the ancient symbol of purity, hearth and unity of the [[Betazoid]] people.  While most Betazoids are now believers in the [[Four Deities]] and no longer worship Karawati, she remains an important figure in Betazed mythology. The '''Cult of Karawati''' are among the Betazoids who do continue to worship Karawati. ==Background==Rixx is an influential figure in Betazoid history and his story is told in many different ways. This would both tie him to Krysaros[[Khrysaros]], a certain powerful figure in his own right who gave Rixx the instruments he used to unify the planet, and the houses themselves. Krysaros Khrysaros was thought to be Karawati's brother in many occasions. However, 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.
There are many variations of her name. Use of any name and abbreviations connected to Karawati are acceptable.
==The DetailsCult of Karawati==
The religion is one that involves many variations of Gods and Goddesses.
The Moons are described as her two sisters, Yimone and Retana, the twins of the heavens. One without the other would destroy the flow of water on the planet, change the tropical seasons and light at night.
Krysaros Khrysaros is the ancient hero of their planet, as stated before to be either Karawati's brother or husband. More are to be inclined to believe him to be her brother. He saved Karawati from certain invasion from a looming, malevolent telepathic force. Rixx inherited the tools that saved his mother.
A number of other Gods and Goddesses follow, but each have their own quality and sect of followers.
===Ceremonies and Rites===
===='''Dal'yn Ceremony'''====
A little known practice in Betazoid culture, this particular ceremony bonds two souls together giving the individuals a sense of each other no matter how far apart they may be. In many ways this connects two individuals spiritually, mentally and physically more than any wedding. It resembles Vulcan Bonding and is otherwise known as a spiritual commitment ceremony. Usually these are attended by a small gathering of friends and family, with a few representatives from each of the Betazed Houses.
For more information, please consult [[SIM: Flashback]], a sim involving [[T'Lara]].
===='''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.
This is the ceremony that adopts others and melds them into a house by the prayers and blessings of current members. The ceremony can be held by any number of individuals, but is most commonly done by one. The individuals adopted can be of any given race or gender, and have to be entered with the purest of intentions and hearts. This usually lasts for about one week and is strung out by a series of events that leads up to the finale. It mostly involves chants and, depending on the house, dress.
===='''Imzadi Fordone'''====
Reaching the eve of marriage, Betazoids would often engage in a ceremony that commits them to their partners. This will forsake any other mates for the duration of their marriage and, if broken, can be faced by a number of repercussions. During the relationship, a Betazoid female would often run her fingers over her mate's face, indicating her fascination and dedication to him. In this rite, however, this step is taken one degree higher. The physical connection is met with psychical methods and is kept, behind closed doors.
An old Betazoid rite and ritual to cleanse one's thoughts and focus their mind and body onto reality and the true core inside. It's used to diminish the bad and take in the positive good mediums for this right include a warm tub and plenty of sweet smelling oils.
== 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:
*[ Nation Master Encyclopedia: Betazed]
*[ The Betazed System]
*[ Mriana, Daughter of the Sixth House, Imadi Pages]
*[ Federation Member]
*[ Sotira's Research on Krysaros]

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