THE BLESSING OF THE SEAS

Traditional rite performed at the Bay of Smoke yearly by farmers and fishers at the coast of the Burning Sea. In the sparsely populated region between the Sharadon Forest and Mehmetsh the dispersed people gather on a special day in summer they call the Midyear's Day in order to praise the gods and to beg for rain and a good harvest in the coming fall. The fishers thank the coastal spirits and return all the fish they catch at this particular day to the sea in order to show their ambition to keep the circle of life going.

It is also tradition that these days the elder introduce the younger in the ways of Santharian myth, especially the famous Avaesthorķan stories. Although there exist no written texts in this region many farmers and fishers know the myths by heart and are pround to trade this knowledge to their children and grandchildren.

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