Karamani scholars studying the stars with the aid of Salvian instruments
A GUIDE TO THE STARS
Long had the nomadic Karamani people relied on stargazing & landmarks to navigate the many realms they passed through, including Arcas. For centuries, their methodology was passed by mere observation: children looking at their stargazing fathers.
The bureaucratization of the realm however inevitably meant that the Karamani had to follow suit: learning to write & correspondent in a few foreign tongues. This resulted in an increased number of scholarly Karamani who, due to their literacy, were able to record the many ritualistic aspects making their many endeavours possible and successful. And so, the ‘YILDIZ KILAVUZU’ was born. Not only to record the methods through which the Karamani observe the world but to also compare them to the ways of the foreigners.
THE CLASSIFICATION OF CYCLES
Whereas the common foreigner speaks of months, the Karamani speak of cycles. They identify that within a period known as a month, a set of identifiable changes happen to the physical realm: such as temperature, state of flora & fauna, et cetera. This cycle repeats itself consistently and contributes to the realization of larger-scale cycles such as the change of seasons, or the days leading up to important festivities.
CONVERTING MONTHS INTO CYCLES
Snow’s Maiden - Oluşum, meaning Genesis
Horen’s Welcome - Timur'ın zaferi, meaning Timur’s Triumph
First Seed - Floranın dansı, meaning Flora’s Dance
Grand Harvest - Bol bayram, meaning Bountiful Feast
Sun’s Smile - Kumun kucağı, meaning Sand’s Embrace
Amber Cold - Alev Yenilgisi, meaning The Flame’s Defeat
Deep Cold - Timur’un vefatı, meaning Timur’s Passing
CONVERTING THE INFIDEL YEARS TO KARAMANIC
Although years bear little relevance to the Karamani during their endeavours, a preserved methodology of counting years had persisted their many journeys. Whereas their contemporaries from the Holy Orenian Empire or Hanseti-Ruska had adopted special calendars for cultural purposes, the Karamani simply never stopped counting from their conception, thus creating a calendar different from the norm.
Year 0 is when the father of the Karamans and esteemed religious figurehead, Timur, was born. He was born in 1680 and died in 1743. If you subtract 1680 from 1743, you get 63: which anno 1743 is the current year for the Karamani. Calculative examples are below:
Infidel year - Karamani year
THE CLASSIFICATION OF STARS
The Karamani had looked up to the stars for ages, and named differently from the norm. They refer to these for navigational and religious purposes, believing that certain stars are descendants of Kashgar, known as İyeler.
A bright star, signalling the north, also known as the Northern Star, is referred to as Kanuni Timur, symbolizing the benevolent guidance of their great ancestor who stands central, living and posthumously as a star, to the navigation of the Karamanoğlu.
The brightest star in the sky, also named as the Scorcher, is recognised as such, and thus called Parlak Nezih. It symbolizes the warm embrace of a maiden and is considered an omen of days ahead if seen.
A constellation of seven stars, visible around everywhere in Arcas is named in Karamani tongue as Yakın Sırbı. It refers to the idea of proximity, resembling the brotherly closeness of the Karamanoğlu as a united clan.
A star that shines with a strong red hue, mainly visible around the Korvassa desert earns its name as Kızılkalpak, meaning red hat.
THE CLASSIFICATION OF ZODIACS
The Karamani faith, known as Kashgarism, believes that the souls of the deceased stay in the mortal realm to advise his or her living offspring. It is believed that souls prepare a newborn soul for the conditions of the cycle he or she is born in, thus causing identifiable traits for people born within a certain cycle.
In the cycle of Oluşum
Men born in this cycle are usually of a scholarly and temperate nature, finding themselves fulfilling the organizational and bureaucratic tasks for the Karamani.
Women born in this cycle are usually of an ambitious and gregarious nature, seeking to emancipate themselves by fulfilling professions unusual to them.
In the cycle of Timur'ın zaferi
Men born in this cycle are usually of sturdy and militaristically capable nature, often serving the Karamani by blade and bow.
Women born in this cycle are usually of a relative masculine nature and affectionate to animals, usually compelled to be the caretaker of Karamani horses or livestock.
In the cycle of Floranın dansı
Men born in this cycle are usually of a diligent nature and extraordinarily healthy, inevitably forming the forefront of the Karamani labour force.
Women born in this cycle are usually of a proactive nature and find themselves infatuated with herbalism, often taking care of the sickly and the weak.
In the cycle of Bol Bayram
Men born in this cycle are usually of a decadent and socialite nature, being prominent organizers behind most of Karamani meetings and festivities.
Women born in this cycle are usually of a labile nature and make a lot of offspring, usually being the mother with the largest family.
In the cycle of Kumun kucağı
Men born in this cycle are usually of an explorative and emotional nature, embattled by their quest for purpose as much as their desire to understand more of life.
Women born in this cycle are usually of a pious and scholarly nature, seeking to understand and represent their faith optimally.
In the cycle of Alev Yenilgisi
Men born in this cycle are usually of a pragmatic and vigilant nature, often leading the Karamani caravans with their stellar knowledge of other cultures, biomes & territories.
Women born in this cycle are usually extraordinarily physically fit and responsible in nature, finding themselves to be competent merchants and cartographers.
In the cycle of Timur geçiyor
Men born in this cycle are usually of a responsible and content nature, prone to be tending to the temporary settlements of the Karamani.
Women born in this cycle are usually of a romantic and caretaking nature, usually finding themselves dedicated to parenting or tending to the households of their family.