Ceremony Of Blood

Overview

The contract of blood relates to the shared bond of responsibilities shared by two people who are related by blood. It is automatically formed between a child born into a family and the other members and can also be ritually used in three other situations.

Those who share a contract of blood have an obligation to each other. They share each other's shame, fame and family. This is one of the reasons marriage is taken so seriously in Su'ndari culture; all resulting children produced by the marriage have a blood contract with both blood lines.

Blood Siblings

When used to produce the blood brother/sister relationship the ritual is simple - the two simply mingle blood in a bowl and consume the contents before an appropriate witness. After this they are considered to be under blood contract to each other. This ritual is often used as part of the adoption process.

Forming a New Family

When used to form a new family the situation is more complex. First they must either have no blood kin or must undergo the version of the ritual which breaks the blood contract. When this has happened the three (for their must be three at a minimum and none of them can be bound by ties of marriage) can undergo the version of the contract which grants the blood-ties necessary for a new family to be considered a true entity.
The process for forming a new family involves each individual undergoing the blood sibling process with each other. The resulting blood is then mixed together and used to anoint the family seal. Once the legal process has been completed the family seal will then have the normal powers associated with an official family group.

Breaking the Contract of Blood

This is necessary when the contract of blood is used to form a new family but also used when disowning a family member. Before considering such a drastic measure it is important that you understand the importance of family to the Su'ndari people.
In order to perform this ritual the blood of the departing individual is mixed in a bowl with that of the patriarch and/or matriarch and then mixed with ash to symbolize it's death before an appropriate witness.

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