Thursday, December 23, 2004

SAYA ISLAND EASTERN END AFTER DEVELOPMENT



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OWL MANAGE ON SAYA ISLAND, ORIGINAL PLANS



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Tuesday, December 21, 2004

SKENE: MAP OF ISOLA FLING


(Before conversion to ejida for red wheat.)

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Tuesday, December 14, 2004

SKENE MAP: ABFALL



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SKENE MAP: ARGILE



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SKENE MAP: BERAS



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SKENE MAP: BOSCO


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SKENE MAP: BYLI AND FLINGS



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SKENE MAP: CHLODDIA



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SKENE MAP: EXPLOIT AND FLINGS



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SKENE MAP: FAAR



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SKENE MAP: JUH



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SKENE MAP: PEISUO



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SKENE MAP: POMAR



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SKENE MAP: SEDA WITH MOTU AND KRK FLINGS



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SKENE MAP: VERZIN



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SKENE MAP: WESTERN FLINGS



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SKENE MAP: YAGI



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SKENE MAP: YANJA



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SKENE MAP -- THE LOFTHALL



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SKENE MAP -- THE MANAGE



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SKENE MAP -- RIESIG



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SKENE MAP -- ALL OF SKENE



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SKENE CAST OF CHARACTERS

No child born on Skene is given the name of someone else living. Thus, every name is unique and there is no need for surnames, although sometimes a Skener will identify her aggie by giving her name as, for example, Yoj la Rosz, or Yoj of Rosz.

Honorific is Nan (no gender distinction.

SPOILER ALERT: Often descriptions of characters gives away future plot developments.

Amya = vetriste on Yanja, partner to Szebel, survivor of polio
Api = Ethicist of Skene when Mill meets Oby, aggie of Oby, partner of Ollow (name means fire in Indonesian)
Asha = Sigrist of Skene, along with partners Ludo and Kint; aggie of Gerra
Balt = pilot who flies the coroner sinner
Briel = child of Mrand, cousin to Gerra, eventual partner of Dodd
Bux = [pronounced boochs using aspirated ch of Hebrew] youngest child of Yerush, Qen and Veida; partner to Yoj and Halling; aggie to Mill, Ndege, Dodd, Prl and Speranz; wandmaler and eventual Sheng Zhang of Rahat
Clun = once lovers with Yoj; lighter pilot who dies when Mill is six months old; partner to Funa
Culisa = second child of Yerush, Qen and Veida; siba to Bux; apprenticing to be part of a goatkeeping Manage on Yagi; (name means direct in Xhosa)
Danaan = child of Iro and Ektr; partner to Rark; lighter pilot whom Halling saves; later explores new secano, helps Halling capture baby levi; (name means way in Tagalog)
Dest = Head Genist before Raisa
Dodd = second child (twin to Ndege) of Bux, Yoj and Halling; dichter when grown (Y)
Ektr = partner of Iro, runs crawler at compost field, aggie to Danaan
Enyi = jigong at Lofthall, fired by Halling (name means friend in Igbo)
Foln = Ethicist of Skene when Bux first partners with Halling and Yoj
Funa = lighter pilot who was partnered with Clun before Clun's death; (name means desire in Zulu)
Gerra = child of Asha, Ludo and Kint, future Sigrist, intimate of Ndege
Gusu = bully child when Yoj was little (name means mouth in Fijian)
Halling = [pronounced hahl - ling with equal emphasis on both syllables] third child of Mwezi and Ng; partner to Yoj and Bux; emma to Mill, Ndege, Dodd, Prl and Speranz; first partnered with Xaya; later some-time lover of Szebel; lighter and then sinner; later Sheng Zhang of Lofthall; grew up on Motu Fling, later lives in Manage on Riesig
Igoz = Sheng Zhang of Lofthall during Halling's time (name means nut in Hebrew) (Y)
Iro = aggie to Danaan; partner of Ektr; runs junkyard on Abfall; secretly helps Halling get parts to make laser weapon for leviathans
Jaln = next-door neighbor to Manage, partner with Ried, owns consignment store
Jyoti = other comadrona, lives on Verzin
Jua = timmer who works on loft and new bed (name means sun in Swahili)
Kiani =
Kint = Sigrist of Skene, along with partners Ludo and Asha; emma of Gerra
Konr = faryaste killed by leviathans in incident where Funa died
Kpahi = youngest child of Moasi and Ktiva (name means shut the door in Lenape)
Ktiva = partner to Ktiva, Halling's oldest siba (name means writing in Hebrew)
Lawa = youngest child of Mwezi and Ng; after graduation works at ejida on Byli, then comes to work at ejida on Riesig; eventual partner of Qala (name means soup in Quechua)
Lmape = lighter pilot who becomes sinner
Ludo = Sigrist of Skene, along with partners Kint and Asha; emma of Gerra
Lurok = elder on Pulo Fling, died and Bux served as wandmaler for her muralMaszon = partner to Veida, lighter, died young
Mayim = sinner whose live was saved by Xaya; she talked Halling to coming back to being a sinner, gave her the map (names means water in Hebrew)
Mill = oldest child of Bux, Yoj and Hallinger; lighter pilot when grown
Moasi = eldest child of Mwezi and Ng; after graduation works as silkworm farmer on Seda, expects to inherit Manage on Motu Fling (name means cat in Navajo)
Mrand = aggie on Hynys who dies giving birth before Veida can arrive; aggie to Briel
Mwezi = aggie to Halling, Moasi, Tu and Lawa; partner to Ng; silkworm worker and haicen; died young; lived on Motu Fling; child of Lranz, Maras and Qalaw (name means moon in Swahili)
Mwiva = oldest child of Moasi and Ktiva
Myrd = second child of Rosz and Nilma; after graduation works as minataur on Exploit and resides there; estranged from family
Naki = (maybe a photographer?)
Ndege = second child (twin to Dodd) of Bux, Yoj and Halling; sigrist when grown (name means bird in Swahili)
Ng = emma to Halling, Moasi, Tu and Lawa; partner to Mwezi, later lover of Qen; faryaste to Seda, keramiker (fertile Y); lived first on Motu Fling, then in Manage on Riesig
Nilma = emma to Yoj, Myrd and Owera; partner to Rosz; works as qigong on Yanja; lives on Isola Fling intermittently; child of Amyr and Malin
Oby = child of Api and Ollow, intimate of Mill
Okano = Astronomer
Ollow = partner of Api, emma of Oby; saltmaker
Owera = third child of Rosz and Nilma; after graduation works as qigong on Yanja; (name means wind in Mohawk)
Paha = oldest child of Yerush, Qen and Veida; siba to Bux; partnered as waadvogel on Beras; (name means hill in Sioux)
Pank = child of Veida's sib, eventually moves from Beras to partner with Tu, Halling's siba; aggie of Nk
Prl = fourth child of Bux, Yoj and Halling; genist when grown
Qala = radio operator at Lofthall; eventual secretary to Lofthall Sheng Zhang and partner to Lawa (Y)
Qen = emma to Bux, Paha and Culisa; partner to Yerush and Veida; later lover of Ng; leraar; grew up on Byli; child of Ndigo, Curak and Lisan; (unknown XXY)
Qiro = woman on Bosco, goes into labor and is delivered by Veida
Raisa = genist at time of leave to aggie for Bux, Yoj and Halling; old friend and sometime lover of Yerush
Rark = lighter, partner of Danaan
Ried = next-door neighbor, night shift curandera, has affair with Bux
Rosz = aggie to Yoj, Myrd and Owera; partner to Nilma; lives on Isola Fling; faryaste to Yanja, haichen, takashrashon; grew up on Isola; child of Dodoj and Tawer
Schla = sinner and wrangler, former lover of Bux
Sonne = municipal water worker, former lover of Yoj
Speranz = fifth child of Bux, Yoj and Halling; leraar and keramiker when grown; partner to Tlunu
Szebel = Halling's some-time lover on Yanja; mathematician to the vetriste guild
Tabeeya = neighbor on the lane in Riesig (name means nature in Arabic)
Tche = resident of Krk Fling whose partner Zra is killed by leviathan while she is gathering kelp on cortices of Krk
Tlochin = partner to Paha, lives on Beras (name means onion in Navajo)
Tlunu = child of Xaya's sib, eventual partner of Speranz; pilot
Tu = second child of Mwezi and Ng; after graduation works as silkworm farmer on Seda; eventually partners with Pank, child of Veida's sib; emma of Nk
Ubal = childhood friend of Yerush
Vants = second child of Moasi and Ktiva (Y)
Veida = emma to Bux, Paha and Culisa; partner to Yerush and Qen; first partner was Maszon; was originally a lighter, retired after Maszon's death and became comadrona; grew up on Beras; child of Espara and Hamt (name means fish in Icelandic)
Wiaki = partner of Szebel, massive yanjanger (name means abundance in Lenape) (Y)
Xaya = first lover and partner of Halling; lighter who died young; sibemma to Tlunu
Xichon = aggie on Argile who calls for services of Veida
Yalewa = less than completely competent pilot at Lofthall (name means woman in Fijian)
Yerush = aggie to Bux, Paha and Culisa; partner to Veida and Qen; only child of B'ruch and Melli; gakusha in history and teaches at University; sometimes elected ethicist; some-time lover of Raisa, later lover to Ng; grew up in Manage on Riesig and inherited it
Yoj = [pronounced yosh with long o] oldest child of Rosz and Nilma; partner to Halling and Bux; emma to Mill, Ndege, Dodd, Prl and Speranz; dichter and later gakusha as well; grew up on Isola Fling, later lives in Manage on Riesig
ZaMa = apprentice Archivist who agrees to train Yoj
Z'bef = schoolchum of Yoj's who is convicted of murder and sent to exile on Peisuo
Zra = resident of Krk Fling (partner of Tche) who is eaten by leviathan as she is gathering kelp on the cortices of Krk
Zeman = Sheng Zhang of Lofthall during time of Veida

Yerush's aggie = B'ruch
Yerush's emma = Melli
Qen's aggie = Ndigo
Qen's emma = Curak
Qen's emma = Lisan
Veida's aggie = Espara
Veida's emma = Hamt
Ng's aggie = Hala
Ng's emma = Vantu
Mwezi's aggie = Lranz
Mwezi's emma = Maras
Mwezi's emma = Walaw
Rosz's aggie = Dodoj
Rosz's emma = Tawer
Nilma's aggie = Amyr
Nilma's emma = Malin
Moasi and Ktiva's children: Mwiva, Vants, Kpahi


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SKENE GLOSSARY (SKENE TO ENGLISH)

abba (pronounced ah-bah) = grandparent
Abfall = Skene island dedicated to compost, recycling, junkyard
ada = island, name of a Fling in the East Tendril
aga (pronounced ah-gah) = stove/hearth, the center of every Manage; fueled by geothermal steam, it was never turned "off" and always had a cistern of simmering water for tea
aggie (pronounced with a short a) = breeding woman
ardente = brandy (followed by name of food used to distill it, as ardentecherry)
Argile = Skene island dedicated to clay production
baugey = atoll
Beras = Skene island dedicated to rice cultivation
Bohaira = any lake, but especially the lagoon around the central island on Skene, protected from leviathans by atolls built by early colonists
bor = wine (bor is followed by name of fruit used to make it, as in borapple)
Bosco = Skene island dedicated to forests and lumber as well as pig raising
botaniste = horticulturalist; makes decisions about which species of plants or animals to resurrect from cold storage; annually elected position
buono = upland
burzaka = waterproof rain slicker
Burzas [means storms in Polish] = second month of the year, marks onset of winter, long storms, hog slaughter time
Byli (farm in Icelandic) = experimental ejida + cranberry bog island in West Tendril; only inhabitants are workers for ejida
Califia = name of a Fling in the West Tendril
cao (historical creature, none in existence) = cow
capriste = goatherder
cartagen = papermaker
carynn (pronounced kah-RIN) = peace, serenity
cha = harvest
charco = pool
chen = farm, farmer (for community use), agriculture
chicken = chicken (however, usually differentiated into pullet, capon, biddy, hen or cock)
child = child (no differentiation as to gender on Skene)
chimiste = chemist
chine = river valley
Chloddia = Skene island dedicated to mining (mostly metals)
chongyong = turbulent ocean
comadrona = midwife
cortices = shoreline areas
curandera = healer/doctor
curtilage = the land, including tillage, around a Manage
Delma = one of two moons for Skene, the other being Luwise; smaller of the two, has less tidal pull
dichter = poet/songwriter whose official job is to create metered verse for lighters to distract leviathans
duck = duck
ek or eks = unit of currency (most commerce is done by barter or comes by allotment)
ejida = cooperative or community farm (as opposed to a Manage)
emma = parent (usually differentiated from aggie, who is one's biological mother)
Empat = fourth day of the week, work and school day
escollo = island, name of a Fling in the East Tendril
esker = ridge of gravel deposited by water
ethicist = ethicist (elected every half-year, settles interim questions of public good unless larger vote is required)
Exploit = Skene island dedicated to mining (mostly minerals and chemicals)
eyja = island, name of a Fling in the East Tendril
Faar = Skene island dedicated to sheep-raising
fadian = electrical worker
farraige = sea
faryaste = ferry driver
fisk = a kind of plentiful fish used for drying, a staple of Skene cuisine
Fling = the 24 small islands close enough for morrie vaseo but able to hold only one or perhaps two Manages; flings which do not have a water supply are called secanos. Skene's secanos are Sziget, Selva, and Ziza (the first two are maintained as herb-growing sanctuaries, the latter is a public park). Skene's Flings are Ada, Califia, Escollo, Eyja, Helle, Hynys (double Manage), Icarus, Inish, Insula, Isola, Krk, Motu, Oase, Ostrov, Pulau, Pulo, Refugio, Rho, Saari, Wyspa, and Yanuyanu (double Manage).
gabal = mountain (not sharp peaks)
gakusha = scholar
gazda = farmer (most on family farm)
genist = geneticist and genealogist who tracks all lineages on Skene and determines which sperm stock is chosen for an aggie requesting leave to breed; a lifelong position, determined by election when she is an apprentice; only one mother genist and one apprentice at any given time, and the two of them are often at great odds with one another; their records are completely secret
ginny = slang term (not used in polite company, but not perjorative) for genitals, genital region, or sexual contact; applies to either gender
glebe = field in cultivation to support a specific community institution, such as the university or the Lofthall
goat = goat
gong = work/worker/craft/trade
goose = goose
habibi = great-grandparent or great-grandchild
hai = ocean
haichen = kelp harvester (either as sinner or from cortices)
hai cai = kelp which is edible and also acts as a thickener
haidai = kelp which, when dried, produces the pale green meal that is the basis for Skene bread; also, the name for such bread
haigang = harbor
hai luo = kelp which produces a kind of plastic material used extensively
hai zao = kelp which produces the fibers from which linen is made
hamsa = sea creature with five ray arms, delicate flesh, rare
han = sea
helle = island, name of a Fling in the West Tendril
hidraler = plumber
hnisa = porpoise
huerta = orchard
huertanera = orchardist
hynys = island, name of a Fling in the West Tendril with double Manage
Icarus = name of a Fling in the West Tendril
ikan = a kind of fish with small, limber bones which is pounded flat, flash-fried, and fed to children as a daily source of calcium; also popular as traveling food
Iki = second day of the week, work and school
dayinish = island, name of a Fling in the East Tendril
insula = island, name of a Fling in the East Tendril
isola = island; name of Fling where Yoj grew up in East Tendril
Jian [means shearing] = fourth month of year, still cold but starting to warm at end of month, sheep shearing time
jichang = airport
jigong = aircraft maker, mechanic
Juh = Skene island dedicated to sheep-raising
kala = a kind of fish, rich in oil which is extracted for multiple uses
Kall [means cold in Swedish] = third month of the year, coldest month, overcast and sometimes frosty
katt = cat
keramiker = potter/ceramicist
kihapai = arable field fronting the ocean with high salt exposure
kilada = valley
kinusan = silk farmer
koukei = a rongyanger on Yanja with the special, secret duty of using an illegal-grade laser to keep the magna vent open
Krk = name of a Fling in the West Tendril
kuono = bay
kuvual = a kind of fish which produces ink sacs which are prized for dying and other crafts
Lamminsade [means warm rain in Finnish] = seventh month of the year, spring continues, at end of month another two week period of storms but these are less severe and warm rains to launch crops
leraar = teacher
lighter = small aircraft used for light hauling (home lighter) or interference for fishing craft (wasa lighter), or the pilot of such a craft
Ljeto [means summer in Serbo-Croatian] = ninth month, high summer
long xu = kelp which grows on rocks and has an astringent flavor; grown in cortices away from any island runoff
Lofthall = the meeting and sometime living space for all pilots; also the ministry governing all airflight issues
Luwise = one of two moons for Skene, the other being Delma; larger of the two, has more tidal pull
Manage = family, home, home farm
Manager = family member
Mchele [means rice in Swahili] = tenth month of the year, late summer, cooling begins, rice harvest
mchungaji = shepherd (generic)
mead = uncultivated field (very rare)
Med [means honey in Czech] = eighth month of year, time eel migration and harvest, beginning of summer, first light harvest, first honey harvest, school lets out
moana = ocean
Moja = first day of the week, back to work/school
mohit = ocean
morrie = sea
morrie strati = viscous, reddish patches of ocean where leviathans congregate
morrie vaseo = ocean that is free from threat of leviathans, between islands; also used metaphorically, as in "safe passage"
motu = island; name of Fling where Halling grew up in West Tendril
Nastere [means birth in Rumanian] = sixth month of year, spring month, lambs and kids born, culling of the sheep and goat herds, planting of crops begins in earnest
nian cheng = harvest report for the year
oase = island, name of a Fling in the West Tendril
ostrov = island, name of a Fling in the East Tendril
Ot = fifth day of the week, last day of work and school
pecoriste = sheepherder/shearer
Peisuo = Skene island set aside for exiles (prison)
pig = pig
plica = canyon or valley
Pomar = central island on Skene, dedicated to orchards, soybeans, apiary, and large public park accessible by ferry from two main islands
potami = river
Potenza (Italian for power) = ministry governing utilities including electricity, water, geothermal, radios, plus ferries
pulo = island, name of a Fling in the West Tendril
qi gong = steam worker
qing shi = pumice
qingsher = pumice sculptor
Raccolto [means harvest in Italian] = first month of the year, New Year, main harvest begins this month, school resumes, autumnal weather, storms begin at end of month
Rahat (Turkish for welfare) = ministry of health and education which oversees school, university, scholars, hospital, midwives, genist (including leave for aggies and partnering), vets
rambla = stream
Recursos (Spanish for resource) = ministry overseeing natural resources including mining, lava, petroleum, wood, gravel, lasers
refugio = island, name of a Fling in the East Tendril
Riesig = largest central island on Skene, containing airfield, university, sigrist, genist, archives, school, fish docks all in town of Riesig Pliss, and acting as hub for the West Tendril
Rho = name of a Fling in the West Tendril
riada = small river
rimple = canyon or valley with soft slopes
rivel = ridge
robin = island bird, blue-green in color, neither useful nor an extreme pest
Roku = sixth day of the week, Market Day, school is out
rongyan = lava sculpted into rocks
rongyanger = worker who sculpts lava into walls, furniture, etc.
ruck = a valley that looks like a crease in the land's fabric
saari = island, name of a Fling in the East Tendril
sakana = a kind of fish, with buttery and tender flesh, very popular
samaki = a kind of fish
San = third day of the week, work and school day
seabeak = bird somewhat analogous to seagulls, except larger and only partially feathered on head and underside
secano = island without fresh water on it; Skene has three, Selva, Sziget and Ziza
Seda = Skene island dedicated to silkworm cavern and mulberry trees
setzer = printer
shaoxing = rice wine
sheep = sheep
sheng zhang = governor of limited powers, mostly an administrator, elected every year
shigakka = archivist/historian
Shmonah = eighth day of the week, school is out, no work except for certain occupations, traditionally used for rest and gathering with beloveds
shu = pernicious lizards with a painful bite, drawn to domestic scavenging; kept in control by heavy population of household katts
sib = sibling (gender not differentiated, only whether younger or older); plural sibs
siba = older sibling
sibashte = sisterhood/brotherhood, communal feeling
sibu = younger sibling
sigrist = timekeeper/bellringer
sinner = heavy aircraft for fishing and harvesting kelp (wasa sinner and haichen sinner), and also for heavy hauling around Skene (home sinner); also, the pilot who flies such a craft; not for aggies
Sju = seventh day of the week, school is out, no work today except for certain occupations, day traditionally set aside for community meetings, performances, or visiting across Skene
soto = grove
sui = age grade/color year; every child is born into a color (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, or violet) and number (current generation is 58) which determines their age grade -- adults from age grades too far distant from one another may not partner or aggie with each other -- Halling is a Green 56, Yoj is a Blue 56, and Bux is a Red 57
sziget = island, name of a Secano in the West Tendril
tai = sea
takashkinu = silk weaver
takashlany = wool weaver
takashrashon = linen weaver
tal = hill
Tanyan (Czech for farming) = ministry which oversees all community interest in agriculture including ejidas, compost and recycling, silkworms, orchards, rice, livestock, seafood
tiang = rice syrup
tillage = the cultivated fields belonging to a Manage, usually
timmer = carpenter (of wood)
tolt = an uplands so narrow and steep it cannot be shaped into usable territory
uo = a kind of fish
uominori = fish processor
uorui = sorter of the fish that gets brought in by a sinner
vaccio = desert (used metaphorically as a kind of hell)
varrer = clothing maker
Verzin = large central island on Skene, heavily used for manufacture, hub of the East Tendril
Verzinnen (Dutch for manufacturing) = ministry overseeing manufacturing and commerce including weaving, dying, metallurgy, ceramics, paper and book making, printing, glassmaking, shopkeeping
vetriste = glassmaker
vis = a kind of fish whose dried flesh renders easily to meal, used heavily in soups, breads and sprinkled on salads
waadvogel = rice grower (means wader)
wandmaler = muralist who paints each Manage's pictorial ancestry on their walls; works closely with historical lineages
wasa = ocean
wasa lighter = pilot who flies small aircraft that runs interference for sinners; extremely dangerous, mythologized, and usually short-lived occupation, for the young and not for aggies
windrow = a hill or series of hills that occur in straight parallel lines
woman = any human adult
wyspa = island, name of a Fling in the West Tendril
X = a human of XX or XXY configuration, used only in private and information known only to family members -- considered extremely objectionable to use this term in public
xiao = octopus
Y = a human of XY configuration, used only in private and information known only to family members -- considered extremely objectionable to use this term in public
Yagi = Skene island dedicated to goat-raising
Yanja = Skene island dedicated to lava sculpting and glass-making
yanjiang = lava
yanjanger = lava sculptor
yanuyanu = island, name of a Fling in the East Tendril (double Manage)
Yaomur [means rain in Turkish] = fifth month of year, rains all month, much fog, rice planting time
yejiniste = metallurgist
ying = ocean
zaoxue = dress boots
zaliv = bay
zayit = olive oil
zhang gui = shopkeeper

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SKENE CLOTHING

Note: All references to "linen" is not our linen derived from flax, but a similar appearing and feeling fabric extracted from a particular kelp on Skene. Linen is in abundant supply; the other two fabrics on Skene, wool and silk, are rationed and every scrap is intensively used, as in quilts and baby clothes made from worn-out adult attire.

COATS:
burzaka
(Turkish) = rain slicker
kabat (Hungarian) = padded linen jacket, various styles, buttoned
guibba (Italian) = waterproof brown leather (goat or sheep) jacket with fleece lining, worn only by lighters and sinners
manteau = wool cloak
uwagi = silk dress jacket

PANTS:
kalsonger
(Swedish) = wool pants (rare) (can be dress or work, depending on cut and occupation)
broek (Dutch) = quilted linen pants (outdoor presentable attire)
celana (Indonesian) = silk balloon pants (dress attire)
calças (Portugese) = silk pleated pants (dress attire)
dubikun (Chinese) = form-fitting silk breeches
nadraj (Hungarian) = linen pleated pants (dress attire)
kaidang ku (Chinese) = canvas pants with open crotch covered by tie flap, favored for children and field workers (easy to take a piss in these)
ku (Chinese) = thick linen breeches (indoor presentable attire)
bukser (Danish) = roomy canvas work pants (work attire)

SHIRTS:
shati
(Swahili) = pullover linen shirt, ubiquitous, worn long for work, tucked in for company, various sleeve lengths and colors
gilet (French) = padded linen jerkin, laced
maillot (French) = thin woolen undershirt
hanshan (Chinese) = silk dress blouse or shirt, various styles all same name
jirekinu = silk vest for dress occasions

SKIRTS:
pu
(Chinese) - flowing linen skirt, mostly worn either at home or sometimes ceremonially, when it will be highly decorated

SHOES AND BOOTS:
pantulflas
-- quilted split-toe slipper with plastic sole, favored by indoor workers
kiatu (Swahili for shoe) -- canvas lace-up shoes worn by children, dyed bright colors
zaoxue (Chinese) = dress boots
otos (Turkish) = work boots

SOCKS:
sokken
(Dutch) = thick wool socks for everyday wear
skarpetki (Polish) = thin wool or silk socks, dyed deep colors, for dress wear

NIGHTWEAR:
schmatta
-- knee-length loose linen shift, undyed and undecorated except for special occasions

CHILDREN: [same as for adults except for onesies and diapers for babies]
yi (means single in Chinese) = linen onesies with ties at crotch, ankles and wrists
yameen (means right in Arabic) = infant carrier sling of soft padded linen, straps at angle from right to left across the chest

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SKENE ISLANDS

Big Island = Riesig (means enormous in German) -- has long river (Rambla, which splits into North and South Rambla) coming down from tolt called The Shatters, memorials for dead are placed at The Shatters, sigrist on highest peak who watches for weather and danger to announce on household radio, docks where fish are dumped by sinners, then sorted, then processed; also has main airfield and aircraft factory, Lofthall, main town with school, university, hospital, administrators offices, post office, archive and vault, setzer, genist, botaniste, ethicist, shopkeepers, ejida plus greenhouses plus chicken farm for public allotment, glebe for university food farmed by students, steamworks, plus ferry to and from Pomar as well as ferry along the Western Tendril

Second-biggest Island = Verzin (Dutch for manufacture) -- has astronomer at one end, long river (Nahar) from heights, gravelworks at esker, ejida, weavers and dyers, manufacturing (plastics, metal), main electrical plant, steamworks, paper makers, plus large airfield, many residents, shops, and ferry to and from Pomar, as well as ferry along the Eastern Tendril

Orchard Island = Pomar (means orchard in Portugese) -- surrounded by Bohaira Lagoon, protected by atolls and windbreaks of Riesig and Verzin; has fruit trees, olive trees, nut trees, soybeans, plus apiary -- fruit, soybean and wood processing plants; also public park on promontary accessible by ferry

Mining Islands = Chloddia (means mining in Welsh) with metallurgists, Exploit (means mining in French) with chemists, produces oil from one well, refinery, steamworks

Compost Island = Abfall (means garbage in German) -- has compost fields, junkyard, recycling, plus airfield

Exile Island = Peisuo (means exile in Chinese) -- has own small steamworks and electrical plant, run by exiles; walled lighter field

Goat island = Yagi (means goat in Japanese) -- has goat flocks plus small creek Riada, dairy and cheesery, charnal house, Manages, a shop or two, lighter field, hostel

Woods island = Bosco (means woods in Italian) -- has variety of hardwoods plus lumber mill, varnish and resin processing; also has pigs (run loose in the forests) and carpenters; airfield

Farm island = Byli (means farm in Icelandic) -- has botaniste-run ejida with experimental crops plus cranberry bog, no private residences aside from ejida workers; since winds on Skene flow generally east to west, is at far edge of West Tendril to keep from pollinating other islands

Magma island = Yanja (yan jiang means lava in Chinese) has active magma flow and lava workers who create housing walls, pumice workers who create furniture, roof tiles, etc., glassmakers plus large airfield; also has dropoff over magma flow at ocean edge where funerals are held before bodies wrapped in linen are dropped into the magma

Rice island = Beras (means rice in Indonesian) -- has tolt with fresh-water river Potami; most of island terraced for rice farming with ducks and geese flocked on rice ponds, plus airfield, residences, few shops; on protected atoll lagoon with Yanja

Clay island = Argile (means clay in French) -- has clay fields and some keramikers for large projects, although this is also a cottage industry done at some individual Manages; small lighter field, otherwise Manages and a shop or two

Sheep islands = Juh (means sheep in Hungarian) and Faar (means sheep in Norwegian) -- each island has four enormous paddocks for sheep which are rotated through each quarter-year and reseeded; charcos; with centralized residences for herders and shearers, shearing shed, wool processor, charnal house, lighter field, few shops; one island on protected atoll lagoon with South Verzin, second island on protected atoll lagoon with North Verzin

Mulberry/silk island = Seda (means silk in Portugese) -- has mulberry forest, with large cavern underneath containing silkworm factory; airfield, some beehives; fruit, syrup, silkworm and wood processing plants

Flings, 21 small islands with individual names = large enough to hold only one or perhaps two Manages, with farm land, separate geothermal access for heat, water well, electricity is made from small steam turbine, accessed by ferry

Secanos, 3 small islands without their own water supply so uninhabitable except are on ferry lines; two are planted with herbs which will survive with rainfall only and one is used as public recreational land

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SKENE CULTURE

SHENG ZHANG (MINISTERS) AND THEIR AREAS OF ADMINISTRATION

Health and Education = Rahat -- school, university, scholars, hospital, midwives, genist (including leave for aggies and partnering), vets
Agriculture = Tanyan -- ejidas, compost and recycling, silkworms, orchards, rice, livestock, seafood
Natural Resources = Recursos -- mining, lava, petroleum, wood, gravel, lasers
Utilities = Potenza -- assignment of Manages, electricity, water, geothermal, radios, plus ferries and mail
Lofthall -- all airflight and manufacture of craft; also includes dichter
Manufacture and Commerce = Verzinnen -- weaving, dying, metallurgy, ceramics, paper and book making, printing, glassmaking, shopkeeping
Ethicist -- answers interim questions of above plus runs prison island

ANNUAL ALLOTMENTS FOR ADULT SKENERS (HALF FOR CHILDREN UNDER TEN YEARS UNLESS OTHERWISE INDICATED)

All Skeners receive an annual allotment from community harvest which will include:
3 yards of woven wool plus 2.5 lbs yarn (half allotment for children up to age 10)
3 yards of silk (half allotment for children up to age 10)
50 yards of linen (full allotment for children)
Enough leather to make one pair of boots plus resole two other pairs of shoes except for workers in certain occupations, who can get new work boots every time an old pair wears out (miners, lava workers)
Enough canvas to make two pairs of shoes (more for children as needed)
20 square yards of plastic sheeting in various plys
400 pounds of rice
100 pounds of rice flour
20 liters of rice syrup
10 liters of rice wine
150 pounds of soybeans (to make into tempeh, tofu, miso)
200 pounds of dried beans (pinto, black, kidney, navy, lentils)10 liters of mulberry syrup
1.5 pounds of honey
1 pound of beeswax
11 liters of olive oil
10 liters of olives
20 liters of vinegar
150 pounds of fisk
150 pounds of ground vis
150 pounds of daily fresh fish (depending on what is available)135 pounds of pork consisting of 24 lbs ham, 20 lbs bacon, 17 pounds of pork roast, 18 pounds of picnic shoulder, 7 pounds of pork chops, 8 pounds of sausage, 7 pounds of "miscellaneous" cuts, 6 pounds of salt pork, and 31 pounds of lard
10 pounds of mutton or lamb
10 pounds of goat meat
15 pounds of cheese (four times this amount for pregnant or nursing aggies, and children over the age of one)
15 gallons of goat milk (four times this amount for pregnant or nursing aggies, and children over the age of one)
10 pounds of sheep cheese (twice this amount for pregnant or nursing aggies, and children over the age of one)
100 sheets of paper (unlimited allotment for scholars and ministers; additional paper available for purchase by individuals)
___ wood
1/1000th of all fruit and nuts (fresh and dried) produced, depending on crop, including almonds, walnuts, pistachios, filberts, cranberries, apples, pears, apricots, persimmon, cherries, plums, figs, quinces, oranges, lemons, limes, grapefruits, avocados, pumpkins5 liters of fruit wine or brandy
1/1000th of all edible kelp harvested (non-edible kelp used to make linen, plastics, paper, etc.)

ITEMS AVAILABLE IN UNLIMITED AMOUNTS OR WITHOUT COST TO SKENERS
Unlimited compost; structural lava "planks" for house building (but must pay for transport and construction); electricity (although usage is carefully monitored for conservation), steam power and heat, water, but all utility installation and repair labor must be purchased; sewage; recycling (which can actually result in credits, depending on the items recycled)
Free public schooling and hospital/curandera care.
Free herbs and medications prescribed by curandera.
Free access to university but must pass admissions process.
Free services of genist, botaniste and Ethicist (but fees charged for permits).
Free use of archives but must obtain permit first.
Free passage on ferries.
Free use of lighters and sinners for hauling and transportation, but must be on schedule determined by Sheng Zhang who grants priority to community interest and commerce over individuals.
Exile is maintained at no expense to the families of exiles.

CROPS ON MANAGES

Things grown on individual Manages but not in huertas or ejidas: Blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, grapes, tomatoes, carrots, potatoes, eggplants, rhubarb, all kales, all broccolis, all lettuces, squashes, cabbage, cauliflour, brussel sprouts, variety of greens, bok choy, cucumbers, spinaches, peppers, asparagus, fava beans, chickpeas, cream peas, green beans, celery, garlic, onions, leeks, shallots, beets, ginger, parsnips, turnips, yams, wasabi, plus range of herbs and spices. Different Manages specialize in different exotics and take them to market for barter.

LIVESTOCK PRODUCTION

Livestock have been added to Skene ecology only in the last 300 years, except for chickens which were brought out from cold storage early in the colony's days and katts which were introduced early to deal with the scourge of shu. Each new livestock animal has meant a loss of arable land and caused much passionate debate before it could finally be agreed upon to try. Currently under debate are llamas, chiefly for the fibers. Skene will never be able to support large herbivores such as cows or horses. Livestock is raised on ejidas, on specific islands set aside for their production, to control their impact on the environment.

One pig grown for about six months produces about 135 lb. of meat consisting of 24 lbs ham, 20 lbs bacon, 17 pounds of pork roast, 18 pounds of picnic shoulder, 7 pounds of pork chops, 8 pounds of sausage, 7 pounds of "miscellaneous" cuts, 6 pounds of salt pork, and 31 pounds of lard, plus scrap meats; will have to keep sows for breeding rest of year
1000 pigs would mean 135 lb pork per year per person, or pork every 3 days

Goats require 1/2 acre per goat
Fresh goats produce 1 gallon milk/cheese per day
Meat goats produce approximately 30 lbs of meat, half that for kids

Sheep produce 440 lbs milk in 180 days, take half year off, so
With 1000 sheep, there are 14,400 lbs milk or cheese per year
Sheep require one good acre for every 3-5 sheep
Each sheep produces 12 lbs wool
Takes 2.5 lbs wool for one bulky sweater, 3-4 oz for adult socks, 1-2 oz for kid's socks
1000 sheep would need 330 acres or 1/2 square mile
Each lamb produces 50 lbs meat
Cull 10% of flock each year = 10,000 lbs of mutton and lamb or 10 lbs per person per year or mutton/lamb every 40 days (probably concentrated in certain seasons)
1 gallon milk (goat or sheep) makes 1 lb cheese
Will need grain (rice?) to feed goats, sheep, chickens, pigs

Domesticated rice grows at 4000 lb per acre per year.
Rice and some fibrous kelp are the only big sources of carbohydrates on Skene.
Skene bread is made from a mixture of rice flour, kelp flour (called haidan), some fish meal, and other flavors as desired, and is called haidan.

Chickens are grown by individual Manages, with excess eggs taken to market. Several species of chickens are raised on Skene. At least one large Manage on each island will grow roosters you can "rent" to fertilize your eggs in order to breed a new set of chicks.

SERVICES AND PRODUCTS WHICH MUST BE PURCHASED BY BARTER OR CURRENCY

Wandmaler murals
Comadrona services
Stamps for mailing
Ink and printing
Radios
Ceramics and glass
Dying
Construction of clothes from raw goods
Metals
Pumice-based construction (furniture, fences, roofs)Carpentry/timmers
Terrasculpting (i.e., use of lasers): Can only be done by permit of Sheng Zhang and labor of workers must be purchased.
Utility installation and repair (electricity, plumbing, steam, water)
Hauling of construction or commercial materials or other large items for individual use
Fees for commercial permits, construction permits, adjudication.
Chemicals and their products (washing soap, etc.)
Junk and recycled materials at junkyard
All additional foods, fabrics, raw materials not covered by allotment

OCCUPATIONS PAID FOR BY PUBLIC FUNDS

Lighter
Sinner
Dichter
Leraar
Gakusha
Sigrists
Sheng Zhangs and secretaries
Genist
Ethicist
Botaniste
Archivist (includes vaultkeeper)
Curanderas and hospital workers
Postal workers
Ejida workers
Faryaste
Yinjanger
Herb gatherers
Compost workers
Recyclers
Electrical plant operators
Steam plant operators
Sewage plant operators
Lava shapers of building materials
Cheesemakers, milkers, herders, butchers, smokers, tanners, shearers, carders, weavers who make goods for allotment
Orchardists, oil pressers, fruit dryers, and winemakers who produce for public allotment
Rice, duck and goose farmers for public allotmentKelp processers for public allotment
Fish sorters (all)
Beekeepers and honey processors for public allotment
Silk workers for public allotment
Weavers (all kinds) for public allotment

Annual harvest and production report (nian cheng) is published in Raccolto, then two months later during Kall, entire community meets to vote on next year's plan. Voting during the coldest month tends people toward conservation and thinking of the public good.

SIGRIST AND RADIO

Sigrist, or sexton, is a job shared by a Manage who lives atop Sigrist Poke (the highest elevation on Skene) on the biggest island, Riesig. Two or more adults split the 12 hours of daylight sitting in a cupola with a panoramic view of Skene and the oceans beyond, using telescope and some scientific instruments to keep track of weather, ocean conditions, natural disasters, and leviathan activity. They are the voice of the radio present in every Skene household. The radio announces the time every five hours, as well as tides, ferry schedules, details of important community events, and warnings about weather, physical threats such as tsunamis or fires, and the approach of leviathans to Skene shores. During six hours of darkness, the radio goes on automatic, announcing only prerecorded notices of time, tides and ferry schedules. Radio communication is available to all Skeners. However, it is linked to structures except for ferries and aircraft, and is completely public (every radio on Skene will hear what you say into your mic), so it is seldom used for personal communication. Most Skeners either speak to one another in person or, across distances (such as to the Flings) use mail, which is delivered twice a day.

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SKENE CALENDAR

OVERVIEW:
There are 20 hours to each day, 8 days to a week, 5 weeks to a month, 10 months to a year
One year = 400 days, 50 weeks
First five days of the week are work days for all occupations and school days for children, followed by a three-day weekend where the first day is market day, next day popular for performances and social gatherings as well as community meetings, last day often given over to rest and quiet. Exceptions are lighters and sinners -- they must work when the weather allows.
Ferry schedules (and consequently some work and performance/meeting schedules) are run according to tides -- many ferries cannot run during high tide because there is no morrie vaseo when leviathans can approach shores or inlets.

NAMES OF THE WEEK
Day one: Moja (Swahili)
Day two: Iki (Turkish)
Day three: San (Chinese)
Day four: Empat (Indonesian)
Day five: Ot (Hungarian)
Day six: Roku (Japanese)
Day seven: Sju (Swedish)
Day eight: Shmonah (Arabic)

NAMES OF THE MONTHS
Month one: Raccolto [means harvest in Italian] (main harvest begins this month, New Year, big honey harvest, apples dipped in honey -- school resumes, autumnal weather, storms at end)
Month two: Burzas [means storms in Polish] (onset of winter, long storms, hog slaughter)
Month three: Kall [means cold in Swedish] (coldest month)
Month four: Jian [means shearing] (cold but starting to warm at end -- sheep shearing)
Month five: Yaomur [means rain in Turkish] (rain month, much fog, rice planting)
Month six: Nastere [means birth in Rumanian] (spring month, lambs and kids born, some slaughter, planting in earnest)
Month seven: Lamminsade [means warm rain in Finnish] (spring continues, two week period of storms)
Month eight: Med [means honey in Czech] (eel migration and harvest, beginning of summer, first light harvest, first honey harvest = school out)
Month nine: Ljeto [means summer in Serbo-Croatian] (high summer)
Month ten: Mchele [means rice in Swahili] (late summer, cooling begins, rice harvest)

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Friday, October 1, 2004

ANCESTRY OF ALLIE BILLUPS



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Tuesday, September 14, 2004

GINNY BATES SECOND BEACH HOUSE, POST HURRICANE IKE



Click on image to enlarge. On concrete pillars 15 feet off ground, with solar panels covering roof and central air in all rooms except screened sleeping porch on east side. Underneath house is play area for children.

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Tuesday, August 24, 2004

PYA SEAFOOD NAMES

(Red Fish by Ragganz.)

(Note: It is presumed that most, if not all, of the edible sea creatures and plants found on Skene were introducted by the first Earth colonists there in a process of terraforming. Native Skene species tend to be vaguely reptilian, including the so-called birds, or have a strongly unpleasant taste.)

ENGLISH TO SKENISH:

anchovies -- dagaa
catfish -- cauca
cod -- lawei
dolphin -- hnisa
flatfish (flounder, halibut, turbot) -- banyu
grouper -- hamsa
haddock -- ryba
herring -- uo
mackerel -- kala
monkfish -- dogefish
octopus -- xiao
pollock -- vis
roe -- ehr
salmon -- kahe
sardines -- fisk when dried, kabwiri when fresh
shad -- ikan
snapper -- balik
sole -- sakana
squid -- kuvual
tilapia -- isda
tuna -- samaki

SKENISH TO ENGLISH:

balik - snapper
banyu -- flatfish (flounder, halibut, turbot)
cauca -- catfish
dagaa -- anchovies
dogefish -- monkfish
ehr -- roe
fisk --- dried sardines
hamsa -- grouper
ikan -- shad
isda -- tilapia or perch
hnisa -- dolphin
kabwiri -- fresh sardines
kahe -- salmon
kala -- mackerel
kuvual -- squid
lawei -- cod
ryba -- haddock
sakana -- sole
samaki -- tuna
uo -- herring
vis -- pollock
xiao -- octopus


NAMES OF SPECIES SAME IN ENGLISH AND SKENISH:

abalone
clams
eel
lobster
mussels
oysters
scallops
shrimp
urchins

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NAMING

Stream and mountains in Kings Canyon National Park, CA (Stream and Mountains. Kings Canyon National Park, California; photo by Q.T Luong)

NAMING

In the mountains for a first summer weekend
I can calibrate
the flex of the day:
writing letters outside till 9 p.m.,
enough light--
up at 5 a.m. to fish,
enough light.
No uninvited nights to be endured.
Dark is sleep,
a simple equation,
And the instant morning peels away
my dreams,
leaves me tired
but unhaunted.

Mama died a month ago.

My companion is silent,
like the wilderness:
She only makes sound
to do something.
I am ravenous for time to think.
Out here, it is safe to think,
think of anything.
No grief can seduce me
from wanting to go on
out here.
I dwell, I suffer,
I close in on myself
and rage.
There will be no new memories added.
I am scared what I have will not
stay clear,
will not sustain me
for my decades alone.
I refuse to let go
of Mama’s love
while I let go of her.

My companion is a namer:
I point,
she introduces.
Dogwood blossom,
chickaree,
corn lily,
snow plant.
Carpenter ant,
fiddlehead fern,
huckleberry,
dipper.
With her cowboy boots
she teaches me valleys:
Round like the heel,
gouged by glacier;
Pointed like the toe,
cut by river.
She lets me cry, does not
try to comfort.
She knows
living,
here where life, even named, cannot be counted,
living is my only comfort
against death.



© Maggie Jochild, written 27 May 1984, 3:30 p.m., in King's Canyon National Park, sitting by a stream very much like the one in the above photo; companion was Gail Feldman

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Sunday, August 22, 2004

PYA: MAP OF KOLDOK, DETAIL

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Sunday, August 15, 2004

INVESTIGATION OF SURNAMES IN MY DIRECT ANCESTRY

(Chart showing known country of origin for my ancestors; click on image to enlarge)

INVESTIGATION OF SURNAMES IN MY DIRECT ANCESTRY

(covers 10 generations from current back to mid 1600s; 143 different lineages, with some names having more than one lineage)

Key to ethnicity (strongly likely but not 100% certain)
White (standard test) means earliest known was born in America [73 or 51%, including one documented Native American; all born in Southern states except 1 born in Pennsylvania; Southern states include Georgia 1, Maryland 4, North Carolina 28, South Carolina 2, Tennessee 5, Virginia 32]
Silver means nothing about origins known of earliest name [3 or 2%]
Yellow means born in England [42 or 29%]
Fuscia means born in Denmark [2 or 1.4%]
Lime green means born in Germany [4 or 2.8%]
Dark green means born in Ireland [7 or 4.9%]
Red means Scots [9 or 6.3%]
Purple means born in Holland [1 or 0.7%]
Aqua means born in Switzerland [2 or 1.4%]



SURNAMES AND EXPLANATION:

Alexander (Origins not known, earliest known born ca. 1794, migrated to Jefferson Co., IN by 1815)
Armstrong [Earliest known born ca. 1725 Scotland; son 1748 in Montgomery Co., NC]
Asher [Earliest known born 1778 in NC, possibly Person Co.]
Atkins [Earliest known is born ca. 1645 in Diseworth, Leiscestershire, England; son John Francis migrated to Lunenburg, VA by 1708]
Ballard [Earliest known born ca. 1720, possibly in Orange Co., NC]
Banaster [Earliest known born ca. 1604 in Lancashire, England]
Barnett [Earliest known born in South Carolina, migrated to Caldwell County, KY before 1800]
Barron [Earliest known born 1617 in London, England, migrated to James City Co., VA]
Basinger [Earliest known born ca. 1785 in North Carolina]
Bayes [Earliest known born ca. 1725 in Lunenburg Co., VA]
Baylis [Earliest ca. 1800 in Weakley Co., TN]
Berkeley [Earliest known born ca. 1593 in VA, possibly Elizabeth City]
Blackwell [Earliest known born ca. 1620 in Watford and Clements Inn, England, migrated to York Co., VA by 1647]
Bolling (Origins not known but had child 1723 in Chesterfield Co., VA)
Boone (yes, THAT Boone) [Earliest known born 1605 in Exeter, Devonshire, England; migrated to Berks Co., PA where eventually descendant Daniel was born; Quakers]
Bourland [Earliest born 1725 Londonderry, Ireland; lived in Augusta Co., VA and Wilkes Co., NC]
Briggs [Earliest known born ca. 1662 in Surrey Co., VA]
Brinker [Earliest known born ca. 1634 in Denmark]
Bryan [Earliest known born 1671 in Denmark; migrated to Chester Co., PA, then Shenandoah, VA; buried in Rowan Co., NC; Morgan Bryan Sr. was expelled as a Tory from North Carolina after the American Revolution]
Butner [Earliest known born ca. 1740, perhaps in MD, but living in Rowan Co. NC by 1762]
Camp [Earliest known born ca. 1559 in Essex Co., England; ; descendant Thomas migrated to Virginia before 1690, probably King & Queen Co.; his grandson Thomas was a Revolutionary patriot who had 24 children, including 5 who participated in the Battle of King's Mountain]
Cannon [Earliest known born ca. 1685 in Lower Norfolk Co., VA]
Caraway [Earliest known born 1590 in Lacock, Calne, England, his son migrated to Lower Norfolk, VA as an indentured servant while in his teens and earned his freedom by his early 30s]
Carleton [Earliest known born ca. 1590 in England, probably Cumberland; migrated to Ballinacarrick, Ireland]
Carothers [Earliest known born ca. 1708 in Howmaine, Scotland; appears to have been involved in Jacobite uprising and deported/fled to Donegal, Ireland; son Andrew migrated to PA in 1765, fought in the American Revolution from North Carolina and was commended for his command of a unit at the Battle of King's Mountain.]
Carter [Earliest known born 1762 in Dinwiddie Co., VA, served in the American Revolutionary Army in the company of Captain Peterson Goodwin, who is mentioned in the song "Yankee Doodle"]
Catford [Earliest known born ca. 1600 in Devonshire, England]
Cheisand [Earliest known born ca. 1652 in England, migrated to New Kent Co., VA before 1685]
Cook [Earliest known born ca. 1766 in NC, perhaps Anson Co.]
Crenshaw [Earliest known born ca. 1621 in England, migrated to York Co., VA before 1647]
Davis (more than one line) [Earliest known (1) born 1686 in Manokin, Somerset Co., MD; (2) origins unknown but married 1793 in Pittsylvania Co., VA]
Delahay/Dillahay [Earliest known born ca. 1707 in Surrey Co., VA]
Dixon [Earliest known born ca. 1554 in Deal, Kent, England]
Dolman [Earliest known born ca. 1609 in Yorkshire, England.]
Donaldson [Earliest known born ca. 1725 in Glasgow, Scotland; migrated to America before 1748 and lived in Orange Co., NC; son was a Revolutionary soldier from Person Co., NC]
Duke [Earliest known born ca. 1712 in Granville Co., NC]
Dykes [Earliest known born ca. 1759 in Jackson Co., GA]
Ewens [Earliest known born 1594/95 in St. Botolph, Aldgate, London, England; daughter Margaret migrated to James City Co., VA]
Farmer (more than one line) [Earliest known (1) born ca. 1667 in Taunton, Somersetshire, England; (2) born ca. 1560 in London, England]
Fitzgerald [Earliest known born ca. 1574 in Ballymoe, Ireland]
Forehand [Earliest known born ca. 1790, possibly Johnston Co., NC]
Foster [Earliest known born around 1600 in England]
Fuller [Earliest known born ca. 1550 in Deal, Kent, England; grandson William migrated to Anne Arundel Co., MD by 1655]
Gilliam [Earliest known origins not sure but died ca. 1738 in Surrey Co., VA]
Gillespie [Earliest known born late 1600s in Scotland]
Goheen [Earliest known was Revolutionary soldier from Rowan Co., NC]
Green [Earliest known born ca. 1770 in VA, possibly Lunenburg Co.]
Gunning [Earliest known was born ca. 1565 in Bristol, Gloucester, England]
Hancock (Origins not known, had first child in Snow Hill, Worcester Co., MD in 1776)
Hardy (more than one line) [Earliest known (1) Origins not known, lived early 1700s in Bertie Co., NC; (2) born ca. 1725 in Amelia Co., VA]
Harrell [Earliest known born ca. 1690 in Bertie Co., NC]
Harrison [Origins unknown but married 1710 in Richmond Co., NC]
Hastings [Earliest known born ca. 1670 in Henrico Co., VA]
Hatchett [Earliest known born ca. 1663 in Holland]
Hill (more than one line) [Earliest known (1) born early 1800s in Darlington Dist., SC; (2) origins unknown, born ca. 1684 and died 1723 in Sussex Co., VA]
Holloway [Earliest known born ca. 1720, possibly in Orange Co., NC]
Howcott [Origins not known; lived in Bertie Co., NC]
Hudson [Earliest known born ca. 1800 in NC]
Hutchinson [Earliest known born ca. 1625 in England, migrated to Lower Norfolk Co., VA.]
Huntley [Earliest known born 1745 in Gulledge Twp., Anson Co., NC]
James (Origins not known but married 28 Apr 1775 in MD]
Jarman [Earliest known born mid 1700s in NC, possibly Duplin Co.]
Jones (more than one line) [Earliest known (1) born ca. 1660 in Upper Norfolk or Nansemond Co, VA; (2) origins unknown but born ca. 1719, living in Albemarle Parish, Sussex Co., VA in 1740s]
Kemp [Earliest known born in mid 1600s in Lower Norfolk Co., VA]
King [Earliest known born 1780 in Sampson Co., NC]
Lancaster [Origins not known; lived in Duplin Co. NC in mid 1700s]
Littleton (more than one line) [Earliest known (1) origins not known; lived in Somerset Co., MD in mid 1600s; (2) origins not known but married 1667 in Nansemond Co., VA]
Lisle [Earliest known born ca. 1400 in England, probably Isle of Wight; first documented in this line, George de Insula, chose the surname of Lisle when all England was forced to assume surnames by decree of Henry V.]
Lott (more than one line) [Earliest known (1) born ca. 1759 unknown but had first child in Mecklenburg Co., VA in 1779; (2) born ca. 1758 in Fairfield Co., SC]
Loveringe [Earliest known born ca. 1600 in Bradninch, Devonshire, England]
Lucas [Earliest known born ca. 1666 in Surrey Co., VA]
McCarthy [Earliest known born ca. 1596 in Clodane, Ireland; migrated to Westmoreland Co., VA]
McDaniel [Earliest known born ca. 1740 in NC, possibly Orange Co.]
McElroy [Earliest known born 1775 Laurens Dist., SC]
Mark [Earliest known born 1638 in Mosedale, Cumberland, England; died 1698 in Ballylekin, Kings, Ireland; granddaughter migrated to Rowan Co., NC]
Marshall [Earliest known born ca. 1570 in Kerry Co., Ireland; son John migrated to Westmoreland Co., VA]
Martiau [Earliest known born ca. 1547 in France, son born ca. 1590 in York, Yorkshire, England and migrated to York Co., VA by 1622]
Massey [Earliest known born 1832 in TN, possible Lawrence Co.]
Maugridge [Earliest known born 1590 in Bradninch, Devonshire, England]
Mayes [Earliest known born 1710 in Hanover Co., VA]
Meadors/Meadows [Earliest known born ca. 1612-1618 in Bristol, Suffolk, England and migrated to Charles Parish,York Co., VA by 1637]
Milton [Earliest known born ca. 1590 in Devonshire, England]
Moore (more than two lines) [Earliest known (1) born mid 1750s in Henrico Co., VA; (2) origins not known, had child mid 1700s in Bertie Co., NC]
Morgan [Earliest known born ca. 1783 in NC]
Morris (Choctaw) [Earliest known is Elijah born 1827-1829 in TN or perhaps AL; died 13 July 1865 in Pulaski, Giles Co. TN while serving in Union Army, Company C, 6th Tenn Cav; no more is known]
Morrison [Earliest known born early 1700s in Scotland]
Morton [Earliest known came to America ca. 1670, place of origin not known; grandson Thomas fought in Virginia Colonial Militia, 1651-1776; great-grandson Thomas served in Captain John Dalton's Company, 2nd Regiment of the Tennessee Militia at the Battle of New Orleans in the War of 1812, died on the way home via the Natchez Trace.]
Murphy [Earliest known born ca. 1794 in Pittsylvania Co., VA?]
Myers [Earliest known born 1777 in Lexington, Davidson, NC]
Neely [Earliest known born ca. 1722 in County Tyrone, Ireland; migrated to PA, probably County of York or Cumberland Co.]
Norvell [Earliest known born ca. 1648 in James City, VA]
Ochsner [Earliest born late 1600 in Volken Schweyh, Switzerland; migrated to Moore Co., NC]
Parker (more than one line) [Earliest known (1) born ca. 1624 in Lancashire, England; (2) lived in Somerset Co., MD in 1690s]
Pinkston [Earliest born 1767 in Rowan Co., NC]
Pitman [Earliest known born 1785 in Orange Co., NC]
Randolph [Earliest known born ca. 1723 in Chesterfield Co., VA]
Rasco [Earliest known born 1754 in Bertie Co., NC]
Reicher [Earliest known born 1747 in Pennsylvania]
Ritchie [Earliest known born ca. 1760 in VA]
Robertson (Origins unknown but had child ca. 1725 in Lunenburg Co., VA]
Sandefer [Earliest known born 1675 in York Co., VA]
Sappenfield [Earliest known born 1743 in Germany; migrated to Rowan Co., NC by 1760]
Sewell/Sowell [Earliest known born ca. 1576 in England, possibly Gloucestershire; line migrated to Lower Norfolk Co., VA and Chowan Co., NC]
Shelton [Earliest known born 1664 in VA]
Sherwood [Earliest known living mid 1600s in Old Rappahannock Co., VA]
Smith (more than one line) [Earliest known (1) born 1793 in NC; (2) born ca. 1798 in NC, migrated to Fayette Co., TN by 1840s]
Speight [Earliest known born ca. 1715 in Wake Co, NC]
Spivey [Earliest known born ca. 1650 in Isle of Wight Co., VA]
Starling [Earliest known born 1720 in Accomack Co., VA]
Stafford [Earliest born ca. 1790 in Devonshire, England]
Stewart [Origins not known]
Stone [Earliest known born ca. 1686 in Anson Co., NC]
Stroud/Strode [Earliest known born ca. 1515 in Shepton Mallet, Somerset, England]
Stutts [Earliest known born 1688 in Switzerland, migrated to Moore Co., NC]
Sumner [Earliest known born ca. 1778 in NC]
Taylor [Earliest known born ca. 1776 in VA]
Thompson [Earliest known mid 1600s in Wexford, Ireland]
Truitt (Origins not known; may have lived in Somerset Co., MD in 1600s)
Turner (more than one line) [Earliest known (1) born 1729 in Northampton Co., VA; (2) born ca. 1820 England, migrated to Fayette Co., TN by 1843]
Uppey [Earliest known born 1628 in Stoke Canon, Devonshire, England]
Ussery/Eure [Earliest known born ca. 1604 in Belton Isle Axholme, Lincolnshire, England; son migrated to Virginia before 1685.]
Wade (Origins not known)
Walker [Earliest known born 1768 in Orange Co., NC]
Watson [Earliest known born ca. 1633 in Shropshire, England; line migrated to Kings and Carlow Cos., Ireland]
Weatherford [Earliest known born ca. 1721 in Amelia Co., VA]
Wells [Earliest ca. 1800 in Weakley Co., TN]
Whitaker [Earliest known born ca. 1506 in England, probably Yorkshire region]
White [Earliest known born ca. 1633 in England and migrated to VA by 1657]
Whiting [Earliest known born ca. 1517 in Shepton Mallet, Somerset, England]
Whittington [Earliest known was born ca. 1580 in Bristol, Gloucester, England]
Williams (more than one line) [Earliest known (1) circa 1790s in Moore Co., NC; (2) born mid 1600s in Chowan Co., NC]
Woodson (Origins not known)
Worsham [Earliest known born ca. 1675 in VA, possibly Henrico Co.]
Wyatt [Earliest known born ca. 1670 in Taunton, Somersetshire, England]
Wynns [Earliest known born ca. 1654 in VA]
Young [Earliest known born ca. 1684 unknown but living in Norfolk Co., VA in 1721]

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Tuesday, August 10, 2004

PYA: GLOSSARY FROM SKENISH TO ENGLISH

Abba -- generic term for any grandparent, gender irrelevant.
Abfall -- Skene island dedicated to compost, recycling, junkyard
Aga (pronounced ah-gah) -- stove/hearth, the center of every Manage; fueled by geothermal steam; it is never turned "off" and always has a cistern of simmering water for tea
Aggie -- the emma who is the biological parent (egg donor) of a child; there is no name for the sperm donor, as this role has no parenting function on Skene
Arancia (named for orange color of hot springs): Small island in Pya's west between Mti and Hamsa; has hot springs that are bright orange and toxic to humans; no clean freshwater source, thus uninhabitable
Archivist -- state position on Skene who preserves history and records, has own Manage and protected archives behind a vault hidden in a hillside on Riesig
Argile -- Skene island dedicated to clay production
Arta -- Pea Pod island where Mill and Oby have Manage with Oby's emmas Api and Ollow, plus Oby's sib Lowitt and child (with Mill) Abbo, both residing there only part-time; has fresh-water pond, three medium-sized fields rotated between wheat, millet, and corn, plus tillage, chicken run and roost, large landing pad, and rim of woods around most of island. First of Pea Pods to be settled. Connected by ferry to Koldok.

Baicang -- A snack made from the pupae of silkworm lavae after the silk has been extracted. The pupae is deep-fried and seasoned with spices. Especially popular on Seda and in the Western Tendril.
Balik -- a fish akin to our snapper
Banyu -- a fish akin to our flatfish (flounder, halibut, turbot)
Baun -- Pea Pod island; connected by ferry to Dodor
Beras-- Skene island dedicated to rice cultivation
Bezelye -- Pea Pod island; planned connection by ferry to Koldok
Bixi -- achiote
Blossom -- a sexual enhancement device used primarily between X's on Skene. Made of thick but very expansible and pliable opaque kelp-plastic, blossoms have a central tube about the diameter of a carrot with flaring fronds (or blossoms) on either end, spreading out at a tilt. The interior of blossoms is filled with a colored viscous organic fluid which can be concentrated in a frond, for example, to inflate it. One sexual partner will "deflate" one end of the blossom by squeezing all the internal fluid to the other end, then insert the deflated end inside her vagina. When the internal fluid is squeezed back into the deflated end, inflating it again, the blossom is held snugly inside her vagina by muscles at the lip, and the inflated fronds exert delicious pressure against the internal wall of her vagina which abuts on the mass of clitoral tissue -- the most sensitive part of the vagina, right inside the lip. With the other end deflated, it can now be inserted into the vagina of a partner, and the first woman uses her Kegel muscles to re-inflate that end as well. Trading pressure leads to extreme sensation, where rocking and side-to-side motion is much more satisfactory than thrusting. Design consideration involves choosing one which works better face to face versus back to front. Blossoms are created by cottage industry on Verzin, involving the use of a rubber mold that is inserted into the purchaser's vagina and filled with a gel that hardens to replicate her individual shape. Removal is painful, the process is embarrassingly intimate, and the cost is expensive, so most people on Skene don't have blossoms. In fact, most people have never seen one, although jokes about them abound. However, they are popular almong pilots and yanjangers.
Borso -- Pea Pod island; planned connection by ferry to Koldok
Bosco-- Skene island dedicated to forests and lumber as well as pig raising
Botaniste -- horticulturalist; makes decisions about which species of plants or animals to resurrect from cold storage; annually elected position, though tends to be held by same person for long periods.
Brandynose -- drunkard.
Bridie -- a hand-held pastry filled with sweet or savory stuffing
Broeks -- Quilted linen pants (outdoor presentable attire).
Buckling -- Immature male goat older than two months of age.
Bucky -- A residence hall for unpartnered workers in a given locale.
Buksers -- Roomy canvas work pants.
Bupkis -- Pea Pod island; connected by ferry to Dodor
Burzaka -- waterproof rain slicker
Burzas -- second month of the year, marks onset of winter, long storms, hog slaughter time; also small island in west Pya; mixed terrain, arable land, freshwater, but not yet inhabited; no ferry link elsewhere
Byli -- experimental ejida + cranberry bog island in West Tendril; only inhabitants are workers for ejida
Bysen -- Pea Pod island; planned connection by ferry to Hamsa

Calças -- silk pleated pants (dress attire)
Califia-- name of a Fling in the West Tendril on Skene
Capriste -- goatherder
Cao -- cow, historical animal seen only in ancient books
Cartagen-- papermaker
Carynn (pronounced kah-RIN) -- peace, serenity; commonly used in farewell of "Carynn bye", meaning "Peace be yours"
Cauca -- a fish akin to our catfish
Cha-- harvest (also the name of Qala's katt)
Chakka -- pineapple
Chanticleer -- rooster
Child -- child (no differentiation as to gender on Skene)
Chimiste -- chemist
Chloddia -- Skene island in the Eastern Tendril dedicated to mining (mostly metals)
Chongyong -- turbulent ocean
Chwet (named for owl): Medium-sized island in east Pya; set aside as owl preserve; covered with mixed-growth forest; also home to wild pigs and squirrels; has Manages of a few families, the "Owl People", who live in conservation of the environment there; has ferry link to Dvareka
Comadrona -- Midwife. Most births on Skene are at home with a comadrona assisting.
Cogio -- town at southern tip of Dvareka in Pya, which has a salt factory, several refineries and ore processing plants, a distillery, a kelp factory, and a number of the only taverns on Pya
Cortices-- shoreline areas
Curandera -- doctor/healer, trained at the University
Curtilage-- the land, including tillage, around a Manage

Dagaa -- a fish akin to our anchovies
Delma -- one of two moons for Skene, the other being Luwise; smaller of the two, has less tidal pull
Dichter -- poet/songwriter whose official job is to create metered verse for lighters to distract leviathans; now historical, since Pax Piscata -- Yoj was the Last Dichter of All Skene
Djost -- Chevon/goat cheese (as opposed to pecorino or sheep cheese, kaas).
Djostiker -- Maker of goat cheese (as opposed to maker of sheep cheese, kaasyaste).
Doeling -- Immature female goat older than two months of age.
Dogefish -- a fish akin to our monkfish.
Doimoi (name means renew): Island in Pya's north, has ferry link to Dvareka from Talaba; devoted to recycling and soil creation
Dou -- Pea Pod island; connection by ferry to Koldok
Dvareka (name means two rivers): Main island in Pya's center; has two large rivers, plus Puaa Stream; has seven towns, Pertama, Koldok, Dudor, Sepek, Cogio, Fjer, and Talaba; most population lives on Dvareka; heavily devoted to farming, plus most of industry in Pya

Ehr -- roe
Ejida -- State run cooperative farm, for produce, animals, and/or greenhouses (as opposed to a Manage curtilage or tillage, which is for an individual family). All products go toward the annual allotment.
Ek -- unit of currency on Skene, in coin form. The average salary on Skene is 15 eks a year, but this does not include the allotment given by the state of equally divided amounts of food, cloth, compost, construction materials, kelp plastic and paper, and other essentials (allotments differ in Skene and Pya, based on resources). No one pays rent or utilities, although fines are levied if water usage is abused, such as not recycling grey water, failing to collect rain water from gutters, or putting dirty runoff into the system used for drinking. Fees are also charged for shipping freight, for attending the university, for labor involved in construction or utility repair, postage, and comadrona (midwife) services. Ferries, public schooling, medical care, and other public services are free but paid for by a flat 10% tax against all cash income. Barter, which is the bulk of Skene economy between individuals, is not taxed or recorded. Ek coins are gold; half-eks are silver; tenth-eks are brass. A limited number of platinum two-ek coins are in circulation. Purchases which are smaller than a tenth-ek must be made up in credit or barter, though once hundredth-ek coins were in circulation (made of copper) and still show up from time to time..
Emma -- generic term for any parent, gender irrelevant.
Empat -- fourth day of the week, work and school day; also small island in east Pya; mixed terrain, arable land, freshwater, but not yet inhabited; no ferry link elsewhere
Ert -- Pea Pod island; planned connection by ferry to Dodor
Escollo -- name of a Fling in the East Tendril in Skene
Esker-- ridge of gravel deposited by water
Ethicist -- governor, elected every half-year, settles interim questions of public good unless larger vote is required
Exile -- ultimate punishment for crime on Skene, which involves banishment to a remote island named Peisuo with enough dry goods delivered twice a year to keep the exile from starving, but no visiting and no hope of parole; Skene relies on community interference and lack of privacy to keep crime from occurring
Exploit -- Skene island dedicated to mining (mostly minerals and chemicals)
Eyja -- name of a Fling in the East Tendril in Skene

Faar -- Skene island dedicated to sheep-raising
Faburgon -- Truffles
Fadian -- electrical worker
Faryaste -- Ferry boat driver. On Skene, ferries which are in an enclosed lagoon with barriers to keep out leviathans are operated by a chain drive, but still require faryastes to help in case, as has occasionally happened, a leviathan leaps over a barrier. Open-water ferries only run during times of low tide, when Morrie Vaseo can be expected because of pathways between reefs built over centuries of dangerous effort. Open-water faryasters consider themselves superior to chain-drive faryastes because of the much higher risk they face from leviathans, even with the current condition of leviathan truce.
Fisk -- a variety of plentiful fish (equivalent to our sardines) used for drying, a staple of Skene cuisine, and baked into crackers for use as katt food
Fling -- the 24 small islands close enough for morrie vaseo but able to hold only one or perhaps two Manages; flings which do not have a water supply are called secanos. Skene's secanos are Sziget, Selva, and Ziza (the first two are maintained as herb-growing sanctuaries, the latter is a public park). Skene's Flings are Ada, Califia, Escollo, Eyja, Helle, Hynys (double Manage), Icarus, Inish, Insula, Isola, Krk, Motu, Oase, Ostrov, Pulau, Pulo, Refugio, Rho, Saari, Wyspa, and Yanuyanu (double Manage).

Gakusha -- Scholar or professor at the University
Gando (named for shape like crab claw): Large island in west Pya; mixed terrain, arable land, fresh water; not yet inhabited, no ferry link to elsewhere
Genist -- geneticist and genealogist who tracks all lineages on Skene and determines which sperm stock is chosen for an aggie requesting leave to breed; a lifelong position, determined by election when she is an apprentice; only one mother genist and one apprentice at any given time, and the two of them are often at great odds with one another; their records are completely secret
Gilet -- padded linen jerkin, laced; worn for breast support as well as warmth
Ginny -- slang term for genitals (gender irrelevant) or sexual activity itself; not used in formal company but not perjorative
Gisantes -- Pea Pod island; planned connection by ferry to Koldok
Glebe = field in cultivation to support a specific community institution, such as the university or the Lofthall
Gong Tong -- game involving increasing matrices of cooperation and pattern expansion, played on a grid board with round tiles in blue, red and yellow. Involving team interaction, Skene cultural rules are tested by the game's insistence that during an individual player's turn, she decide on her move without consulting the others or trying to read their expression. Play consists of long periods of tense concentration, followed by a move and explanation, then either cheering or loud criticism from the team. There is no definite end, only mutual satisfaction after hours of intense play.
Grasak -- Pea Pod island; planned connection by ferry to Koldok
Gul (name means yellow, after color of hot springs): Small island in Pya's west between Mti and Hamsa; has hot springs that are gold in color and toxic to humans; no clean freshwater source, thus uninhabitable

Habibi -- generic term for any great-grandparent, gender irrelevant
Haichen -- kelp harvester (either as sinner or from cortices)
Hai cai -- kelp which is edible and also acts as a thickener
Haidan -- kelp which, when dried, produces the pale green meal that is the basis for Skene bread; also, the name for such bread
Hai luo -- kelp which produces a kind of plastic material used extensively
Hai zao -- kelp which produces the fibers from which linen is made
Hamsa -- A firm white fish with delicate flavor, equivalent to our grouper, very popular on Skene. Also, large island in central west Pya; mixed terrain, arable land, freshwater, but not yet inhabited, though is next likely population center after Dvareka; ferry link to a few Pea Pods is planned
Hanshan -- silk dress blouse or shirt, various styles all same name
Hari (named for shape which resembles darning needle): Small to medium-sized island in west Pya; mixed terrain, arable land, fresh water; not yet inhabited, no ferry link to elsewhere
Hayashi (name means forest): Island devoted to forestry, mostly pine, spruce, and other evergreens; has resin and oil distillery plus lumber mill on island
Helle -- name of a Fling in the West Tendril in Skene
Herne: -- Pea Pod island; planned connection by ferry to Koldok or Saya
Hidraler -- plumber
Hnisa -- A large air-breathing ocean animal which may be a porpoise introduced to Skene waters by early colonists which has mutated somewhat to deal with leviathans. Its meat is highly prized on Skene, but they seldom are caught in sinner nets.
Hore (name means sorrow, after sad fate of original colonists there): Mixed terrain island where original colonists had a small group, including the last known survivor of that colony; has caves were colonists lived and created mausoleum for their dead; has ferry link to Uscat and from there to Dvareka
Hrach -- Pea Pod island; connection by ferry to Dodor
Huerta -- orchard
Huertanera -- orchardist
Huolun -- The large, powerful freighters used to fly cargo and passengers between Pya and Skene.
Hynys -- name of a Fling in the West Tendril with double Manage, in Skene

Icarus-- name of a Fling in the West Tendril in Skene
Ikan -- A kind of fish with small, limber bones, equivalent to our shad, which is pounded flat, flash-fried, and fed to children as a daily source of calcium; also popular as traveling food. Children eat ikan when they won't touch anything else, and it is offered to those who are ill along with broth and sliced apples.
Iki -- second day of the week, work and school day; also small island in east Pya; has ferry link to Pertama; a few Manages there do specialized farming
Inish -- name of a Fling in the East Tendril in Skene
Insula -- name of a Fling in the East Tendril in Skene
Isda -- a fish akin to our tilapia or perch
Isola -- name of Fling where Yoj grew up in East Tendril in Skene


Jari -- Date palm.
Jaskinia (named for caves on island): Medium-sized island in central west Pya; has network of large caves in western part of island, possibly usable for silkworm industry; otherwise mixed terrain, arable land, freshwater, but not yet inhabited; no ferry link elsewhere
Jian -- fourth month of year, still cold but starting to warm at end of month, sheep shearing time; also small island in south Pya; has ferry link to Sepek; a few Manages there do specialized farming
Jichang -- airfield of any size
Jigong -- aircraft maker, mechanic
Jirekinu -- silk vest for dress occasions
Juh -- Skene island dedicated to sheep-raising
Junca (named for reeds near ponds): Small to medium-sized island in central west Pya; has several ponds surrounded by reeds; otherwise mixed terrain, arable land, freshwater, but not yet inhabited; no ferry link elsewhere

Kaas -- pecorino or sheep cheese (as opposed to djoste, goat cheese)
Kaasyaste -- maker of sheep cheese (as opposed to djostiker, maker of goat cheese)
Kabwiri -- a fish akin to our fresh sardines
Kacang: Pea Pod island; planned connection by ferry to Koldok
Kahe -- a fish akin to our salmon
Kahel -- tangerine
Kaidang ku -- Canvas pants with open crotch covered by tie flap, favored for children and field workers (easy to take a piss in these).
Kala -- a fish akin to our mackerel which is often extracted of oil for other use before making into fishcakes
Kall -- third month of the year, coldest month, overcast and sometimes frosty; also small island in west Pya; mixed terrain, arable land, freshwater, but not yet inhabited; no ferry link elsewhere
Kalsonger -- wool pants (can be dress or work, depending on cut and occupation)
Katt -- Early colonists brought out cats from their biological store, breeding them for size and human loyalty, and eventually they became known as katts. Almost every Manage on Skene has one or more katts in residence to control shu. Public instutitions like the Lofthall or the U have a dozen or more katts, and Pomar (with its fruit orchards ringed by rocky cliffs) has a population of hundreds of katts, some of whom are allowed to breed uncontrolled in order to supply the rest of Skene with kittens. Female katts are called malkins, males are called toms when it is necessary to discuss breeding; otherwise all are katts. On Pya, katts share shu-patrol with owls, who do their hunting at night while katts are locked indoors. Also, large island in north Pya; mixed terrain, arable land, freshwater, but not yet inhabited; no ferry link elsewhere
Kawali -- paella
Kelapa -- Coconut.
Keramiker -- potter/ceramicist
Kiatu -- canvas lace-up shoes worn by children, dyed bright colors
Kiefer (named for pines on island): Medium-sized island in central west Pya; half-covered in pine forest, otherwise mixed terrain, arable land, freshwater, but not yet inhabited; no ferry link elsewhere
Kinusan -- silk farmer
Koldok -- town on western side of Dvareka Island in Pya, site of lofthall, school, chevre dairy, and clinic
Koukei -- a rongyanger on Yanja with the special, secret duty of using an illegal-grade laser to keep the magna vent open
Krk -- name of a Fling in the West Tendril in Skene
Kuono -- bay
Kumme (named for shape which resembles bowl): Small to medium-sized island in central west Pya; mixed terrain, arable land, freshwater, but not yet inhabited; no ferry link elsewhere
Kuvual -- a kind of fish equivalent to our squid which produces ink sacs which are prized for dying and other crafts

Lamminsade -- seventh month of the year, spring continues, at end of month another two week period of storms but these are less severe and warm rains to launch crops; also small island in south Pya; mixed terrain, arable land, freshwater, but not yet inhabited; no ferry link elsewhere
Lawei -- a fish akin to our cod
Leraar -- teacher at school for children, in contrast to teacher at university who is called a gakusha. For more information about school grades and leraar to student ratio, see note at end of this post.
Lev -- short for leviathan, used as profanity; levs/leviathans are the whale-sized sentient carnivores who dominate the oceans of Skene, making boat travel perilous or impossible for 500 years
Lighter -- small aircraft used for light hauling (home lighter) or interference for fishing craft (wasa lighter), or the pilot of such a craft
Linmu (name means forest): Large island in far east Pya; devoted to forestry, mostly nut trees, beech, hickory, walnut, pecan, and filbert; has lumber mill and nut processing plant, plus Manages of workers there; no ferry link elsewhere
Ljeto -- ninth month in Skene calendar, time of high summer; also small island in south Pya; has ferry link to Cogio; a few Manages there do specialized farming
Lofthall -- the guild-like structure which regulates all air flight on Skene, headed by a Sheng Zhang and funded by the state; also the building where the guild is located, with pilots' residence and adjacent airfield
lupanalom -- "land of dreams" from a children's story
Luwise -- one of two moons for Skene, the other being Delma; larger of the two, has more tidal pull

Maillot -- thin woolen undershirt
Maanadi Guild -- geothermal guild in Pya (maanadi means underground heartbeat in Skenish)
Manage -- family home, home farm; belongs to the state but can be inherited through a lineage if occupied by an ongoing family
Manteau -- Long wool cloak for cold weather wear.
Maxa -- corn meal treated with a mineral so it becomes dough-like, used to make tamale-like food items where maxa is filled with spicy ingredients, then wrapped in banana, fig or avocado leaves, or kelp; also the name for these wraps themselves, popular especially for workers' breakfasts.
Mbili Kilima (name means two hills): Medium-sized island in central west Pya; has two prominent hills with surrounding highlands; otherwise mixed terrain, arable land, freshwater, but not yet inhabited; no ferry link elsewhere
Mchele -- tenth month in Skene calendar, cooling begins, time of rice harvest; also small island in south Pya; has ferry link to Cogio; a few Manages there do specialized farming. The Mchele Fair is like a state fair and one of the largest events all year on Pya in particular.
Med -- eighth month of year, time eel migration and harvest, beginning of summer, first light harvest, first honey harvest, school lets out; also, small island in south Pya; mixed terrain, arable land, freshwater, but not yet inhabited; no ferry link elsewhere
Meragi Guild -- A Skene-based guild peopled by the djostikers, kaasyastes, tofu and tempeh makers, and those who produce rice syrup. (Meragi is Skenish for fermentation.)
Mezi -- The laser ray carried by pilots to reinforce the Pax Piscata. In the event of leviathan attack, the offending leviathan is shot by the laser on a specific blue spot near its right flank, which has the effect of relaxing all muscular structure and connective tissue in the leviathan body, killing it instanteously. Mezi is an old Skenish word meaning "balance", and in this instance it is a euphemism. Also refer to the lightning bolt symbol painted on craft carrying a mezi ray.
Moja -- first day of the week, back to work/school; also small island in north Pya; mixed terrain, arable land, freshwater, but not yet inhabited; no ferry link elsewhere
Morrie -- sea
Morrie Strati -- The vast fields of red-colored ocean where leviathans congregate, named for the increased viscosity of seawater there. It has never been determined if these regions are created by leviathans extruding something from their bodies or if they are naturally occurring and somehow preferable to leviathans as habitat.
Morrie Vaseo -- Meaning "safe ocean" or "easy path", this is any waterway between islands which is considered relatively defended from leviathan attack, because of shallowness, protective reef, and/or low tide. This phrase is also the most common farewell on Skene.
Motu -- name of Fling where Halling grew up in West Tendril in Skene
Mti (name means wood): Third-largest island in Pya, far west; devoted to forestry, with mixed forest, though mostly oak, maple, chestnut, hornbeam, poplar, and cherry; has lumber mill and woodworking shops, plus Manages of workers there; no ferry link to elsewhere

Nan -- Honorific for any adult, used with their name or title
Nastere -- sixth month of year, spring month, lambs and kids born, culling of the sheep and goat herds, planting of crops begins in earnest; also small island in south Pya; mixed terrain, arable land, freshwater, but not yet inhabited; no ferry link elsewhere
Nec (name means forest): Large island in east Pya; devoted to forestry, with mainly sequoia; has lumber mill and Manages of workers on island; no ferry link to Dvareka
Nian cheng -- harvest report for the year
Nudzaak Guild -- A Skene guild is chaired by the Sheng Zhang of Tanyan which interfaces between all farm products and the Allotment Ministry, theoretically insuring that basic nutritional needs are always met on Skene. (Nudzaak is Skenish for necessity.)

Oase -- name of a Fling in the West Tendril
Opicha -- monkey (from ancient bestiaries)
Ostrov -- name of a Fling in the East Tendril
Ot -- fifth day of the week, last day of work and school; also small island in east Pya; mixed terrain, arable land, freshwater, but not yet inhabited; no ferry link elsewhere
Oto (named for shape which resembles boot): Small to medium-sized island in south Pya; has a few oil wells and refinery there; has ferry link to Cogio
Otos -- Heavy leather boots worn by outdoor workers and pilots.

Pabo (name means turkey): Large island in east Pya; set aside as wild turkey preserve but also has domestic turkey farms and Manages of workers; has ferry link to Fjer
Pax Piscata -- the "balance" or truce between humans and leviathans, implemented by Halling as Sheng Zhang of the Lofthall, which keeps leviathans from hunting and killing human pilots while fishing or gathering kelp; not entirely trusted by humans, specially when juvenile or baby leviathans are involved
Pea Pods: A group of small islands in central west Pya which appear to be "falling from a pod", Saya Island to the north; all names mean a variety of pea or bean in Skenish; all have mixed terrain, arable land, and fresh water; plan is to eventually link them all to a mainland; ideal for one or two Manages who want to individually farm or exploit another resource, and available only to families which can offer the bodies and expertise to do so
Peisuo -- Skene island set aside for exiles (prison)
Pirinc -- Pya island, northern side, which had been steep and rocky, covered with shu, at first discovery. Powerful lasers were used to reshape the terrain into a multitude of terraces which could be flooded with water for rice farming. A well and central pond were created, a small town of Manages was settled, and floating duck/goose houses were placed on large paddies. Pirinc supplies all the rice and fowl Pya could use, plus exports a significant extra to Skene. Has Manages of workers and a few businesses; no ferry link to Dvareka
Pomar -- central island on Skene, dedicated to orchards, soybeans, apiary, and large public park accessible by ferry from two main islands
Potenza -- ministry governing utilities including electricity, water, geothermal, radios, plus ferries
Prase (name means pig): Medium-sized island in west Pya; devoted to pig production, with charnel house, smokehouse, and production factory there, plus Manages of workers; has ferry link to Dvareka
Prym : A sweet, fudge-like goat cheese made by cooking goat milk until it caramelizes.
Pubu (name means waterfall): Large island in west Pya; rocky with several streams and prominent waterfall; not a great deal of arable land due to uplift; not yet inhabited and no ferry link elsewhere
Pulo -- name of a Fling in the West Tendril in Skene
Pya -- a cluster of dozens of islands with land mass many times that of Skene, discovered/deduced by Halling, Yoj and Bux in Year 557; explored by their oldest child, Mill, and her partner Oby; settled by emigrants from Skene in Year 559

Qi gong -- steam worker

Raccolto -- first month of the year, New Year, main harvest begins this month, school resumes, autumnal weather, storms begin at end of month; also small island in west Pya; mixed terrain, arable land, freshwater, but not yet inhabited; no ferry link elsewhere
Rahat -- ministry of health and education which oversees school, university, scholars, hospital, midwives, genist (including leave for aggies and partnering), vets
Rambla -- stream
Rauta (name means iron): Medium-sized island in east Pya; home to several mines, including iron; has forge and foundry, plus Manages of workers there; has ferry link to Pertama
Recursos -- ministry overseeing natural resources including mining, lava, petroleum, wood, gravel, lasers
Refugio -- name of a Fling in the East Tendril in Skene
Riesig -- largest central island on Skene, containing airfield, university, sigrist, genist, archives, school, fish docks all in town of Riesig Pliss, and acting as hub for the West Tendril
Rho -- name of a Fling in the West Tendril in Skene
Robin -- native island bird, blue-green in color, neither useful nor an extreme pest
Roku -- sixth day of the week, Market Day, school is out; also small island in east Pya; mixed terrain, arable land, freshwater, but not yet inhabited; no ferry link elsewhere
Rongyan -- lava sculpted into rocks
Rongyanger -- Skene worker who sculpts lava into walls, furniture, etc.
Ropox -- Pea Pod island; planned connection by ferry to Koldok
Rudni (name means minerals): Medium-sized island in south Pya; home to several mines; has ferry link to Cogio
Ryba -- a fish akin to our haddock

Saari -- name of a Fling in the East Tendril in Skene
Sakana -- a kind of fish, akin to our sole, with buttery and tender flesh, very popular
Samaki -- a kind of fish akin to our tuna
San -- third day of the week, work and school day; also small island in east Pya; has ferry link to Pertama; a few Manages there do specialized farming
Saya Island -- A long curved island immediately west of Dvareka in Pya and the "pod" for which the Pea Pods are named: South of Saya are 14 small roundish islands which look like peas falling from a pod. A chain ferry connects Saya to Koldok on Dvareka and three other Pea Pods, including Arta Island where Mill and family live. Saya has rocky elevations at either end, one holding the goat barn and hut plus a few trees, the other end holding the mineral hot springs, a planted orchard, and bee hives. Immediately east of the orchard is a native woods, which drops down into the saddle of Saya, a grassy plains ideal for grazing.
Schmatta -- Nightgown, long-sleeved and of wool for cold weather, short-sleeved and of linen for warm weather; comes down to mid calf
Seabeak -- native bird somewhat analogous to seagulls, except larger and only partially feathered on head and underside; scavengers
Secano -- island without fresh water on it
Seda -- Skene island dedicated to silkworm cavern and mulberry trees
Shamsjooz -- hottest pepper found on Skene, small and golden, name means "nut of the sun".
Shaoxing -- rice wine
Shati -- pullover linen shirt, ubiquitous, worn long for work, tucked in for company, various sleeve lengths and colors
Shima -- stripe (also the name of Yoj's katt)
Shmonah -- eighth day of the week, school is out, no work except for certain occupations, traditionally used for rest and gathering with beloveds; also small island in east Pya; has ferry link to Cogio; a few Manages there do specialized farming
Sheng zhang -- governor of limited powers, mostly an administrator, elected every half-year
Shu -- Indigenous life-form to shu, a greenish-grey lizard-like creature that is 2 feet long when grown, mostly land-based but can also swim. It has a bite that is mildly venomous, producing local swelling and pain, plus fever and sometimes retching in children. They live in rocky areas, especially near the coast, but are also prone to infest the upper areas of building and are drawn to fruit trees. They are repelled by the smell of human urine and thus avoid privies. They are omnivorous, aggressive, reproduce swiftly, and seem utterly unable to learn -- they will launch themselves in attack at any other living thing despite size difference or witnessed assault on their kind. Considered vermin, they are killed on sight. Early colonists brought out cats from their biological store, breeding them for size and human loyalty, and eventually they became known as katts. Almost every Manage on Skene has one or more katts in residence to control shu. Public instutitions like the Lofthall or the U have a dozen or more katts, and Pomar (with its fruit orchards ringed by rocky cliffs) has a population of hundreds of katts, some of whom are allowed to breed uncontrolled in order to supply the rest of Skene with kittens. Female katts are called malkins, males are called toms when it is necessary to discuss breeding; otherwise all are katts. On Pya, katts share shu-patrol with owls, who do their hunting at night while katts are locked indoors. Also: Large island in north Pya; extremely rocky with no arable land; entirely covered by shu; has rough jichang and no other sign of human presence; no ferry link elsewhere
Sib -- sibling, any other child of shared emmas, gender irrelevant
Siba -- older sibling
Sibashte -- sisterhood/brotherhood, communal feeling
Sibemma -- sibling of one's emmas
Sibiya -- Niece or nephew, the child of one's sib.
Sibu -- younger sibling
Sinner -- A pilot who uses special aircraft to fish the ocean or harvest deep-water from above the surface, a skill evolved to avoid leviathans. Also the term used for the aircraft itself, which is large and relatively slow-moving. Specialized sinners are also used to haul freight and large numbers of passengers. They are powered by solar panels on the upper surface of stubby wings, and use downward-turning jets to land. Sinners are protected in their ocean-going endeavors by smaller, highly agile aircraft called lighters. Sinner pilots wear a uniform of mustard yellow. The uniform of lighter pilots is said to be robin blue, because robins on Skene (actually a native life-form more reptilian than avian) are a bright blue closer to the color of robin's eggs on Earth.
Sigrist -- state position similar to watchtower, keeping eye out for trouble coming from ocean; has radio with receiver in every building, gives times, tides, general announcements, calls for emergency help
Sju -- seventh day of the week, school is out, no work today except for certain occupations, day traditionally set aside for community meetings, performances, or visiting; also small island in east Pya; has ferry link to Cogio; a few Manages there do specialized farming
Skarpetki -- Thin wool or silk socks, dyed deep colors, for dress wear.
Skene -- skein of 39 islands, 14 of which are large by their standards/small by ours; 22 flings (tiny, one-house-sized islands), and 3 secanos (islands without fresh water, thus uninhabitable) which for 500 years held all the human life on a water planet in the constellation Alhena; also the name of the planet, and the name of the language humans now speak there.
Sokken -- thick wool socks for everyday wear, especially for outdoor workers.
Sui -- Only real limit Skene places on whom one may select as a sexual partner, referring to age grade/color year; every child is born into a color (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, or violet) and number (current generation is in the 60s) which determines their age grade -- adults from age grades too far distant from one another may not partner, aggie, or have sex with each other; for adults over 21, sui is four years or less
Sziget -- name of a Secano in the West Tendril in Skene

Takashkinu -- silk weaver
Takashlany -- wool weaver
Takashrashon -- linen weaver
Tanim -- tomatillo (Tanim is Skenish for gift, especially those small wrapped presents given to children at midwinter candle-lighting.)
Tanyan -- ministry which oversees all community interest in agriculture including ejidas, compost and recycling, silkworms, orchards, rice, livestock, seafood
Tiang -- rice syrup
Teppe (named for shape and coloring which resembles Lofthall blanket): Large island in west Pya; southern third is rocky upland, northern two-thirds is level savannah; not currently inhabited but planned ferry link to Saya may change that
Tetama (name means earthquake): Large island in east Pya; frequently experiences earthquakes from seismic activity; fairly rocky but has some hayfields in cultivation and coffee plants on slopes; no permanent residences there due to constant quake damage to structures; has no ferry link to Dvareka
Tillage -- the cultivated fields belonging to a Manage, usually
Timmer -- Carpenter.
Tolt -- an uplands so narrow and steep it cannot be shaped into usable territory
Trumpinne (named for shape which resembles drumstick): Second-largest island in Pya, far southwest; home to ancient olive groves, plus new vineyards; has olive processing plants and wineries; Manages there are occupied mostly by carny folk; no ferry link to elsewhere

Uo -- a kind of fish, akin to our herring
Uominori -- fish processor
Uorui -- sorter of the fish that gets brought in by a sinner
Uscat (name means dry): Small to medium-sized island in west Pya; secano with no fresh water source; very rocky; has ferry link to Dvareka, is transit route for ferry to Hore

Vaccio -- desert (used metaphorically as a kind of hell)
Verzin -- large central island on Skene, heavily used for manufacture, hub of the East Tendril
Verzinnen -- ministry overseeing manufacturing and commerce including weaving, dying, metallurgy, ceramics, paper and book making, printing, glassmaking, shopkeeping
Vetriste -- glassmakers on Yanja
Vis -- a kind of fish akin to our pollock whose dried flesh renders easily to meal, used heavily in soups, breads and sprinkled on salads

Wain -- Farm wagon.
Waadvogel -- rice grower (means wader)
Wandmaler -- muralist who paints each Manage's pictorial ancestry on their walls; works closely with historical lineages
Wasa -- ocean
Wasem (name means steam): Small island in west Pya; has several steam vents in ground; not certain if arable or habitable; no ferry link to elsewhere
Woman -- any adult human over age 16, regardless of whether they are X or Y; interchangeable with human being; only pronoun in use on Skene is she
Wyspa -- name of a Fling in the West Tendril

X -- gendered term for a human with a vulva and.or uterus; considered extremely offensive and only used or known by one's immediate family or those with a medical need to know
Xiao -- octopus

Y -- gendered term for a human with a penis; considered extremely offensive and only used or known by one's immediate family or those with a medical need to know
Yagi -- Skene island in the Western Tendril dedicated to goat herding and cheese-making.Yanja -- Skene island dedicated to lava sculpting, glass-making, and olive trees
Yanja -- Skene island dedicated to lava sculpting and glass-making
Yanjanger -- lava sculptor
Yanjiang -- lava
Yanuyanu -- name of a Fling in the East Tendril (double Manage), in Skene
Yaomur -- fifth month of year, rains all month, much fog, rice planting time; also, small island in south Pya; has ferry link to Sepek; a few Manages there do specialized farming
Yejiniste = metallurgist

Zaoxue -- Dress boots/shoes, ankle high with polished or dyed leather finish.
Zhao Ze (name means marsh): Large island in far west Pya; mostly covered in marshes and swamps; fresh water but little dry land; not yet inhabited, no ferry link elsewhere
Zayit -- olive oil
Zold (name means green, for color of hot springs): Small island in Pya's west between Mti and Hamsa; has hot springs that are gold in color which are invigorating bathing for human in limited exposure; not inhabited, no ferry link elsewhere

School Grades: Public school on Skene consists of grades one through four. Children begin school at age 3 and usually graduate when they are 16. Grade One includes children from ages 3-7; Grade Two has children ages 8-10; Grade Three has children ages 11-13; and Grade Four is for teenagers 14-16. This clustering eliminates much of the developmental pressure associated with age year-matched grades in our culture, and provides children with a larger exposure to those within their sui, invaluable when they are grown and seeking sexual/lifetime partners. It also fosters community by encouraging older children to stay in close relationship with and assume a helping role for those children who are at the younger end of their grade. Schooling lasts for 14 years. Beginning children at age 3 helps emmas/abbas stay in the work force, helps toddlers socialize faster, and offers concrete assistance to families who might be having trouble providing for their children. Ending school by age 16 or 17 means teenagers who are in developmental need for greater independence are pushed into the workforce, where liberty is matched by responsibility. On Skene, being single and dating does not usually mean privacy or freedom from community observation/supervision. Thus, sexual liberation occurs in a setting where a young person actively dating must still show up for a job, apprenticeship, or the University; has to share/pay for housing; and because of the fertility issue, the risk of unwanted pregnancy plus widespread STD's is virtually nil. Student-teacher ration is about 8 to 1, and about one out of every five Skeners is of school age. This means that on Pya, for example, with a population of 650 currently, 120-130 children attend Pya School, broken down into grades as follows: Grade One, 40 students; Grades Two through Four, 24 students each. Consequently, there are around 5 leraars (teachers) for Grade One and 3 each for the upper grades. Thus, all teaching is team teaching, embodying Skene emphasis on cooperative work and giving children enhanced learning environments.

Naming Pattern: Everyone on Skene and Pya have a single name, which no one else has ever had. It is usually constructed from key letters and syllables of parents and other ancestors, arranged in a new configuration.

Pronunciation Key:
ç -- spoken as ssch.
J -- spoken as sh with a tiny rasp, audible mostly to Skeners
Lj -- spoken as leey followee by vowel sound.
Ng -- spoken as ing.
Sz -- spoken as soft, slurred j
X -- spoken as Hebew ch with an aspirate
Zh -- spoken as English ch

Most names have emphasis on first syllable; Halling, however, is pronounced with equal emphasis on both syllables, as Hahl - Ing.


SKENE CALENDAR

There are 24 hours to each day, 8 days to a week, 5 weeks to a month, 10 months to a year
One year = 400 days, 50 weeks
First five days of the week are work days for all occupations and school days for children, followed by a three-day weekend where the first day is market day, next day popular for performances and social gatherings as well as community meetings, last day often given over to rest and quiet. Exceptions are lighters and sinners -- they must work when the weather allows.
In Skene, ferry schedules (and consequently some work and performance/meeting schedules) are run according to tides -- many ferries cannot run during high tide because there is no morrie vaseo when leviathans can approach shores or inlets.

NAMES OF THE WEEK

Day one: Moja
Day two: Iki
Day three: San
Day four: Empat
Day five: Ot
Day six: Roku
Day seven: Sju
Day eight: Shmonah

NAMES OF THE MONTHS

Month one: Raccolto (main harvest begins this month, New Year, big honey harvest, apples dipped in honey -- school resumes, autumnal weather, storms at end)
Month two: Burzas (onset of winter, long storms, hog slaughter)
Month three: Kall (coldest month)
Month four: Jian (cold but starting to warm at end -- sheep shearing)
Month five: Yaomur (rain month, much fog, rice planting)
Month six: Nastere (spring month, lambs and kids born, some slaughter, planting in earnest)
Month seven: Lamminsade (spring continues, two week period of storms)
Month eight: Med (eel migration and harvest, beginning of summer, first light harvest, first honey harvest = school out)
Month nine: Ljeto (high summer)
Month ten: Mchele (late summer, cooling begins, rice harvest)



© 2009, Maggie Jochild

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