Haedue (Zyanya Supplement)

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Haedue venerate the sun, and their temples always have a fire burning within. All fires in a village, including the sacred fire, are allowed to die once a year on the eve of the midsummer Green Corn ceremony, or Busk. The sacred fire is remade at dawn of the festival day, and all the village hearths are then lit anew from the sacred flames.

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Haedue social organization was notable for its caste system; the system drew from and supported Haedue religious beliefs and classified individuals as suns, nobles, honoured people, and commoners. Persons of the sun caste were required to marry commoners; the offspring of female suns and commoners were suns, while the children of male suns and commoners belonged to the caste of honoured people. The heads of villages also claimed descent from the Sun, and the monarch was referred to as the Great Sun. He was entitled to marry several wives and to maintain servants; upon his death his wives and some servants, along with any others who wished to join him in the afterlife, were ritually sacrificed.

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Haedue economy relies primarily on corn (maize) agriculture. They make clothes by weaving a fabric from the inner bark of the mulberry and excelled in pottery production. Haedue build substantial earthen mounds as foundations for large wattle-and-daub temple structures. Their dwellings—built in precise rows around a plaza or common ground—are also constructed of wattle and daub and have arched cane roofs.

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