Societal Structure Of The Bud-Hadnu

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“Although there are many examples of ‘matri-focal’ societies, matriarchies are hypothetical. None that exist can be found, past or present except in some insects, spiders ants and elephants. No reason for its existence can be found other than women replacing roles of men lost to war.”
Von Bralispth

According to Father Brian McBryan’s contemporary interpretation of Contessa’s diary, Llwaxanna Loveless Von Bralispth lived with the Bud-Hadnu for two years, becoming a confidant of Queen Phylodahda as part of the Queen’s council, an honorary member. The Queen was the great great granddaughter of Feenohadnah, the unifier who had been instrumental in mediating a fair and just peace between the Kazagna and the Zee-Zee.

Feenohadnah’s reign was said to be over 100 years, outliving her daughter, granddaughter and great-granddaughter. Phylodahda inherited the throne at the age of 15 from Fennohadnah who was 117 years old at the time of her death. She had instituted many reforms and negotiated a treaty with the neighboring male tribe, the Turcah-adnu, of great power, endurance and strength, for donation of their “life’s essence” on a yearly basis. Kept frozen in a jar suspended in a frozen ice hole, cut by a specially designed pick, the sacred jar looked of Egyptian Alabaster with the symbol of Ra on its center, protected by the the cat god, BAST. Each year, the High Priestess chose among the eldest of the tribe, who would go root hunting for Bula Bula roots, then put them into the jar where “its contents were carefully melted, poured over each individual root, refrozen, then one by one given to the adolescents after their first bleed.” Nine months after, a new generation of Amazon Pigmy’s were born.

Archeologist Bralispth (1) writes “The elders were always greatly honored. The High Priestess and Medicine Woman was Lunalestra II, seer and healer of the Bud-Hadnu. Her role emerged as a political balance between the monarchy, warrior caste and the population. She was the arbitrator of all matters pertaining to the Queen and the aristocracy that often resulted in great rivalry between them.

Feenohadnah’s grandmother, Minnhadnah V, had High Priestess Aldactonia fed to a school of killer whales because she challenged the Queen’s authority in some minor marital dispute between two Amazon’s and the distribution of two ice huts, cave dwellings and six goats. The High Priestess was known as the only person in the kingdom who could challenge the Monarch’s judgment based on mental competence, especially once they passed their 100th birthday. Feenohadnah’s decisions were challenged on several occasions, at 102, 110 and finally at 117 on her death bed.”

At the end of the page, Bralispth writes “at her coronation ritual, Phylodahda reached what is generally referred to as the ‘Pax-Hadnu’, establishing a final compromise with the priest caste in a laissez-faire type association. The religious class would refrain from all political and economic decisions while the Monarch abstained from all involvement in religious matters. However, a challenge was made to Phylodahda’s decision to allow outsiders into the tribe by appointing me to the Queen’s council. My life was in danger these two years. The Queen has appointed guards to protect me wherever I went. I rue the day that my presence became a political matter for disruption of the peace between the Queen and the religious caste.”

“My first objective, understanding a society from its own perspective, had been compromised by my presence which is influencing the course of affairs of the Bud-Hadnu. I had failed in the most basic principle, to study a culture fairly, one must put aside preconceived judgments, avoiding involvement in their internal affairs.”

(1) The Contessa did not like being addressed by title in foreign lands.