#Lexember in February? #Febumantau? Syllabic Sunday: Fire

I may go forward with the suggestions listed here in the future and, for example, do Febumantau and put forth compound words. But for today, I want to talk about fire.

Fire: apa

This word has two thing of note:

First, it begins with a vowel, indicating that it’s of the third (first? zeroth?) gender: beyond use. Very few things in the world (the current list can be found here), but fire is considered by the Cālenyena (or at least by the proto-Cālenyena) to be one of those awesome things of the world that is simply always there.

Secondly, it has nothing to do with the god of fire and blood that the Cālenyena worship in the time of the story, Veignevar.

This is because the Cālenyena have had fire for a much longer time than they have had these three god. Fire dates back longer than any history, while the god Veignevar is a loan-god from the Bitrani.

What’s more, the god Veignevar is actually a combination (Maybe he’s a portmanteau!) of at least three proto-Bitrani gods.

Which is a story in and of itself…

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