Atop the Shoulders of Giants
Traenish Mythology is the common term of reference for the religious beliefs and practices of the tribes of the lands west of Golir. This includes the lands of the Confederated Tribes of the Selkir, the Khalram, the Plokar, the Zahkram, and many smaller tribes in between.
According to Traenish Mythology the Sun and the Earth were born of the unformed clay of the universe. From the Sun came all things which are essentially dynamic, moving, and outwardly focused, and from the Earth came all things which are essentially static, stationary, and inwardly focused. But a select few things came from the mating of the Sun and the Earth, and these are the gods – anthropomorphized animals which represent the highest form of natural virtues. For each god, that animal which they most closely resemble is their sacred animal, and those who worship them must hold these animals in the highest regard and must emulate the virtues of both this god and their sacred animal.
According to this system of belief men were born of the sun and women of the earth, meaning that men are better suited to out-ward focused roles such as diplomats, traders, and invading or offensive warriors, whereas women are better suited to in-ward focused roles such as farming, legislation, and defensive battling. This means that societies that adhere primarily to these religious beliefs have – with a few exceptions – women rulers, farmers, and guards, and men soldiers, animal tamers, and emissaries.