Lifestyle and Beliefs of Katzan
Most Katzan people believe in an eternal cycle of energy and life. Within the cycle there is nothing that is done without a purpose. All of the actions, feelings, work, and thoughts that the Katzan people have are for a reason. It’s not to say that the Katzan people are immoral or lawless, but they are lenient with many ideas of controversy among other races like means of enjoyment, sexual orientation, etc. When people do wrong, they are punished because the cycle maintains balance to continue in equilibrium. Katzan people do not believe in a higher being such as a god as a person or a creature, but the cycle is often personified to create better understanding. Along with the idea of the cycle there is the idea of destiny which one chooses as a part of their role in the great cycle. To most destinies are separated by gender. Males should have destinies including manual labor, physical fitness, fighting prowess, and other masculine ideas. Females usually have destinies dealing with care-taking of the cubs, gardening, textiles, service occupations, arts, and other feminine ideas that have little to do with manual labor. In most cultures it is acceptable for a person of one gender to have a destiny leaning to the other, but is not completely accepted in all areas of Katzan. Destinies are to be known early and life and expected to be chosen by 18 years of age. Seeing as most females take care of cubs while the men are away to fulfill their masculine duties for their destinies, females usually bond together, and in some cultures get involved romantically. The romantic connection usually fill in for the lack of the male’s presence while the females take care of cubs, mostly in groups. This is perfectly accepted in most cultures of Katzan.
Genetically speaking, yes, people of one breed can mate and have children with someone of another. In some of the more strict societies it is frowned upon to mate outside of one’s breed (similar to interracial relationships in America in the early 60’s), but not illegal. Same-sex relationships, however, have never been a problem for all breeds other than the Mpya Paka.
Note: Katzan years are twice as long as Earth years. This means that the average lifespan for a Katzantian is about 200 Earth years, just to put how long their lives are in perspective for players.