July 25th, 2006


Blood Binding Ceremonies and Adoption into Tribes

Preliminary searches for references on Google and Wikipedia indicate that the process of becoming blood brothers originates from either European tribal customs or from Oriental tribal customs. I am wondering this:

Do the Navajo or the Cherokee have similar blood brother practices?

By what manner, if any, would a person who is not of that tribe be accepted in their society?

And on a related note:

How likely would a tribe be to extend member status or family status to someone from another tribe who had a full tribal member as his or her ward or legal guardian?

ETA: Reworded the question, as it was poorly thought out, and I'm providing a bit more information. The story takes place in modern times (well, 1995). The person in question is a law enforcement officer and member of the Cherokee Nation already. He has taken the MC, a Navajo minor, as his ward because her family has been killed and there are no living relatives to speak for her. He blames himself for that and wants to give her a family again. So I'm really looking at more current customs, at whether or not the wardship and subsequent legal adoption would hold socially with the tribe and legally as well.

Hopefully that clarifies things/

I'm ready to throw the blood rite out as pure superstition until I can get hold of the recommended resources (thanks for the Moody reference!)
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MOD POST: moderation, tags

Because I've been getting some questions.

Item 1
The community is currently moderated, which means that I have to approve posts before they appear on the community. It's probably not something you've done, so don't worry about it.

This was intended to be a temporary measure so I haven't yet bothered to add an explanatory note to the user info, but I find it much more relaxing to reject posts than try to get posters to edit after they're posted, so it's likely going to stay this way for a while. I'll add that note to the user info in a moment.

Item 2
Yes, I do reject posts for breaking minor rules. Yes, it's annoying to have your post rejected because you forgot a subject line or where to find the shift key. Deal.

Item 3
Because I'm trying to keep the tags from becoming even more of an unwieldy and difficult-to-search mess, only maintainers can add tags to posts. You aren't doing anything wrong.

I've moved the tags off of the main page because there were getting to be too many, and it was slowing down the loading of the page. You can still search the posts that are tagged by going here or clicking the "Search Little Details" link I just helpfully entered in as the community's website.

Only a small percentage of posts are currently tagged. I'm working on that, slowly.

... that's it! Enjoy the rest of your Tuesday.
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apples in Somalia

Would you find apples in a market in Somalia?

I've found mentions of "Ethiopian apples", but from what I understand they don't come from Ethiopia and you can find them in Jamaica. I mixed up Somalia with Ethiopia... *facepalms*

If there aren't apples in Somalia, is there a local fruit similar to an apple?
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Common cold medical terms

I was able to do the research that told me that at least one medical name for the common cold is "Acute nasopharyngitis."

My question is, what are some fancy-sounding medical/scientific names for cold symptoms? For coughing -- "projectile phlegm expiration" or whatever? There's gotta be real scientific (and scarier sounding) names for things like coughing, sneezing, runny nose, headache, etc., right? Does anybody know them? They don't have to be in common use, even by doctors. Just fancy. :)

ETA: Thank you so much, everyone, for all your wonderful words. I especially like "spasmodic exhalation" and "sputum!"