August 20th, 2009

Exclusive royal rank in british navy?

I recall being told by my father, many years ago, that there is or was a rank in the British navy which could only be attained by someone of royal blood. I've spent the past half hour googling around, looking for information on this, but to no avail. It's possible I'm mis-remembering what I was told, that I misunderstood it at the time, or that he was simply wrong. Regardless, if this rank does or once did exist, I'd like to be able to reference it accurately. Can anyone shed any light on this matter?

south Asian cultural group identification

I'm trying to ID a Southeastern Asian culture group that I heard about once in conversation with someone, because I'd like to do more research on them for a possibly story idea.

From what I can remember,they're in part nomadic, around either Tibet or Nepal. They have a tradition of protecting their girls, spiritually, by marrying them to the Earth, a avacadoish (not an actual avacado, just looks like one) fruit, and the sun, maybe not in that order, by the time they're five, and then after that they can marry their real husband when they're of age. I didn't hear or don't remember what they do to the male kids, and I'm at a loss at where exactly to go poking further.

I've done some googling, with phrases like "south Asian nomads" and "Tibet nomads marriage" but I keep picking up daily life accounts from Tibet and Nepal instead.

Help?

Historical Wolf Hunting Season

Checked: Wikipedia, google
Setting: Germanic Fantasy Kingdom, 18th Century levels of tech and fashion

When was the traditional wolf hunting season historically? I've found information that says that King James I of Scotland passed a law requiring 3 wolf hunts a year between April 25th to the 1st of August, because that was the wolf's cubbing season, but were wolfhunts limited to that time, (as fox hunts were, in England, before they were banned) or could they go on outside it?

Question about Badaga Goddess

Several years ago I took a really cool ethnography class on India, Pakistan, and Ceylon. The professor had traveled extensively and taken lots of notes on local folklore. He mentioned one goddess named "Hete" or "Hette" who had 3 ages: maiden, mother, and crone or child/unmarried woman, married woman/mother, crone/widow. She was associated with funeral pyres, which led to her rebirth as a child/unmarried woman.

I've tried to look her up over the years, especially online, but have found only passing references to her (often as a fertility goddess) or else German sites.

Does anyone have any information concerning her, either links or book suggestions?

Thanks in advance.