Reposted – Worldbuilding: Life, Death, and Rituals

This is a good reflection for the New Year, readers. Check it out!

Worldbuilding: Life, Death, and Rituals

So how do your world’s cultures handle life and death? And when I say rituals, I don’t just mean the kind of formal recognition of christenings and funerals. (Though those are more important to tying a society together than most people realize, and ought to show up in fiction more.)

I mean, what does the family involved, and the community around them, customarily do? What’s a mark of respect? What’s the extra mile, whether done from compassion, justice, or guilt? How is the community expected to cope with one life more or less?

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