Week 1 – Wizarding Culture

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Week 1 – Wizarding Culture

Postby Prof. Gustavo Flores » Mon Jul 02, 2018 3:46 am

Cave paintings are a mystery by themselves. They are interesting, there’s no doubt about it. And they can hide so many meanings. Some people state that they were a way to transmit information, while others believe they had a religious or ceremonial purpose. And then, what about the people who painted them? Some theories state that prehistoric men painted animals to “catch” their spirit in order to hunt it more easily. Others believe that the paintings represent stories, recordings of daily life experiences. Whatever the reason, cave paintings and the cultures behind them remain a mystery.

Now that you have a broader knowledge of the subject, for your third task we would like you to think about or invent an ancient wizarding culture or civilization, and write or draw a story from your wizarding culture. How does the execution differ or match that of a Muggle culture? For example, do the cave paintings use different materials and methods, do the oral stories involve magic?

Once you are ready with your story, please send it to hol.bookclub @ gmail.com (without the spaces) Use ‘Week 1 - Wizarding Culture - HOL ID’ as your subject line, and send it by July 8th, 11:59pm HOL time. You will earn 10 points for your Wizarding Culture story or drawing,

Please remember that if you are writing a story it should be at least 150 words for full points, and if you are doing a graphic or drawing, remember that it should be 600x600 pixels or less in size. All work must be original.

Remember to include your HOL name, ID and House in the body of the email! If you do not want us to post what you sent in here, please say so in your email!
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Re: Week 1 – Wizarding Culture – A story to tell

Postby Prof. Gustavo Flores » Mon Jul 02, 2018 3:47 am

Submissions have been received from:

Arianna Stonewater
Gail Allen
Janie Peterson
Kendra Givens
Maxim Trevelyan
Polaris Black
Professor Gustavo Flores
Shiloh Adlar
Silas Hipolito Crist
Vanessa Tilley
Will Lestrange
Zach Jameson
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Re: Week 1 – Wizarding Culture

Postby Prof. Gustavo Flores » Mon Jul 09, 2018 4:40 am

Submission by Arianna Stonewater

Here is my drawing; it depicts a family history record, presumably drawn with blueberry juice. They are each marked by one difference, whether it be crazy hair, facial scar, big female/small female, and one with a walking stick. Two of the family have been marked with crushed orange flowers to indicate they possess magic abilities, while two have been marked with red berry juice to indicate they are deceased.

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Re: Week 1 – Wizarding Culture

Postby Prof. Gustavo Flores » Mon Jul 09, 2018 4:44 am

Submission by Gail Allen:

Since wizards made these rock carvings, they made them to move. And the images... well, someone with a time-turner visited and wore the symbol painted beside it. This stone depicts that event.

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Submission by Janie Peterson:

People of many ages began to gather around the fire after the first meal of the day. Sunset had just begun and soon the entire valley would be black with the exception of the warm glow radiating around the group. There wasn’t another group for at least fifty miles. The mumbling ceased and eventually, the leader of the group stood and made her way to a rock about ten feet away from the fire. She stepped onto the rock and the group fell silent. There were adjustments in the crowd – everyone wanted to make sure they could see the leader clearly. She began to mumble and wave her hands in the air. It was time to delegate. Glowing shapes and symbols appeared in the air, an apparition no larger than five feet tall, and the leader began to mumble. Although the leader’s noises were low, the group surrounding the leader seemed to understand that she was promoting comfort, community, and creativity. Everyone stared at the glowing air before her, watching the sunset being depicted in the sky before them in shapes and symbols. They understood exactly what the leader was saying – it was nightfall and their day was starting after the meal. The leader continued using her magic to explain the plans for the hours of wake. First, there would be lessons on the stars as soon as the orange glow left the sky. Everyone understood that their participation was not mandatory but highly recommended. There would be time to communicate and gather wood after the star lessons and the safety crew would check the barriers of their living area. Everyone nodded and listened attentively, looking around the camp site, acknowledging the barriers that kept out predators. The leader continued to wave her hands in the air and more images appeared. The sun rise was depicted, explaining that there would be a variety of foods at sun rise. It was understood that after this meal, the elders would speak about hierarchical happenings while the youth would take lessons on numerals and barriers. Then the leader would teach everyone to do exactly what she was doing – she would teach them the art of communicating through glowing images in the sky.
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Re: Week 1 – Wizarding Culture

Postby Prof. Gustavo Flores » Mon Jul 09, 2018 4:49 am

Submission by Kendra Givens:

In one particular wizarding culture, people were fairly spread out, but also mobile. They traveled many of the same paths and used the same locations for resources they might need. Being that some people rarely got to see or communicate with each other directly, they would write on the walls along their journeys. Some picked walls simply to have conversations with each other, while others used the writing on the wall to warn others of danger or share important information. However, they crossed the same paths that muggles crossed every day, so they needed to hide their writing to prevent the muggles from knowing that their wizarding culture even existed. In order to do this, they created a system of false written symbols to etch into cave walls to signal to other wizards to check that spot, but the real messages were symbols under those false symbols written invisibly using magic. These invisible messages could only be read by the lighted tip of a wand and were unique to only that particular wizard culture.
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Re: Week 1 – Wizarding Culture

Postby Prof. Gustavo Flores » Mon Jul 09, 2018 4:50 am

Submission by Polaris Black:

The Caipora is a creature with origins in Brazilian mythology, legend and folklore, created by Indians who spoke Tupi. Caipora’s job is to control the sun and guard the forests and animals. He is very powerful and very strong and his feet are turned backwards so that when he leaves footprints on the ground, his pursuers will go in the wrong direction. He mainly protects the trees and animals from hunters and also has the ability to restore life to animals. He punishes hunters by changing their loved ones into animals that they will hunt and kill without knowing who they really are. Caipora emits a high-pitched sound which causes chills and fear to all who hear it.

Bowtruckles are hand-sized tree guardians, which are extremely difficult to spot when they are within the tree they are guarding. They appear to be made of bark and twigs with brown eyes and two long razor sharp fingers on each hand, which are used to defend themselves and their home tree against an attacker. They are also used to obtain the juice of forest fruits to create tree drawings. It is not uncommon to see an image of Caipora along with some pebbles in the cavity of a tree protected by a bowtruckle. The site is used as a dining area; bowtruckles set an abundance of woodlice on the pebbles and conduct a quarterly thanksgiving feast in honor of the Caipora.
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Re: Week 1 – Wizarding Culture

Postby Prof. Gustavo Flores » Mon Jul 09, 2018 4:52 am

Submission by Prof. Gustavo Flores:

My ancient wizarding culture is located in Africa, where the Streeler is native from. This wizarding culture was known as the “colorful” ones by the other cultures because whenever they entered war with another tribe, they wore ancient robes on different colors. For the “colorful” ones, the Streeler was like a sacred creature. They had an army of Streelers that was lethal against other tribes due to its venom. Those Streelers also attacked the crops of other tribes, weakening those tribes and thus allowing them to conquer them easily. There was no doubt that the “colorful ones” were the major tribe in Ancient Wizarding Africa.

Aside from war purposes, the Streeler was important for this tribe because they used their fluids to paint their wonderful and colorful cave paintings that are praised and known worldwide by the wizarding communities. The magnificence of these cave paintings causes wizarding Africa to have a great amount of tourists every summer.

Finally, due to the precision and emotion these colorful cave paintings have, it is believed that this wizarding tribe from Africa was the pioneer to the studies and research of color psychology.
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Re: Week 1 – Wizarding Culture

Postby Prof. Gustavo Flores » Mon Jul 09, 2018 4:53 am

Submission by Shiloh Adlar:

A long time ago in the ancient days of the wizarding world, wands still existed. Wands have been an important tool for wizards and witches for as long as one can remember. In the old caves where our kind once resided, there are paintings on the walls inscribed with magic, the use of wands depicting pictures of tales of long ago. How do we know they were inscribed with magic? Magic does leave traces after all. Everyone knows that.

One of the stories is one that muggle children hear often and that has to do with pulling a rabbit out of a hat. How did this story originate. In one cave, we see a picture of a triangle with a small circle in it and two lines coming out of the circle that look like rabbit ears. This is the rabbit that one discusses. In fact, it even has whiskers. It is said that two witches were fighting over the hat trying to decide whose hat it was as one of them had flown away in the wind. While they were arguing, both their wands aimed at the hat and sparked so loudly that smoke appeared and a rabbit apparently hopped right out.
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Re: Week 1 – Wizarding Culture

Postby Prof. Gustavo Flores » Mon Jul 09, 2018 4:54 am

Submission by Silas Hipolito Crist:

"Wizarding history is not much more different than history of ordinary human (muggles). In most cases wizards and muggles were living together in society, magic was not so good established and usually very weak. Rare wizards were able to do something magical, because no one was teaching them how to use magic gift. In most of the prehistoric tribes, wizards who were able to use their powers were always made for tribe's sorcers. They were having many names, but they were always very important and respected.

Establishing wizarding culture and making magic more useful, became something possible when tribe sorcerers began to meeting and sharing their gifts and knowledge. They often used caves for painting different spell and curse instructions- of course they were only paintings at first. Most powerful sorcers were always very busy because of many apprentices and many different duties to get done; they were healers (healing spells and making potions), protectors (protecting spell, guardian spell and so on)."
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Re: Week 1 – Wizarding Culture

Postby Prof. Gustavo Flores » Mon Jul 09, 2018 4:55 am

Submission by Vanessa Tilley:

The ancient wizarding civilization that my family line can be traced back to are the Cheshirians They were a proud though a little bit odd people. There are so many wonderful stories about my people but one that is taught at wizards and witches at a very young age is about Zavier the zany and the first encounter of wizards and muggles.

Zavier was a little bit crazy, even for the Cheshirians, and was walking through the forest one day hunting for herbs when he happened upon an odd group of travelers he had never seen before. They were wearing strange plain beige garments. Nothing like the beautifully colored robes wizarding people wore of the time. Zavier hid behind a tree and watch these odd travelers who were trying to pick apples from a large tree by having a small one get on the back of a larger one and try to reach for the apples. After watching them fail several times, Zavier took pity on them and stepped out from behind the tree and approached them. "Hello.", Zavier said. "Why are you going through such hard and tiring work to get an apple. Why not just use your magic?" The group of travelers looked at Zavier. They had never seen anyone that looked like this man before. They were very wary and started to back up into each other figuring there was strength in their numbers over this one strange man. Zavier took out his wand, which was just a branch off an old oak tree, and pointed at the apples. Zavier used a common spell that caused the apples to fall from the tree. Zavier picked up one of the apples and attempted to give the apple to the travelers. The travelers were terrified because they had neve seen anything like this before. They continued to back away until they came upon some rocks. The group of travelers picked up the rocks and began throwing them at Zavier. Zavier, very confused, asked them to stop but they just began to throw the rocks harder. Zavier gave up trying to talk to the people and ran back into the forest. The group of travelers picked up as many apples as they could carry and ran in the opposite direction. Zavier arrived back at the village and told the elders about his experience with these strange travelers. The elders decided to would be best for the wizarding community to stay clear of these strange travelers and to not perform magic in front of these strange travelers should any wizard or witch run into them again.

As you can imagine, this story is told to children as a warning off not performing magic in front of muggles as it can lead to bad things to poor innocent wizards and witches.

Our storytelling is different than the muggle world because the story is told using magic because parents want their children to see and feel how bad the situation was for Zavier. Some parents even go so far as to let the children feel the rocks hitting Zavier to help bring the point home that you can't do magic in front of muggles or pain will follow. My parents decided it was best to have me feel the pain and I will admit that I have never done magic in front of muggles for free of having that horrible pain return.
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Re: Week 1 – Wizarding Culture

Postby Prof. Gustavo Flores » Mon Jul 09, 2018 4:56 am

Submission by Will Lestrange:

Ogg was completely oblivious to the way that people in the future
would view him and his tribe. And even if he knew that they would
group his tribe among the others around the time under the label
"Neanderthal", it would mean absolutely nothing to him. Sure, the
other tribes made paintings in their caves too, but the paintings from
*those* tribes were all dead and lifeless - never changing positions
once they were painted. Most likely those other tribes never put any
of themselves or their own energy into their paintings; it almost
seemed as if they were going through the motions. Now, whenever Ogg
or one of his tribemates went to paint, they made sure to focus their
thoughts and energy into the sticks they used to paint. This would
transfer energy from themselves into the paint and thereby onto the
cave, allowing the paintings to come to life! Clearly, thought Ogg,
it would be silly if anyone confused a dead painting from one of those
other tribes with a vivid, animated painting from his own tribe.
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Re: Week 1 – Wizarding Culture

Postby Prof. Gustavo Flores » Mon Jul 09, 2018 4:57 am

Submission by Zach Jameson:

Mother looked down onto the Earth. It was bare, dark, and cold. There was nothing but emptiness. Mother shed a single tear with how sad the Earth looked. The tear dropped and splashed upon the Earth. Soon, the oceans formed, and creatures began to swim around. Mother watched, still felling alone and sad. She let out a great sigh and soon the winds blew across the land. With the winds, birds flew in and populated the sky. Still, Mother felt that things were not quite right. She dug into the Earth and find some diamonds, dusting them off and washing them into the ocean. Mother threw the diamonds into the sky and finally there were stars. The star started to fade as a new light shone from the horizon. Night faded into morning, Mother smiled and was pleased. However, she still felt alone and sad. She noticed some mud and took it in her hand. She wondered and start to change the shape of the mud. She sculpted the arms and legs as well as the hands and feet into the mud sculpture. Mother looked at her newest creation and took a piece of her hair and placed on top. She breathed into the sculpture and watched as it opened its eyes.
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