My previous post about my master's thesis goes against the theme for this month. Here's what I was going to originally post. I also decided to stop posting in all italics. I found it too distracting.
The Rite of Accountability
22 "To raise your children to be righteous, you must teach them righteousness.
23 "Therefore, when your child is at the age of seven years, you must bring him or her to the Gathering Place. 24There, the priest shall read to them the first scriptures from the Book of Origins of the Word of Virtoaa. 25 In turn, the child shall recite these scriptures. 26 They shall learn of Virtoaa's creation of the world and the Evil One's refusal to be of service. They shall learn the consequence of defying Virtoaa's will.
27 "From then on, the child shall know the difference between righteousness and unrighteousness, of knowing the difference between following Virtoaa and being enslaved by the Evil One. 28 Your child's actions will forevermore reflect this knowledge and thus your child can be held accountable for his or her actions."
--The Book of Exodus 40:22-27, The Word of Virtoaa--Second Testament
If you've read yesterday's post, you've completed part of the Rite of Accountability. Now you need to recite those words before a priest.
In Imperik culture, the Rite of Accountability holds universal importance. Up until the child completes the rite, no adult considers him or her a complete person, more like an animal, driven mostly by baser instincts. Their opinions don't matter. After completing the rite, however, the child's words are given more credence. Yet the punishments for breaking Virtoaa's laws become more severe. The punishment for being dishonest, for example, goes from being spanked with one's hand or a paddle, to being hit with a rod or a switch.
The First Testament of the Word of Virtoaa ended with the Hazahdians enslaving the Imperik Race. Despite their initial unity and promises to obey Virtoaa's laws, they succumbed to vices and warred with each other. The Hazahdians conquered them easily, and made them slaves for 1,000 years.
During their exodus from enslavement, Mohrdeo, the first priest of the current line of priests, taught the Imperik Race the rite. The First Testament had little about instructing children in reading the Word of Virtoaa. Mohrdeo, thus, made certain that Imperik children would at least read the first chapter of the first book.
After the rite, the priest presiding often gives the child a sweet or some honey to help the child associate learning about Virtoaa with sweetness.