Gifts of wandering ice

Page 372 - Bonecatchers


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Jan murmurs survival rhymes as he's lying in his hammock happily drunk. There are dozens of strange, creepy dreamcatchers hanging from the ceiling, with bones and skulls instead of feathers and beads.
The verse Jan is singing now is from the nursery rhyme mentioned early in the story (see Page_17). It was meant to teach kids not to mess with ice gifts.

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Interesting that drinking booze isn’t part of their culture at all, or at least not seen as proper. Or maybe just not drinking super-strong disinfectant, ewww.

5th Apr 2020, 10:06 PM edit delete reply

Why does our civilization drinks disinfectants?
- Ancient people knew no other way to clean drinking water and being forever drunk seemed better than dying of diarrhoea.
- It's a tradition: kids see their parents and grandparents drink and replicate the behaviour.

With the islanders, the old traditions had been broken centuries ago and there was no need for starting them anew because they knew how to clean water and treat infections without getting drunk.
In their current tradition, drinking disinfectants is gross.

6th Apr 2020, 5:02 PM edit delete reply

Hm, interesting! I guess if something is Very Much Not Part of Your Culture, only cultural outcasts are going to try it and decide it’s fun (until the hangover, ehehe). Not too surprising, in a way — reminds me of people I know from 99% Muslim countries, where it’s just not done. And if it’s associated with nuts like Jan, all the more reason not to drink.

6th Apr 2020, 8:54 PM edit delete reply

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