The Chalmeans, [endonym Chálmè Bêwísto, lit. the Civilized Folk, the Orderly Folk] are the most numerous and technologically advanced of the human groups that inhabit the Chalmean landmass. They are farmers as well as hunter gatherers with a seminomadic lifestyle who speak Bixînke .
They are concentrated along the south-eastern coast of the landmass, mainly in coastal or fluvial areas. The Chalmean islands are mostly covered in thick tropical rainforest, but the southernmost regions of it have been deforestated as a consequence of human activities, either intentionally or as a consequence of accidental forest fires. They are semisedentary and inhabit relatively large (100~300 people) settlements that are not really dense and organized along family-based barrios, but they have a significant migratory population of young men. The women, girls and young boys live in longhouses made out of stone and woven branches, generally more than one family per longhouse, while adult men reside alone in small workshop-houses called Lesâc. Around 15% of men are polyginous. Political power is shared between two headmen; the Málakû and the Seblécû, which translate roughly as Great Hunter and Great General. A woman may be Seblécii (masc. Seblécû), but the Málacû is always a man. They have semi-inherited slavery, but slaves are owned by the community and not by individuals.
Phisical Characteristics and Biotypes
The Chalmean phisiology is fairly heterogeneous, likely because of the multiple genetic origins of the current population. Chalmea was populated by three groups, of which one of them adquired cultural hegemony during the mesolithic and eventually galvanized the culture of the southeastern coast through trade and exogamous marriage. Typically, ethnic Chalmeans, which can be found from the southern tip of the island up the western coast and across the oceans, in the southern coast of the continent to the north, are generally tall, measuring around 1,71 for men and 1,65 for women, have long legs and arms, thick, dense bones and broad shoulders. Facially they are dolichocephalic, have square jaws, retracted smooth foreheads and small mouths and eyes. They have tanned skins and green eyes,
main article: neolithic Chalmean culture Chalmeans are relatively monogamous, wear little clothing and marry relatively late, around 15 to 20 for both sexes. There are complicated initiation rituals for boys, which traditionally involve traveling long distances and bringing back proof of their journeys, having sex with the village shaman, and killing large predatorial animals. They are rather patriarchal and have a sense of private and familial property, and sometimes, practice slavery.
Chalmeans are restricted-pantheon polytheists; they worship four spiritual entities and believe that all others are indeed demons created by Akûnaxá, the trickster spirit. The four spirits, or gods, worshipped by Chalmeans are Mâkexí, Akûnaxá, Séba, and Loxontô. Mâkexí is a motherly female spirit which commands the earth, the rains, and growth of crops. She is told to have created the world and all animals as a gift to her husband, Séba, the sun god. Akûnaxá is the trickster spirit and daughter of Séba and Mâkexí. She is a young woman who spends all her time dreaming, and it is from her dreams from where all the dreams, inspirations, fears and ideas come to men. She is in love with one of her dreams, the dashing Loxontô. Loxontô was originally a dream of Akûnaxá, but so much did she dream of him and so much did she love him that during one of her dreams she made love with him so much she woke up pregnant with him. She is Loxontô's mother, wife, and creator, but he is young and new, and as his mother's son he has wonderlust and a restless spirit, so he frequently comes down to earth and has affairs with mortales. The offspring of such unions are either demigods or, if Akûnaxá realizes that she's been fooled, accursed demons.
Chalmeans are animists, and female witch doctors are the main liaison with the spirit world in their religion. Sex, blood, death and rebirth are very prominent in rituals and in magic, so much so that
Relationships with Other Peoples
Their economics consist of a mixed agricultural and hunter-gatherer matrix, in different proportions depending on the regions; the people from the north, where Jungle and Woodland are more common and where soil is worse, tend to rely more heavily on gathering and hunting, while the southern Chalmeans grow their food more. A native kind of wild rice is the most common crop grown,but vegetables like sweet potatoes, onions, garlic and figs are cultivated too. There is also a significant degree of wild tree silviculture, where people care for, clean up, and even talk to, naturally-ocurring trees of particular economic value, such as fruit trees or those where useful fungi grow.