Cultural Oddities List

Dressing Habits

  • Same clothes for all sexes.
  • Characteristic clothes for some group or groups.
  • Characteristic hats for some group or groups.
  • Characteristic masks for some group or groups.
  • Characteristic gloves for some group or groups.
  • Characteristic jewelry or accessories for some group or groups.
  • Characteristic cosmetics for some group or groups.
  • Some group has characteristic hair…
    • Shaved heads
    • Dyed hair
    • Unusual hairdos
    • Oddly coiffed eyebrows
  • Some group has characteristic facial or bodily alterations…
    • Finger or toenails worn long or removed.
    • Tattooing on face, body or both.
    • Hidden tattooing.
    • Scarification on face, body or both.
    • Hidden scarification.

Eating Habits

  • Characteristic foods or beverages for some group or groups.
  • Some group or groups have characteristic food preparation rites.
  • Some group or groups are segregated during meals.
  • Some group or groups are vegetarian.
  • Some group or groups eat only meat.
  • Some group or groups have taboos on color, shape, source or kind of food.Some group or groups eat only in special locations.
  • Some group or groups eat only communally.
  • Some group or groups eat only in private.
  • Some group or groups eat only at home.
  • Some group or groups have characteristic times to eat.
  • Some group or groups have rituals before eating.
  • Some group or groups have rituals after eating.
  • One group or groups prepares food for another or others.
  • One group or groups eats others’ leftovers.
  • One group or groups must wait until others finish eating before they can eat.
  • One group or groups practices cannibalism(perhaps as a funeral rite, perhaps otherwise).

Living Quarters

  • Some group or groups are expected to live privately.
  • Some group or groups live in segregated locations.
  • Some group or groups live at place of work.
  • Some group or groups have special living conditions.
  • Some group or groups live in extravagant quarters.
  • Some group or groups live in minimal quarters.
  • Some groups’ quarters are taboo to others.
  • Some groups’ quarters must be visited by others.
  • Some group or groups live with extended families.
  • Some group or groups live with groom’s family.
  • Some group or groups live with bride’s family.
  • Some group or groups live in communal housing.
  • Some group or groups are expected to move around.

Family Practices

  • Child named by member of some group or groups.
  • Child named for living relative.
  • Child named for dead relative.
  • Child named for hero.
  • Child named for member of some group or groups.
  • Child named for object.
  • Child named for date or season of birth.
  • Child named for object.
  • Child renamed at adulthood.
  • Child renamed at marriage.
  • Marriages are arranged, performed or both by member of some group.
  • Marriage only within group.
  • Marriage only outside of groups.
  • Members of some groups can only intermarry with certain other groups.
  • Remarriage prohibited.
  • Remarriage required.
  • Groom’s family pays dowry.
  • Bride’s family pays dowry.
  • Dowry paid by member of some group or groups.
  • Very short marriages the rule.Very long marriages the rule.
  • Non-marriage the rule.Very short marriages prohibited.
  • Very long marriages prohibited.
  • Non-marriage prohibited.
  • Divorce and remarriage required.
  • Surviving spouse must marry member of dead spouse’s family(widow, widower or both).
  • Surviving spouse must commit suicide after death of spouse(widow, widower or both).
  • Onerous prerequisites to marriage.
  • Marriage only at certain times.
  • Marriage must be permitted or blessed by member of some group.
  • Polyandry practiced.
  • Polygyny practiced.
  • Polygamy practiced.
  • Communal marriages practiced.
  • Open marriages common, typical or expected.
  • Children raised by some group or groups.
  • Bodies of the dead are preserved and frequently visited and consulted on matters of importance.
  • The dead are preserved as clothing or food items for relatives or friends.

Miscellaneous Customs

  • Unusual sleep time or duration for some group or groups.
  • Unusual location or orientation for sleep.
  • Some group or groups use a distinctive language.
  • Some group or groups have sacred symbols.
  • Some group or groups are assigned characteristic duties.
  • Members of some group or groups are expected to maintain public anonymity.
  • Drinking or drugs are prohibited.
  • Drinking or drugs are required.
  • Bodily abuse prohibited.
  • Bodily abuse required.
  • Special privileges for some group or groups.
  • Special privileges prohibited to some group or groups.
  • Characteristic greetings, mannerisms or leavetakings for some group or groups.
  • Secret societies for some group or groups.
  • Taboo against closed meetings for some group or groups.
  • Literacy prohibited for some group or groups.
  • Literacy required for some group or groups.
  • Psionics, magic, whatever are required or prohibited for some group or groups.
  • Cloning is allowed, required or prohibited for some group or groups.
  • Robots allowed, required or prohibited for some group or groups.
  • Weapons allowed, required or prohibited for some group or groups.
  • High technology(arbitrarily determined) allowed, required or prohibited for some group or groups.
  • Offworld(international, extratribal or whatever) contact allowed, required or prohibited for some group or groups.
  • Gift-giving customs for some group or groups.
  • Free food, clothing required or prohibited for some group or groups.
  • Free education required or prohibited for some group or groups.
  • Education(beyond some arbitrary limit) required or prohibited for some group or groups.
  • Certain punishments required or prohibited for some group or groups.
  • Certain training required for some group or groups.
  • Some group or groups have specific responsibilities.
  • Some group or groups can only be visited at certain times.
  • Bargaining and haggling are permitted, required or prohibited for certain group or groups.
  • Traveling long distances is permitted, required, prohibited for certain group or groups or requires permission from a member of certain group or groups.
  • Certain group or groups have their own holidays.
  • Certain group or groups are denied any holidays.
  • Characteristic leisure or recreational activities for some group or groups.
  • Leisure time and recreational activities are very regimented for some group or groups.
  • Characteristic rite of maturity for some group or groups.
  • Some group or groups have characteristic attitudes towards some other group or groups.
  • Unusual attitude towards life and death.
  • Some group or groups hold an unusual significance for flora, fauna, smell, sound, color, air, water, light, fire, darkness, clothing, computers, technology, robots, weapons, art, work, etc.
  • Daytime rest period or nap permitted, required or prohibited for some group or groups.
  • Superstitious belief in ghosts, spirits or gremlins.
  • Superstitious belief in bad omens.
  • Superstitious belief in curses, the evil eye or rituals to avoid such.
  • Superstitious belief in arithromancy, astrology, fortune tellers, etc.
  • Places of business have shrines or symbols to protect them from misfortune(statues of mercantile deities, burning of incense, wind chimes, etc.
  • Homes have shrines or symbols of protection or veneration for ancestors or deities.
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