Kafonu

Traditional Yammanka society is organized into social groups called kafonu (singular: kafo). Each kafo is associated with a certain set of occupations that dictate what its members may do for work and who they may marry. Throughout Yamma’s millennia of conquest and empire, the Yammankalu have imposed kafo-based governance on the rest of the world. All nations on modern Duna operate based on some form of kafonu. Below you will find a brief visual and text guides to the six main kafonu in the universe of Theonite:

Kafo Guide
Sizes of the circles here very roughly represent kafo sizes relative to one another. Overlapping circles represent which kafonu are traditionally allowed to intermarry.

MANGA KORO, Kafo of Kings & Queens

The manga koronu are a class of warriors, military leaders, rulers, and politicians descended from the rulers of the First and Second Yammanka Empires. Manga koronu are considered to be best suited to positions of leadership and dominate the majority of high-ranking positions in the government and military of Yamma and many former Yammanka colonies. (Read more)

KELE KORO, Kafo of Spears

The kele koronu (usually just called koronu) are a class of warriors, hunters, merchants, and farmers widely considered to be the default kafo of any person not tied by blood to any of the other kafonu. Koronu may be farmers, laborers, businessmen, doctors, or any profession that is not the exclusive province of another kafo, though the highest honor for a koro is military service. (Read more)

JASELI, Kafo of Voices

The jaseliwu are a class of historians, musicians, and storytellers, whose role it is to guard their people’s history and to advise, entertain, and educate the rest of the population. (Read more)

FINA, Kafo of Gods

The finawu are class of religious teachers, historians, preachers, and musicians. An ancient offshoot of the jaseli kafo (specifically the Kuyasse family), the finawu control all temples and religious education. (Read more)

NUMU, Kafo of Metal

The numuwu are a class of craftsmen, architects, and engineers. Traditionally, numuwu are associated with metal-working, though they also work in wood, ceramics, stone, and synthetic materials. (Read more)

SENKULI, Kafo of Glass

The senkuliwu are a class of craftsmen, architects, and engineers famous for their ability to produce various types of durable glass and ceramics. Originally an offshoot of the numu kafo (founded when members of the Kuruma and Koumbia families illegally intermarried with kafoless northern tribesmen), the senkuliwu gained the status of an independent kafo when their founding members discovered the secret to making nearly-impervious glass. (Read more)

You can get the kafo symbols on shirts now!

(and hoodies and other stuff – in multiple colors. See links)

MANGA KORO
(Kafo of Kings & Queens)
NUMU
(Kafo of Metal)
KELE KORO
(Kafo of Spears)
SENKULI
(Kafo of Glass)
JASELI
(Kafo of Voices)
FINA
(Kafo of Gods)

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