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.
Relationship with other Kafoka
In traditional Yammanka society, the manga koro is at the center of all kafo activity. A manga koro king employs a team of jaseliwu. The chief jaseliwu (one or a few of the ruler’s wisest and most trusted jaseliwu) keep personal council with the king, advising him, educating his family, and managing his personal affairs. The larger team of jaseliwu, under the supervision of the chief jaseli, are responsible for being the chief jaseli’s (and by extension, the king’s) ears among the people, carrying the kings words to the populous, and managing the morale of the kingdom through words and song. The king’s chief jaseli is often his closest friend and confidant.
Like the rest of his subjects, a manga koro king takes religious advice from his local finawu, often keeping a few highly knowledgeable and skilled finawu in his court as advisors. Depending on the region and individuals, numuwu, senkuliwu, and kele koronu with special insights or abilities can also serve as advisors.
The kele koro soldiers and farmers serve in a manga koro’s kingdom serve as extensions of his will, giving their strength to farm and defend his territory in exchange for a place in it.
The numuwu and senkuliwu’s role in the kingdom is mainly to arms the soldiers, provide tools to the farmers, and enhance local life with art, though the king might retain and patron a particularly skilled craftsman on a long-term basis.
This traditional form of society appears in microcosm all over Duna, with powerful manga koronu arranging teams of jaseliwu, numuwu, senkuliwu, finawu, and kele koronu around them for support.
Attire & Adornment
The typical manga koro wears clothes that project their wealth and strength, striking a balance between fine fabric and exposed skin. High born manga koronu wear more jewelry than kele koronu, including bulky, dangling jewelry that is dangerous in a fight but a good indicator of wealth.
In traditional Yammanka society, manga koronu were only allowed to intermarry with their own or with koronu. With inter-kafo marriage laws loosened or abolished in the modern age, the members of less significant manga koro branch families have embraced marriage with other kafoka. However, the highest profile manga koronu (those in significant leadership positions) have largely committed to keeping their bloodlines pure, marrying only other manga koronu and the occasional kele koro.
Terms of Address
- Manga Koro a respectful address or prefix for a member of the manga koro kafo, similar to English ‘Lord,’ or ‘Lady’
- manga koroke a respectful address for a male member of the manga koro kafo, similar to English ‘My Lord’
- manga koroyaa a respectful address for a female member of the manga koro kafo, similar to English ‘My Lady’
- Koro a prefix for any member of the manga koro or kele koro kafo, similar to the English ‘Mr.’ or ‘Ms.’
- koroke a respectful address for a male member of the kele koro or manga koro kafo, roughly equivalent to the English ‘Sir’
- koroyaa a respectful address for a female member of the kele koro or manga koro kafo, roughly equivalent to the English ‘ma’am’
- koroden a diminutive address for a young member of the manga koro or the kele koro kafo
- korodenke an old-fashioned diminutive address for a young male member of the manga koro or the kele koro kafo
- korodenyaa an old-fashioned diminutive address for a young female member of the manga koro or the kele koro kafo
The official manga koro symbol is an abstracted serpent encircling the Xuuse (the Holy Well from the Donkili). All manga koro clans claim the mythical Yammanka Serpent as one of their symbols, with individual families associating with different large and powerful animals, including lions, leopards, hyenas, cheetahs, wild dogs, buffalo, and giraffes.
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