Human. Average height of 5’6”, medium build, dusky skin, wide variety of eye and hair color but blue eyes and brown hair are the most common. Some are paler, in colder areas.
Tattoos are uncommon. Drapey robe-like dresses, solid colored and trimmed in another color. Sometimes loose pants but not often. Sandals, cloth boots, linen or gauzy shifts and veils sometimes. Often high waistlines by which I mean empire waist.
Of course modern days see more modern looking dresses and gowns.
Popular colors: blue, green, purple, gold and yellow.
Curly hair, worn long regardless of gender, often in updos braided or sewn. The more money, the more complicated the hair. Children usually wear their hair loose and chin-length. Beards are popular.
A lot of ritual is identical to that of the desert elves, but the religion itself mostly follows one complete goddess who reveals herself at different ages, all ages, and no ages, and is named… Nuktóstulou: She has blue palms and soles and tongue, and white hair, but is otherwise humanoid and resembles a dark tan, blue-eyed Tethyrian woman. The temples are large, open-air spaces patronized around twilight and at night, demarcated by four slender columns hung with linen curtains and ribbons with a “roof” of linen. Before prayer the ground is sprinkled with salt. Large groups come to pray on the two weekend nights, and the prayer is mostly very melodic singing. A priestess wears four layers of different colored linen each with a trim of another color, and then a sheer white ruffly pleated apodesmos (like aphrodite statue), and the prayers don’t wear anything in particular other than maybe something they think is nice. Priestess to the south, leads the singing, stands pretty still, holding a bundle of cinnamon-based incense which eventually they mix into the sand. Usually the south area of temples ends up with quite red sand and dirt even though some of it of course gets blown around. Not really a religion you convert to, priestess is a family line based on eldest daughters. Death: Singing while funeral-ing. Salted and/or mummified (priestess) bodies stored in deep-ass underground warrens or pits carved into rock, or deep in sand to the south of any living places, usually in fetal position. A non-decorated wooden column marks like, the northern edge, with a sign.
Traditional Music and Performance
Melodic vocals, various types of harps, flutes and horns including shawm, complicated drums, flutes and woodwinds, some zither-y instruments. Ongoing traditions of… dances and operas.
Tetrathian is essentially Modern Greek.
Greek names and naming traditions.
Addition of not just “neuter-gender” grammatical declensions but a neutral name-gender influenced by proximity to desert elves.
A lot of current architecture is overall very much like modern-day Santorini. White and blue, lots of square buildings, etc. A lot of plaster and beautiful bright colors. Usually simple outsides and fancier insides. Floors are often mosaics, definitely bottoms of pools and fountains. Much of its roots are in Ancient Greek mostly. Anyway definitely a lot of like, mosaics and stuff.
Similarly to Shum, there are definitely public baths but those are less popular now and it’s rare for someone to go to a public bath, except for parties. Sea sponges are popular for cleaning. Perfumes and oils are popular, more than soap at least. Generally once a day is common. Also common to bathe on wedding days but also for newlyweds to play in a fountain…