The Haan: Sacral Chakra

The Haan are the people of Creativity. The Sacral Chakra – centered in the pelvis and represented by the color orange – is the energy source related to creativity and reproduction, as well as commitment. Relationships, invention, and fulfillment of emotional needs are the reflection of sacral energy.

Physically, Haan people are not quite as short as Hirokoa – averaging about eleven hands tall – but it is rare to find a tall Haan. Usually lithe and muscular – although tending to fat in old age – Haan have generally pale skin with almond or tan tones, thin black hair; men often have thin moustaches or beards. Haan textiles, frequently dies saffron, are known as the finest on Erde, and most people wear fine tunics and robes, with or without short baggy trousers, and soft sandals or slippers. Straw hats are not uncommon, especially in the central plain, and intricate jewelry is a frequent accessory.

The Haan lands are the furthest in extent of any of the seven civilizations, stretching from farthest sunward to the mountward reaches of central Erde, encompassing terrain from frozen highlands to mild beaches, deep woods to sun-blasted deserts, and fertile plains to rocky badlands.

The Honeycomb Empire has united this wide-ranging country for over 3,000 years under the same dynasty. While regional diversity has been allowed to thrive, centralized planning has allowed for great development and material advancement. The Haan have bought order to much of their vast country, using zoning methods to provide for agricultural, manufacturing, and trade needs on a large scale. The Honeycomb Road – actually a complex system of highways – allows for swift communication throughout the empire. The Haan culture is the most technologically sophisticated society on Erde, has the most urban population, and operates under a complex bureaucracy and a comprehensive set of laws; accompanying this is a strict class system, working down a structured hierarchy from the Emperor (or Empress), through the Court, the Aristocracy, Scholars, the Civil Service, the Military, Merchants and Manufacturers, Farmers, and Peasants.

In some ways, the Haan can be seen as a people of contradiction. Their connection with sacral energy fires both their creativity and their fecundity: the Haan are the most prolific people on Erde and their Empire the most populous civilization, and most of the critical inventions and scientific discoveries in Erdan history have a Haan source. Yet, Haan society is perhaps the most structured on Erde: a strict hierarchy of castes control social and familial relations and sexuality, while engaged in frequently in a diverse manner, is almost never discussed openly. The strong central government encourages innovation, controls its fruits, and extends their benefits to the entire empire. The totemic honeybee, the ubiquitous symbol of the Haan, captures this sense of both creativity and order, both life and control, all hidden inside the hive.

Haan belief represents the chakras not just as discrete locations within the body where the energy is centered, but as meridians or lines of ki energy that can be traced throughout the body, intersecting and running parallel. Thus, root energy extends from extends in lines down the legs and up the torso; sacral energy begins in the pelvis and radiates outwards along meridians that extend upward into the torso; solar plexus energy begins in the chest but traces paths throughout the body, and so on. Haan religion varies by region: mythological figures, ancestor worship, and abstract spirituality are the most frequently represented models. All of them rely on the ki meridian system as an explanation for vital energy, and all practices manifest this belief.

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