Lapâng

Lapâng (or ‘Rabbit’) is the Goddess of Fertility among the Uggûn. She will either appear as an ordinary doe rabbit or as a voluptuous human woman.

Lapâng is revered by young men and women seeking to start a family and is often invoked in marriage ceremonies (which are otherwise actually mostly secular affairs in Uggûn culture). She is also invoked whenever breeding livestock. No connection is made to fertility in plants, as is the case in many other religions.

Shamans will hold rituals to Lapâng on either the new moon or the full moon, depending upon the traditions of their clan. Sacrifices to Lapâng generally consists of menstrual material which is fully consumed over a bed of hot coals. This material may be of human origin or not, depending on the ritual. Men are strictly excluded from participation in these sacrifices, though other rituals may include men. Some clans allow men to sacrifice their foreskins in dedication to their wives. A rare few men are allowed to undergo ritual castration as a rite of dedication to Lapâng, and are from that point, allowed to be shamans as if they were women, but only shamans of Lapâng. This ritual is very ancient and rarely practiced.

Lapâng teaches that sex and sexuality are normal, natural, and to be celebrated. She also teaches that sexuality carries with it a responsibility for the offspring it can create. Although she is considered the Goddess of Fertility, she is known to look just as favorably on sexual activity that will not result in offspring.


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