A Novel – In One Page Per Day
Day 283, Wednesday
October 10th, 2018
Chapter Three: Brother
As with every other aspect of Imperial life, the priesthood was divided, first by gender, and then into classes.
There was no escaping it.
Men and women each had their province of control and influence, and yet women were always subject to men.
There were two basic divisions within the priesthood. There were the officiants of the sacred rites, and then there were the holy orders, service societies, and contemplative sects.
As with every other strata of the Empire, whoever you were, wherever you went, you knew your rank, and you were bound by protocol.
Every member of the priestly class had some choice as to what path they wanted to pursue, though in reality most people were governed by the dynastic ambitions of their families.
The vast majority of priestly power resided in its bureaucracy, the management of its land holdings, and the officiation of the temple rites.
When faced with the choice of which path he wanted his career to follow, he went deep, as was characteristic of him.
He followed the contemplative sects into the paths of mystery, austerity, and aesthetics.
He wanted to do more than officiate rituals or manage a temple, he wanted to discover the meaning of existence.
He felt that at long last he would find a place of peace where he could age, and end his days.
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