Glass in Saraya has always held a deep cultural significance. Although easy to make due to the abundance in its materials, it is considered one of the purest products humankind has developed. It's transparency is part of this belief, yet even stained glass holds crucial value to its owners.
History & Usage
Cultural Significance and Usage
Glass is used for most everything it can be used for, decorations, scientific tools, and even ceremonial, cultural and religious art pieces. It is also almost definitely as significant as gold and jewels when one is measuring their host's worth while in the home. The more elegant or large a single piece of glass is, the more the meaning of the art stands out. The most common theme among these art pieces is the purity of the soul when it is laid bare, and artists often also use light and refraction to produce marvellous displays when the sun shines at the right angle. The greatest among such sculptures is called the Solarium, which is effectively a large room with exact shapes and angles and dimensions to provide a constantly moving array of sun rays during the day, and giving the illusion of a shifting night sky for all stars except the Seven Stars of Morning during the dark. The more rich people of Saraya often make use of stained, but still clear, glass to showcase their fortune and oftentimes also a significant event in history or even of their ancestors. This has the added 'benefit' of being a perceived weakness for sorcerers, adding further to the significance of the possession by implying that the owner is above the evil magicians. A long time ago, glass was also able to be reinforced and formed into weapons, sometimes from special materials to give powerful properties like with Glock-glass, but these have in time been lost along with the technique to make them. These weapons would have been reserved for the more noble or renowned of warriors, to symbolise their strength and honour on the field.
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