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The Occupoa cult is a monotheistic, matriarchal religion that worships the goddess Occupoa. It is the most widespread religion among the people of the Aloe region, and every settlement of sufficient size has a temple dedicated to it; Aloe itself features a prominent Temple of Occupoa that is known across the region. The religion has an associated book of scripture that contains Occupoa's teachings, as well as a figurative recounting of the ancient sorcerers' war that created the Ghost Country.

Temples of Occupoa house the religion's clergy, composed of female priestesses and male priests. While the priestesses engage in holy prostitution, which provides a steady stream of income for the temples in addition to its religious function, the priests are lifelong celibates. Most, if not all, of the clergy are drawn from orphans who are left in a temple's care, and are trained from childhood in the Occupoan tenets and the languages necessary to read older religious texts, including Levanev, Khansai, and Margelin. Non-orphaned children are prohibited from entering a temple. Some girls from the local settlement are occasionally chosen by the clergy to serve as temple prostitutes, an occasion which their families celebrate, but they do not become full priestesses.

Females raised in an Occupoan temple usually ascend to priestess-hood when they complete their training and come of age, at which point they begin serving as prostitutes. Upon losing her virginity, a priestess must then depilate her entire body from the neck down for the rest of her life. Priestesses eventually retire and become "senior sisters" who are responsible for handling the temple's everyday work.

The process to train the temple's chief priestess differs. One girl is chosen at the age of ten to become the temple's "konzertosma", or "destined one", and receive special training for the next ten years. During this time, unlike her sisters, she is left unsullied. In a ceremony held on the Midsummer's Eve of the konzertosma's twentieth year, a young man from the local settlement is elected to take her virginity, thus elevating her to the "konzertasa", who takes on the dual role of "living divinity/mother superior" for the temple. The konzertasa has administrative duties, but in her capacity as a representation of the divine she is also obligated to bestow "Occupoa's special blessing" once to any male in "extreme need". After serving ten years, the konzertasa yields to her successor and joins the temple's senior sisters.[1]

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