dis-qa (The Dead)

Cultures on earth revolve very much around how they treat their dead. The edisA are quite different from this, the major reason being that they don't die in the same sense we use the word.

All edisA consists of basically their loga (the body) and their kedis (the consciousness/soul). When an edisA dies, "dis", their loga has simply ailed to ill-repair, but their kedis keeps kicking around. Calling the kedis a soul is really not accurate, so we'll look at that first.

The kedis refers to what an edisA really is. The ledis (brain) of the edisA is simply a gateway from their physical body to this somewhat ethereal kedis. edisA are fully capable of communicating directly to each other's kedis, but this became awkward and cumbersome as scientific discovery progressed, and civilization formed, to the point where the simple, almost empathic, communication of the kedis became ineffective. The technical reason as to what is happening is a little more complicated and won't be explained here.

Thus the kedis really is what an edisA is. This is where the concept of dis is quite different from human death. When an edisA dies their kedis doesn't go anywhere, other edisA are free to talk to the former physical edisA, with of course the problems of direct kedis communication. Unfortunately the kedis is for some reason limited to being within a certain distance away from the loga in the physical world, thus if you feel down a chasm and died it's unlikely people will want to talk to you.

For this reason the dead are treated exceptionally well, sort of. The loga are treated basically as a piece of meat and thrown into a "dis-dust-A" where they are with all of the other dead edisA. Unlike human cemeteries the dis-dust-A are very much more open, with each section of them treated with respect to who resides there; a scientists section often has books, tables, boards, and other things to help the dead communicate their ideas to living scientists.

Very quickly in edisA history people began to believe in a mentor system where all newborns would be assigned a dead edisA to be their mentor. Since yaoedisA communicate poorly in the physical plain it's worked out quite well. In recent generations this practive has been slipping, but is still very much a part of many edisA's lives.

There really isn't much to say about dis-edisA. They are still treated much the way we'd treat our living.