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A Castithan is a member of one of the Votan species that resembles humans.
Castithans and Indogenes shared a planet named Daribo in their home star system due to their perspective of viewing themselves to be the "higher species of the Votan race."
In "Down in the Ground Where the Dead Men Go", a Casti cleansing ritual is enforced, for the purification of an individual's liro, or caste. They also may participate in Casti "blood duels" over intended mates, etc.
Some humans use the ethnic slur "haint" to refer to Castithans, a reference to their pale color and ethereal nature.
CultureEditCastithans' religion is called Shirivanáwo. It is extremely structured and violators of its tenets are punished severely.
Castithan is spoken very, very quickly. It's a sign of their impatience and also a challenge for anyone to keep up with them. Even the Castithan writing system (fajizwalino, literally "revered characters") is complex and irregular—and quite difficult to master. It's crucial to know whether one is speaking to a superior, an inferior or an equal in order to speak Castithan correctly (i.e. without causing offense or seeming crude).
RelationshipsEditAlthough they are conservative with regard to tradition and language, Castithans tend to be very liberal with their sexuality. Sex is as much a tool of political agenda as it is an expression of love. Castithans have zero reservations about using sex as a means to an end. That’s not to say that Castithans don’t also enjoy sex to the extreme. Many of their most cherished ceremonies involve expressions of passion and desire.
Family bathing is a common practice. In both "Pilot" and "Down...Dead Men Go", Datak and Stahma Tarr bathed together with attendants present. In "Down...Dead Men Go", Alak Tarr entered the room where his parents were bathing and his mother left the tub to embrace him. In "The Devil in the Dark", Datak finds it unseemly that Christie McCawley, his prospective daughter-in-law, bathes in private. In "Goodbye Blue Sky" it is revealed further that a bathing ritual is common among the higher liros, as a newlywed ritual with their family.
Side Notes: They often offend other Votan species with their sense of superiority. Castithans frequently bicker with Indogenes, and are known scornfully among Irathients as "haints (per "If I Ever Leave This World Alive")."