Shas'O Bentu'nan you sure can come up the best topics!
One thing at a time then.The Arts in General
Multi Disciplinary Arts
- Earth caste - Any art of the plastic arts: carving, sculpting, stone masonry, pottery, wood working, tailoring, dress making, etc.
- Water caste - Fine arts: - instrumental music, vocal music, dance, painting, calligraphy, illustration, opera, orchestral music, fiction writing, poetry
(just a sample)
Now having said this there are wider categories of art that contain multiple disciplinary arts.
Traditional Arts and Folk Arts
- Architecture: predominately earth caste, but might have some water caste members who specialize in fields like visual design and painting
- Journalism: predominately water caste, but probably has a role for earth caste technicians - camera, lighting, set design, sound, and make-up
- Theatre/Opera/Ballet/Cinema: both earth and water caste. Actors, writers, directors, musicians, dancers - water caste. Set designers, lighting, prop makers, costume makers - earth caste.
(again a sample)
It's most likely that each caste has it's own traditional art forms that still survive to the present
- Fire caste: Martial arts as art - horsemanship (Spanish Riding School of Vienna); archery, swordsmanship (like kenjitsu); and maybe a fire caste calligraphy that is associated with swordsmanship (China, Korea, and Japan), falconry.
- Air caste: Birdsmanship (Hey aren't there giant Rocs on T'au?), dance, music, singing, racing birds
- Earth caste: traditional architecture (folk style of building), pottery, story telling, wrestling, dance, making traditional musical instruments, drumming (Japanese Taiko - Chinese Dragon drums)
- Water caste: dancing, epic poetry, entertainers, (like geisha but both male and female), jugglers, acrobats, puppetry (Java shadow puppetry - Noh puppetry); Courtiers and Courtesans (very traditional).
Here you can go anyway you want.In the Into Silence
series Calmsword has a fire warrior using gravity waves to create a moving sand sculpture.Your Question About Censorship
FYI I subscribe to the "Tau don't kill Tau" theory, and so I can't ever imagine any Tau wishing harm to another. Even if there was a sense of oppression or injustice, the thought of killing Tau would be to much to bear. However, there have been over the centuries,ways of expressing resistance towards "The Man". During the long struggle against British colonial rule in Ireland, many a song was sung about Cathleen ni Houlihan
, who was a stand in for Ireland itself. Starting in the 1920s, Nigerian writers used the image of the Abiku
, or changeling child, as symbol of resistance to the British rule. In other words, talk or write about one thing, when you mean another.Consequences
I don't know, but it sounds like you have new topic for another discussion thread: "Tau: Crime and Punishment?"
. I for one don't believe the Tau have jurisprudence or a legal system as we would understand it. Try looking at my post about the novel Fire Warrior by Simon Spurrier in Tau Language Concordance
Irish song of resistance: Four Green Fields
Makem & Clancy