The cream female listened to every words Vedette said. It's kind of interesting, even if actually Elisabeth needed some times to understand everything, and of course believe in it. So, Zonje creates the sun ? She has already heard about it, after being saved in the desert, the dogs who took care of her told her something like that. Looking how the shaman explained it, the God is powerful, the most powerful in this world. " Does Zonje have some kinds of... Powers ? How can he take care of us ? Or punish us ? "
Elisabeth didn't know how to explain clearly what she was talking about. She understand the concept of power, when a dog is above an other one, he gives order and the others follow. It was like this when she lived in the desert. But, it's like Zonje has an other kind of power. " How can he do so many things ? I mean, he's not there physically ? "
She seemed a little suspicious, but still decided to talk with the Shaman. The religion is just something totally new to her.
That's something that intrigued Elisabeth for a while now. Everyone said Zonje's the Sun God, but where is he ? How can he rules over everything like Vedette said, if he's not here ? This is a way different kind of power that the newcomer used to know. But obviously, she needed to learn more about it. And try to open her mind.
Vedette smiled at Elizabeth's curiousity, almost completely certain that the female would be a future shaman one day, or at least she hoped so. "Well," Vedette began, "as you know, the light is what lets what little plants that are here survive, and without the plants, the prey we eat would die, inevitably killing us all. His light is what keeps us alive, but at the same time, it can be what kills us. Dogs that do not follow Him can experience harm from the same thing that keeps us alive. The light can burn, cause blindness and blistering, just to name a few."Elisabeth's third question caused Vedette to remember something Jax had told her when she had gone to speak with him on one occasion. She had wondered why, on her journey into the desert, that Zonje had given her signs rather than speak to her directly. At first, she had believed that maybe she was lesser than the other shamans and that she was the only one who had not been spoken to directly. Jax had reassured her that she was not lesser, and that everyone had their own unique experiences. She smiled up at Elisabeth, feeling almost as if she was speaking to her past self. Funny how things turned out that way. "Just because something is not here in the flesh does not mean that it does not exist or have power, Miss Elisabeth. There are forces in this world that transcend the limits of this world, and they are not things that you can see or touch. Things that drive dogs to do all kinds of things."
Listening carefully to the Shaman, slowly Elisabeth begins to understand more how the powers of Zonje works : When she was walking in the desert, alone and lost, the sun was burning her skin, it was like hundreds of scratches ripping her flesh. But, when the dogs who found her told her about Zonje, it was like the sun wasn't too bright : Enough to make her feel warm, but it didn't hurt anymore. Maybe her imagination, but she truely and deeply wanted to believe it. " I guess somehow, Zonje guide me to the Following, without being with me like you are, in a physical way. "
This kind of discussion, about something so strange like the God, but also so intriguing, is making Elisabeth so curious. She thought about her life in the desert, before joining the pack : All the things she didn't knew, she never ever could have imagine. I've been so dumb and ignorant... !
She'll never let this happen again." There's a lot more to know than what I expected ! "
But nothing to fear, she's reading to learn. " Miss Vedette, tell me more about Zonje ! "
Due to a renewal of energy, the cream dog forgot about her maneers, but quickly tryed to correct it. " I mean, ya know... How can we please Zonje ? Or offend him ? I know there's some rituals -I think it's the right name- but is there some other ways ? "
Elisabeth stopped talking for some seconds, but she prick up one's ears while asking the Shaman. " Is Zonje watching us right now ?! "
Obviously, Zonje's presence seemed important to Elisabeth, as she's taking a look at the temple, moving her head quickly.
The small shaman nodded as the large female spoke. Zonje had led her to the Following, as He did every so often. It was brilliant that the female was understanding everything that Vedette had been saying, and Vedette was relieved she'd given a decent enough explanation. There was a lot to know, and certainly a lot still for even Vedette. Elisabeth was eager to learn, and it was becoming increasingly evident. What more was there to tell her? "There is blood sacrifice. It can be from prey or actual dogs, although most are more uncomfortable with the latter. I'll admit, I was uneasy about it at first, but I eventually came to realize that if it is what pleases Him then it must be done." Vedette paused to look towards the front of the temple due to having heard some mumbling in that direction, but she decided to pay it no mind. "To stay in His good graces, always stay faithful to Him and no other 'god' you may hear of. Do and say nothing that would mock Him." Elisabeth's last comment was amusing and Vedette made a show of looking around just for fun. Once her eyes had once again fell upon those of Elisabeth, she said, "Zonje watches over us all."