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There once lived a family in a great valley. There was a father, a mother and their children. They had everything they needed. As time passed, the children grew up and went off to build their own families. When each of the children went away, they would not stay away for long. They would go away for some time, find love and bring their mate back home to marry, build a house and live in the valley of their parents. Many generations passed and the valley became more populated with the descendants of the family. The valley was no longer populated with a family. It was now populated with a people. And though the people shared the same ancestry, their lineage had become distant. And because the valley became so populous, the people no longer needed to go far for love. People from outside the valley would hear about the beauty of the valley and come there to live, and they were courteously welcomed. But the valley was so well hidden, newcomers seldom came. Eventually, the people called their land by the name of the original family- Bulania. The people of the valley, The Bulanis, lived harmoniously. Not needing to leave due to the abundance of resources that their land had, the people stayed in the valley pridefully and richly. Generations passed and the people continued to thrive in their valley. The eldest people were the most respected, while the young followed the way of life that had become tradition. Living in the valley had its ups and downs. Still, all experiences were coped with as a collective, while adhering to traditional values. By knowing their past, the people knew how to live in their present. One day, a group of strangers came to the valley. Awestruck by the richness of the valley, the strangers wanted to remain and take from the land. When they met the Bulanis, they introduced themselves as The Urosians of Uros. The Urosians were curious people and expressed a need for not only attaining some of the great resources of the valley, but also to learn about the Bulani way of life. Kindly, the Bulanis provided some goods from the land in exchange for some of the goods that the Urosians brought with them. But the Bulanis’ kindness did not stop there. While retrieving the goods for the strangers, the Bulanis also shared how to grow produce and/or retrieve the goods. The Urosians were grateful. But as time passed, the Urosians remained in the valley continuously asking for more and more resources. However, the Urosians’ goods had all depleted and therefore, they had nothing to trade. Still, though some were becoming frustrated and felt that the Urosian had outstayed their welcome, the Bulanis’ were kind and continued to share. One of the many customs that were developed through the generations was the manner in which the Bulanis fished. The Bulani fishermen only fished at dusk. Some of the fishermen would dive into the one end of the river causing the fish to swim upstream, while the other fishermen waited with their nets. By the end of the process, the fishermen were wet and shined a golden color due to the dusk’s sun shining on their brown skin. From this practice, a festivity was founded. For generations on, the people celebrated a yearly fishing harvest festival. The people would finish the celebrations by jumping into the
river at dusk. By the end of the day, everyone was wet and glowing from the sunlight, making their bodies appear golden. Seeing this festivity and how the people looked a golden color, the Urosians began to use their word for gold, “dorad” to describe the Bulanis. Eventually, they began to call the Bulanis “Doradis.” At first the word was simply a descriptive one, referring to their golden color from the Bulanis’ most celebrated festivity. But through time, the word became a term used to mock the Bulani people. As time passed, more Urosians came to the valley, and began to take advantage of the Bulanis’ generosity. Because the people of the valley were accustomed to being familial and traditionally generous (they treated one another like family), they knew little about the crudeness that the Urosians brought to the land. But they began to catch on, and tension began to grow between the two people. With the tension, there was negative behavior. Fights would occur along with thievery and some indescribable behavior towards the people of the valley. “Doradi,” a word once used to describe the Bulani people as a result of their tradition, became a word of mockery. Then the word became one of hatred followed by violence. Through time, the valley became desecrated through the tension between its original inhabitants and the strangers. As land was stripped, the traditions were degraded and the people devalued, the Bulanis were called “Doradi” with much hatred and ridicule. Even the Bulani people began to use the term with a negative connotation as the morale in the valley had diminished. While joking, they would call one another “Doradi” to mock one another; while angry, they would use the word as an insult. But worst of all, the Bulani began to be used the word in their daily vernacular as a common reference or identifier, slightly changing the spelling from “Doradi” to “Dorada.” The people even felt it acceptable for the young people of both Bulani and Urosians, in and out of the valley, to use the word commonly. One day, a young man, a direct descendant form the original Bulania family, called the attention of the people. He shared with his people his dream of the valley returning to the way it was. But the people were resistant. The people scorned him. They mocked his dream, calling it unrealistic, old-fashioned; they made fun of it. But the young man persisted. People, both Urosian and Bulani began to threaten his life. Still, he gained a following. With his following, the young man shared a vision of a renewed valley. He suggested that to begin the path to a renewed valley, the people would first have to find pride in their heritage. Accepting this pride, he shared, consisted of letting go of the negative norms that had developed since the beginning of the degradation of their land. The main norm, he said, that the people must let go was the casual use of the hateful word “Doradi” now said “Dorada.” Many people resisted, saying that it is part of who they are. And no matter how much the young man and his followers tried to teach about the negative history of the word, regardless of its original meaning, the people were so used to using it, that it was continued to be used.
Eventually, the young man made progress, nevertheless. He was able to inspire many of his people, and even some of the Urosians who saw the error of their ways to work for a better valley. His leadership provoked much motivation to build a newly rich and progressive valley. And as there was still much more work to be done, the young man continued to motivate change. However, one day, the young man was killed. What made the death of this young leader even worse was that he was killed by one of his own followers. The death of this young man brought much sorrow to the valley. Even those who ridiculed him expressed a sense of sadness for his death. Still, as time passed, due to the fear and low morale that the young man’s death caused, the change that he and his followers inspired began to dissipate. Even the word “Dorada” became a popular term, one may even say, of pride. And although, there are still many from the valley who are optimistic and continue to strive for the betterment of the people, many argue that the wondrous ways of the Bulani will never be renewed.
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