The Night of Blessings against Evil

This 'holy day' takes place on the night of the Double Dark Moon. Baklunes consider this night to be cursed. The night sky is the road that souls take as Daena escorts them to their afterlife. The Twins stay in the night sky to watch over both living and newly dead mortals, and ward them from evil.

However, on a single night of the year, both Twins leave the sky and the souls of both living and dead mortals are unguarded by the gods. On this night, evil has a free hand. People believe that all evil creatures have extra power then, and roam freely about the world to cause mischief. All gods-fearing Baklunes gather their families and friends and stay indoors, protecting themselves from whatever may be outside.

Janskyd, the courageous demon-fighting warrior, takes form to wander about and fight these evil beings. Many people offer up special prayers to him, hold village feasts in his honor before nightfall, and other such honors, in order to attract his attention so he will defend them. In this way, the night becomes something of a holiday in his honor, and people prefer to think of it thus.

However, while the living have defenses, the souls of the newly dead are in trouble. The Baklunes hold that anyone who dies during the three days and nights preceeding the Double Dark Moon is in extra danger of becoming undead, as evil creatures run about in the night sky and capture souls to enslave. Daena does her best to fend off these creatures, but Baklunes take no chances with their loved ones (or their own lives, should someone actually rise from the dead), and hold three days of ceremonies to honor Daena and strengthen and protect the spirits of the recently dead.

But woe betide anyone who dies without proper ceremonies during these three days. Baklunes try to avoid traveling alone, especially in the desert, during this time. They donít want to risk that they might die alone without anyone to give them rites. However, if they get in a pinch, all is not lost. Any mother is considered able to give rites to a relative who is dying or newly dead. Her understanding and love of family is thought to carry power similar to a priestís blessing.

This night is considered special for dervishes and pious warriors, who often volunteer to risk themselves to stand guard through the night for their people. At ceremonies for Janskyd, these courageous men and women are often selected to represent him, thus honoring them as well.