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The Kemonae likes certain things.

Visual and musical arts

Visual artworks and musical acts are valued for the Kemonae. However, visual arts are often perceived as stronger in energy when using music as a supplement, and it’s likely due to the natural affinity the Kemonae have for direct eye contact. In fact, public speakers often experience a willing crowd that quiets down efficiently.

Colors and movement of the visual arts are very effective to most people. Large, sweeping brushes and hand-paintings are described as “capturing the senses”, particularly if it large: such as for large flags, decorated graffiti walls, or like strewing flowers over water. Fires and strong lights are used in performances, such as a firepoles and torches. Stars, torchbugs and snow are often described as “soothing patterns” due to the scattered grid of bright points.

Proverb “thousand glimpses of a crowd is strong to move a soul”

Co-existence

A major theme in most artworks is themes of familiar belonging and communication. For example, in dramatic performances there are often story arcs representing an individual’s journey back and forth from wild lands, strife with lessons and hardships. However, this attachment is not only between Kemonae, but also with earth. Stories are often set inside a town with little variety (forest, inner town, outer town); with the exception of underground earth, which may sometimes represent as an analogy of an alien “other side”.

As seasonal events are important to the Kemonae, these also represent themes of co-existence. Festivities include the harvest festival, the valentine’s festival, the new years festival and various introductory festivals. All of these encourage common areas for celebration, which includes food and arts, but also performances: actors dressing up for the occasion in matching hues that reflect the relevant flora or item of interest.

Events can also be non-festive and still have a strong sense of co-existence, such as monthly table gatherings where students or workers all eat together or certain “clean-up days” where people gather to collectively clean up a dirty area.