The Tinaru has been around since recorded human history. It is knowledge of and connection to the ebb and flow of the elemental energies from which all things are made. Earth, Water, Air, Fire, and Spirit. It is the constant flow of energy of the elements that are in movement around and within everything. People who have the ability to step into the energetic flow of the elements are of the Tinaru. Before civilizations began to rise, the vast majority of people were connected and had this ability.
In the current Era, some humans are aware enough of the Tinaru to connect with these energies and step into the Tinaru using it for healing, manifesting and conjuring, for good and for evil. Most people have lost this connection due to our disconnect from nature and its cycles. The disconnected are called Kerku. They have a blockage of the flow of elements and are asleep or numb to the energetic flow of elements. They are not of the Tinaru. They have the capacity to awaken but most do not and live their entire lives unaware. Kerku are frightened and threatened when they observe the workings of a practitioner of the Tinaru.
Those who can connect, have varying degrees of knowledge and skill. With training they can improve but they are limited by the measurable amounts of each elemental energy in their blood. Eliu is the highest possible level of an element that can be measured. It is rare for an individual in the current era to have Eliu levels.
The power of the Tinaru is potentially limitless. Many humans throughout the millennia have used it for good and for ill. For example, if a practitioner can fully step into the Tinaru of Ersetu, Earth, they can manipulate that energy to cause earth quakes, accelerated growth of plants, animal control, etc. A wielder of all the elements is formidable.
Since connection to the Tinaru and practice of this skill can attract attention and sometimes persecution, most people of the Tinaru loosely associate in small local clans called Salatu. Some groups have specialties but most are organized to support training and practice in the Tinaru. They also gather for ritual and celebrations. The leader of each Salatu is the Ummu, a female mother. The Tinaru is organized in a Matriarchal structure where women are the leaders and decision makers when necessary. Wider networks are unheard of unless through trusted familial or Salatu connections. For that reason, those of the Tinaru live separate lives within the local modern culture, staying under the radar, practicing their skills within the Tinaru out of sight of the Kerku.
In the current era, many known practices, sects and traditions are connected to aspects of the energetic flow of the elements of the Tinaru. The intersection and overlap create endless ways of practice and practitioners and their followers. Shamans, Gurus, Mystics, Priestesses, Druids, Energy Workers, Healers, therapists, Empaths, Reiki practitioners, to name a few. Some are of the Tinaru and use these other titles for secrecy and protection while practicing out in the open. Each Salatu has its own belief system developed over time usually in isolation from other Salatus although there is crossover. Due to their Matriarchal structure, most follow the path of divinity in nature and the Feminine Divine along with some Gods in their polytheistic pantheon. Many have aspects of Neopaganism, Wicca and Druidism. They observe the Solar, Cross Quarter and Lunar calendars. Many people of the Tinaru are sole practitioners. They do not associate with a Salatu and develop an individual set of skills and beliefs within the Tinaru that is unique to them.
Within the Tinaru, the use of energetic power to hurt others or to inflict pain on a community is denounced. If an individual in a Salatu commits such an act, the Ummu determines how the individual is reprimanded. Ummus may be required to handle errant activities of sole practitioners.
The Tinaru are Katmu, hidden to protect them and their Salatus from the knowledge of the Kerku, those not of the Tinaru. Humankind throughout the millennia and especially in the current era, when so few retain the skills of the Tinaru, fear and persecute those of the Tinaru when they discover them. The Kerku have even tortured and killed people of the Tinaru. Concealment is critical to the survival of those of the Tinaru. For this reason, it is forbidden to reveal someone of the Tinaru to the Kerku. And it is taboo to discuss the Tinaru with a Kerku. Punishment for this is banishment from all Salatus and gatherings and loss of access to knowledge and training in the Tinaru. If this fails to stop someone from revealing those of the Tinaru, the permanent solution is Mutu, death.
The History of the World of the Tinaru goes back beyond written records and in the current era, the strongest practitioners work toward regaining that unwritten history through deep, focused remembering and knowing.