It was the longest night of the year, and the village gathered to celebrate. The visiting anthropologist, who came from a small, distant planet called ‘Earth’ couldn’t help but think of Christmas.
Lights were hung on the big tree in the center of the lake, and families set little vessels with lit candles on the water.
“Does this ritual bring back the sun or appease the dead?” he asked his host sponsor.
Xe blinked and tried to form a satisfying answer. The human came from an advanced civilization, but he was weirdly obsessed with superstition.
“It looks pretty?” Xe ventured.

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