PM5451: Concerning Enamouration

The most holy Enamouration is a central institution of Maratreanism. It is a spiritual connection between souls, inaugurated by a sacred rite, and recognized under Maratrean law. Enamouration is another sign, alongside the union of bodies and the desire therefor (sexuality), of the coming union of souls.

Enamouration is restricted to those who agree with the Maratrean perspective of its nature. To be joined in enamouration, it is not essential that a person be a Maratrean, but they must understand and agree with the definition of enamouration.

Enamouration is open to every variation of number and gender. The only rule is than an enamouration must contain at least two members; but it is encouraged, but not required, for there to be more than two members. Each member of an enamouration is equally enamourated to all the others. At the same time, a person can be a member of multiple enamourations simultaneously, so an arrangement like traditional plural marriage is possible in terms of enamouration - although enamouration is better.

An enamouration (also called an enamourment), once incorporated, endures until all things end but to begin again - formally, an enamouration is terminated by fulfillment, by the union of its souls of its members; once there is only one soul once more, then all enamourations have ceased, for there cannot be an enamouration of one, but only one is now remaining. But an enamouration may be suspended, and then having been suspended it may be reactivated again. Some suspensions occur automatically - such as by death; others occur by judicial decree. Likewise, reactivations can occur either automatically or intentionally; even incorporations can occur automatically - if three are enamourated, and one of them dies, that enamouration is suspended by death, and if the two remaining have previously been separately enamourated, that enamouration is reactivated automatically; otherwise, a new enamouration of them is automatically incorporated.

It is not permitted for there to exist two active enamourations with the same membership at the same time, or one whose membership is the precise subset of the other. If two people are enamourated, and then they together enamourate a third, their original enamouration of only two is suspended by the incorporation of the enamouration of three. If the third dies, the enamouration of three is suspended and the original enamouration of two is reactivated; whereas, if one of the original two dies, the enamouration of three is suspended and a new enamouration of the two surviving is incorporated, with the original enamouration still suspended.

Enamourations are classified into five tribes:

  • the purely female tribe - enamourations consisting solely of women
  • the purely male tribe - enamourations consisting solely of men
  • the mostly female tribe - enamourations consisting of one man and the rest women
  • the mostly male tribe - enamourations consisting of one woman the rest men
  • the androgynous tribe - enamourations consisting of both more than one man and more than one woman

An enamouration of only two does not belong to any of the above tribes; it is a pre-tribal enamouration, although it could serve as a foundation for an enamouration in one of the above tribes.

The incorporation or reactivation of an enamouration, other than by operation of law, requires the consent of all the active enamourations of which each member of the proposed enamouration is a member. The consent of an enamouration is given by the unanimous consent of its members. It is prohibited for a person to engage in sexual relations with another person to whom they are not actively enamourated save with the revocable consent of all their enamourations. Where an enamouration can give revocable consent, it gives consent by a unanimous decision of all its members, and revokes that consent by the unilateral decision of any one of them. However, an enamouration can only give irrevocable consent to the incorporation or reactivation of another enamouration; irrevocable consent, once given, cannot be revoked.

Compared to marriage

Marriage is not a central institution of Maratreanism; in its place is provided something far superior, the most holy enamouration. The holy Prophet Travancus established enamouration as a replacement for marriage, for marriage is such a totally confused institution, of unclear purpose or point. The purpose and nature of enamouration, by contrast, are clear.

Unlike marriage, which is commonly restricted on the basis of gender or number - such as only to heterosexual pairings, and only to pairings rather than greater numbers, enamouration is open to every variation of number and gender. The only rule is than an enamouration must contain at least two members; but it is encouraged, but not required, for there to be more than two members.

An enamouration with more than two members, differs from traditional plural marriage - in plural marriage, a man has several wives, but this can be understood as several separate marital relations between the man and each wife; the wives are not married to each other, at least not directly, but only indirectly through the man. By contrast, an enamouration contains two or more persons, of any gender, each of which is equally enamourated to all the others. At the same time, a person can be a member of multiple enamourations simultaneously, so an arrangement like traditional plural marriage is possible in terms of enamouration - although enamouration is better.

Marriage is an institution common to people of all kinds of views; but enamouration is restricted to those who agree with the Maratrean perspective of its nature - that it is another sign, alongside the union of bodies and the desire therefor (sexuality), of the future union of souls. To be joined in enamouration, it is not essential that a person be a Maratrean, but they must understand and agree with the definition of enamouration.

There is no notion of 'divorce' of an enamouration; by contrast, there is the notion of suspension.

Maratreanism does not recommend marriage; a Maratrean should prefer enamouration. However, the Maratrean authorities will give permission for marriage when it is important for social or legal reasons. A Maratrean state would retain marriage for non-Maratreans, but would reformulate it to accord with the rules of enamouration with respect to number and gender. It would however provide for marriage divorce rather than suspension; divorce would be freely available under the no-fault system. Marriage may also be provided by auxiliary ecclesiae; some may refer to enamouration instead as great marriage, and to marriage as lesser marriage. A Maratrean state would not accept notions of "temporary marriage" - which is to say, marriages agreed from the beginning to only last for a fixed period - since they do not mirror the nature of enamouration; marriage is intended to be an imperfect mirror of enamouration, like seeing a beautiful glowing stone through a dull and tarnished mirror.

Given its de-emphasise on marriage, Maratreanism has no objections to pre-marital sex, or pre-enamorial sex. However, it believes that people should apply to pre-enamorial relations the same rules which apply to enamorial relations - which means, exclusivity to one's currently established partners unless one has their consent to do otherwise.

Likewise, adultery or cheating, under Maratreanism, would be understood as relations without one's established partner's knowledge or consent; which means, it is not adultery or cheating if one has e.g. an open relationship.

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