Hunting in the forests of Gehennum is an amusement for the wealthy and a way of life for certain of the poor. Wild pigs, monkeys, and the small Gehennese deer are hunted for their meat, birds for their flesh and feathers, and tigers, pumas, and leopards for their hides and teeth, and also to stop them from preying on domestic livestock.

Boars’ tusks and the hides of the predatory cats are valued trophies of the hunt, denoting, as they do, the capture of dangerous prey. Such quarry is sought only by foolhards and large groups. Solitary hunters and small teams, such as most professional huntsmen, must concentrate on lesser prey.

The popularity of hunting diminishes steadily throughout the period covered by this encyclopædia, because populations grow and access to the forests becomes more limited, besides game being hunted out. In ancient times hunting and swidden agriculture may have been the subsistence of the Gehennese people. By the Decadent Period hunting is a recreation of the eupatridai (dynastai) having for the most part abandoned it) and the profession of quaint and suspicious denizens of the deep forest.

Hunting costume is a khlamys or peplos (unfastened on the primary-hand shoulder), usually dark blue or dark green. (See colours.) Hunting weapons are the spear and longbow, sometimes shootin arrows poisoned with curare. Gehennese forest being too thick and vast to depend on beaters, most hunts depend on stealth.

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