Naboo

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Naboo
HomeworldNaboo
LanguageBasic
Average Height1.7 meters[1]
Skin colorPale to dark brown [1]
Hair colorRed, blonde, brown, black (usually turning gray or white with age)[1]
Distinctionshumanoid, peaceful, enlightened, and artistic
Average lifespanUp to 100 standard years [1]
Known MembersList of known Naboo


The Naboo are one of the two species from the planet Naboo. Humanoid in appearance, the Naboo are not native to Naboo, but have evolved into the dominant species over the Gungans, the natives on Naboo. Originally, they were part of settlers seeking a new home coming from the distant planet of Grizmalt.[2][3]

Society and Culture

Theed, the Naboo Capital with its artistic architecture

The Naboo are known for their beautiful structures constructed in such cities as Theed, as well as their elegant forms of art displayed throughout the planet and their nature of being known as a peaceful race. They are also known for their ability to negotiate as well as their stance on any form of hostility, seeking a peaceful resolution over a potential lethal form of solution. The Naboo have a different approach then most other forms of society as they base each persons status within the society not from age, but on intellectual maturity as in the past there have been several monarchs of the planet whom haven't reached the age of 18, which is considered by most other human races as being an adult.[2]

The Naboo have developed into a classic feudal society with an hereditary noble class and common folk, though unlike most feudal societies, there is no record of a subservient serf class. Naboo city-states traded with each other and with the Gungans. Generally the city-states acknowledged a ceremonial "High King"—a position that at times rotated between the tribal or city-state princes, though at other times was vested in an hereditary royal house. This ceremonial position was largely powerless and a form of peerage democracy evolved, though by the time of King Jafan the position became more substantial. [3]

Naboo politics often involves large numbers of teenaged Naboo in government work, a result of the Naboo ideal of valuing inner purity and innocence over political ability. This often results in individuals receiving positions far beyond their own level of competence and being left vulnerable to manipulation.[3]

A typical Naboo male soldier

The polytheistic Naboo worship many allegorical deities, such as the goddess of Safety. The deity of Shiraya reflects many aspects common to lunar worship found in many human cultures. However, the Mother Vima occupies the paramount throne in the pantheon of Naboo gods as the Mother goddess, or Gia, common in many religious traditions.[3]

Naboo Ancient philosophers are revered and honored as enlightened gurus, and with the reverence of family ancestors, form an important aspect in Naboo religious traditions. Paired statues of semi-legendary or archtypical gurus are prominently displayed in ranks on either side of the steps leading to the Theed Royal Palace.[3]

Many devoted holymen and holywomen form monastic communities and orders, such as the Brotherhood of Cognizance, which focus on a particular deity or an enlightened guru. These religious orders are governed by a pontifex, and have a monastic hierarchy typical of many human religious orders. Often the more ascetic orders may be found in remote and isolated locations, preferring a life spent in solitude, without worldly distraction and centered on peaceful contemplation.[3]

History

"Oceanic" grass plains on the planet Naboo

Originally from Grizmalt, the Naboo sought out a new homeworld due to the dying wishes of their last Queen and discovered the planet of Naboo after many failed exploration attempts made in the past. First the Naboo were a pastoral and nomadic people, migrating in tribes and clans on the vast "oceanic" grass-plains, with few settlements of substance. Tribes traced their decent from the colony vessels that brought them to Naboo, and clans traced decent from the founding settlers. The Naboo continue to place great value on genealogical descent.[3]

Cultural differences led to tension between the natives and the Naboo—but direct conflict was rare. Over time there was more conflict between the various Human settlements than between the Naboo and Gungans. The Gungans believed the Naboo to be 'pompous cowards' while the Naboo believed the Gungans to be 'barbarians'.[3]


References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Human - As a humanoid race, the Naboo have the same physical characteristics as the Humans
  2. 2.0 2.1 SWCombine Reference Guide on the Naboo
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.7 SW Wikia on the Naboo
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