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(RQ) Vulcan Cultural Questions
What is the standard etiquette on Vulcan?
The Federation Interspecies Ethics Committee have released these guidelines to ensure that your stay on Vulcan is prosperous for all parties:
Please do not shake hands with, or otherwise touch the Vulcan colonists without permission.
Vulcans do not drink alcohol, as it has no discernible impact on their physiology. It is not necessary to offer alcohol to Vulcans.
Please do not offer food which contains cane sugar, onions, or chocolate. Vulcans have intolerances to these foods. Vulcan hybrids and children can experience circulatory shock in reaction to them.
It is traditional for Vulcan guests to prepare food and drink when visiting another's home. Guests are not expected to follow custom, but it is polite.
Vulcans are silent during all meals as to afford respect to the chef. Guests are not expected to follow custom, but it is polite.
Vulcans do not touch food with their hands. All food is picked up using cutlery, even bread. Guests are expected to follow custom.
Please keep noise levels to an acceptable minimum. Vulcans have sensitive hearing and most do not appreciate loud music or raucous partying.
It is considered polite to speak with a calm, respectful tone when conversing with a Vulcan.
What's all this no-touchy business?
Vulcans are tactile telempaths (common: touch telepaths) which means that they can perceive a person's internal thinking, emotional and physiological state through touch. While most Vulcans receive training to strengthen their mental shields (to avoid these perceptions unconsciously), interpersonal contact is considered intrusive--especially if the Vulcan in question is not prepared for it.
The areas of a Vulcan's body most sensitive to psionic (telepathic) perception are called qui'lara. Most qui'lara are in the hands and face. For this reason, Vulcans do not shake hands, hug, or otherwise touch one another unless they are close or unless it is an emergency. To do so would be considered excessively intimate.
Why is there such a stigma against half-Vulcans?
Vulcans have a difficult time allowing and expressing emotions due to their evolutionary belief of their inherent danger: that is, a Vulcan who expresses emotions the way a human does would be considered insane, deranged or exhibiting pon farr. Half-Vulcans exemplify this stigma by virtue of appearing Vulcan, and thus expected to have the same degree of volatility that Vulcans have--yet, with an added disparity. A quantity that they may or may not be able to control--emotionalism. Thus, half-Vulcans are looked upon with distrust and alarm.
There are many types of bonds that exist in Vulcan society. The two most common forms of bonds are those between families, and those between mates. Familial bonds grow organically as a result of contact and training. Mating bonds are formed intentionally through the Telan t'Kanlar or bonding of the children. Mating bonds can also grow organically if two individuals are intimate for an extended period of time.
A mating bond formed through the Telan t'Kanlar typically does not mature until adulthood, in the onset of pon farr. Children who are bonded together are considered betrothed--promised to one another to meet at the appointed time, at the appointed place. This is one linked to your family lineage.
There are other types of bonds: those between friends (t'hy'le), and those between one Vulcan connected to every other Vulcan (k'war'ma'khon).
As a telepathic species, the bond is how Vulcans communicate to one another on a personal level and it is what separates them from machinery. Bonds are very intimate and unique--they exist in a mathematical vector space formed between two (or more) Vulcans where a part of your mind literally crosses over into someone else's. This allows Vulcans to perceive one another's internal states, thoughts, feelings and experiences.
It is this that originates Surak's most common phrase, the spear in the other's heart is a spear in your own. Vulcans quite literally feel the harm they cause others as though they are causing it to themselves. With the Awakening and common acceptance of telepathy, Vulcans have become a peaceful species.
How do Vulcans view bonding?
Any Vulcan who is healthy and fertile is encouraged to bond to another, and children are encouraged to form betrothal links as well.
Are Vulcans required to bond?
There have been no mandates on the matter, although it is considered socially taboo to be unbonded at this point. Culturally, unbonded male Vulcans are seen as dangerous by female and bonded male Vulcans. The bond is a way to stabilize the male and temper pon farr--those who lack bonds experience greater unrest and volatility.
Bonding is frequently prescribed by Vulcan physicians and Healers as the remedy to many psychosomatic ailments.
What is pon farr?
Note: This information is not disseminated freely to off-worlders. Only medical professionals who work with Vulcans would be authorized to access these archives. Authorization must come from the Confederacy of Surak and requires a Privacy Seal.
Vulcans are functional pacifists and generally are vegans, not believing in animal cruelty or consumption (although replicated/fake meat/items are fine, many Vulcans still choose not to take these forms out of 'appearing to do wrongdoing', or the idea that if a Vulcan even appears to be doing something illogical, it is confusing to those who might not know better). They don't believe in military service and tend to disapprove of Starfleet's paramilitary role, especially in DIS/TOS/STXI.
However, Vulcans do train extensively in various forms of martial arts and have developed the Vulcan nerve pinch which is a non-violent method of subduing enemies via electrical impulses in the qui'lara on the end of fingertips. The basic philosophy is that a Vulcan will never start a fight, but they are trained to end one effectively, there is a balance in their culture between their warrior-like intergenerational history, and their enlightened present.