Rumanhese People

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Fig. 61 Modern re-enactor in traditional heavy thagh and leather cap of the Rumanha.

The Rumanhese People are an ethnic group in northern Faeland. They are distributed in the valleys of the Aemili Mts and the Colhi Albini (areas traditionally known as the "Rumanha"); smaller populations exist in the Colhi Rubri. Their native language is Rhumanese, a Romance language related to Vhallonese. They are part of the Latin Coast, with which they share cultural origins, history, traditions, environment and architecture. It is important to distinguish them from the Rubrians, who despite primarily residing further north in the heart of the Pentapolis, have more in common with the Faelish cultures south of the Glaeken Fault.

The Rumanhese coalesced into a national ethnic identity in the 19th century. Sevurà de Rü undertook the first attempt to develop an orthography for their language. Nowadays, Rumanhese culture is promoted by government-sponsored cultural institutions -principally alpine libraries where translation work is carried out- and some bilingual educational facilities. There is also a Rumanha museum in the Elupa municipality.

Rumanhese people constitute only 4.53% of the combined populations of the Ríocht Fíl and the F.L.C. Many of the ancient Pentapolese Sagas come from the Rumanhese territory, including the national epic of the Ladin people, the story of the Kingdom of Vänex. Another figure from Rumanhese mythology is the demon Alvan, believed to be a cognate of the Gnaghi god Alba.