Bishop Snedlditetikasi

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Bishop Snedlditetikasi in her Wangzaah Night costume, ca. 1881.

A prominent leader of Wangism, who is credited with reforming Wangzaah Night festivities.

Asløg Snedlditetikasi was born in 1820 and grew up in a lower-class neighborhood in Copehnagen, Denmark. Her parents were devout Wangites who emigrated to Denmark from Bohemia when Asløg was three years of age. They were very supportive parents and encouraged her to follow her passions studying fashion and entomology.

Asløg had an identical twin sister, Hjørdis, who was three minutes older. The two of them enjoyed pretending they had switched places, which often confused their parents and other adults. Though their parents also knew that Wang's will works in mysterious ways and understood that he would approve of their shenanigans.

Asløg also had two younger brothers, Jan and Erik, who were fraternal twins. Jan and Erik later became lime merchants and were otherwise unremarkable.

Education and Early Career

Snedlditetikasi was unable to attend formal boarding school, having to work as a seamstress to help support her family. During her fleeting moments of spare time, she studied insects and eventually saved enough to publish a treatise comparing insect evolutionary behaviors to human fashion trends. This got the attention of the Wangite School of Pharmacy, who offered her a full scholarship to continue her studies.

In 1842, Snedlditetikasi received a degree in entomology and religious studies, with a minor in fashion design. The following year, she joined the Persimmon Junction seminary to further her studies. She was awarded the title of Bishop in 1846 at the age of 26.

Wangzaah Night Reformation

Wangzaah Night traditionally required consumption of waffle fries and kompot as part of the celebratory communion. Those who were unable to eat either had to choose between not participating in the festivities or consuming foods that may make them ill. Bishop Snedlditetikasi had long since believed in adjusting the communion requirements to better accommodate all persons, regardless of dietary needs. As her younger brothers were diabetic, they were unable to consume kompot due to its high sugar content. At the time, the Wangite School of Pharmacy had not yet determined whether the properties of sugar-free substitutes could be considered acceptable for Wangzaah Night communion.

In 1853, Snedlditetikasi finally decided to write a letter to The Wangite Quarterly about the matter.

Bishop Snedlditetikasi's letter:

Dear Editor,
I quite enjoy our annual Wangzaah Night traditions. However, I think it may be prudent to rethink waffle fries and kompot as a required element. Many of our church members are not particularly fond of waffle fries and do not look forward to the ceremony. A few of our church members are on restricted diets and are unable to partake in the kompot for their own health. Even aside from those issues, it seems to be a bit rude to restrict the ceremony to just those two items. What if a participant prefers seltzer water or steamed buns? As Wangites, we want to accommodate all of our church members's needs. I believe allowing more freedom of cuisine will better help us reach our community. Perhaps the Wangzaah Night ceremony could have an assortment of food and drink to accommodate everyone's individual preferences and dietary requirements.
Bishop Snedlditetikasi
Denmark

Snedlditetikasi's letter was widely praised as being sensible, compassionate, and quite lovely. The Holy Ingemodh Mother of Wang Cathedral immediately realized their mistake, issued a formal apology, and removed the waffle fries and kompot communion requirements in 1853.

Later Life and Death

Bishop Snedlditetikasi stepped down from an active role as administrator in 1880 at the age of 60, retaining her title of Bishop in a strictly advisory capacity. She encouraged others to do the same, stating "We as a people cannot grow if those who have power refuse to make room for others." Snedlditetikasi's words rang true, being deemed sensible by all Wangites, regardless of age demographic. Though no formal declaration was made, Wangite Bishops now traditionally step down from their active administrative roles by age 60.

Snedlditetikasi formally resigned her title in 1900 at the age of 80. She stated:


Most of the world is younger than I. What right do I have to tell them the way the world must be? Learning from our elders is necessary, but elders are not infallible, for much of what we learn from our elders is how not to emulate their mistakes.


Once again, Snedlditetikasi's words were deemed sensible and Wangite Bishops are expected to resign their titles by age 80.

Snedlditetikasi died in 1905 at age 84. Her last recorded words were "I wish I had lived long enough to see more countries come to their senses and realize women have the same right to vote as any man."




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