What would your conpeople/conculture think of fast food restaurants?
As they learned more about them, they would progress from shock to fear to uneasy acceptance to shock again.
Food, and the exchange of food, is an extraordinarily precarious thing for the Hiding Waters feayr. To eat something is to consume its spirit, and if that spirit was not taken in the proper way, one risks supernatural retribution on themselves and the entire pack. The skill and mastery involved in successfully taking down or trapping an animal is considered sufficient trade for its spirit (though the hunter/trapper still has to say the right prayers to be polite). However, you can't merely give meat to anybody else--then they would be taking what they had not earned, and the spirit could easily take offense. This is offset by a careful set of rituals performed at mealtimes, or any other time when food is shared.
The notion that you could walk into a building, hand a scrap of paper to a person you've never met, and then walk away with a hunk of meat would be terrifying
. (Especially once they discovered that the person to whom you gave the scrap of paper was not actually the person who had killed the animal, and in fact nobody even knew who that was.
) They would want nothing to do with anyone who had been in such a place for fear of getting caught in the crossfire when the spiritual revenge hit.
At some point someone would probably try to explain the idea of money
in a way that connected it to the food-sharing rites, and that might set the more open-minded feayr at ease. But as the conversation went from there to the economy in general and they discovered that the fast-food industry was making a profit
by demanding more in exchange than what the food was actually worth, and therefore robbing the spirits themselves
, they'd clear out of the country entirely.
(Before all this happened, though, the feayr would be put off by the way service personnel use a more polite register when speaking to customers than the other way around--it would seem entirely backwards to them.)What non-electrical modern convenience would take your conpeople by surprise the most?