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A principal element is a symbolic representation of an individual characteristic of a culture. Every principal element has a name to label the characteristic it represents and a 2-letter element key used to reference the element. Principal elements are the fundamental building blocks of a culture. They define the culture’s unique characteristics and gives a culture its substance. Principal Elements are to cultures as atoms are to molecules.

There are 8 different types of principal elements with 15 characteristics per type. A principal element’s type is known as its “elemental type”, which a thematic grouping of characteristics which comprise a particular subject of culture. The 8 elemental types are Knowledge, Ethical, Communication, Ability, Craft, Faith, Desire and Aspiration. .

Principal Elements have a different depiction per elemental type and a different color per characteristic. A principal element’s color is known as its “characteristic color”. The colors of Principal elements belonging to the faith elemental type are known to change periodically, each color change is known as a "conversion".

Elemental Bonds

Principal elements can form bonds with other elements to obscure the meaning of the characteristic it represents. Bonds can only form between two elements and bonded elements are treated as one element. In order for a bond to occur both elements must have a matching junction bond eligibility type. More information on how to determine if junction bond eligibility types match will be provided in the chapter titled “The Periodic Table of Culture”.

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