An entrance to a tomb in a Kaème Necropolis

The Kaème (Sèferi ˈka.ø.mɛ) were the anscestors of the Lesù, who first settled Zaseshe some 5000 years BAE. They spoke Proto-Sèferi, and were hunter-gatherers.



The Kaème appear to have held pottery in high esteem as a form of art. Many pots and fragments show the distinctive line-cutting that Kaème potters employed. The Kaème did

A rare, complete specimen of Kaème pottery.

not limit themselves to purely functional pieces, however; rare statuettes, presumably of earth spirits or ancestors, can occasionally be found in decrepit necropoli, with painted clay beads placed in the vases of ashes.


The Kaème appeared to venerate nature deities, and had an animistic religion that focused on appeasing spirits, numbering in the hundreds,

A burial statuette, possibly of a water spirit, covered in distinctive grooves

that would control various aspects of daily life. Hunters would dedicate the skulls of their kills to the spirits they wished to invoke, burying them on consecrated ground, or storing them in sections of the necropoli where they housed their cremated dead. Statuettes of deities were common objects for the dead to hold, possibly granting their souls protection in the afterlife. The Kaème also appeared to have developed a crude but elaborate system of burial and ancestor-worship; the deceased were burned, or, if they were powerful enough, mummified. The remains were then transferred, amid ceremony, and festooned with sacred objects, to a necropolis, fashioned with an overground temple and subterranean vault. These practices still exist among the Lesù to this day, albeit in a more refined form.


Unusually for hunter-gatherers, Kaème women were actually allowed to participate in limited hunting, though never of the Buru-bìrì; this may be due to the absence of any significantly large animals on Zaseshe. However, only unmarried women could hunt, with those married or with children left to gather plants or, on occasion, fish or snare food.


There is great evidence to suggest that the Kaème peoples were, in fact, cannibalistic, at least in a ritualized way.