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The Korimi or Kormenian tribes ( Κόροιμοι φυλές) were the fundamental political units whose framework the Korimis (Kormenians) lived within, until these clans from the region of Kolombo Mountains invaded the Rothinoi Peninsula and established the Principality of Kormenia

Name

The ethnonym of the Kormenian tribal alliance is uncertain, according to Nikolaos Choniates,the federation was called "Korimi / Seven Korimians" ("VII principales persone qui Korimis dicuntur", "seven princely persons who are called Seven Korimis")though the word "Korimi" possibly comes from the name of the most prominent Kormenian tribe, called Korimás. The tribal name "Korimás" became "Korimi" referring to the Kormenian people as a whole. later the Selloi translated the word Korimás to Κόροιμοι with the meaning of "people of the east".

History

According to András Róna-Tas the locality in which the Kormenians, the Korimis, emerged was between the Olkolga river and the Kolomea Steppes. Between the 8th and 5th centuries, the Korimis embarked upon their independent existence and the early period of the Early Ages.

Bloodoath

The blood oath in Porcuna

Around 830, the seven related tribes (Baccaus, Kéressis, Trippas, Asopus, Korimás, Naylekis and Tarlaos) formed a confederation in Porcuna called "Eptákorimes" (ie, "The Seven Korimis"). Their leaders, the Seven chieftains of the Korimis, besides Klassr included Eleos, Ond, Kondes, Tasas, Huberis and Tolotias, took a blood oath, swearing eternal loyalty to Klassr. Presumably, the Korimi tribes consisted of 108 clans.

The confederation of the tribes was probably led by two high princes: the Cháraka (their spiritual ruler) and the Igéti (their military leader). The high princes were either elected by the leaders of the tribes.

Before 881 three Selloi tribes rebelled against the rule of the Doukelias, but they were suppressed. After their defeat they left the Rothoi League and joined voluntarily to the confederation Eptákorimes. The three tribes was organised into one tribe, called Klebas, and later they played the role of vanguard and rear guard during the joint military actions of the confederation. With the joining of the three tribes to the previous seven ones, they became ten, which made them dékavéli̱s (Ten Arrows).

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