|English Name:||Shandians (Viz);
Loftrians (Edited dub);
Shandorians (Uncut dub)
|First Appearance:||Chapter 221; Episode 145|
Shandia is a tribe of people who played a major role in the Skypiea Arc.
Their dress generally resembles dress of Native Americans and their skin is often decorated with tattoos that cover large areas of their bodies (leading the Straw Hats to constantly refer to them as "guerrillas"). Their wings are similar to that of the Skypieans in the shape and upward direction, however they tend to have several more feathers, which are longer and have a more defined shape than the Skypieans'.
Inter-species relationships Edit
Shandia at first trusted no one, and their great warrior, Calgara, would fight off anyone attempting to land on their island. However, after meeting Montblanc Noland they made an exception and decided Noland and his men could return. When they were shot into the sky, they soon found themselves as enemies to the Skypieans and entered their deadiest conflict for centuries for their homeland, a war they initially lost. They became distrusting after this and certain members would attack those from the Blue Sea who attempted to reach the sky islands. They were indifferent to the Birkans as they focused primarily on Enel and his priests and after their defeat turned to repairing the damage their war with the Skypieans had caused.
Shandia is a very dedicated race, whose worship and determination has held their people through the toughest of times. They are skillful warriors who often fight fiercely and are loyal to their tribe. Though 400 years passed, they never lost sight of their goal to retrieve their homeland from the Skypieans and continued fighting even when it was hopeless.
Of the tribe of Shandia featured, only Aisa has displayed any signs of Mantra. The priest that died in front of Calgara spoke of "hearing the voice of God", however as he was about to die he may have been in a delusional state at the time. Another priest also briefly mentions after Jaya dies, that he cannot hear the voice of God.
Originally, Shandia believed largely in ancestor worship. A large part of their religion centers around a golden bell in the city of Shandora. By ringing it, the spirits of their ancestors can follow its sound back to their island and live in a species of white trees that lives there. In addition to this, they also once worshiped many gods, some of which being a race of giant snakes that inhabited Jaya. Human sacrifice was once practiced, they believed sacrificing their people to their god, a giant snake called Kashigami, would cure diseases as well as lift many other Omens. They also worshiped Kashigami's daughter, although the name of this snake is unknown.
However, the modern Shandia still worship their ancestors, as much has changed over the passing centuries and they have abandoned many of their traditional beliefs.They stopped their more traditional beliefs, such as sacrifice, and belief in gods, after Montblanc Noland cured their village of disease. Since then, Shandia have only worshiped their ancestors, most notably Calgara. When they were sent into the sky, they were angry at the Skypiea leader for saying "I am God" because of this and immediately dismissed his status.
They, like the Skypieans, see no value in gold despite having initially a whole city of gold, since to them Vearth is far more valuable.
Leaving Behind FriendsEdit
Shandia were once called the Shandorians. They lived on the Moon along with the fellow moon races, the Birkans and Skypieans. The three races had also built a robotic race called the Automata. However, when resources on the moon wore out, the three races had to leave the Automata behind as they headed for Earth.
The Great WarEdit
While the Birkans and Skypieans settled in the Sky Islands, the Shandorians made it as far as the Blue Sea. They settled on the island of Jaya. They used to be one of the more powerful societies on the Grand Line, but their city of Shandora was invaded during the Void Century by the Twenty Kingdoms. Their kingdom fell and only a small tribe was left.
Though the Shandorians disappeared, they left their descendants Shandia a legacy, including the ruins of the golden city of Shandora and the Bell of Shandora; this was also one of the two Poneglyphs of Shandora, containing the details of Poseidon which they had guarded with their lives for generations.
Since then, Shandia has made it their duty to guard Shandora, the Golden Bell, and the other Poneglyph, killing all intruders. However, four hundred years after the destruction of Shandora (and four hundred years before the present timeline), the tribe caught an epidemic that was slowly killing off their people. In hopes of saving the tribe and on the words of a dying priest, the warrior of Shandia Calgara attempted to sacrifice his daughter Mousse to their god, Kashigami. However, Montblanc Noland, an explorer from Lvneel, saved Mousse and killed Kashigami, causing immediate outrage.
Despite his rejection, Noland managed to convince Calgara that he had the cure to the disease. Convinced, Calgara killed Kashigami's daughter, comitting what he believed to be blasphemy and trusting the explorer. Noland cured the diseased in the village, but when Shandia found out Noland had cut down the trees that they believed housed their ancestors, they chased Noland's crew away from the island. However, they later found out that the trees were the cause of the disease and forgave Noland. They then rang their Golden Bell every day to lead Noland back to the island one day.
Entering the SkyEdit
Five years later. due to the Knock Up Stream, a large part of the island, including the area where everyone lived, was sent flying into the sky, landing in the White-White Sea. Jaya fell onto the top of a Giant Beanstalk, which came right under the Golden Bell, causing it to ring. Hearing the bell, the Skypieans invaded the island because soil was considered holy. The land was taken over by the Skypieans, who called it Upper Yard, forcing Shandia out. Since then, Shandia and the Skypieans have been in constant warfare over control of Upper Yard.
The Rise of EnelEdit
394 years into the war, Enel destroyed his homeland of Birka, and took over Upper Yard and the nearby Angel Island (Skypiea). Enel dethroned the current God, Gan Fall, and took over Skypiea. Shandia continued to resist God's Warriors, but never invaded Upper Yard.
When the Straw Hat Pirates defeated Priest Satori, Shandia took the chance to invade Upper Yard. Wiper managed to defeat priest Shura, with the Straw Hats defeating Gedatsu and Ohm. Enel attempted to use Raigo to destroy Upper Yard, but Monkey D. Luffy defeated him and rang the Golden Bell, which ended the war.
After the Skypiea/Shandia war came to a close with the ringing of the Golden Bell of Shandora, both sides stood and wondered if the war really was over. Later, they are seen together celebrating with Nola and the Straw Hat Pirates.
After The TimeskipEdit
During the timeskip, Wiper, Genbo, Kamakiri and Braham became the guards of Skypiea's God.
|Kashigami||Child of Kashigami||Nola|
Translation and Dub IssuesEdit
In Chinese, "Shandia" means "Lightning".
- The ancient drawing depicts the 3 races of the sky. However, the drawings also appear to depict a group of people working together towards one goal. With this noted at some point the Shandorians, Skypieans and Birkans may have even been one and the same race (more believable since the Skypieans and Shandia have almost identical wings). Regardless of whether or not they were the same people, to date the history of them separating (or maybe just losing contact with each other) has not been mentioned in the storyline. In fact the only mentioning of a link to the three races past appears to be the Birkan's folklore about the Fairy Vearth
- The English FUNimation dub name for Shandia is "Shandorian".
- The portrayal of Shandia is similar to the portrayal of native Amercian Indians, and their story of their homeland being taken from them is likened to the historic significance of white settlers taking land from the native American Indians.
- ↑ One Piece Manga and Anime - Vol. 31 Chapter 287 and Episode 187, Examples of God worship.
- ↑ One Piece Manga and Anime - Vol. 31 Chapter 287 and Episode 187, A dying elder tells his living people that their only hope is to sacrifice their most beautiful woman.
- ↑ One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 32 Chapter 300 and Episode 193, the ringing of the bell ends the war.
- ↑ One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 4 Chapter 30 and Episode 194, everyone celebrating.
- ↑ One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 32 Chapter 302 and Episode 195, Gan Fall returns as God of Skypiea.