Saturday, January 12, 2013

Religion

...These are the these things our ancestors knew to be truth:

In the Beginning - if there indeed is such a thing as Beginning or End - there was Omet.  She was black as the night sky, and without age.  To her, the passing of a year was as the passing of day; indeed, her sight stretched beyond all space and time....


~ From the Book of the Twenty-Fourth Hour
It is said that the primordial goddess Omet once descended to a lonely island where she bore a circle of five children.  These children would then create and govern the lives of all humankind.

Miyena ("mee-yeh-nah"), Protector of Human Flesh. This elder daughter of Omet is regarded all across Anseti as responsible for all things pertaining to human health, growth, and security.  It is Miyena who protects the homeland from droughts, famines, plagues, and invaders.  It is Miyena who protects  the ill, the elderly, and pregnant women.  In the Southern Queendoms, she's depicted as a warrior.  Elsewhere, she's depicted as a nurturing mother.  All herbalists defer to Miyena.

Diyen ("dee-yen"), Protector of Human Thought.  This second daughter of Omet is the keeper of language, science, architecture, creativity, and exploration.  Diyen protects humans from ignorance and stagnation; she drives away the poet's writer's block.  It is Diyen who bars senility from poisoning an elder's mind.  Her statue graces every university in Anseti; her bust sits in the studies of kings and queens.  She is always depicted as a scholar, draped in demure robes.

Tayen ("tah-yen"), Protector of Human State.  Widely regarded as "the politician's god", this third son of Omet is tasked with preserving law, order, and economic stability.  It is Tayen who blesses commerce and allows societies to flourish.  Many palaces, city gates, prison walls, court houses, and market banners bear his visage in some form or another.  It is Tayen who prevents debt crises, market crashes, coup d'états, civil unrest, and assassinations from collapsing a society.

Onaya ("oh-nah-yah"), Protector of Human Conscience.  This fourth son of Omet is tasked with recycling the souls of mortals who live flawed lives.  By reincarnating them again and again, Onaya seeks to reveal the error of their ways.  It is Onaya who bars the souls of murderers, rapists, thieves, and liars from poisoning the afterlife.  His statue stands within many a prison, and all who sculpt him seek to capture his warm, benevolent countenance.

Umet ("oo-met"), Protector of Human Spirit.  The fifth child of Omet is both her eldest and youngest; most notable is the fact Umet has no gender.  Umet is simply "It", the Ideal, the Afterlife, the End (if there indeed is such a thing).  Mortals who have lived good lives will die and become as formless and harmonious as Umet; they will be part of the stars and wind, the waters and clouds, the grass and the dawn.  Umet declares all that exists has a purpose, a destiny, and all things are connected in flesh, mind, and spirit.

4 comments:

  1. I can't stress enough how amazing this is.

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  2. When you developed these religions, from where did you draw your source material? It's so rich.

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    1. Just diverse indigenous beliefs from 'round the world.

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