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TheGreatDG
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-A'eri-

Religion: A'eri (Ah-Airy)
Follwers: A'erian (s) (Ah-air-ee-an)
Type: Monotheistic
Deity: A'er (Creator/Holy father/Holy spirit in trinity)
Book: The Biblos
Festival: Spring - "Anosvenit"
Founded In: Kelyea
Prominent In: Kelyea (Peasants and Nobility); Fexlund (Nobility)
Summary: Many ages ago, A'eri began to destroy the earth for man's sins upon it. One man -a prophet named Ashur - stood out amoung them, talking to the people on A'er's behalf. He told them of the laws A'er intended them to follow, and a terrible scourge in afterlife to punish them if they did not obey. On the flip side, following the laws strictly and throwing your faith into A'er would lead to peace and joy in the afterlife.



-Gaira-

Religion: Gaira (Guy-rah)
Follwers: Gairan (s) (Guy-rahn)
Type: Polytheistic
Deity: The Lord and The Lady
Book: The Narratas (oral tradition)
Festival: Winter - "Geboren"
Founded In: Rodan
Prominent In: Rodan (Peasants and Nobility); Fexlund (Peasants)
Summary: A strongly agricultural religion, with a mother-nature figure whose actions (and those of her male counterpart, The Lord) determine the seasons and their bounty. Filled with many other deities to whom one can pray for various needs, the religion incorporates many themes of magic and natural science.



-Salih-

Religion: Salih (Sal-ee)
Follwers: Sali'ic (s) (Sal-ee-ick)
Type: Monotheistic
Deity: Aalaam
Book: The Scripsus
Festival: Fall - "Ma'al"
Founded In: Aknatar
Prominent In: Aknatar (Peasants and Nobility)
Summary: Years after the A'eri religin had been established, a second prophet, a man named Mubashir, came to the people and showed them the errors in Ashur's ways. Amendments were made to the A'erian text and some stricter religious laws applied to what everyone had one known as A'eri.
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-A'eri-

The exact foundation of A’eri is not known, but it goes back centuries, if not a thousand years in the history of Kelyea. It is a monotheistic religion, as explained in the A’erian holy book, The Biblos. According to the teaching and doctrine of The Biblos, their one deity is A’eri - the Creator, Holy Father, and Holy Spirit in equal trinity.

Not much in terms of rules and guidelines has changed over the centuries, except that A’eri has been taken over by an institution – the Church of Kelyea. The Church has become the authority on the religion, publishing copies of The Biblos, establishing Church laws and doctrine, as well as the rules on religious matters. The Church stands to interpret A’er’s will and acts as the representation of A’er in the world.


-belief-

Many ages ago, there was a great calamity where the earth shook violently and the oceans rose up in anger. A man, Ashur - claiming to be prophet from A’er - emerged in the crisis and told people that A’er was punishing them for their sins and for not living how he had created them to be. Desperate in the time of need, masses of people joined this prophet and began praying, and forming a community. Ashur told them about commandments that A’er had spoken to him – guidelines for how humans should live, so that A’er would not become angry and punish the people.

Needless to say, scores of people followed this “savior”, this prophet of A’er. He said those who died in the calamity would suffer for eternity in the afterlife, and those who henceforward sinned and did not pray for forgiveness would also suffer in the afterlife and be damned for eternity, but for those who kept these laws and followed A'er's word an eternity of peace and joy awaited.


-following-

A’eri is extremely popular in Kelyea among all classes of society, though its popularity in Fexlund is restricted mostly to nobility. There are followers elsewhere, but they are much smaller in numbers.


-religious laws-

- A’er is the only god; praise no other and obey his every command.
- Do no work on the Holy Day; use it to praise A'er.
- Do not murder.
- Do not commit adultery.
- Do not steal.
- Do not lie.
- Do not drink to excess.
-religious festival-

- "A NOS VENIT" (ANOSVENIT) - spring - celebrates coming of Ashur and second chance given by A'er to humans
-- Anosvenit is a time of forgiveness amoung the A'erians. Ideally wars are not to be waged, debts are to be forgiven, and small gifts are often exchanged as a sign of goodwill. This is a blessed time for marriages and contracts and children born during this festival are seen as blessed.
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-Gaira-

Gaira is an ancient religion with its roots deep in the historic culture of the Rodani and Fexlund people. Though it is still practiced on a strongly individual basis, Gaira has become a widely congregational practice – perhaps in response to the rise of Kelyea’s Church and the ever-spreading A’erian religion.

There is no sanctioned “holy book”, and much of the religion’s lore is kept alive through oral tradition. Such stories of creation are referred to as The Narratas, and are expected to be known, in different variations, by Gairans everywhere.

Gairan deities include namely The Lord and The Lady, a two-part personification whose various actions and rhythms dictate the seasons and the “basic laws of life”. However, The Narratas is filled with a myriad of creatures and demi-gods (such as tree-nymphs and the god and goddess of fertility) whom can each be addressed individually depending upon what one is looking or praying for.



-belief-

The Lady lives in all things and is all things. She is self-sustaining and all-powerful. On the Winter Solstice, she gives part of herself to create a mate, The Lord. Spring marks the full recovery of The Lady and the maturation of The Lord. As summer approaches, a season of fertility is inspired by the Lady’s joining with The Lord, and the earth follows suit. Fall, the harvest, marks the last fruitful birth of The Lady for that year, and much rejoicing and thanks is given. But with Winter comes the death of the ever short-lived Lord, and the hibernation of The Lady in an effort to once more produce for herself, a mate.

Outside of this, as mentioned before, there are a multitude of demi-gods and demi-goddesses devoted to various aspects of life. They are too numerous to list, with a male and female counterpart for each, and are generally nameless, but can be called upon easily as the "god-of-this" or the "goddess-of-that". Men are expected to pray to both the male and female incarnation (turning to the female when most desperate), while women enjoy the privilege of always receiving the female's attention first.


-following-

The traditional religion of Rodan and Fexlund, Gaira finds itself still immensely popular amoung the Rodani, where the greater population subscribes to the religion, while having "recently" lost some of its sway amoung the ever-fickle Fexlund nobility. Amoung Fexlund's peasants, however, the religion is still popular as many farmers find praying to the god of corn that his corn grows very practical.


-religious laws-
More like religious guidelines for living the "Gairan way"


- Sanctity of Life - In short? Do Not Kill. Every life is precious and worthy of its natural course. That includes the lives of animals and insects and, of course, people.

- Vegetarianism - an ideal. Assumed by the most devout as to kill an animal violates the aforementioned sacred right of life. In most cases, however, rather than banning certain foods, others are encouraged depending on the season and festivity. Traditional foods for the mid season between the summer solstice and autumn equinox, for example, include gourds, autumnal fruits like apples, and corn.

- Chastity - Unheard of, unless you've been handfasted or intend on being a priestess to the goddess of virginity and maidenhood. Sexuality is celebrated as a tribute to the unity of the Lord and Lady, and is even ritualized in some practices.

- Handfasting - Marriage...with a test-drive? A handfasting is unique from a traditional marriage in that its original duration only lasts a year and a day, a time during which the couple is expected to remain faithful t one another. After the allotted time is past, the couple may then choose to continue their marriage permanently, or separate "cleanly". If the pair chooses to remain married, the expectations of love, respect and fidelity are upheld for the duration of the lives of the partners.

-Prayers - delivered individually or in small groups with the appropriate incense-burning, they are not required but it is generally considered that the gods and the Lady and Lord appreciate such contact.

-In-Circle - a general term referring to the gathering of several unrelated Gairans for the purpose of praise. Typically lead by a priestess. Can be held in homes or out of homes.

-religious festival-


- "GEBOREN" - winter - celebrates birth of the new Lord.
-- "birthday gifts" are exchanged between members of the faith and feasts are held in honor of the Lords birth. Giving birth on the winter solstice is greatly frowned upon as taking away from the Lord's birth and adding a burden to the Lady's work.
-"LORDAS" - autumn - celebrates the death of the old Lord.
-- A time for feasting and preparation for the coming winter, Lordas both commemorates the death of the old Lord prior to his rebirth in the winter, as well as serves as a final celebration before the harshness of winter sets in. One of the purposes is to bolster spirits, in order to outlast the snow.
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-Salih-

The Sali'ic religion is younger than both A'eri and Gaira, - but not by much. Tied very closely both in reality and in perception to the deserts of Aknatar, Salih is a "sister-religion" to A'eri and in fact shares the same god, A'er, who in Salih is called Aalaam.

There is no official institution currently associated with regulating Salih's practice or responsible for its spread. Rather, the religion is self-regulated, as its permeance through the Aknatari culture has one neighbor holding the other accountable, so to speak - not to mention that many religious laws have been written into the local municipal law.

Few physical copies of The Scripsus - Salih's holy texts - exist; those that do are often held in the homes of the extremely wealthy and, of course, literate. For the most part, however, the teachings are passed around orally and with great reverence.


-belief-

Sali'ics believe, for the most part, that religion reache dthe people of the world the same way that A'erians do:
Many ages ago, there was a great calamity where the earth shook violently and the oceans rose up in anger. A man, Ashur - claiming to be prophet from A’er - emerged in the crisis and told people that Aalaam was punishing them for their sins and for not living how he had created them to be. Desperate in the time of need, masses of people joined this prophet and began praying, and forming a community. Ashur told them about commandments that Aalaam had spoken to him – guidelines for how humans should live, so that Aalaam would not become angry and punish the people.

However, for Sali'ics, it does not end there. Many years after the A'eri religion had been established another man, another prophet from Aalaam named Mubashir, was sent to the people with what can only be described as a set of amendments. And these amendments and changes in the holy law is what consists of The Scripsus - driving the religion.


-following-

Salih was founded in Aknatar and remains vastly prominent there, embedded as it is in the local culture. It is popular amoung both the nobility and peasantry, and for the most part considered an absolute part of life.


-religious laws-

- Aalaam is the only god; praise no other and obey his every command.
- Do no work on the Holy Day; use it to praise Aalaam.
- Observe the festival of SOMETHING faithfully.
- Pray to Aalaam five times a day, on every third hour - a prayer missed is not a prayer forgiven.
- Every man must take a pilgrimage to the Holy City, Ujala - located in the desert beyond Aknatar's border - before they are married.
- A man shall take no more than three wives. A woman shall take no more than one husband. (A man may have as many concubines as he pleases, but any children by them are considered illegitimate, unless otherwise acknowledged by a wife)
- Do not commit adultery.
- Do not murder.
- Do not Drink...at all.
- Do not eat carrion, or pigs, and do not consume blood. All meat eaten must be CLEAN, as dictated in The Scripsus.
-religious festival-

- MA'AL - fall - binds the community in one faith, and reminds them of patience, spirituality, humility and submissiveness to Aalaam.
-- During Ma'al, Sali'ics practice a collective month of fasting. The fast lasts from dawn to dusk and forbids anyone to eat, drink (even water), sin, or have sex. Breaking this fast is looked down upon harshly by other members of the faith and in some extreme cases has lead to exile.
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