THE ANPAGAN BELIEFS

BELIEFS OVERVIEW - HISTORY/ORIGINS

Even in the times of the Kingdom, when Aseya was their official religion, the Anpagans did not try impose their beliefs on any of the cultures that they encountered. Instead they were more open to "import" other beliefs and integrate them into their own culture. Like they were adopting various foreign clothing by the virtue of temporary fashion trends, such they were adopting various cults and practices (being every time taken out of their original context). Thus it is not a strange fact that we may encounter the worshipping of various foreign Gods throughout their long history. Nevertheless there are three main beliefs that can be outlined in the Anis-Anpagan culture: Aseya (the original religion of their neighbours, the Korweynites) with all its variations, the Ansaran Mages' Atheism (which is actually based on the Korweynite worldview), and the Askanism (as the Ansaran Mages named the cult of Askanis active among the Daedhirian Servants in the Venlaken Enclave).

Beliefs Overview. The Anpagan Beliefs can be categorized and summarized as follows:

 History/Origins. Many Anpagans initially followed, with some variations, the Korweynite religion known as Aseya. Actually, when Anis-Anpagan was still a Kingdom, Aseya was regarded as their official religion, and they really believed that their Kingdom was the only place in the world where the truths of that belief were still known since the fall of the Empire of the Sun on 3200 b.S. Things started to change though towards the Year of Darkness, when many fratricide fights plagued the Anpagan society. Their increasing success in exploring the seas also has brought a lot of other religious ideas in their culture and we can say that already around 1700 b.S. Aseya was their official religion only by name.

After the Year of Darkness, at the end of the Republican Wars, the new Anis-Anpagan republic ceased to consider the clerics as a respectable social class, as a direct result of the
Aseyan clerics' often disastruous politics (and especially because they chose to play an active role in the Wars, taking the royalists side). Festivals commemorating events of their history replaced every religious celebration, and no religion was regarded as official anymore. Eventually the religious practices faded away and nowadays the only places where we can still see Aseya practiced in Anis-Anpagan are the rural areas (with a single exception: some districts of their capitol city still have a few working Aseya temples, though they are frequented mainly by the lower social classes).

Instead of
Aseya a special kind of "belief" became stronger and stronger in Anis-Anpagan, and that is their Atheism. Originally based on the Doctrine of Essences, which was once actually an important part of Aseya, this Atheism denies the existence of such beings as Gods and instead claims that the world (or nature) works like a mechanism founded on five types of elements (or essences) and the relations between them. This Atheism originates in the works of the famous Anpagan magician Armand DaRan, the one that shaped their magic system as it is used today. The Mage Guild's influence in Anpagan society, combined with the Dominion's decision of eliminating the influence of clerics from their culture, have gradually led to the wide spread of these atheistic views throughout their whole society and not only the cultural elites. Although we may be able to identify many religious roots in this Anpagan Atheism and even question the bases of their world model, we cannot fail to observe that it is indeed a unique feature for all the continent of Nybelmar.

The Venlaken area is also considered a part of Anis-Anpagan (even if following the Republican Wars it became the place of exile for all the Daedhirian mages - and thus it's avoided by Anpagans ever since) and we can say that their beliefs are also related to this Atheism. There are no Gods that Daedhirians worship and they have found their beliefs on the same Anpagan world model originally rooted in the
Korweynite Aseya. However, their Servants are known to worship a God of Death and Fertility, named Askanis - which is probably originated in a local ancient cult, that the Daedhirian Lords are tolerating or using to manipulate their Servants. Return to the top

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