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:
The Anpagan Aseya
The Anpagan version of Aseya is practiced only in the eastern Anpagan peninsula of southern Nybelmar. We can find it mainly in the rural areas, but an important clerical center works in the capitol city of the Anis-Anpagan Dominion. The differences between this version and the original Korweynite one were ever a delicate subject as not once the Korweynites accused the Anpagans of heresy. Basically the Anpagan version focuses on the worshipping of the three main Korweynite Gods (or the three Archgods): Inthadín, Calderon and Thiát. Besides these three Gods, they also acknowledge the evil God Bothú. If the Korweynites do not build temples for these Archgods, effectively worshipping just a pleiad of other minor Gods, the Anpagans deny the importance of the minor Gods and focus their worshipping practices only on the three major ones. Nevertheless, despite these (after all) minor differences, during the Dark Age of Nybelmar the Anpagans claimed that they were the only ones still carrying on the original Aseyan principles against Ehebion's Shadow Realm to which the Korweynites succumbed. And perhaps it is true that without this stable Aseyan presence in western Korweyn during the Dark Age, the later rebuilding of the Empire would have been much harder. [Read More]
The Anpagan Atheism is mainly promoted by their Mage Guild, and it is strongly supported by the Anpagan cultural elite. In the later times though, we can observe that the Aseyan beliefs (and as well as all the other religious practices imported during the times) faded away in favuor of this godless worldview even in the larger layers of their society. It is possible that this kind of atheism might be present in other areas of Nybelmar as well, as that would be a direct result of the Anpagan mages' success. [Read More]
The "Askanism" or the worshipping of Askanis can only be encountered in the Venlaken Enclave, among the Daedhirians' Servants. Presumably this is an ancient local cult, revived and re-fitted by the Daedhirians Lords to manipulate their Servants. Yet, although the Daedhirian influence in this "Askanism" is obvious, one cannot truly say that this is how the Lords of the Enclave are keeping their Servants in that complete state of obedience. [Read More]
initially followed, with some variations, the
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
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.
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