THE KUGLIMZ BELIEFS
Deity System. There are a total of twelve deities in the Kuglimz pantheon. Only two of them are truly considered Gods. These two Gods are Lier’tyan ("All-Mother") and Sur’tyan ("All-Father"). As the translations of their names indicate, the Kuglimz see them as the head of the Gods and are worshipped by all of the tribes. Lier’tyan tends to be looked on as a God that one can become personal with, as this befits Her loving attitude towards Her people. While Sur’tyan is the protector of the Kuglimz the religious view of worship with Him is one of awe and respectful distance.
|Picture description. The Kuglimz All-Father Sur'tyan and All-Mother Lier'tyan. Pictures drawn by Faugar and Quellion.|
The other ten deities are named the Vir’togz ("Great
According to the myth they actually sprang forth from the drops of blood shed by
Each Vir’tog is the God of a separate tribe, as each one
of the Vir’tog led
its own people to the area where they now live.
Myth of Creation. The Kuglimz myth of creates is traded as follows:
"There was simply light and nothing else. In this light lived the Rouk’oriot (light people). That is all that there was, until the coming of the un-named darkness. It spread like a plague, devouring the light and replacing it with a void. Not only did it consume the light, but it destroyed the Rouk’oriot as well. Eventually in their fear and desperation the Rouk’oriot did an unknown thing, they imagined. This unfortunately struck down many of them, for it was simply too much of a change to bear. The use of imagination brought many changes with it. First was the creation of the Wuk’oriot ("Light Globe"), the safety they had first imagined. Another was that now, they had substance to their being. After watching the engulfing darkness snuff out the light of one Wuk’oriot after another one of the Rouk’oriot had another flash of imagination. It would fight back against the darkness, so with a group of his brethren Minarot streamed from his fortress and deep into the night. Eventually he came to an extinguished Wuk’oriot, and there was slain by the darkness. Sur’tyan his friend took charge of the forces, and Lier’tyan took the essence of Minarot and hid it deep within the cold world. This essence began a chain reaction that brought about light and life to the world."
-- Ruh: "On the Track of the Barbarian", p. 342 f.
Kuglimz do not see Minarot as
a God, as he was vanquished and lost his place among this fellow Wuk’oriot,
however they call Caelereth Minarot as it is
seen as the creation of his body. The stars are viewed as the distant Wuk’oriots
of other Rouk’oriot who have not reached the stage of consciousness that their
Gods have. A shooting star is considered a sign of good fortune, and a
propitious time to began a battle, as
it is when the Rouk’oriots sally from their fortresses and do battle with the
Temples/Worship. Every Kuglimz settlement whether they be Kuglimz’torik or the Kuglimz’ura has both a shrine to Sur’tyan and their clan’s Vir’tog. The temple of Sur’tyan must be the largest holy structure, befitting his status as father figure. Most of His temples are made of stone among the centralized tribes, and among the nomadic, they are hide and ulgaroth bone constructs. No matter which tribe, the detailing that goes into the structures is incredible. Stones carved with intricate mazes and religious depictions, or minute etchings in bone and designs made by sewing small bones into shapes upon the outside of the hide. The shrines of the Vir’togz are usually simplistic by comparison. Overall, they are much smaller in size and less ornate. One outstanding feature though is that in front of each temple is a gold, gold plated for poorer villages or Zeiz, replica of the item that Sur’tyan gave to their clan’s Vir’tog.
In both of these cases holy men watch after the temples and shrines and perform rites and sacrifices to appease the higher powers. Once again, it is forbidden for a holy place of a Vir’tog to have a better sacrifice than the temple of Sur’tyan. People bring gifts of food and items to appease the deities.
The worship of Lier’tyan is gone about in a much different way. Firstly, all those that serve here are women. There have been rare occasions though when a man has been taken in, when it seems She has called him to Her. There is no actual shrine or temple to Lier’tyan, at least not a permanent one. Her priestesses travel the land with earth-toned tents decorated with dried Rik’tyan blooms. These tents make their way in silent processions to all of the people, from single herdsmen to the greatest of Lus. In this way does Lier’tyan keep the knowledge of her love for Her children alive. The only sacrifices that Lier’tyan asks is some food and cloth, so that here priestesses have be fed and clothed.
Ritual Feasts. There are two ritual feasts that take place during the year.
Taug’rik’tyan ("Feast of the
The first is Taug’rik’tyan, which takes place during the beginning of spring and the blooming of the Rik’tyan. This feast is in celebration of the coming of the Vir’togz to lead the Kuglimz to safety, and to honor Lier’tyan’s shedding of blood for their creation. The feast lasts ten days, each day given in honor to one of the Vir’togz.
Taug’alth’ho ("Feast of the Animal
The other feast is Taug’alth’ho ("Feast of the Animal Grass") and it takes place at the end of summer. It is a more solemn affair, as it is one of remembrance of the flight from their lost homeland. Among the Kuglimz’torik circles of woven alth’ho or bonfires of piles of dried alth’ho are set on fire and burned. The Kuglimz’ura however, take this more seriously. They set the very plains on fire and flames can be see raging across the horizon for nights. After this burning the soil is revitalized and awaits the herds next year. Thus, Taug’alth’ho is in mourning for what was lost, but finding joy in re-birth.
Afterlife. The Kuglimz believe that when they die, they shall join their Gods. No longer will they have but bodies of light, and they will link with the Rouk’oriot to combat the darkness. This is a pleasure that every Kuglimz looks forward too. That is why death is not much of a burden to their minds. They also believe that occasionally a person will be reborn. That person will be one who is instrumental to them, and only allowed back by the will of both Sur’tyan and Lier’tyan.
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