THE AEOLIRAN RELIGION

PREVALENCE - BELIEF OUTLINES - ORIGINS
 
GODS OVERVIEW  - WORSHIPPING PRACTICES

One of the most common religions of the desert continent is called "Aeoliran". It is a belief that there is a godly presence within the Void, immortal, mighty beings descended from the Fae who are said to inhabit the miraculous Void as well. Aeoliran is a polytheistic religion, where the beliefers worship ten different Gods, representing aspects like Light, Dark, Creation, Destruction, Life, Death, Guidance, Health, Spirit and Love.

Prevalence. The people of Aeruillin are isolated from much of Caelereth, especially the southern tribes, who have little or no direct trading relations with the northern continents. This has led them to develop their own beliefs and religions in the course of time. Avá and Her Dream, the common elven belief in Sarvonia, or the myths of the twelve Aviaría, in which the humans of the north have based their religion are but legends to most of the Aeruillian people.

Aeoliran or the Myth of the Void Fae (as Sarvonian scholars refer to it) is heavily practised throughout most of the northern and western areas of the desert continent, although other beliefs do filter through, and some nomadic tribes in this area have their own religion (i.e. the Azhorhia). Some towns in the north are quite zealous in their belief, rulers and governments almost forcing the people to be of the Aeoliran religion, with grave punishments for those who are not (for example, the Ordions have been known to indenture someone into slavery for blasphemy against the Gods of the Void).

However, over the past fifty years or so some of the cities have softened their religious policies, especially the important trading port Shan’Thai, who was suffering economically because their stance meant they were avoided by most traders. Over-zealous citizens often attacked their boats, as they were not of the Aeoliran faith. In the more liberal East and South Aeoliran tend to mix freely with those who worship different Gods (the best example being the city of Qelkanacor, a place which is a safe haven for outcasts of any kind, has become somewhat of a total mix of so many different faiths, so it is widely renowned as the “City of Tolerance”).
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Belief Outlines. The core of the Aeoliran belief is in the entities of the Void, which encircles Caelereth. Most people within Aeruillin know of, and many believe, in the Fae, creatures of legendary powers that supposedly inhabit the Void.

Aeoliran religion divides the Fae into groups, these groups being...

From this belief came the ten Gods that are commonly worshipped throughout much of Aeruillin.

The Aeolirans see their Gods in a very personal light. They believe that the Gods will leave the
Void when they wish, to walk in Aeruillin and visit the people and take delight in the world that they created. They see their Gods with faults, limits and imperfections, perhaps more mortal than those of other religions, however, they are recognized as higher beings and a realistic goal for people to attain to and strive to be like in everyday life – for no-one can be better than a God!

There is belief in the "Ardulá" (Tharian = rebirth/reincarnation) – the Goddess of Death, Sheára, will judge the "Xán" (Tharian = souls/essence) of a person upon their arrival in her heavens, if they are deemed worthy by her, then they are to become one of the Xarnaelé (High Faeries). This means that the faithful have achieved a state of purity so high it is hard to better. However, if Sheára judges it not to be, the Xán is returned to Earth to be placed into another life – Sheára chooses, depending on the purity. However, should the Xán be too tainted, then the Lady of the Heavens will have no choice other than to destroy the Xán completely, meaning no new life will be given to it. Purity is not judged on how holy the person was during his/her life, or how often someone prayed and fasted – but how the faithful looked to do good in everything, in a way that would please the Gods.
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Origins. The foundation of the Aeoliran religion is somewhat hazy. Some believe that the first to tell of the Gods of the Aeoliran was a Veeké who came forth from the Void, who was called Jakata the Wise, to teach the people of their creators and tell of tales of the Fae. There are indeed writings by someone called Jakata all over Aeruillin and are believed to be true by many. Within the depths of the great library of the Hjoria are said to be the originals, and true proof of Jakata's existence. However, the Hjorian people are so worried that these works may disintegrate with the slightest disturbance, that they may not be touched, and seen only by a select few. So, these records cannot be truly verified, only believed through faith.

Others believe that the Aeoliran religion is and always has been part of life, from the creation of Caelereth. This is more widely accepted.
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Gods Overview. The ten Aelorian Gods can be summarized as follows:

Worshipping Practices. Each family within Aeruillin of the Aeoliran faith chooses one of the Gods over all the others to be their personal protector. Allegiance to the particular God is shown by a shrine either inside, or more likely, at the front of their house. It is often decorated with the symbolic colours of the God, and also a pictoral representation is commonly placed within the centre. Sometimes the God will change according to the families needs and wishes – a common example is following the death of a loved one, the family mourning the deceased often changes its individual shrine for worship to Sheára, the Goddess of Death, for obvious reasons. However, it is not advisable to fluctuate too freely, for fear of the Gods seeing themselves as a convenience only to the person, and are not truly devoted, so would let their wrath be freely known.

The temples of every God are always open to those who wish to worship and give offerings. Priests are always on duty, to help perhaps with those whose faith is faltering, or those who need help and advice. There are often conditions to be met if wanting to enter a priesthood, for example, only women may enter into the service of Pariya, being that the Goddess of Destruction detests men.


There is a special day (sometimes days) devoted to each God, with specific activities that take place upon each one. They are:

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