THE XAVIANT RELIGION

PREVALENCE - BELIEF OUTLINES - ORIGINS
 
GODS OVERVIEW - WORSHIPPING PRACTICES

One of the lesser religions of southern Aeruillin is often called the "Xaviant Religion", deriving from the Tiraelhon word Xavia ("Rebirth"). It is a religion made up of two-levels of gods, the high-class Airae, and the lower-classed Dietrae. The Tiraelhon, the Sand-Elves, who are the sole-worshippers of this religion, believe that there are gods all around them, watching their every move and judging them according to their deeds. They believe that these gods are immortal in a sense, they can be killed by one another but not by mortal hands. However, these gods do resurrect themselves after regaining the essence that allowed them to be created in the first place. The Tiraelhon believe in a process of resurrection called Xavia ("Rebirth") where a being's soul is taken and judged by Maecha, the Goddess of Memory. After this they are returned to Caelereth in the form of the creature, or elven tribe that they hated the most. They have no memory of their former life but many pious Tiraelhon have stated that they did feel a sense of hatred towards the being they had become.

Prevalence. The Tiraelhon are very isolated from the rest of Aeruillin or Caelereth. The only time they come into contact with another race or tribe is when they are trading far up north with the Aeolrhan or into the Plain of Col’Paehjaar with the Sor'inyt. This has led them to develop their own system of law and religion over time. The Sarvonian elven Gods Avá and the Aviaría have been erased from the minds of the Tiraelhon and have been replaced by their own distinctive gods. The Tiraelhon, however, are quite a bit more tolerant of other religions than the Aeolrhan. They do not persecute those who visit their lands if they serve other gods. They actually value the knowledge and resources that the visitor can bring to the Tiraelhon. The center of Tiraelhon religion is the large settlement of Nousais, where statues of each of the Airae have been placed on the top of the settlement's stone walls.
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Belief Outlines. The Tiraelhon believe in two castes, or classes of gods. The first and most powerful are the Airae, meaning "The High Ones". The Airae are said to dwell within the Void, which encircles Caelereth, and are truly immortal and cannot be killed regardless of who tries. Most Tiraelhon worship all of the Airae, but they pay the highest amount of respect to Nous, the Goddess of Eternal Knowledge. According to legend she was the first to be born from the Void and slaughtered thousands of demons, and gained their respect and leadership, and then went on to birth the other Airae.

The next Airae in order of power are Icropio (Chaos), Shyloma (The Void), Nova (Death), Laecha (Life), and Damara (Peace). Each of the Airae is worshipped and each has a great amount of power and respect. Many of the Airae seem to represent the
Aeolrhan Fae gods with their long hair and long wings, although they have been modified to have the wings of the sand shatí, the large owl that roams the Aeruillin south. Each Airae also has unique aspects that represent the value or belief that they command.

The
Tiraelhon take the words of their Prán (literal translation means "the Heath", but in this case it is referring to the few Elders) as the direct words of the Airae. This is due to their belief that the hearth is the most important part of a household, and it is because of the hearth that the family often comes together, thus it is highly respected. They do not debate about what they say and follow every command. They hold their gods in high esteem and although they are pretty tolerant of other religions they do not place the other gods above their own or even equal to their own. The Airae are the only gods who are seen as perfect in many aspects. Most of them do not allow any emotions other than grace and love to affect their actions. They have only one limit and that is the word of Nous. She is the Keeper of All Things, and could easily rule without the company and powers of the remaining Airae combined.

Another reason many people see the Airae and the Dietrae as being very similar to the Aeolrhan religion is because the
Tiraelhon also believe in the rebirth or reincarnation, which they have called the "Xavia". They believe that when Nova chooses the end time for a being is, she will come and beckon the soul out of the body. The soul will then be led by one of the Nemypeds (Goddesses of Music, Merriment, Festivities, and Grace) to the Temple of Maecha in the Maechen settlement. There it will rest until the Airae are prepared to judge it. Once they have prepared themselves they go to the temple where Maecha "parts the sands". This parting of the sands shows only in the spiritual realm, it is seen as a portal to the realm of the dead and once it is opened the proper amount of souls in need of judging come through. The Airae stand and each pulls out a two-sided stone. One side is black, and the other is blue. They wait for the sands to close and then toss the stone. If the soul gets a majority of blue sides then they will be allowed to either rest in Chó Xivá (Great Xivá). But if the soul was to get a majority of blacks then they would be forced to be reincarnated as a beast that is often preyed upon. It will usually be the beast that they killed most often if they were a Téth (the Tiraelhon translation for the word is "hunter"). If the soul gets an even number of both blues and blacks they will be allowed to be reincarnated as a living being and not a beast.
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Origin. It is believed that the Tiraelhon took the Sarvonian elven myth of Avá the Beautiful and her Twelve and twisted them to fit their own lifestyles. They believed that hundreds of years ago, when the Tiraelhon left Shan'Furionnis and spent forty-nine years in the Plain of Col'Paehja, Avá forgot about them and stopped providing for her people allowing them to die due to the desert heat and the fierce Sor'inyt easily picked them off.

Eventually they could no longer stand the life of wandering and the leader's wife, Malan, threw up her hands and cried out to anyone who would hear her cry to save her people. It is written that indeed someone did answer, and that was Pragoro, the God of Suffering. He took Malan and the Tiraelhon into his arms and called out to the other Gods. They took the Tiraelhon under their guidance and gave them what they needed to survive in the Sands.

Since then the Tiraelhon have been faithful to their gods and serve them, pushing out any care for Avá and the Aviaría, and replacing them with their Airae and Dietrae.
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Gods Overview. The three most important Airae ("The High Ones", the Gods who dwell in the Void) are the following gods:

THE AIRAE ("THE HIGH GODS")

THE LESSER AIRAE

THE DIETRAE

Next are the Dietrae, they are the lesser, child-like gods that are often depicted arguing and bickering.

Worshipping Practices. The gods are all worshipped in practically the same way whether they are Airae or Dietrae. The Airae are usually given more offerings and the prayers directed to them seem to be more urgent and the words used are more elaborate than those used for the Dietrae. The Tiraelhon usually offer up sacrifices of hirafan, a sluggish beast living in southern Aeruillin, and they dip its freshly fried skin in the sour juices of their terirais and fry it. They then hold a small family feast in honor of the god they wish to give the offering to. They chant a simple prayer that has been written specifically for that certain god and then they return to their homes, hoping that the god has accepted their blessings. Return to the top

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