THE NEW SANTHALIAN JOURNAL, ISSUE I
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HE CÁRPA'DOSÍAN PARCHMENTS



Thanks to Arthéos M. Federkiel the Santhalian Journal can provide you with the full texts of the five parchments of the the elven creation myth of the Cárpa'dosía found recently near the Oasis of Nirmenith. Please check out the page of our Journal called "Analysis of the Cárpa'dosían Parchments" containing Federkiel's scientific investigations concerning the texts presented below.

 

Let's first start with a first overview on the Cárpa'dosían Parchments:

Parchment I:
On the Origins of the Stars - Avá's Tears

he following text seems to me [Arthéos M. Federkiel] the most important and was found on one piece of parchment I called Nr. One (I). It contains part of the known Cárpa‘dosía as well as an unknown text.

Please notice that I gave each paragraph its own number and commented it below the texts. {I.1} is then Paragraph 1 on Parchment One.

"In the Beginning there was the Origin and the End. For when the Origin arose the End arose also, and when the End arose the Origin arose also, the Origin and the End. Both were in one and one was in both, Origin and End, End and Origin; there was, thus, the Origin in the End, the End in the Origin. There arose the Tide of Time through a turn of the Tide of Time, Time's Tide turning into Time, beyond Time, into Eternity. Thus dreamt Avá.
{I/1}

Then, as She lay dreaming, She all of a sudden fancied to behold the myriads of Thoughts and Concepts that She nourished, no longer as mere representations of Her mind but as the manifest embodiments of will reflected in a mirror. It was a moment of supreme happiness for Avá and also a moment of heavenly amazement, for what the One was granted to behold was no longer Herself, was her double but not Herself, Thoughts that were the same as Her own, indeed, but still not the same. What She beheld in that Dream was another part of Herself, another part of Her Thoughts, the Other of Avá. Avá dreamt of being immortal and as She was dreaming of Immortality She beheld Mortality.
{I/2}

She grew alarmed and realised that the Dream was not identical with the one who dreamt it even though the Dream without the Dreamer is a mere Nothing, nay, the Void itself, a Thing beyond the Void even: the Nothingness that came before the Void. So it happened that while dreaming of Herself, Avá realised that in the course of that Dream She became Another. ............ ......... ........ Thus dreamt Avá.
{I/3}

Although proud of Her creations, but nevertheless disappointed with the outcome of Her Dream Avá thou .............. ......... .... ................. uldn't ....... ........ ......... ......... .............. As the Dreamer of the world, Avá the Mother of All, turned away from the world, Coór reigned over Aér'ai'chán. Coór was there from the beginning of time ... .. ... . . . . . . . Coór'enín" to support his intention of leading Aér'aí'chán back to chaos..... ......... ....... ........ ........ . . . . . . . . . . . . . ....
{I/4}

And as Avá saw that her Dream had turned evil She felt Sorrow and Sadness filled Her heart. But this was not the Beginning of Her Sadness, as Avá is Eternal and the End is confined in the Beginning and the Beginning part of the End, the Sadness was with Her right in the Beginning. As Avá was delighted to see Her Dream come into existence the Sadness grew as well, making Her even more beautiful beyond imagination than She was anyway, for true beauty lies only in the completeness of all feelings lived through ................... And therefore Avá is also called Avá, the Sad One.
{I/5}

And Avá was dreaming. And in Her dream She was weeping, and through Her dreaming the Tears came into Existence and filled the Nothing and the Nothing turned to Emptiness. And Her Tears were pure brilliant white light, reflecting her beauty, nothing existing is to compare with Her Tears and there are no words which can describe them.

But the Coldness of the Emptiness which is deep beyond imagination froze the Tears and so the jewels which had caused the Emptiness to exist darkened as their light was trapped in their inner being.
{I/6}
 

Parchment II:
On the Origins of the Stars - How the Stars Were Created

And it happened, that some tears came near Aér'ai'chán and when they touched the sphere of time and substance they got caught in the flux of time. Delicate and different they were reflected and shattered in thousands of smaller and bigger fragments when touching the essence of the winds, the bigger parts reflected and broken up a second and third time. But in the destruction of the tears lay beauty as the light trapped for eternities was freed and every fragment of the tears emitted now light and mirrored Avá's beauty more than every other created being. Broken up in unregular pieces the light emitted varies from pure white light over brilliant blue to a deep red. Most of there fragments were caught by the Darkwinds and carried around Aér'ai'chán, the majority whirled around without any pattern, but some of the parts, maybe the ones broken up not at the first reflection seem to stick together in a way, though there are no fixed distances to each of the parts. {II/1}

The elves call them „Avá-chor-at-ná“ (Avá's Tears, or Avá weeping), the humans „stars“ and the dwarves „jewels of the sky“. The elves however, born out of light themselves with the help of the Rain of Life, are the only ones who know of their origin and therefore adore them most of all races, and in their worshipping the nature Avá's scattered Tears take one of the first place .......
{II/2}
 

Parchment III:
On the Origins of the Constellations

The myth told by the Axhái tells that the High Spirits though originating in Avá were so surprised and delighted by the beauty of the tears that they stopped fulfilling their tasks for a while but played with some of the fragments. Each God arranged some of them, holding them with their pure will to a form representing him or her in a way we now know as constellations. Instead of whirling around randomly or driven by the will of the dark winds they stick together in a fixed manor. But the dark winds are strong and don‘t like the order given to the fragments and try to destroy the constellations. The gods however won‘t allow them to scatter their works of joy totally and fight the dark winds. The result are constellations which aren‘t fixed but changing as the dark winds try to distort their order. But each God focusses His or her attention once a year on his constellation, rearranging it slowly as it was meant and at this time it is seen in its true form. {III}
 

Parchment IV:
On the Origins of the Shooting Stars

A few, mostly tiny fragments of Avá's Tears though were not caught by the Darkwinds or escape them from time to time and fall down onto Aér'ai'chán. And as they are coming more and more in contact with the substance of the world the cold which froze them is forced away and they are able to emit their remaining light in a few short brilliant moments. These are called „chor-cair-anté-naí“ by the elves, „shooting stars“ by the humans and „burning or falling jewels“ by the dwarves. {IV/1}

The myth goes that there has been a time when not only tiny bits of the Tears have fallen down, but quite bigger fragments. While sóh Aváshín, the Winds, were gently and only part of the fragments' light, though essentially more than normally was given away, the impact of the big fragment on sá Mód, the Earth, which is far more substantial than the winds, was devastating. All the light was set free in a moment shortly before it hit sá Mód and a big caldera was formed. One of the natural world wonders is said to be formed this way: an Oasis in the desert on the southern Sarvonian continent .
{IV/2}
 

Parchment V:
On the Origins of the Fixed Constellations

And as Baveras saw that the people who loved the sea and drew their living out of the element she was connected with were lost in the vast sea at night and that they had no orientation and were helpless therefore very often, losing their lives and screaming to her in despair, she felt pity for them and decided to change the given situation to their advantage.
 
So she went to three other High Spirits to help her in this quest, to the Gods of the Winds: to Eyasha, the Goddess of Peace, to Grothar, the God of the Weather and to Nehtor, the God of Healing, hoping that they would be able to fulfill this task at best.
{V/1)

And this was what she wanted them to achieve: Baveras begged them to reach out in the world beyond where the Darkwinds were reigning and to catch some of the drifting stars and fix them above, but near Aér-ai-chán, with their will, so that there would be three constellations which should be fixed and could be a guide for all people travelling the sea.
{V/2}

Eyasha was the first to agree and she was in fact powerful, being the one closest to Avá, and she caught twelve stars which she formed to a circle which resembles a diadem, twelve stars equally distributed, equal in size, but different in colour, but to complete her creation and praise Avá she took the prominent white star called Avás Tear which was seen so far every night in the far south and centred it slightly over the other twelve. The twelve were named after the Gods, but the very bright one is still called Avá's Tear. This constellation is in the very far north.
{V/3}

After Eyasha had fulfilled her task so brilliantly, Grohtar and Nehtor didn‘t want to stay behind and tried to do the same, and though they weren‘t as successful as Eyasha, they each forced four stars to form a constellation as well. And Nehtor, the god of Healing chose the east, where the Injèrá rises in the morning and brings not seldom relief to the painstaken and ill, and he formed a constellation out of four stars called the Eastern Cross. Grothar, the God of the Weather loved the west where Injèrá is setting and formed with four stars the Western Cross. The dwarves call these two constellations sometimes the Eastern or Western Earrings as well
{V/4}

But while the light of the star constellation Eyasha had formed is always the same, though the stars can be seen as small discs getting slightly bigger as you approach the far north, the two constellations formed by Nehtor and Grohtar vary in their brilliance due to the Injèrá which enlightens them during its way around Aér'ai'chán. So when the Injèrá is setting and vanashing under the horizon in the west it still gives some of its light to the constellation in the west, while it is rising and coming near sunrise it is giving its light to the constellation in the east making it more brilliant. In the middle of the night all three constellations have about the same brilliance.
{V/5}

So since then all the seafaring people are able to determine the place where they are due to where the constellation is seen and the size of the discs, the brilliance of the constellation to the east and the west determines the time of the night.
{V/6}

But these three constellations shouldn‘t be the only ones. Foiros was angry with the fact that the south, the place where the Injèrá, his creation was the most prominent, hadn‘t a fixed source of light in the night as the others and especially the loss of Avá's Tear made him furious. So he tried to catch some stars from the Darkwinds as well, but wasn‘t very successful.
{V/7}

And Foiros went out to catch one of the jewels of the night. But he managed to catch only one, a tiny blue one. That angered him. So he took some fire of the Injèrá and formed it to a sphere and placed it near his blue star. But the star and his ball of fire were of different essence and tended to splay. So Foiros forced them to rotate around each other, not able to flee each other and not able to join each other. Sometimes, in regular intervals, the big red ball of fire tries to touch the blue little star. Some of the fire leaps over, but that results in melting of the jewel, melting some of the frozen light away and ends in a big outburst of blue light overwhelming the red light coming from the red fire sphere.
{V/8}

Many myths have sprung from of this star constellation, about lovers who are not able to come together or the unfulfilled love of a mighty red orcish knight to a lovely blue princess of elves, a human to a mermaid, depending on who narrates it.
{V/9}

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