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This is some sort of general religion overview, as Arti wanted. I don't know what else to write, it's rather short, but oh well...

The Aeoliran Religion.

Overview.

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 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 they 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”).

Belief Outlines.

The core of the 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 the the Fairnaé (Tharian = Faeries) who were tall winged beings, beautiful but vain, the Veeké (Tharian = Pixies) who were shorter, studious beings, quiet and introverted, the Chollé (Tharian = Sprites) who were agile, long limbed in appearance, delighting in mischief making and merriment, and the Glinkli (Tharian = Glinkli) who were twisted beings, not pleasant to look at and full of evil and malice. Then, a small group split from the Fairnaé, to become the regal Xarnaelé (Tharian = High Faeries), believing themselves superior to all Fae, some of whom (as it is said) were so powerful that they challenged the Void and gained immortality (as told in the Aeoliran tale of creation). 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 recognised 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) – 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 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.

Worship.

Each family within Aeruillin 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 -

Nakashi - The Festival Of Light, which is celebrated when the sun is highest in the sky. It is a time of pure joy and happiness.

Polmaen - The Festival of Sorrow, sometimes also called the "Day of Redemption". It is a quiet, solemn affair, not embracing any sort of gaiety and happiness that is present in the days that are held in honour of the other Aeruillin Gods.

Pariya - The Festival of Rebirth. Despite Pariya not being the most popular Goddess, her festival is one that is enjoyed greatly, being a joyous gathering of many people.

Arkon - The main festival for Arkon is called the Festival of Beginning. It is truly a joyous affair, celebrated on the day that the priests and priestesses of Arkon decree, which could be at the beginning of summer or in the middle of winter, although there is a trend for it to be on warm, hot days!

Mermaria - The Festival of Life, and is celebrated on the first day of the rainy season, when the storms begin in earnest. It is also customary on the first day of each month to stand facing an ocean for a short while, and spend time remembering the Goddess of Life, in her solitude within the oceans of the Void.

Sheára - Unlike the other Gods, who tend to have a special day devoted to them, Sheára has days devoted to her concerning the welcoming of each season, and also various rituals that are performed for the dead or dying.

Léarin - The Festival of Reflection is devoted to Léarin, and takes place upon the third day of the third month, and starts on the third bell.

Har'wyn - The Festival of Cleansing is dedicated to Har’wyn. It is a time when the people reflect upon their Body, and spend much time in worship.

Jenevére - The Festival of Celebration is held in honour of Jenevére. It is, arguably, the most loved festival of all, being that it generally constitutes an excuse for a large party.

Kashmina - The Festival of Love is the day for Kashmina. It is a time when courting couples everywhere declare their love, and also people set firm in their minds their desires and wishes, and set about in order to fulfill them.

Foundation.

The foundation of this 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 by 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.

Overview of the Aeoliran Gods–

Nakashi – Nakashi controls the power of Light, is a symbol of purity, and it is believed amongst her followers that she alone decrees when the sun shall rise in the morning. Nakashi works closely with her husband, Polmaen, the High God of the Dark, forever attempting to turn Dark to the Light. This is her main objective in her life. There is nothing above or equal to Nakashi, even Polmaen, as it is believed that the Light shall always triumph over the Dark.

Polmaen – Polmaen controls the power of the Dark, and it is believed amongst the people of Aeruillin that he alone decrees when night shall descend, in accordance with the wishes of Nakashi, his wife, the High Goddess of the Light. Polmaen, despite having power over the Dark, is not evil. It is however, an eternal struggle for him to remain with the good, for the Dark wishes to bend his will to their ways. Polmaen is responsible for dealing with the evil forces of Caelereth, a great and unimaginable task.

Pariya – Pariya is one of the four lesser high Gods. She has power over the element of Fire. She symbolises destruction, but also a new beginning, as after the fire has died down, new life shall come forth. It is said that she can control the ferocity of the sun, and thus in many pictures is seen working closely with Sheára, concerning the Seasons.

Arkon – Arkon controls the element of Earth, being one of the four lesser high Gods. All the beasts and plants are deemed to be of his creation. It was Arkon who allowed the creation of a personal beast for each God, who they would forever have as a companion and a helper in their work. He is a role model for young men and lovers, due to him being the promoter of living life to the full.

Mermaria – Mermaria has control over the great element of Water. She is one of the lesser high Gods. Her followers hold deep respect, more so than many other Gods (bar perhaps Polmaen), for her. They see her as the ultimate giver of life, as it is she who will fill the clouds with rain, determining whether their crops will fail or be successful, or if their well shall be dry or full, and her precious Water is also the main constituent of all life upon Caelereth. Should Mermaria withdraw the gift of Water, then all life would die. Due to her ability over this element, the very essence of life, she is said to be able to change her form. Mermaria is seen as a solitary Goddess – she prefers to spend more time alone in her watery palace within the waters than with the other Gods in Asharvéa.

Sheára – Sheára is one of the lesser four High Gods, along with Pariya, Arkon and Mermaria. She has power over the element of Wind. She is revered as the Goddess of Death, as they believe that when they die, their Xán (Tharian = essence/soul) shall be taken by her Wind to the high heavens, where they shall remain and be judged by her for the Ardulá (Tharian = rebirth/reincarnation). Sheára is believed to control the skies, so her worshippers aim to keep her constantly appeased. The seasons are also under her control, and although influenced by the other Gods, notably Pariya, she alone has the final say. So, should she be displeased by the attitude of the people, Sheára may bestow upon them a harsh, overbearing summer, which would cause people to suffer, should she be pleased, she will allow them a pleasurable summer, in which people will delight.  

Léarin – Léarin is one of the lesser Gods, and wields the element of the Mind. She is said to know all, but tell nothing. Many look to her as a source of inspiration and guidance and she is often on the mind of those who are about to make a difficult decision. Some believe that in knowing and seeing all, her mind can control time itself, should she be needed to. Being that she is ageless, she is often depicted as a child. She is often ignored by many of other Gods, who do not understand her, save Nakashi who she will converse will, and sometimes tell of what she has seen. She is a reminder of how powerful the Mind, thought and wisdom are.

Har’wyn – Har’wyn has dominion over one of the four lesser elements – his is the Body. He is responsible for the health of people, his Priests train to do his work, taking in sick within their temples and healing to the best of their ability. He is a symbol of the joys of marriage, his wife is the Goddess of Spirit, Jenévere, although he was almost stolen from her by the wily charms of Kashmina, Goddess of Love. The God of Health is a popular God, often chosen to be the personal protector of a family.

Jenevére – Jenevére is a popular Goddess, worshipped widely with great enthusiasm by many. She represents one of the lesser elements, the element of Soul, this is perhaps the most obscure, dealing with emotions and morals. She is often depicted with her husband, the God of Healing, Har’wyn. She is good and kindly, an example to all. She is said to give a little of herself to every life, not in a material form, but as a silent muse buried deep within every person, helping us to decipher right from wrong.

Kashmina – Kashmina represents one of the four lesser elements. Her power resides over that of the Heart. Her main concern is with the desires, wishes, whims and wants of all people. It is also believed that should she observe two people who have a similar desire for each other she will seek to join them together in love. However, the ways in which she does this are not always predictable, neither are they the best for the people involved, she can be scheming and cruel. She is not as popular as many of her counterparts, although has a strong following amongst young girls, many of whom join a special cult dedicated to her, to become a “Sister of Kashmina.”

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« Reply #1 on: 27 November 2003, 02:38:00 »

Hey, my comments in orange...

(Color corrected by Artimidor, as maroon is barely readable at this dark background)

The people of Aeruillin are isolated from much of the rest of Caelereth ( I find that saying much of the rest of Caelereth is quite...ummm...redundant perhaps? I cannot think of the world, but maybe you could just say ..."are isolated from much of Caelereth" or "...are isolated from the rest of Caelereth";)   .

One of these religions is called Aeoliran, and it is a belief that there are Gods within the Void; immortal; mighty beings descended from the Fae who inhabit there also. 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 Azhoirhia). Okay, I can't read all of this now because my brat sibling needs to do homework, even though tomorrow is Turkey Day, and she doesn't have school for two days!! BRAT!! Oh, and don't forget to add that the Tiraelhon were also "persecuted" because of their refusal to worship the Aeolrhan gods.  

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« Reply #2 on: 01 December 2003, 10:41:00 »

Next, I am on a commenting roll now.

If Polmaen wields darkness (Not the element of dark, PLEASE), how come he is the one purging darkness and evil from the world?

Thats all here. Good overvew, makes sense.  


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« Reply #3 on: 01 December 2003, 10:49:00 »

No... it is supposed to be Dark... NOT Darkness...

You see, Polmaen is not evil, and his hold over the Dark means that he is forever attempting to turn the Dark to Nakashi's Light... If you read the entry, it will be clearer (Polmaen is already up on the site)...

Also, Light and Darkness don't really go together as well as Light and Dark do. 'Tis more aesthetically pleasing. Hehehe.

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« Reply #4 on: 01 December 2003, 12:15:00 »

Ok, let's go through this overview first, as it is the most important one, I think:)     Always good to have the general entry first before the details are added...

I've tried to split things a bit. Proposed sections are as follows (completey new, where we have no info yet are in yellow):
- Overview
- Belief Outlines
- Worship (general things about worshipping practices - you can move parts of what you already have in this section perhaps)
- Foundation. Was there some sort of prophet/messiah for example? How did the religion come to life?
- Gods Overview

Here's the color scheme I use for me comments:

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The Aeoliran Religion.

Overview.
(Note: I moved the first sentence up from below, as in an entry it is always advisable to put the most important info straight on top, so that the reader can pick up the main idea from a first glance already.)

One of the most common religions of the desert continent is called "Aeoliran", and 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 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, ("Dream" with a capital letter in this case) are but legends to most of the Aeruillian people. Aeoliran or they 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”), although there is an element of some cities being over-zealous in their enforcement of this religion.

Belief Outlines.
The core of the 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. (Maybe a few words on what Fae look like, what makes a Fae a Fae would be good to add here.) Aeoliran religion divides the Fae into groups, including the regal Xarnaelé, some of whom (as it is said) were so powerful that they challenged the Void and gained immortality (as told in the Aeoliran tale of creation). From this belief came the ten Gods that are commonly worshipped throughout much of Aeruillin. (You mention groups here, but don't really specifiy them - at least the group names would be good to state right away. Also you only hint at the regal Xarnaelé, but don't say what these are, so I have the impression that there's something missing.)

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 recognised 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!

Each family within Aeruillin 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. 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 deseased often changes its individual shrine for worship to Sheára, the Goddess of Death, for obvious reasons.

There is belief in the "Ardulá" (Tharian = rebirth/reincarnation) – 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 of the "Xarnael" (translation?). 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 so 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.

Overview of the Aeoliran Gods
(Not much to add/change at this part.)


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« Reply #5 on: 02 December 2003, 05:58:00 »

OK, most changes and additions completed.

Only two overviews to be completed.

Thank's for the comments Arti, much appreciated!!!

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OK, all the overviews are now done.

I think this is ready to go... can I put a nice blue arrow by the side of it now???

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« Reply #7 on: 04 December 2003, 15:45:00 »

Ok, Artemis, though Art has commented it already, I thought it would not be bad for me to read it, before I'm going to the gods themselves.

You did an exceptional work here, and your language is really a nice change to the beasties I did lately ;)

The Aeoliran Religion.

Overview.

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 ??? Do you mean, these mighty beings are the Aeoliran? Then I would insert after mighty beings „called Aeolirans“


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 they 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”), although there is an element of some cities being over-zealous in their enforcement of this religion. Why have you mentioned this here again, would just leave it out.


Belief Outlines.

The core of the 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 the the??
Fairnaé (Tharian = Faeries) who were tall winged beings, beautiful but vain, the Veeké (Tharian = Pixies) who were shorter, studious beings, quiet and introverted, the Chollé (Tharian =  Sprites??) who were agile, long limbed in appearance, delighting in mischief making and merriment, and the Glinkli (Tharian = Glinkli) who were twisted beings, not pleasant to look at and full of evil and malice. Then, a small group split from the Fairnaé, to become the regal Xarnaelé (Tharian = High Faeries), believing themselves superior to all Fae, some of whom (as it is said) were so powerful that they challenged the Void and gained immortality (as told in the Aeoliran tale of creation). 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 recognised 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) – 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 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.

Worship.

Each family within Aeruillin 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 -

Nakashi - The Festival Of Light, which is celebrated when the sun is highest in the sky. It is a time of pure joy and happiness.

Polmaen - The Festival of Sorrow, sometimes also called the "Day of Redemption". It is a quiet, solemn affair, not embracing any sort of gaiety and happiness that is present in the days that are held in honour of the other Aeruillin Gods.

Pariya - The Festival of Rebirth. Despite Pariya not being the most popular Goddess, her festival is one that is enjoyed greatly, being a joyous gathering of many people.

Arkon - The main festival for Arkon is called the Festival of Beginning. It is truly a joyous affair, celebrated on the day that the priests and priestesses of Arkon decree, which could be at the beginning of summer or in the middle of winter, although there is a trend for it to be on warm, hot days!

Mermaria - The Festival of Life, and is celebrated on the first day of the rainy season, when the storms begin in earnest. It is also customary on the first day of each month to stand facing an ocean for a short while, and spend ing time remembering the Goddess of Life, in her solitude within the oceans of the Void.

Sheára - Unlike the other Gods, who tend to have a special day devoted to them, Sheára has days devoted to her concerning the welcoming of each season, and also various rituals that are performed for the dead or dying.

Léarin - The Festival of Reflection is devoted to Léarin, and takes place upon the third day of the third month, and starts on the third bell.

Har'wyn - The Festival of Cleansing is dedicated to Har’wyn. It is a time when the people reflect upon their Body, and spend much time in worship.

Jenevére - The Festival of Celebration is held in honour of Jenevére. It is, arguably, the most loved festival of all, being that it generally constitutes an excuse for a large party.

Kashmina - The Festival of Love is the day for Kashmina. It is a time when courting couples everywhere declare their love, and also people set firm in their minds their desires and wishes, and set about in order to fulfill them.

Foundation.

The foundation of this 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 by 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.

Overview of the Aeoliran Gods–

Nakashi – Nakashi is the wife of Polmaen, the High God of the Dark. She controls the power of Light, is a symbol of purity, and it is believed amongst her followers that she alone decrees when the sun shall rise in the morning. Nakashi works closely with her husband, Polmaen, forever attempting to turn Dark to the Light. This is her main objective in her life. There is nothing above or equal to Nakashi, even Polmaen, as it is believed that the Light shall always triumph over the Dark.

I would not define her over her husband by mentioning him in the first place. Or what is more important - her being the goddess of the light or her being the wife of Polmaen?.  

 Nakashi – Nakashi  controls the power of Light, is a symbol of purity, and it is believed amongst her followers that she alone decrees when the sun shall rise in the morning. Nakashi works closely with her husband, Polmaen, the High God of the Dark, forever attempting to turn Dark to the Light. This is her main objective in her life. There is nothing above or equal to Nakashi, even Polmaen, as it is believed that the Light shall always triumph over the Dark.



Polmaen – Polmaen is the husband of Nakashi, the High Goddess of the Light. He controls the power of the Dark, and it is believed amongst the people of Aeruillin that he alone decrees when night shall descend, in accordance with the wishes of Nakashi. Polmaen, despite having power over the Dark, is not evil. It is however, an eternal struggle for him to remain with the good, for the Dark wishes to bend his will to their ways. Polmaen is responsible for dealing with the evil forces of Caelereth, a great and unimaginable task.

Polmaen – Polmaen  controls the power of the Dark, and it is believed amongst the people of Aeruillin that he alone decrees when night shall descend, in accordance with the wishes of Nakashi, his wife, the High Goddess of the Light. He Polmaen, despite having power over the Dark, is not evil. It is however, an eternal struggle for him to remain with the good, for the Dark wishes to bend his will to their ways. Polmaen is responsible for dealing with the evil forces of Caelereth, a great and unimaginable task.



Pariya – Pariya is one of the four lesser high Gods. She has power over the element of Fire. She symbolises destruction, but also a new beginning, as after the fire has died down, new life shall come forth. It is said that she can control the ferocity of the sun, and thus in many pictures is seen working closely with Sheára, concerning the Seasons.

Arkon – Arkon controls the element of Earth, being one of the four lesser high Gods. All the beasts and plants are deemed to be of his creation. It was Arkon who allowed the creation of a personal beast for each God, who they would forever have as a companion and a helper in their work. He is a role model for young men and lovers, due to him being the promoter of living life to the full.

Mermaria – Mermaria has control over the great element of Water. She is one of the lesser high Gods. Her followers hold deep respect, more so than many other Gods (bar perhaps Polmaen), for her. They see her as the ultimate giver of life, as it is she who will fill the clouds with rain, determining whether their crops will fail or be successful, or if their well shall be dry or full, and her precious Water is also the main constituent of all life upon Caelereth. Should Mermaria withdraw the gift of Water, then all life would die. Due to her ability over this element, the very essence of life, she is said to be able to change her form. Mermaria is seen as a solitary Goddess – she prefers to spend more time alone in her watery palace within the waters than with the other Gods in Asharvéa.

Sheára – Sheára is one of the lesser four High Gods, along with Pariya, Arkon and Mermaria. She has power over the element of Wind. She is revered as the Goddess of Death, as they believe that when they die, their Xán (Tharian = essence/soul) shall be taken by her Wind to the high heavens, where they shall remain and be judged by her for the Ardulá (Tharian = rebirth/reincarnation). Sheára is believed to control the skies, so her worshippers aim to keep her constantly appeased. The seasons are also under her control, and although influenced by the other Gods, notably Pariya, she alone has the final say. So, should she be displeased by the attitude of the people, Sheára may bestow upon them a harsh, overbearing summer, which would cause people to suffer, should she be pleased, she will allow them a pleasurable summer, in which people will delight.

Léarin – Overview:-
Léarin is one of the lesser Gods, and wields the element of the Mind. She is said to know all, but tell nothing. Many look to her as a source of inspiration and guidance and she is often on the mind of those who are about to make a difficult decision. Some believe that in knowing and seeing all, her mind can control time itself, should she be needed to. Being that she is ageless, she is often depicted as a child. She is often ignored by many of other Gods, who do not understand her, save Nakashi who she will converse will, and sometimes tell of what she has seen. She is a reminder of how powerful the Mind, thought and wisdom are.

Har’wyn – Har’wyn has dominion over one of the four lesser elements – his is the Body. He is responsible for the health of people, his Priests train to do his work, taking in sick within their temples and healing to the best of their ability. He is a symbol of the joys of marriage, his wife is the Goddess of Spirit, Jenévere, although he was almost stolen from her by the wily charms of Kashmina, Goddess of Love. The God of Health is a popular God, often chosen to be the personal protector of a family.

Jenevére – Jenevére is a popular Goddess, worshipped widely with great enthusiasm by many. She represents one of the lesser elements, the element of Soul, this is perhaps the most obscure, dealing with emotions and morals. She is often depicted with her husband, the God of Healing, Har’wyn. She is good and kindly, an example to all. She is said to give a little of herself to every life, not in a material form, but as a silent muse buried deep within every person, helping us to decipher right from wrong.

Kashmina – Kashmina represents one of the four lesser elements. Her power resides over that of the Heart. Her main concern is with the desires, wishes, whims and wants of all people. It is also believed that should she observe two people who have a similar desire for each other she will seek to join them together in love. However, the ways in which she does this are not always predictable, neither are they the best for the people involved, she can be scheming and cruel. She is not as popular as many of her counterparts, although has a strong following amongst young girls, many of whom join a special cult dedicated to her, to become a “Sister of Kashmina.”

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« Reply #8 on: 05 December 2003, 13:06:00 »

Thanks Talia. :D . I've made the changes...

Can I put the blue arrow up now???

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« Reply #9 on: 05 December 2003, 14:29:00 »

I would say yes, though I'm not a mod or something....

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« Reply #10 on: 07 December 2003, 16:16:00 »

I see you've been really quite busy, Artemis, also with the additions here:D  It's really good to see that you have the whole concept of the complete religion in your head already... And I don't see many misspellings etc. throughout your entries, so I'm pretty happy with your performance... I award you the Santharian bunny::pet

I've made a few organizational adjustments, e.g. moving the larger part of the Overview to a new section called "Prevalence" (hope that's the correct word to say where this religion is spread mainly), and an additional line was added to the Overview with a reference that this is a polytheistic religion with 10 gods which represent certain values. "Foundation" is now "Origins" as religions are not always "founded". And the Deity list was moved up before the Worshipping Practices. But that's basically it.

BTW: There isn't perhaps a fairy picture of Jeshannon which could represent Jakata the Crazed/Wise? Maybe something would fit?


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« Reply #11 on: 07 December 2003, 16:39:00 »

*Curtsies*

I feel so honoured to have received the Santharian bunny.

*Dabs eyes with convenient hanky*

I'd like to thank my mother... my father... my sisters... the man who runs the corner shop... and most importantly, my cat, Poppy...

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Hmmmm... this one could fit for Jakata - it could be said that it is a more "romanticised" picture of her, as depicted by those who are extremely devout, particularly the Hjoria (Jakata is said to have been seen there first) who like to depict her in a human-like way (she is actually a pixie, which would mean she would be shorter than the average human, but this picture would work)...

www.jeshannon.com/pics/Mist.html  

However, I hadn't forgotten about those pictures. I plan to use the following -

www.jeshannon.com/pics/spring.html

For my next Goddess, Jenevére.

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« Reply #12 on: 07 December 2003, 17:06:00 »

Ok then, I'll put that in:)  Perhaps you have a line or two what we could put under the picture (something in the direction you just stated), then I can add that...


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« Reply #13 on: 07 December 2003, 16:19:00 »

How about this -

This picture is a modern, romanticised representation of the fabled Jakata, as may be depicted by the most devout of the Aeoliran faith - for example, the Hjoria.

Also, it is likely that I will overhaul the Jakata entry at some point, as when I wrote it I had different ideas than the ones that are finalised now.

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