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Ætpare • Pantheon
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|Worship • The Tanhungara|
Tanhunga (Norjihani: Tanhunga, IPA: [tɑ.nun.'kau]) is a major religion, mostly followed in South and Central Baredina by over 100 million followers. Coming from the Proto-Baredan words for 'Path of the Son', the religion appeared at the height of the Greater Barada civilisation, and appears to show signs of influence from many different religious groups. Followers, called Tanhungði, ultimately believe that they are engaged in the task of helping rebuild Kalkatur, the eternal perfection, from our position on an imperfect copy, of which they are a part. To do so, we must follow the path of Tan ('The Son', ie. Kalkatur's 'son') , who it is believed is a guide to mankind. Tanhunga has played a pivotal role in the history of South Baredina, being closely linked to the Baredan people.
Besides Norjihan, Tanhunga is also a main religion in Doloz; besides, the State of Rivkh of Notzel also hosts a sizable gennist population. The kingdom of Spin, a former state in the southwest of modern-day Notzel, was also a gennist kingdom.
tfw your religion is essentially Kabbalah + Heglian Dialectics and the Geist tho, all wrapped up in folk stories
One cannot properly speak of a "Pantheon" of Tanhunga given that expressly there are no gods. Instead, the below section discusses the "spirits" or "emanations" (Norjihani:), terms used for aspects of the Kalkatur which
- Kalkatur and Yt
Kalkatur is often, especially in more folk religion, as the mother of the universe. The term, meaning "eternal perfection", is an idealised perfect state, which can ultimately only be seen reflected in our imperfect view of the universe, and indeed we are part of this reflection, called Yt. As we are part of this reflection, it is possible to indirectly engage with it, and the other emanations which come from the Kalkatur. In effect, it is possible to consider Yt the current stage in a journey to bring about a new realisation of the Kalkatur, in which we are engaged by our deeds, actions etc.
Tan, literally meaning 'Son', is one of the two sons of Kalkatur who, in the folk telling, she brought into the world when she grew bored of the primordial spirits. He is the guide of all Tanhungði, having laid the Path, or Hunga, which all followers of Tanhunga must take to ensure the return to the eternal perfection of Kalkatur at the end of time after the Last Battle.
Huad was the other son of Kalkatur, the part which led in the breakdown of the Kalkatur into the Yt and in an attempt to undo his own work and stop the formation of Yt, cursed modern man to be born cast asunder from the Hunga, and so we must follow Tan's path to return to Yt, and thus Kalkatur. The anthropomorphised Huad is not seen as purely evil, but rather misguided and a representation of what happens when you don't follow the Hunga. Huad 'created' Man in an attempt to stop the return to the Kalkatur, and can be viewed as the antithesis or negation of the Tan.
The primordial spirits, also known as The Greater Aspects, are the simplest "spirits" or "emanations", through which the Kalkatur via the Yt helps animate the world, and with which we interact. Unlike the Lesser Spirits, they do not interact directly with Yte, but instead exist beyond and alongside it, being at once the same substance, as both emanate from the Kalkatur, and yet distinct and able to shape it, and thus via attempts to engage with these aspects, it is potentially possible, in forms of Tanhunga Magic or Mysticism, to control aspects of the Yt, or to attain a greater knowledge of the Kalkatur and a greater sense of inner peace with yourself and your role in the wider structure of the universe.
|Haje||Spirit of Time|
|Hansa||Spirit of Reason|
|Husal||Spirit of Knowledge and Memory|
|Jeimdo||Spirit of Sound and Music|
|Unfwa||Spirit of Impulse/The Will|
|Wekago||Spirit of Eternity|
|Yni||Spirit of Love and Betrayal|
The other spirits, or Lesser Aspects, are represented as emanating from the Yt themselves, and again as being part of this wider world in which we can more directly engage. These Lesser Spirits represent the physical phenomena of our imperfect plane of existence, being shadows and/or lesser versions of the Greater Spirits above, and in many ways it would be able to place man within the group of "emanations" or "spirits" too.
|Derog||Spirit of Travellers and Shelter
Protector of the Baredan Peoples
|Fuamhe||Spirit of Mist and Trickery|
|Kontrum||Spirit of Vanity and Beauty|
|Lowke||Spirit of the Weather|
|Meth||Spirit of Death|
|Nerin||Spirit of Nature|
|Nonkay||Spirit of the Mountains|
|Osa||Spirit of the Sea|
|Regsa||Spirit of the Harvest|
|Tuwa||Spirit of the Sun|
|Uled||Spirit of Mercy and Kindness|
|Utsaf||Spirit of the Land|