|Founder||The Prophet Endei|
c. 693 |
Modern day Waytseia
Akalism is the state religion of Aquihia and Liosol and is present in other Northwest Mirarian states. It is centered around the god Akal (and sometimes Dahanö), from which the name originates. It was founded in c. 693 in modern-day Liosol by the prophet Endecy the Wise. Akalism believes that the world was created by two gods, Akal, god of life and light, and Dahanö, god of death and darkness. Despite being the god of darkness, Dahanö is not seen as evil, as he merely takes people to the Afterlife when they die and is necessary to keep balance in the universe.
Etymology and meaning
The autonym for Akalism comes from the Proto-Quatic akihi etezal (lit. moon war). In 1383, the common name became akezal after the Kingdom of Setoel translated the holy texts into the vernacular. Akalism's holy book, the Naz comes from the word for "bleached paper" as the practice was common during the time of its printing.
The Naz details the creation of the world in the book Arat. According to the book, Akal and Dahanö engage in combat at the beginning of the ages. "Dahanö the deceiver" plucks out one of Akal's eyes and throws it aside. It becomes a hollow rock, now known as the moon. As revenge Akal throws Dahanö down and removes his "eternal cloak", leaving him with nothing but bones. Dahanö fled from the fight and hid in his cloak, as a means to escape the infinite cold. Akal cursed the cloak and wept on it as she cried out in pain.
Dahanö is most often represented as a skeletal humanoid bird, due to the fact that the [Naz] describes it as a "lifeless husk devoid of flesh, yet still showing signs of the former glory of an angel".
Akal's representations differ depending on the source. Some depict it as some hooded humanoid figure, but the general consensus is that Akal is not a physical being, as opposed to Dahanö, and is thus often said to be the fabric of the universe itself.