He-Mluddoth, or the commandments, are a set of principles relating to ethics and worship listed in the book of He-Zdarroth, which records the belief of the Egerism, the traditional belief of Egeriac people. These are fundamental to the society of Egeriac people.
The commandments of He-Mluddoth are widely seen as guidances and rules for daily life by Egeriac people. He-Zdarroth states that stones with contents of HeMluddoth should be set up in every village and town of Egeriac people, and also in every temple worshipping Hosha in all territories of Egeriac people.
The name is from the Egeriac word Mluddoth, the plural form of Mlud, which means "command" or "commandments" in Egeriac.
|Text in Modern Egeriac||Translation||About|
|Hoxa Kalktur h-eth h-oron||Hosha Kalktur is the sole god||Veneration|
|mo znalloth vegim||no veneration of idols||Idolatry|
|abbim im mammim mitin im mennotim gedideth||honour thy father and mother and take care of thy children||Familial relation|
|mo xemiy||do not kill||Murder|
|mo levim||do not commit adultery||Adultery and other forms of extramarital sex|
|mo pesil||do not steal||Theft and illicit gains|
|mo magommoth kemireth||do not make lies||Lying, Defamation and deception|
|mo nelid||do not covet||Greediness and Jealousy|
|metzrim beniv||help thy neighbour||Generousity|
|mo zezim mi kefem on anvalzen||do not indulge in alcohol or others||Indulgence and unproductive behaviour|
Veneration of Deities
It is thought that in the past, there were several groups of Egeriac people that worshipped Muhe, and conflicts between Hosha worshippers and Muhe worshippers were intense and eventually destablized the society, and Hosha worshippers ended up defeating Muhe worshippers and subsequently put an end to the conflicts, so as a result, Muhe worship was banned, and to prevent the rise of worships that might challenge the Hosha worship, the divinity of Muhe was denied, and the worship of Muhe and all other deities was prohibited, as a result, Hosha became the only God acknowledged by religious leaders of Egeriac people, and this commandment was made.
Despite the ban on the worship of other deities, in the folk beliefs of Egeriac people, people still bring offerings to Muhe and his gangs(like mice and rats) and believe that if Muhe and his gangs are not fed, they will cause troubles on people. The practice of bringing Muhe and his gangs offerings is especially common among workers in high risk occupations like miners and fishers.
Besides the literal interpretation, it is also thought that the imperative of this commandment is to discourage people from leading a non-family-oriented lifestyle - having and maintaining a thriving family is traditionally seen as the best way to honour one's parents, and as a result, all forms of monasticism are discouraged in the Egeriac society and monasticism is not practised among Egeriac people.
It is generally agreed upon that the imperative of this commandment is against unlawful or unjustified killing of other people, and it is generally agreed upon that killing anyone innocent is not justifiable regardless of their gender, age, social status, etc.; however, it is a matter of controversy whether it is justified to kill animals or to apply the death penalty on murderers and other criminals.
Also, some extend the commandment against killing to all forms of violence, stating that all forms of violence against people should be banned if they are not justified, because all forms of violence may result death, therefore should be seen as a form of killing.
Generally, it is agreed upon that this commandment does not only prohibit theft, but also prohibits all forms of illicit means for gains like robbery, kidnapping for money, extortion, bribery, etc. Gambling is sometimes seen as being banned by this commandment but this is more controversial, and usually gambling is seen as being discouraged by the commandment about indulgence instead.
It is agreed upon that this commandment is about the ban on worshipping idols, some might have a stricter interpretation that this commandment bans all forms of depictions of people or animals, but the majority of scholars think that it is about a prohibition against worshipping an idol or a representation of God, and there is no restriction on art or simple depictions.
In modern political contexts, this commandment is also cited by some to oppose the cult of personality.
Originally this commandment forbade Egeric male from having sexual intercourse with the wife of another Egeric male, but most interpretations state that the no adultery commandment, along with the no indulgence commandmnet, forbids all forms of extramarital sex, that is, besides adultery, rape, sex before marriage, or homosexual sexual practices are all prohibited, as many scholars have pointed out that the word livim is often used to indicate all forms of extramartial sex in Old Egeriac, therefore this commandment should be seen as a ban on all forms of extramarital sex, not just adultery in a narrow sense.
It is thought that the imperative of this commandment is not only against overdrinking, but also against overeating, the use of recreational drugs, gambling and also laziness. Most interpretations state that this commandment prohibits drinking alcohol because it is easy to become indulgent to alcohol. In modern contexts, this is cited by some to encourage people seeking a life with a good work-life balance, as workaholics can be seen as indulging in work.
It is generally agreed upon that the imperative of this commandment is to promote mutual help and to discourage stinginess, as a result, it has been strongly encouraged for everyone to let poor take away leftovers and surplus food items, and traditionally families of Egeriac people set up racks of baskets and put some breads in the basket for anyone in need to take them away. This commandment and the commandment about Indulgence are sometimes interpreted together as a rule against the waste of resource.