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Etymology and meaning
Cheghmetrash (Farmoshi: Chiṅmẹtraś) is one of the primary deities of Hurodism, and is the progenitor of all life. They are often referred to as female, although this may vary between sects and regions, and are often depicted as having the appearance of a giant butterfly or moth.
Zihorozmet (Farmoshi: Yehuṅruymẹt) is another one of the primary deities of Hurodism, and is known as the "prince of darkness," although like Cheghmetrash they are often referred to gender-neutrally. They are depicted as a shapeshifter, much like one's own shadow, though in many depictions they take the form of a serpent.
Age of Darkness
The Age of Darkness (also known as the Age of Shadows) was a period of darkness in the world. It was induced by Zihorozmet after he captured and exiled Cheghmetrash.
This period was ended when Cheghmetrash returned to the land and defeated Zihorozmet, imprisoning him and restoring the life that once existed.
Herime ("balance," Farmoshi: ṅirīmẹ) refers to the natural order. X.
Kujme and wimkujme
Kujme (Farmoshi: kocmẹ) can loosely be translated as "karma," and refers to the sum of a person's actions. X. Wimkujme (Farmoshi: wemkocmẹ) could also be translated as "karma," but specifically refers to anything that happens to a person that is perceived to be a result of their kujme.
There is no afterlife as such in Hurodist beliefs; when a person dies their life energy flows out from them, nourishing other life.
Treatment of animals
Hurodists see companion animals that they own as part of their families and treat them with respect. If/when an animal is eaten (not a companion animal in most cases), nothing is gone to waste, as leaving anything behind would be disrespectful to the animal and a waste of its existence. Some minor sects make an exception for snakes. In many sects of the belief the consumption of non-aquatic arthropods is seen as taboo.
Tolerance of other religions
Many adherents of Hurodism are impartial to the religious beliefs of others, thinking that all religions are by nature the same, helping people to maintain good morals.
The festival at the winter solstice encourages a kindred spirit as friends and family (although there is not much of a distinction in Milevic culture), as well as livestock, are often allowed into the home, where they gather to share a simple meal, representing Cheghmetrash's struggle as they were captured against their will. Trees are cut down and placed within the house and decorated as a symbol of Cheghmetrash's bond with the world, which she retained even in exile. The days leading up to the solstice are represented by the lighting of candles, with the final candle being lit on the day of the solstice. On the day people go to the temple at night with these candles and exchange them for gifts with each other; this exchange is symbolic of the compassion for the world which enabled Cheghmetrash to return and put an end to the Age of Darkness.
The spring equinox is effectively a celebration of the return of life to the world. People celebrate this by going to local gardens and trees to watch the apple blossoms, as they are symbolic of the return of Cheghmetrash.
The autumn equinox represents the time when Cheghmetrash was first captured and exiled by Zihorozmet. As a way of saying goodbye, they blessed the earth and gave the people a good harvest - but the trees began to die as a result of them not being present. People gather in towns/villages and feast together, with apples (their trees being the tree of beauty and life) being one of the main foods used. Leaves are gathered and tossed over the houses, to symbolise the people hiding in secrecy during the start of the Age of Darkness.