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Shawadiism or Shawadism, and even Hamazi (Nashaghan: Cabadi; Şâbâdi) is a branch or sub-sect of Sahdi Zarasaism. The Shawadii were initially referred to as Sahdis, commonly grouped with other sub-sects originating in the First Sah revolts (c.1487), however, a wave of reforms during the Qahadji period led to their renaming as the Shawadi, meaning 'tradition'. Alternative names may include Hamazi, from their acceptance of the last Hashe 'The One' Hoja Hamaz, as the last legitimately appointed Hoja of the Great Horde.

Shawadiism arose in the 18th century to become the largest Sahdi branch within Orthodox Zarasaism, leading to the conversion of the Imperial State and its monarchy, the Ashars. Shawadiis believe in the Shedenam 'God's absoluteness' as part of the larger Conformist doctrine of Zarasaism, as well as the Yânu entailing the 'total elimination of sectarianism and consolidation of sects', with the final goal of creating a unified Sayanic Gharam, replicating the Great Horde clerical body. As part of their doctrine, Shawadiis deny the existence of any Hoja not part of the larger Sahdi movement.


Succession disputes

Sahyani period

Sahdi revolts

Sahyani period

Qahadji period

The Kharashins

Shawadii Holy State

The Karamani

The Hojanate


View on the Holy Book

Acts of worship


Koman Gharam


The Order of Karaman (Nashaghan:Qara Karaman), is a branch of Shawadii Sahdism. Established around the mid-18th century, it was initially a reactionary movement built around the Shawadii Holy State, mainly based in the modern state of Samar, the movement developed in parallel with followers of the Samar Holy Order, commonly known as Arashins. The Karamani Order saw a substantial increase in popularity with the takeover of cleric Karaman Hagadi, who pushed rhetorics of anti-Balak sentiment, Koman-centrism, and Traditionalism within the Order. Karaman's new doctrine reformed the Shawadii pillars and its concepts with zealous and militant elements, increasing its appeal to the resented Koman elite. The increase in popularity culminated with the Vazirshe Miracle also known as the Great Persuade, ending with the conversion of the Ashar dynasty, and later the ascension of the Shawadii Karamani order as the official religion of the Imperial State.

Karaman's reforms also introduced a more unified doctrine of beliefs and practices, revising core principles of the Sayanic Shawadii faith and improving on visible theological issues. With him came stricter religious policies, with a more traditionalist take on aspects such as clothing, architecture, spirituality, mannerisms, and everyday aspects of life. He also instituted edicts based on mysticism and spirituality, including the canonization of several Qahadji martyrs, as well as proclaiming catacombs as 'sacred ground,' relating spiritual states to specific saints and rendering some aspects of Shawadii beliefs centered on Koman mythology and culture.


Torosh Gharam



Aramani Gharam

Gushli Gharam