Zarasaism is an Iovic religion which is the ? most practised religion in Vaniu (after Pauegism ? ), adhered to by around 280 million people worldwide. It is a cosmogonic dualistic faith with a strong monotheistic association, and it combines elements of early Iovism and pre-Vaniuan faiths. Zarasaism is based on the teachings of Zarasa who through a divine vision sought to reveal and widen Sahar's creation and assert Muhosh's position on the Endless Realm. According to Zarasa's holy teachings, the Endless Realm, of which both the Realm of Gods (alternatively known as the Realm of Bliss) and the Realm of Men are part of, is an endless collection of worlds which constantly interact with each other and are the cause of natural events. Muhosh, also known as Muhe, is the product of evil itself and has survived the Great Fire to continue spreading his deprived will over the Realm of Men. He is, according to Zarasa, the reason for humanity's corruption and evilness and thus mankind should pursue the Golden Path in order to eventually reach the Realm of Gods.
Etymology and meaning
While the term Zarasaism is used as a metaname, the actual autonym for Zarasaism is Şâbân-e Sâğâ (lit: Religion of God) also known as Şêrâza Şâbân. Zarasaism has traditionally been known as Sâgh Şâbân (lit: Sky faith) previous to its regularisation during the Great Horde. Today the religion is known by various names, which can mainly differ depending on its denominations.
Zarasaists believe in a supreme and universal God which strongly differs from other Iovic beliefs, known as Sâğâ or Sâgh otherwise the "Sky God" (Sâğâ and Sâgh derive from PEV *θʲɒɰ meaning "sky"), he is considered nor a representation of Hosha or Muhosh but an independent entity on its own. Zarasa mentions its creation at the seventh day of the the Great Fire marking the day of Sahar's creation. While Sâğâ is considered almighty, his divine providence is often limited to acts of righteousness rather than direct intervention.
Thagha is considered to be the only and true God as written in the Hirimjên,
The Endless Realm stands for the
Prophet and deities
The Great Fire
The Great Prophecy
The Sacred Pillars
The Golden Path
The True Vision
Spread of Zarasaism
Shabadism ( Koman: Şâbâdi) which literally stands for the term "tradition" is the most practised denomination in Komania with over 88% of adherents. The Shabadist doctrine is often inclined to a path of strong theology, which can often lead to theocratism if not regulated. As implied by the name, Shabadism adheres to a strong reliability over traditionalism. Laws of clothing and every-day activities are often very restricted, the law of Shâkash (lit: morality) is often enforced and can lead to heavy penalties if not followed.
Practicers of Shabadism believe that Tradition cannot be broken, thus, rely heavily on the Holy Hirimjên and often accuse other denominations of their "corruption" concerning morality and every-day activities. Shabadism evokes a strong belief in conservatism among its adherents, while religious debates and reforms are strongly encouraged, they must always conform with the law of Shâkash. This belief of conservatism results in the degradation and segregation of modern practices and trends, often outlawing any form of customs or commodities that do not follow the law of Morality.
As of clothing, traditional vestment is considered the norm, due to Komania's strong association with symbolic clothing. The use of modern vestments is often seen as Qâshêz "forbidden" or simply discouraged as it is seen "meaningless" or "corrupted". This belief is widely held during prayer times, both women and men must wear a Ghashhana (Ghashhan for men) a religious veil composed of a long tunic, men over 45 who are regarded sage or experienced must wear a dagger representing their social status. Religious clothing in Shabadism follows a complex norm of colouring and religious symbolism, resulting in colourful and attractive vestments. The use of accessories or certain hairstyles can be forbidden depending on their usage, however, earrings are explicitly outlawed during prayer times.