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Uraniae Fehrnah
Posted - 2011.08.20 01:04:00 - [1]
 

I think the title speaks for itself in what this specific posting will be about. However, before anyone starts asking baiting questions or plainly throwing condescending remarks or outright insults I will make something clear. I have no desire to see statements of this group or that group being wrong, misguided, or willful heathens or heretics. No, that sort of thing happens enough elsewhere that anyone with a mote of self discipline can indulge themselves in that elsewhere and leave this posting to more civil discussion.

That said I'll get to the point. I'm seeking discussion, conversation, literature, and information about faith, all faiths actually. If you can provide information, I would have it. If you can speak as something of an authority about your faith, I would ask you questions. If you would hide your knowledge and make the path a trial, I will put myself to the test.

Be it private discussion, mail, direction to other galnet portals, perhaps even a specific communications channel, or any other medium would be acceptable. This is something of a personal interest and goal of mine, and any and all can take this post as my invitation to speak, in a civil manner, about their beliefs.

Of specific note, at present, I'm looking for those who can share knowledge of various faiths of the people of the State and the Federation. That however by no means should be taken as indication of preference or limitation. If you are a Priest of orthodox Amarria, I am willing to speak to you. If you are a Shaman of the Matari tribes, I am willing to speak to you. If you are a member of a Sani Sabik cult, a Sister of Eve, a faithful of the Equillibrium, even an adherent of Sansha Kuvakei's Dream, I am willing to speak to you.

The method of communication is left up to your personal preference. I am here, wishing to learn. Where are you?

Ston Momaki
Caldari
Disciples of Ston
Posted - 2011.08.20 01:33:00 - [2]
 

The Disciples of Ston affirm you in your quest. May the the spirituality you learn and practice enhance humanity as you share with others, serve others, and meet the needs of others.
The Disciples of Ston bid you peace.

Michael Bross
Minmatar
Masuat'aa Matari
Ushra'Khan
Posted - 2011.08.20 03:51:00 - [3]
 

Miss Uraniae,

A pleasure; as always. Please feel free to communicate with me in whichever means is easiest and I will endevour to assist you in understanding all that I can of Matari spirituality.

Aria Jenneth
Caldari
Kumiho's Smile
Posted - 2011.08.20 05:09:00 - [4]
 

Edited by: Aria Jenneth on 20/08/2011 05:15:26

Well ... my studies of the core Caldari faith are a little limited, but I'll provide what I can.

Religious ethnic Caldari primarily worship a creator deity they call the "Maker," combining the worship of this being with a limited form of ancestor worship. They also believe in a number of spirit-beings, such as Cold Wind, that are considered distinct from gods (though they may have godlike powers) and do not require or appreciate worship.

In general, Caldari religious practice is considered a private matter, and few Caldari engage in public displays of religious devotion. The religion tends to be most visible in various customs and rites: the high regard in which ancestral grave sites are held, for instance, or the infamous "Tea Maker" ceremony, which can be summarized as, "Let's see whether any higher power thinks you're worth saving!"

The Achur faith, as you probably know, is not itself an organized religion, though many of its hundreds of sects are. Achura sects' belief structures range from animism and polytheism to a form of pantheism that discards the notion of recognizably sentient divinity. They all (or almost all) have a few traits in common, however.

First, the Achura seek to know the mind of the universe. The most highly-regarded members of Achur society are "seekers," either those who are thought to have a creative link to the universal consciousness, such as inventors, or those whose professions focus exclusively on seeking insight, such as stargazers (astrologers) and monks. The first wave of Achur capsuleers may have been inspired by the theft of the Creator's Rod, but more recent ones seem to be more interested in exploring the universe than in hunting for stolen relics.

Second, about those relics: Achur sects' stories tend to include a god called the Creator, whether they literally believe in him or not. As is appropriate to his title, he serves a role similar to the Maker, but he generally has less of a role in his creation than the Maker does (nobody asks the Creator whether anyone should live or die; it is presumed no answer will come). A number of relics, supposed to be the pieces of a rod belonging to the Creator, were stolen from Achura not too many years ago. Even among sects that do not believe in a literal Creator, this is taken very seriously.

Third, Achur sects tend to focus strongly on spiritual growth over material concerns. The culture of the ethnic Caldari calls on them to strive for material success; the Achura, as a culture, consider material success a distraction. Material wealth does nothing to nurture the soul, and there are few religious Achura who will tell you otherwise.

Fourth, Achur communities (and sects) tend to be traditionally-minded, insular, and orderly, valuing well-structured peace and quiet over individual freedoms. This is cultural, but has a religious underpinning: the idea is to keep distractions to a minimum. It is largely this that drove the Achura to leave the Federation during the first Caldari-Gallente war.

Additionally, the Achura have a rich tradition of folklore, though this varies from region to region and sect to sect. Common inhabitants of these stories include the terrifying, pitiable "hungry ghosts" called preta; illusion-weaving sorcerers commanding armies that are all really just dolls; a wide variety of magical animals, including the nine-tailed, shapeshifting kumiho, which takes human form in order to steal human organs (the namesake of my corporation, incidentally); and more spirits than you'd be wise to shake a fistful of charms at.

... I feel like I'm forgetting something important. Ah, well, that'll have to do for now-- just a rough sketch, but it's hard to do more than that, here. I'll fill in whatever's missing if I can think of it.

Koronakesh
Amarr
Seekers of a Silent Paradise
Posted - 2011.08.20 06:39:00 - [5]
 

Best of luck in your initiative, Ms. Fehrnah.

Renier Cesaille
Gallente
Freespace Cooperative
Posted - 2011.08.20 07:44:00 - [6]
 

Since you are asking about all beliefs, I figured I'd weigh in with beliefs I hold:

DECLARATION OF AUTARCHY

1. No Individual Rules Another.
2. We are each a Nation.
3. As Masters of ourselves, we have a responsibility to each other -- to be fair, direct, and strong.
4. We are Masters of ONLY ourselves, never Another. This means no Autarch will own slaves or tolerate the diminishing of dignity of any Individual.
5. Strive for betterment, leave things better than you found them. Push each day for some small improvement in yourself and those around you, but never demand change from those who are not ready.
6. An Autarch seeks to help others rise above their perceived limits.

Lyn Farel
Knighthood of the Merciful Crown
Posted - 2011.08.20 12:39:00 - [7]
 

Edited by: Lyn Farel on 20/08/2011 12:39:38
Ms Fehrnah,

Maybe I can speak to you about what I know the best : what I call Ascensionism, and more general notions from which it is derived.

Nakal Ashera
Posted - 2011.08.21 02:39:00 - [8]
 

Edited by: Nakal Ashera on 21/08/2011 02:53:15
Edited by: Nakal Ashera on 21/08/2011 02:44:32
I would be perfectly willing to discuss ethnic Gallentean faith and spirituality with you, Captain Fehrnah, but to be honest, there's very little to tell. There is little to no unified faith in the Federation, except perhaps the Ida of the Intaki, which still isn't all that widespread. Like much of it's culture, the Federation instead samples from other pots. I have seen communities of anything from moderate variations of the Amarrian religion and the Sani Sabik, to the different Achur sects, or Matari spirtualism... Even the Sisters of Eve and like, of which I was once a member.

The only thing I could really discuss that's unique would be the primitive old faith that was kept on Gallente Prime, which is more or less forgotten. It was a polytheistic religion that worshipped a panetheon of gods that ruled over different aspects of nature. The ocean, the moon... Not much in-depth record is left, though the names and features of the gods have some influence in starship design. It's not really practiced much in most circles anymore, of course. Where others raised their deities to the stars, we left ours behind.

I could perhaps speak a little more about that and of Intaki religion - though you'd probably be able to get a much better explanation from someone who grew up around it first hand - personally, if you wish. Though like I said, most of what you can't find elsewhere has lost any depth it had to the passage of time.

As for my own, personal "faith", I fear it'd be somewhat too exclusive to myself to be of much use of you. Like I said, though. I'm open to talk if you're curious.


 

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