This is one of the major cults of Djapar, it centers around the worship of a universal Mother goddess and her two children. Its adherents refer to it as The Mother Cult (Nudlklavu in Kunkladu).
Materism is the largest cult in terms of worshippers in all of Djapar, and is the dominant cult in the entire region to the north and west of a line of the Kirhìrèsè-Nuvkalu/Nelšìsè-Ǩulkuxa rivers, being either the dominant cult or a major cult in the nations of Akaǩlu, Angùr, Dulkakduv, Erefinhè, Ìglèr, Kagvikil, Kalruvòav, Kavka, Kikùlud, Kilkuv, Kilkuva, Kivkuk, Klà Ruvkù, Kòdvòav, Kukgav, Kulkuvòav, Kurù, Nuhuluǧdlu, Nurkù, Òakaqvòav, Qilkhid, Ukùn, Ùlivutzur, and Vòkur.
In addition, the Monastic and Esoteric sects of Materism are growing in much of Ninšon, particularly among the Lyàgedat.
This cult teaches that the multiverse was created by Ukada, the Great Mother, by act of will, as a result of her innate need to create. Creation is seen as an insensate male quasi entity with whom Ukada mates, and bears a set of twins.
- Kanavu Koxu (Koxa if seen as female): The positive deity representing the principles of good, law, life, creation, etc.
- Ùvultu Koxu (Koxa if seen as female): The negative deity representing evil, chaos, death, destruction, etc.
These two child deities struggle over control of the multiverse (their "father") behind the scenes so to speak, by influencing the actions of people, etc.
They are gender-obscure, sometimes seen as male, sometimes female, sometimes one of each (it varies which is which) or even neuter, depending on local tradition or even artistic license, but this is seen as unimportant by both theologians and worshippers.
The three are worshipped together as a triad, generally portrayed as a mother nursing two children.
The cult believes in reincarnation, with a birth-death-rebirth cycle in which the condition of one’s rebirth is dependent on the way one lives in the previous life/lives.
There are six major sects within the Materist cult, as follows:
Esoteric: This sect combines the basic Materist teaching (the Mother and two children) with the Dualist teachings regarding spirits, etc.
Fatalist: This sect, predominantly practiced by the Wèjònuù (Desert Elf) people of the Šaùl region of the Danilak Empire (Kilkuva), teaches that all things are predestined and that there is no free will. It accepts the devotees of other cults and sects as being preordained in their belief and so unavoidable.
Monastic: This sect, which is practiced in the realm of Vòkur, is fully centred on a monastic tradition that holds that the prayers and devotions of the many monks are what truly count with the Divine Triad. Reincarnation, especially of major religious leaders, plays a central role in the teachings of this sect. They do not have any major doctrinal differences with Orthodox Materism, only an hierarchical one, and thus are generally accepting of other cults and sects.
Orthodox: This sect is by far and away the most widespread, and it espouses the tenets as laid out in the section above. They are generally tolerant of most other sects, though there are occasional instances of suppression, particularly the Spiritualist sect, which is viewed as greatly misguided in terms of dogma and doctrine.
Spiritualist: This sect, practiced primarily in the realms of Kuru, Nurkù and Ukùn, is heavily influenced by Ouranosist ideas on spirits. It differs from Orthodox Materism in that it teaches that one’s dead ancestors can act as intermediaries/intercessors between the living and the divine triad, and thus they are to be honoured. In practical day-to-day terms this resembles worship in external forms. They are generally viewed as borderline heretical by the other sects. It is split into two sub-sects: Kuruite and Ukunite. This is a political split with no real doctrinal basis.
Purists: This sect, dominant among in Dulkakduv and among the Kuqduv peoples. This sect rejects all but the original sacred texts. The devotees of this sect tend to view all other Materist sects as heretical, and have little patience with them, often making attempts to suppress them.
Kuruite Spiritualist Ukunite Spiritualist
Each sect has its own hierarchy and temple network. The one commonality is that all priests are male, being seen as the “spouse” of the Great Mother.
- Esoteric: This sect has no formal structure
- Fatalist: This sect has five parallel hierarchies, one for each of the Wèjònuù tribal groupings.
- Monastic: This sect has a strict hierarchy and unified temple structure.
- Orthodox: Each nation has its own hierarchy and temple network, but all recognize the High Priest of Kaǩil (in the Danilak Empire) as the senior Hierarch.
- Purist: This sect has no formal centre or hierarchy, each locality having its own local structure, though the High Priest of Tal is generally recognised as the senior hierarch. Despite this, he is not seen as an authority on dogma and doctrine, such issues being settled by councils.
- Spiritualist: Each sub-sect has its own separate hierarchy and temples, the original one comprising Nurkù, Urkùn, and neighbouring lands; and a breakaway one comprising the realm of Kurù and the areas bordering it.
Relations with Other Cults
Generally Materism is rather tolerant of other cults, except for Paterism, which it views as a vile heretical sect which is frequently subject to various suppressive measures.
Centre: Centre: No formal centre, each sect has its own centre (or centres) though the Orthodox temple in Kaǩil (in the Danilakd Empire) is generally recognized as the original home of the entire cult.
- Esoteric: None
- Fatalist: This sect has five separate hierarchies, each with its own centre, namely: Åjrau, Lekernew, Muùres, Qånkòjaùr, Rånfer, and Sòrom; with the High Priest of Qånkòjaùr being the senior, in a “first among equals” manner.
- Monastic: This sect’s hierarchy is the government of Vòkur, and thus its centre is in the capital, Kutsnuvkè, seat of the Tsèraxu Nuva (“Ocean jewel”, supreme leader). It has a number of subsidiary centres, which are, in order of precedence: Kalklu, seat of the Tsèraxu Nuva (“Scholarly jewel”, archivist, dealing with the preservation of law and doctrine); Kùravuv, seat of the Kurankdu Nuva (“Black crown jewel”, responsible for regulating and deciding questions and issues of reincarnation and lineages); Klakil, seat of the Kultsa Nuva (“Earth jewel”, administers internal issues regarding land usage, etc.).
- Orthodox: Each nation has its own theoretically co-equal hierarchy with its own centre, but all recognize the Temple at Kaǩil (in the Danilid Empire) as the supreme centre of the sect, and the others are ranked by a combination of historical precedence and power (i.e. number of worshippers).
- Purist: This sect has no formal centre, but the temple in Tal in Dulkakduv is generally recognised as the most senior temple.
- Spiritualist: The Spiritualist sect has two rival centres, the Ukunite one in Kunlik in Urkùn and the breakaway Kuruite centre in Kùlakùr in Kurù.
Liturgical Language: The main scriptures are all in Kunkladu, with subsidiary books in other languages. Most actual worship is carried out in the local vernacular.
Approximate # of Worshippers: 15,610,000
- Esoteric: 955,500
- Monastic: 935,500
- Orthodox: 8,323,500
- Purist: 4,326,000
- Spiritualist: 974,000
2. Ukunite: 536,000
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