OMNIANISM 

Overview 

This cult, which sages generally accept as the oldest of the Djaparč triune religious tradition, is a pantheistic cult that believes that the deity is one with the multiverse, which is therefore uncreated and eternal.

It teaches that the divine All manifests itself in the form of spirits, which can be summoned and commanded to access the power of the divine and so perform magic.

Its adherents refer to it as Elčědčěsen which translates roughly as “All-ism”

Extent 

The Omnianist cult is the fourth largest in Djapar, practiced in the lands roughly defined by the Kirhěrčsč-Resšč river line in the east, the upper Risčfrěšusč River in the north, and the Kuar and Šerelrě Rivers in the south and east. It is the dominant cult in the realms of Darelač Ačrikč, Denačr Lčeně, Elnšefsen, Ferekčn, Kunhěkuna, Nenel, and in the Saderdos division of Sčrdŕa.

Tenets 

Omnianism, as implied by the name, is a pantheistic cult, centred on the worship of Elčědč (which means "The All"). Elčědč, and consequently the multiverse as well, are believed to be uncreated, to have always existed.

Elčědč has two co-equal complimentary opposing aspects known as Edsě Enselker (which means “Governing Aspect”), they are:

-          Urěfeke (“Light Side”, embodying the positive principles such as life, creation, order, good, light, day, etc.).

-          Ěsildfeke (“Dark Side”, embodying the negative principle such as death, destruction, chaos, evil dark, night, etc.).

These are not separate entities, but rather are aspects of the supreme deity, but they are treated as separate deities in the general practice of the common worshippers. Each of these aspects is immanent throughout the multiverse in the form of six pairs of opposing Influences (known as Dekelker, one member of each pair is manifest by each aspect) which govern the course of events. As with the Governing Aspects, theologians do not consider the Dekelker to be actual entities, but rather they are processes through which the multiverse is influenced by the Governing Principles); however, the common worshippers treat them as lesser deities in and of themselves. These Influences are as follows:

-          Sesěčrčlč (Correctness)/Fěrčě (Error): This pair governs thoughts and behaviour.

-          Ilnčě (Truth)/Fučr (Deceit): This pair governs not only the truth of what people say, but also with truth and untruth on a metaphysical level.

-          Fekdě (Devotion)/Eděsifdě (Discontent): This pair governs all sorts of interpersonal interactions and relationships, and, by extension, with the functioning of society.

-          Esesčdsě (Dominion)/Udikinisyěkč (Oppression): This pair governs the actions/behaviours of groups and organizations, particularly governments, etc.

-          Nčrinyěčrčě (Wholeness)/Erěyč (Destruction): This pair governs the processes of preservation, entropy, health, decay, etc.

-          Erěrč (Immortality)/Neselen (Death): This pair governs birth, death, life, and rebirth.

In addition to the above pseudo-deities, Omnianists believe in the existence of innumerable “spirits” (Čyě) that can be summoned and commanded through arcane rituals. These spirits are officially seen as manifestations of the divine nature of creation that are brought forth by the summoning rituals rather than actual separate entities with an independent existence. But, again, in common practice they are treated as entirely separate individual entities. These spirits are of a variety of types and degrees of power, each of which allow the summoning shaman to access different powers and effects.

Sects 

There are no real sects in this cult, but rather there are a large number of shamanic schools and sub-schools with different philosophies and practices for summoning and commanding the spirits. These schools and their teachings are of no real concern to everyday worshippers, being very obscure and esoteric in nature. That, however, does not stop the disputes between shaman of different schools from being heated and even sometimes violent.

Major Schools & Sub-Schools

School I: Elementist

                Believes that the elemental spirts are the original manifestations of the divine and that all things are made up from them. Founded in -624 HKC.

                Has three main sub-schools.      

-          Unitarianist: Holds that elemental spirits are all actually of one type, and that the different elements are merely expressions of those spirits that can change at will. Founded in -624 HKC.

-          Neroist: Holds that water is the original element and that all things arose from it. Founded in -610 HKC.

-          Aeraist: Holds that air (or more accurately the void) is the original primary element from which all others derive. Founded in -585 HKC.

School II: Naturist

Believes that nature spirits are the fundamental manifestations of the divine, and that mankind, etc. are not separate from nature and that they are basically just animals, and that animals also have dead spirits, etc. Founded in -570 HKC.

School III: Oppositionist

Believes that all things are made up of paired opposites. It teaches the importance of ritual cleanliness, numbers and numerology. It also believes in metempsychosis, and consequently has a deep respect for all animal life.

It has four main sub-schools                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

-                      Caelist: Holds that air is the fundamental element. Founded in -582 HKC.

-                      Culpabilitists: Dismisses the existence/influence of spirits as a cause of disease, which it sees as a simple physical disruption of the ideal caused by the beliefs/actions of the sick person. Founded in -510 HKC.

-                       Combinationist: Holds that the fundamental manifestation of reality is a combination of the elements. Founded in -470 HKC.

-                      Terrestrialist: Holds that earth is the fundamental element. Founded in -428 HKC.

School IV: Alterationist

Believes that change is the fundamental principle of creation, and that all things are a result of the transformation of one element into another: fire (the fundamental manifestation) into water, and water into earth and air. Founded -.535.

School V: Sensoralist

Believes in a universal unity of all creation, that all things are in fact one and the same, that the apparent differences are due to the imperfection of our senses that are unable to discern the underlying unity. It teaches that nothing actually exists and that all things are simply reflections of some small aspect of the divine. Founded in -510 HKC.

Has three main sub-schools:

-          Rationalist: Holds that reason is the sole applicable faculty and that all sensory input is by definition false or unreliable. Also teaches the immutable oneness and permanence of nature. Founded -n -510 HKC.

-          Contrarianist: Holds that one can deduce the true nature of something by examining the contradictions inherent in the image produced by the senses. Founded in -490 HKC.

-          Illimitedist: Teaches that because of the universal, eternal, and limitless nature of The All, and the fact that man is merely a reflection of that All, there is no limit to what can possibly be done through the correct manipulation of the various aspects of The All. Founded in -470 HKC.      

School VI: Monadikist

Basically, a rejection of School V, this school holds that each thing is unique in and of itself and like School III holds that change is a constant feature of existence, but rejects the notion that it is the fundamental principle, and instead sees it as a result of the nature of reality. Founded in -490 HKC.

Has two main sub-schools:

-          Elementary: Holds that only the four basic elements exist and that all things are made up of different amounts of them, and that that this causes an inherent instability due to the conflicting nature of the elements and that this is what drives change and variation. Founded in -490 HKC.

-          Fundamentalist: Holds that each thing (or type of thing) has its own basic nature and thus that all manifestations are fundamental ones. Founded in -500 HKC.

School VII: Divinist

Holds that all of reality is made up of combinations of fundamental particles of divine nature operating in the void.

Has three sub-schools

-          Traditionalist: Teaches the above basic view. Founded in -480 HKC.

-          Legalist: Teaches that the interactions between the divine particles operate along certain immutable and learnable principles (i.e. natural laws), and that reality proceeds on its own according to those laws, without any intervention on the part of the divine. Founded in -460 HKC.

-          Multiremist: Teaches that there are in fact multiple intertwined realities, and that the divine particles exist in all of them simultaneously, and thus one can manipulate this reality by drawing parts of other realities where what one wishes to achieve exists close, or even into, this one. Founded in -370 HKC.

School VIII: Triapodiastist

Teaches that there are three fundamental principles or manifestations of the divine: the motive, the material, and the temporal, and that all three are co-eternal aspects of creation, none of which can exist without the others. Founded in -412 HKC.

School IX: Aestheticist

Teaches that knowledge of reality is gained through various aesthetic practices.

Has five main sub-schools:

-          Argumentist: Holds that all things are made up of two opposing arguments contending for vindication in the mind of the divine. It also teaches that words themselves define what they apply to, and therefore the key to performing summonings/commandings is in the words used and the way in which they are used. Founded in -490 HKC.

-          Inspirationist: Holds that the nature of existence is in effect unknowable except through divine inspiration, and thus cannot be taught or explained. It teaches that such inspiration is achieved through a severe asceticism. Founded in -487 HKC.

-          Divinist: Teaches that each person or living thing is itself the entirety of the divine, and thus is above any and all restrictions or laws, and that it is through the aesthetic practises that one learns to harness one's divine nature and so affect one's will on reality. Founded in -480 HKC.

-          Altruist: Teaches that it is through living a virtuous and selfless life that one achieves inspiration. Founded in -465 HKC.

-          Selfist: Teaches that self-sufficiency is the key to achieving inspiration, that one should rely on nobody but oneself, growing all one's food and making all one's tools, etc. and that it is therefore vital to be as broadly skilled and educated as possible. Founded in -450 HKC.

NOTE: This list is by no means exhaustive so feel free to create whatever schools and sub-schools you like, including ancient ones that are no longer practiced.

Structure 

This cult has no actual temples, but instead has a number of shrines, sanctuaries, and sacred enclosures, each served/maintained by local shaman, often from different schools. As well, there is no overall priestly hierarchy. Some schools are very rigidly structured, and others have no structure at all.

Variants 

                There are no variants, or rather there are innumerable.

 

Relations with Other Cults 

Omnianists are generally very accepting of other cults, viewing the deities of those cults as nothing more than particularly powerful long-lasting spirits summoned by the belief of their devotees.

Statistics 

Centre: There is no one centre for this cult. Some schools have a specific centre, and others do not.

Liturgical Language: There is no specific language associated with this cult, though the oldest texts are in Denačr.

Approximate # of Worshippers7,586,000

 

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