Mursu Napalu (Mer-Sue Nah-Pa-loo)
Mursu Napalu is an ancient temple of the Buntelu people. It is situated in the center of a large crater in the middle of the lake Absinu. When the Buntelu people settled the land they began to notice the healing properties of the water of Absinu. Soon the people realized the Gods had given them a gift and looked to give back to them. They looked to the center of the lake where there is a small highly fertile and densely vegetated island. They held this island as revered holy ground and a collection point of the Goddess Ninti's breath. Because of this, they choose to build a massive spire temple to the God Ninti.
The tower reaches above the rim of the crater and consists of 50 floors. Each floor has distinct levels of cleanliness that must be obtained to move to the next floor or else the individual will die. The reason for this is unknown, but many people died in the construction while the cleansing rituals were figured out. those that can reach the top floor were known as the Galley of Nintu are said to be able to directly commune with Nintu herself. Any priest who has made it to the galley returns with new medicinal knowledge that helps cure a fast array of ailments even when not at the temple island. Those that finished the top level of the temple became the first generation of priests due to the vast amount of knowledge they had obtained about the functioning of the tower.
Over time the priests of the temple were found to vastly outlive the common people and never fall ill. Because of this knowledge getting out to the public, massive amounts of people came to the island and they would live in make-shift tents or just sleep on the dirt to receive healing and extended life. Soon the numbers became too high and a new wing of the temple was opened for the sickly where the priests cared for those who are ill. Now people from all over pilgrim to the temple to receive healing and give thanks to the God Ninti for her blessings on loved ones who are healed. The temple was named Mursu Napalu meaning Disease destroyer in the ancient tongue of the Buntelu people.
Purpose / Function
A temple of worship to the Goddess Ninti and a healing spot for the ill
stone exterior with wood accents