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Gen Mai

The Path

As we travel along the Path, we get closer to the day when the gods return and remake the world.
— A Koushan Mai priest
Gen Mai is the polytheistic religion of the Koushan Mai people, as well as several dragon clans. Its name translates to The Path, and is symbolised by a spiral.   The religion of Gen Mai can trace its roots back to the beginning of the Enervant Age, over five thousand years ago, though it was nameless at that time. This early religion would be unidentifiable as Gen Mai as it is now; it was a time when direct contact with the gods was possible and the concept of the Path was not conceived of.   Gen Mai in the early days focused on the worship and appeasement of the gods. There are many myths of tasks completed on the whims of these immortal beings.
  After the gods disappeared from the world, Gen Mai grew into the form it takes today. It was said that the gods withdrew from the land because they were disappointed in how the Koushan Mai lived their lives. The Koushan Mai believe that if they follow the tenets of the Path, the gods will one day return and remake the world into paradise.  


  Most priests of Gen Mai are dedicated to their temple from childhood. The temples take in all a community's orphans, who are then raised into priesthood. Some families also dedicate their children to the temple when they are young if they cannot support them.   There are no gender restrictions amongst the priesthood, though a few gods have a priesthood comprised completely of men, women, or ashan.  

Places of Worship

  In earlier centuries, the Koushan Mai built beautifully intricate temples carved from stone and wood. Each temple was dedicated to a specific god or goddess.   In the current year, only a few secluded temples remain. The others have been plundered, their stones pillaged and used to build castles for the Seruic and Caillish people.  

The House of Silence

This temple, dedicated to Seiran, the goddess of secrets and stars, is hidden in the mountains of The Teeth. The main chamber of the temple is open to the elements allowing the priests who live there to stargaze on clear evenings.  

The Buried Sanctuary

Deep in the forests, entangled in the roots of ancient trees, lies a temple that is half buried in the ground. This place is dedicated to the twin child gods of death, Fain and Lilika.  

The Tower of the Watcher

Dedicated to Hakan, the god of the sun, this temple is built into the side of a sheer cliff of a mountain in The Teeth. It is tall and thin with a stained glass dome at its tip. When the sun shines, the interior of the temple is flooded with colour.

Core Tenets

  • Live your lives in accordance with the values of the gods.
  • Protect the weak and vulnerable. Only then are you worthy.
  • Fight only when there is no other option.
  • Death is not to be feared. Reward and punishment are given in life.
  • All souls are reborn.

The Sacred Spiral

  The spiral is a revered shape in the Gen Mai religion. It represents the form of the Path, the route to the gods returning to Etrea and remaking the world into a paradise. The very centre of the spiral represents the Return.   The direction of the spiral is also important. If the spiral is going in a clockwise direction, it symbolises the religion itself. This spiral is used to decorate the temples and the vestements of the priesthood, as well as in a lot of religious jewellery.   If the spiral is going in an anti-clockwise direction, it symbolises protection. It is believed that an anti-clockwise spiral will draw the eyes of the gods. This is also a common motif in Koushan Mai jewellery, as protection is at forefront of a lot of minds. As such, it also is a symbol that is incorporated in many of the tattoos that decorate their bodies.
The Nightlands
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The afterlife of the Koushan Mai, the realm of Lilika and Fain.


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Cover image: by Julien Tondu


Author's Notes

This article was written as part of WorldEmber 2020.

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Dec 3, 2020 06:15 by Jacob Billings

Ooh. Awesome. The sister article of the one I just finished!   "It was said that the gods withdrew from the land because they were disappointed in how the Koushan Mai lived their lives."
I'd suggest a bit more active of transformation within your sentence: "The gods withdrawal turned to myth, Gen Mai, as the Koshan Mai believed their faults the cause of the disappearance, transformed." Or something.   I love the images and list of gods at the bottom of the article. It's pretty interesting to take a quick gander at.   That's all I really have to say for this one, but it was an interesting read nonetheless.

Dec 3, 2020 12:35 by Dr Emily Vair-Turnbull

Thank you for the comment, Jac! Yeah, I really struggled with that sentence so I'll think of a good way to rework it. :D

Emy x   Etrea | Vazdimet
Dec 3, 2020 06:48 by Tobias Linder

Well fleshed out, survives the verisimilitude tests and solidly written. What's not to like?   Could perhaps benefit from a few more in-text links or tooltips the first time a new name or term is mentioned (such as with the ashan).

Dec 3, 2020 12:33 by Dr Emily Vair-Turnbull

Thank you so much, Toblin!   Yeah, I agree - I'll be filling it full of stubs after WE. I'll see if I can put a few more tooltips in there though! :D

Emy x   Etrea | Vazdimet
Dec 3, 2020 08:07

The pantheon section is stunning - superb work Emy <3

Creator of Araea, Megacorpolis, and many others.
Dec 3, 2020 12:32 by Dr Emily Vair-Turnbull

Thank you! It took way longer than I thought it would, haha. <3

Emy x   Etrea | Vazdimet
Dec 3, 2020 10:28 by TC

The three temples you describe sound absolutely gorgeous, the House of Silence especially. This is a really intriguing religion, and I love that its shared with some dragon communities.   Also can I just say, that is a lot of gods! I'm looking forward to reading about them in the months to come :)

Creator of Arda Almayed
Dec 3, 2020 12:31 by Dr Emily Vair-Turnbull

Thank you so much! I'll definitely be writing some temple/god articles in the months to come. I'm looking forward to being able to do custom art for all the gods!

Emy x   Etrea | Vazdimet
Dec 3, 2020 11:13 by Heath O'Donnell

Well, now I have a standard set for how religious articles should read.   Grabs step stool and struggles to reach the standard.   I really like how you've gotten the imagery of the spiral done. It's symbolism and dual uses is great!

Dec 3, 2020 12:29 by Dr Emily Vair-Turnbull

Thank you so much! The spiral was a relatively late addition but I love it! :D

Emy x   Etrea | Vazdimet
Dec 3, 2020 11:40 by Christopher Bandura

Nice article! Definitely a lot of detail that make this religion stand out quite a bit. Love the description of the temples

Dec 3, 2020 12:28 by Dr Emily Vair-Turnbull

Aw, thank you so much! :D

Emy x   Etrea | Vazdimet
Dec 3, 2020 12:28 by C. B. Ash

This is so well put together. It's a beauty of an article! Really a work of art on its own.

Dec 3, 2020 13:46 by Dr Emily Vair-Turnbull

Thank you so much! <3

Emy x   Etrea | Vazdimet
Dec 3, 2020 16:22 by Caitlin Phillips

I was already really excited to read about Gen Mai, but my mind has been blown by this. The gods being sealed away on the Divine Plane. The tenants making my heart ache. Just everything about this is so fascinating!

Cait x
Dec 3, 2020 18:28 by Dr Emily Vair-Turnbull

Thank you! <3

Emy x   Etrea | Vazdimet
Dec 3, 2020 19:39 by R. Dylon Elder

This has all the makings of a doomsday religion. I mean, the gods may make a paradise but a paradise for whom? Out of curiosity you say man woman and Ashan. What is ashan? I really need to delve into this world XD as always the writing is superb. I loved how you detail the temples still standing and their tenants really build intrigue around the religion. The listing of the pantheon is much appreciated as well. Gives a face to the faith as it were. Well done.

Dec 3, 2020 19:56 by Dr Emily Vair-Turnbull

Thank you, Dylon! I talked a little bit about ashan in the Koushan Mai ethnicity article, but they are basically a third gender (sort of nonbinary, as it were).

Emy x   Etrea | Vazdimet
Dec 3, 2020 20:03 by R. Dylon Elder

Oooo I see, that's pretty cool! I should take a look at that article then. Definitely wanna know more

Dec 5, 2020 06:40 by Wendy Vlemings (Rynn19)

I remember reading in an other article that they belief that both reward and punishment are given in life. I love the idea of the sacred spiral as well, and I kind of wish I could meet the Koushan Mai. I also love the pantheon section. I'm looking forward to reading more of your articles!

Author of Ealdwyll, a fantasy world full of mystery.
Dec 5, 2020 13:08 by Dr Emily Vair-Turnbull

Yes, that was the Nightlands, the afterlife of the Koushan Mai. :) Thank you so much! <3

Emy x   Etrea | Vazdimet
Dec 17, 2020 22:15 by Angantyr

"When the sun shines, the interior of the temple is flooded with colour." I love synesthesis! <3 This one sentence made my heart skip a beat, and I literally felt a gushing wave of splitted light. Also, you will have a lot of gods to write about. :P

Playing around with words and worlds
Dec 17, 2020 22:21 by Dr Emily Vair-Turnbull

Yay for synesthesis! :D And yup, and this is only ONE religion, hahaha.   Thank you! :)

Emy x   Etrea | Vazdimet
Dec 30, 2020 13:47

I loved how one of the tenets specifies that you are only worthy once you protect the weak and vulnerable. Also, I loved the double use of the spiral depending on the direction of it!   Great work Emy!

Dec 30, 2020 15:07 by Dr Emily Vair-Turnbull

Thank you so much! <3

Emy x   Etrea | Vazdimet
Jan 5, 2021 18:31 by Juan Belío

Great article! I've been scouting through some people I wanted to read from and learn somethings and I can confidently say that I like a lot of your ideas. The format is really nice (with all the big images of the pantheon) and I enjoy that things have evolved through time. I'll be thrilled to read more about these divine beings ^^ I'm just getting around working on my main pantheon and this has surely helped to get an idea on how to structure the articles

Jan 5, 2021 19:03 by Dr Emily Vair-Turnbull

Thank you so much! :D I love reading about pantheons - good luck with yours!

Emy x   Etrea | Vazdimet
Feb 18, 2021 20:01

lovely work

Feb 18, 2021 20:10 by Dr Emily Vair-Turnbull

Thank you! ^_^

Emy x   Etrea | Vazdimet
Mar 3, 2021 23:23

my pleasure

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