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Saohri Temple

Faith of the Danatelians

Do not think the gods cannot hear you, child. They are the very world we live in, present in all things around us. The breeze that blows through your hair, the rain that feeds our fields, the warmth you feel in your heart when you see a pretty girl... The gods are always with you.
— A Saohri Priest

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by Edmund Dulac
The Saohri faith is the main religion of the Danatelians, who brought it with them to the Danatelians when they first arrived hundreds of years ago. To this day, it is worshipped by most Danatelians, but a recent history of cultural exchange has created several diaspora throughout the country: as such, followers of the faith have taken to refer to themselves as the Saohri, to denote themselves from other Danatelians.

Organisation

The Saohri Temple is organised in seven temples, one dedicated to each major god of the faith. Each temple follows its own rules and hierarchies: the leaders of these sub-temples are called Sublime Priest, and they lead the Saohri faith by acting as a council together. Decisions are taken for the benefit and growth of the Temple, as well as to best take care of those who seek help.

The independence of each temple has allowed for a wide palette of ideologies and philosophies, sometimes even creating conflict amongst the different religious factions. Politics are ever present, both within the Saohri Temple and with the various cities they must work with.

The Red Temple

The main place of worship for the Saohri is the Red Temple, located a half-day travel away from Ignare, capital of the Danatelian Lands. It is often considered one of the biggest architectural wonders of the country.

The temple is popular amongst pilgrims, and contains altars to all deities. It is also where the seven Sublime Priests meet to discuss of their affairs, and where the Saohri Temple officially welcomes their most illustrious guests.

Main Assets

The Saohri Temple owns a lot of property throughout the lands, most of it fields and pastures used for agriculture, and is one of the most important economic powers of the country. Each temple usually has its own plot of land, and hires locals to work for it. City temples rely more on donations and voluntary work from locals and noble houses.

Theology of the Saohri

The gods are everywhere and in everything: it is they who make up the world we live in.
Saohri saying
For the Saohri, the gods are ever present. They are simultaneously their own being, with personalities and desires, and they constitute the very fabric of the world too. Aher, for instance, is not only the god of nature but also the essence of nature itself. He is the cycle of life, the prey and the predator.

The articulation between a god's domain and what they are is subtle: Aher isn't really present in every single tree or every single beast, but he is the incarnation of its essence, and one could not dream to exist without the other. The same goes for all other gods and their own domains.

A Core Concept: Adegho

The notion of Adegho designates the multiple aspects of each major god, always in number of three. Indeed, they often tend to reunite several widely different, sometimes even opposite domains and personalities. Yet all three constitute the same entity, and the god would not be complete without all of them.

To differentiate which god one is referring to in their worship, priests can pick from an array of titles and epithets specific to each deity, which they can accolade to their name to address their prayers to them.

Temples of Aher

Priests of Aher are free spirited in nature. They advocate for an anarchist and sometimes even hedonistic lifestyle, depending on the particular temple.

Temples of Argus

Home to a great paladin order, the faith of Argus values loyalty and chivalry, encouraging mutual aid as much as possible.

Temples of Deïmon

These temples are often warm, welcome places, where people of all walks of life can commune together in the sunlight.

Temples of Kirïal

Mostly frequented at times of death, temples of Kirïal are peaceful places, where a calm soul and gentle mind are always welcome. Poets and artists find refuge within the calm gardens of Kirïal.

Temples of Lykan

Usually, temples of Lykan are amongst the smallest. The absent god has few followers left, but most pray for his return. He is mostly popular with children.

Temples of Samara

Home to scholars and curious spirits, temples of Samara encourage an inquisitive mind and value truth above all else.

Temples of Seûln

Worship of Seûln is mysterious, as is the goddess herself. Her priests are enigmatic, caring but distant, haunted by the moon's shadow.

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Myths and Legends

The Saohri adore myths and legends, and there are plenty of stories going around, each with their own many iterations. A few scholars have attempted to make exhaustive lists of them, but none has ever come close to achieving that colossal tasks.

Nowadays, the head temple of Samara dedicates an entire team to the collecting of myths and tales, and their work is far from finished.

Major Gods of the Saohri Pantheon


Minor Gods of the Saohri Pantheon



Cover image: by Mohammad Ali Berenji

Comments

Author's Notes

And with this, most of my work with this particular religion is done *pops bottle of champagne*! Now I get to have fun making up myths and all, I'm so very excited :)   As always, hope you enjoyed this article! Its definitely on the more technical side of the spectrum, but I'm very grateful if you made it all the way here.


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8 Dec, 2020 23:44

As always, this is just amazing. This is, at least to me, an example of how to create well made and attractive articles.

— The wolf of Tales of Justice, Creator of Legends of Elohey, Star Wars: Shards, Fiven Chronicles and more!
9 Dec, 2020 08:34

Thank you so much! Glad to know my time spent formatting is worth it :')

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9 Dec, 2020 16:40

*joins you in champagne* Congratulations on the religion!   I'm looking forward to reading some more of the myths and legends associated with this religion. :D   I love the formatting you've got going on in this article. Its a nice hub article for the religion for sure. :D

9 Dec, 2020 17:08

Thank you :D!! I hope you'll enjoy them when they come :), and thank you for the kind words <3

Author of Interarcanum.
16 Dec, 2020 22:31

I know that one of your foci during WE was gods & religion, and I think this article is a really good encapsulation of how well you have managed to achieve that goal!   *not to mention top-noth side-bar <-> main text allignment of course ;)

16 Dec, 2020 22:38

Hahaha, thank you <3! And yeah, I'm pretty glad of what I've managed to write so far. I think most of what I keep writing for the rest of WE will likely be related to these gods in some way or another.

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17 Feb, 2021 02:56

There's some very strong worldbuilding here, great work! I've added some of the articles on my reading list when I've woken up a bit more. I particularly liked the theology section with Aher. It's an interesting concept :)

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17 Feb, 2021 11:22

Thank you for the kind words! This was definitely a long project, but I’m really glad I’ve managed to set up the foundations of my religion. A few articles are currently being rewritten, and there are a few changes to be expected when I finally overcome my block ^^

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