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The Puaski Religion
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Menu 1. Deities 2. Worship 3. Holy Sites 4. Important Manuscripts 5. Sects 6. Dates in the Puaski Calendar 7. Puaski Views On... 8. Sacrifices
A summary of the Puaski religion, practised in Griseoculum, mainly in the provinces of Orkinpria and Mewa Nova.
[edit] [top]Deities

There is a total of 10 deities in the Puaski pantheon:
Puaria - high goddess, basically the bossy but well-meaning mother
Varfor - brother of Puaria, god of change
Purol - goddess of power, including the holy Magic
Pu'asna - goddess of discord
Soratio - god of light, the sun, the day
Nečrola - goddess of darkness, the moon, the night
Vastaria - goddess of water
Rolarimu - god of the earth
Vramäria - goddess of fire
Vastårevu - god of the air
There are no visual representations assigned to any deity.
(NB: Some smaller, less recognised sects might have offshoots of each deity relating to specific things or elements eg. a deity for a nearby river etc.)
[edit] [top]Worship

Puaskism (or Puaski) is generally practised in homemade altars, or mečmaja, where chants, religious songs, and prayers are recited and offerings are given to specific deities. Common offerings include:
- sweets such as Sorarev, which are balls of crushed peanuts coated in honey and cinnamon.
- burning of candles, cloth, branches, flowers, spices such as cinnamon, bay leaves, garlic leaves, sage. Fire itself is a holy element in Puaski rituals
- religious dances
- precious gems and crystals such as amethyst, quartz, labradorite etc. or bismuth (the sacred mineral)
Rituals are best done at sunset, sunrise, or in bright moonlight. The practitioner can be dressed normally (in something respectable, of course) or in the accepted religious attire - long, white robes, with a purple headpiece.
[edit] [top]Holy Sites

Generally, the provinces of Orkinpria and Mewa Nova are deemed to be holy lands, as they are believed to be the birthplace of Puaskism. The Čunzål province is also said to be a holy site, particularly areas near the river Rèvki, where the gods and goddesses were said to drink from.

Other than that, there are no specific holy sites. Some small villages and hamlets might claim that a certain hill or lake is holy, but that is purely their belief only.
[edit] [top]Important Manuscripts

Currently, there are no important manuscripts or writings. The only religious writings are the documentations of Puaski myths, legends and the like.

Orthodox Puaski - hold all the normal beliefs, as stated above
Kewat Puaski - smaller sect, belief in other deities as well as the ones listed here, and belief in specific holy sites of pilgrimage
Azma Puaski - this sect believes that the gods live among them, and in some cases worship their own members
Port Puaski - a sort of tribal religion, where rituals are carried out frequently and magic is practised by village elders
There are no known other sects.
[edit] [top]Dates in the Puaski Calendar

(NB: All Grisians, including Puaski Grisians, follow the Gregorian calendar)
Autumn Equinox - a day set aside to celebrate the gods. Huge celebrations and many offerings given.
Summer Solstice - a celebration of the holy element, fire. A large bonfire is kept burning from sunrise until sunset.
These dates, when confirmed, are public holidays for all of Griseoculum, though major celebrations are normally found in Orkinpria and Mewa Nova.
[edit] [top]Puaski Views On...

Atheism - Puaskis are non-proselytising and generally accepting (save for the Azma Puaskis, who are more hostile to non-believers), so atheists are left to live in peace.
Homosexuality - Sexuality is not actually an important factor in any of Grisian culture, including Puaskism, so the LGBT+ community is treated like anyone else would.
[edit] [top]Sacrifices

Sects like the Azma Puaski and Port Puaski would often offer sacrifices to the gods, particularly Purol and Pu'asna. These would regularly be human sacrifices, carried out as below:
- The sacrifice would take place in front of a body of water
- The 'offering' would be told to strip and remove all worldly possessions, and throw them into the water
- The offering would be given a bismuth headpiece to wear
- An altar covered in clean white cloth and sprinkled with the ash of rosewood would be prepared, and the offering would be told to lie back on it
- The offering would be smothered in a mixture of honey and cinnamon, believed to be the food of the gods
- This mixture would also be poured into the mouth and nose so as to suffocate the offering
- Once dead, the offering would be left to sit and rot for 14 days (1 day for each god(dess) and 1 day to honour each element)
- By the end of the 14 days, rosewood ash would be sprinkled onto the corpse and then the corpse would be set alight to complete the 'feast of the gods'
- The remains would be thrown into the body of water
Note: As well as being a sacred ingredient, honey was also used as a preservative so the offering would last for the span of 14 days. As the honey was topical, the rotting would take place inside, which signified the rotting of sin.

Since human sacrifices are now looked down upon by other sects, modern offerings include lambs, birds and deer.
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