This article belongs to the lore of Kylaris.

Satyism


Satyism is the observation of Satya (Bhumi: सत्य) or "truth" which was revealed to Adripathi Adhikari and are collected in the holy text, the Jivani.

Beliefs

Satyism has a strong and distinct mythology rooted typically in the common mythos of Phula, a combination of Sauvratya and ancient Jyoho beliefs. Satyism confirms the existence of demons, as well as numerous deities, it describes alternate realms of spirits and myths, enforces an idea of reincarnation and karmatic powers, tells of life energies running through the world, respects ancestors, and lists myths involving interactions with and between ancients and the supernatural world. Modern Satyists still hold strong belief in many aspects of traditional mythology, and ancestral shrines are common. Temples often include smaller shrines at which one may pay respect to a host of spirits and saints. Although holy texts exist, collectively known as the "Satya", or the truth, ascetics have a tendency to take it upon themselves to memorize passages and phrases that they may be spoken orally. In this sense, Satyism holds a great tradition of epic poetry.

Practices

Rituals are quite prevalent, with varying degrees of intensity. In the past, animal and even human sacrifices were made to various deities, including demons. Some monks have been known to use mind-altering substances. Generally, rituals involve contemplation and humbling oneself before idols or ancestral shrines. Many festivals exist throughout the year, such as one for each passing season, equinox, and solstices. Eclipses have also been known to spawn festivals. These festivals typically involve feasting, games, praise to deities and ancestors, colorful decoration, and general hedonism.

Organization

The basic object of structure in Satyism is the self. Above the self are local priesthoods, and above them are monks, above them are the grandmasters of each respective monastery. Up to this level there is little formalized and standardized, except that the clergy is intended to live a simple life as guardians of the temple and the people. Beyond the monasteries, a great leap is made to what are sometimes called Martyrs and Saints, though more properly these are equivalent to the Sotirian cardinals. These are people who have made extraordinary sacrifices for the sake of spreading the Satya, and their word is highly respected even though they may not be part of the clergy.

Priesthood at a local level primarily consists of local men and women who seek to do good. Priests proper do exist, and in small villages these are often the most educated men, but those who clean, defend, and keep the temples are also considered clergy. Furthermore, local ascetics and those with "pious souls" are given due credit without necessarily being part of the clergy.

Qualifications for proper priesthood generally involve a high level of education, and what is called "generous spirit", in that a priest is expected to aid, guide, and support without direct intervention. Priests-in-training are apprentices who work in the temples and, apart from daily work, are educated in their time to become new priests. Monks must take a vow of humility, that they have minimal possessions and have communal property within monasteries. The monks are expected to share food, space, and much of their lives with one another. To be a saint or a martyr, one must surrender a great deal of their physical good: a martyr in this sense may yet be living should they lose an arm or an eye doing the good of the Satya. Pious souls come from previous martyrs and monks, in combination with personal good deeds, and confers a high status. The aspect of a "pious soul" is not always reincarnated and can either be created individually or lost after death.

In the most traditional sects, the highest authority is the reincarnation of Adripathi Adhikari, his descendants, the monarchy of Phula. It is said each is born with part of his soul, that each may share his wisdom, and that the remainder moves to fill the gap left behind when the other dies. In this sense, each child is given equal division of authority until the heir apparent, chosen through a selective process, inherits the soul.

History

The mixed cultural mesh of 6th century BCE Phula birthed Satyism through Hyndo-Rygyalic cultural. It was, however, a counter-culture in its birth, fighting against the raider-culture of the Hyndics from which it originated. It taught that violence was not the way to happiness, but instead promoted humility as the supreme virtue. The philosophy of Adripathi became a highly organized religion under the auspices of the First Phuli Empire, which spread the religion and established monastic outposts throughout central Coius.

Following the decline and ultimate collapse of the First Phuli Empire, the numerous monasteries it had established were left suddenly without hierarchy and leadership. The autocephalous nature of Satyism began from necessity as these monasteries began to appoint their own leaders and opened their gates to local commoners. In the area of modern Phula, however, central hierarchy remained strong. While the empire had collapsed, and Antarita continued to fall further, the Adhikari held the land together spiritually, and assumed the position of the religious head of Phula. Even while the land fractured politically, its infrastructure and spiritual unity persisted to create the Urdhvasya set, also known as the Orthodox school or High Satya.

Demographics

Population of Satyists by Nation

Nation Total population Satyist population Percentage of
population
 Ajahadya 166,112,000 38,704,096 23.3%
 Garambura 8,401,266 873,732 10.4%
 Kumuso 1,403,956 678,111 48.3%
 Phula 62,468,424 54,347,529 87.0%
 Lainan 87 432 921 24 131 486 27.6%
 Tinza 112,261,345 72,520,829 64.6%
 Xiaodong 553,746,000 198,794,814 35.9%
Total 365,919,111