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Salacism (Erh. sālaza yāş or salazča, lit. "I see the light"), also known as Avatism (Awātihān, lit. "House of Avati") is a Neterine religion based on the worship of the god Avati and the teachings of the Ten Prophets. Its traditional range usually goes around most of the Metharian Belt, Imalea, and the northern Tacanias and western Orissia where the religions of Madradaha and Byak Nguon overlap. There are also pockets of the faithful within eastern parts of the Bazgriya Neutral Trade Zone and Ayhartaa. Salacisn is the state religion of the Fivefold Pact — Havandast, Amazht, Kashran, Arazan and Qavandeht. Its adherents are called Salacens (Erhati avātiri, pl. avãtirişo).
Salacism is the revelation of the compassionate wisdom of the god Avati (Avāti), the "Glorious and Sovereign One". His revelations expound the necessity of rebuilding the world in the image of the idyllic and utopian Aeon of the Purities (tāvane ruxkişt) through the cultivation of spiritual virtue and the construction of a rightly-guided community (vahang). Salacens tend to do meditation and "self-strengthening" practices, sometimes involving the conduction and mastery of Avati's spiritual essence. The ultimate endgoal of the faithful is ahakam, in which one's soul transcends all mortal limitations and concerns. The Salacene eschatological upheaval, also known as the Most glorious noontide (qhabahu-i-aiθri), is a state in which every spirit has achieved ahakam and the Aeon of the Purities is reinstated.
Currently guided by the Holy Custodians (şanghēpāta), there are currently 763 million Istanim worldwide, most concentrated around Imalea and the northern Tacanias, Northern Orissia (Kinbo) and Mespassia (the Golden Corridor). However, opportunities for emigration to other parts of the Frontiers and the Southern Tacanias gave a steady increase of Salacenes in the traditionally Antraeanized frontiers through immigration and some proselytization. Salacism is regarded as one of the world religions.
The phrase sala-ī-ča--from which the word Salaicism comes from--refers to the ending proclamation of the Ten Prophets after their chants and ministration. The Prophets themselves referred to their body of teachings as the "wisdom of heaven" (harat-ai-balav) first used by the first Prophet Şāraztih as a collective term for his teachings. Followers referred to it as the "Principle of the Teachers" (şur-ai-navantso) due to their central role.
Both teachers (subsequently the jurists, tanghāritso, sg. tanghār) and palaces (şirīvahantso, sg. şirīvahang) have held a strong symbolic connotation for the Salacens, appearing in a great number of its mythology and canon.
The phrase reached the Western usage through the Bazgrian word Salhiki, a Bazgrian corruption of the phrase to refer to the Imaleans. Other translations include Ezerkveti in Amuric, Hartmatzeri in Havanic and Usiqātinungat in Panaakut.
Salacism asserts in the power and sovereignty of the god Avati (also known as Azragaung) and the necessity to reinstate the antediluvian spiritual order of the Hyratian Age, referred to in Salacism as the tavān-i rukhišt, the Aeon of Purities. Salacene theology purports that the state of all sapient beings' spiritual life cycle has been distrupted during the Deluge which distrupted the natural flow of thavma and severed the innate connectiom between mortals and divinity.
The rending of the Wheel of Being across all eight cardinal divinities have put all mortal souls at risk of continuous reincarnation (considered a fate worse than death especially in Imalean culture, as it risks the decay of the manukh or the self, by continuous shattering and reformation). As opppsed to the fatalist alternative of oblivion, Salacism posits the state of ahakam, or transcension, as the ultimate endgoal. The reinstitution of the Aeon of Purities would avail the world universal access toward ahakam, and allow the Most Glorious Noontide, the eventual collective transcension of all beings.
Salacene theology purports itself as a more orthodox interpretation of Neterism in that it affirms the Old Faith's view of the gods and their relationship with man. More accurately, Salacism is a revival and reform of the original cult of Azragaung, adding to it a prerogative to preempt the salvation of humanity.
The Tenfold Prophecy and the Gods
At the center of Salacism is the Tenfold Prophecy (haqpapa navakhvāpa, simply navakhvāpa) referring both to the period of progressive revelation by the Ten Prophets (hāqpa navantso) and the teachings expounded therein. Given the revivalist nature of the faith, the Tenfold Prophecy is, for Salacenes, much more a rediscovery of what was once lost in the Great Catastrophe. Each of the Ten Prophets are purportedly guided by Avati's will to return the lost wisdoms of Hyratia back to its "correct forms", and to deliver advice on the matters of the human condition.
Starting with Sarastar and ending with Tavatnairah--who declared the revelations final and the Prophecy as a whole to be her successor--the Prophecy consists of discourses, songs, prayers and poetry compiled and embodied within the Navaic Canon detailing the practice and principles surrounding the necessity of ahakam. As the Prophets served as the highest authority in early Salacism, the successorship of the Canon's contents form the crux of the faith's political order. Authority is derived from the Prophecy, and as such rulership is bestowed upon those who interpret it, the Jurists (aθanghar). While in practice this principle has been applied varyingly and sparsely, particularly under the Nafaritid Empire. Modern Salacene states, particularly the Custodians aspire (or at least, claim to) towards the Prophetic ideal, though the standards of a pure, Navaic society is hotly debated.
There are three classes of religious buildings (vang) utilized within Salacism: the Ashvang (shrine), the Dehvang (congregation) and the Qashar (palace).
Ashvangs are usually four-sided or circular structures dedicated to immediate worship and veneration, housing relics, holy texts or ritual implements for the use of the ommunity or itinerant pilgrims. Usually taking the appearance of towers or enclosed pavillions, the Ashvangs tend to be the most basic of Salacene temples.
Age of the Prophets
The Jurists' Republic
- Main article: Assembly of the Suffetes
Institutionalization under the Nafaritid Empire
Jurists and Custodians
With the conferring of prophetic succession to the Navaic Canon (rather, the Tenfold Prophecy), guidance of the faithful became privy to their senior disciples, the Jurists or astagār. The formal role of the modern day Jurists is the interpretation and protection of the Prophecy's precepts and ensuring that society works in alignment to Prophetic considerations. Jurists are also considered foremost facilitators of key rites, as governance involves guiding humanity towards the goal of Noontide.
Salacene theology prescribes an inherent unity of the entire body of the faithful, known as the aštan (lit. "palace").
In the late Nafaritid period, the title of Holy Custodian (sužo šangkuyo) formed an imperial and principal order over the jurist system. The Custodians were the sole keepers of the most divine manifestations of Navaic wisdoms, privy to it as intercessors to Avati.
- Main article: Concordance (Istanavat)
Consultative assembly of Jurists, debates regarding the value of Navaic and Majdaic texts...
A Concordance (šūr) are formal assemblies of jurists, originally, that regard the doctrines of the faith and the stewardship of the Istanim. The Concordance tends to be sporadic and declared by respected Gurus...
Avtar and Guru
Relations with other faiths
- the Posthyrotic *ina-harit is used in place of the Pan-Imaleic root *šamay, to differentiate the "divine" (harat) and "temporal" (šamay) heavens.