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Unctianism (from Talonic Unctus, a calque of Hellenic χριστός, "the anointed", in reference to the anointing ritual) is a Talonic religion founded somewhere in between 200 BCE to 100 CE. It is either monotheistic or a polytheistic, and is primarily centered towards the quadune divine person of God, also known as the Heavenly Family (Familia Caelestis), comprised of the Mater Caelestis, Filius Unctus, Providentia and the Sancta Avius. Its followers are called Unctians.

The primary focus of Unctianism is the cultivation of virtue and devotion to the Heavenly Family, most especially to the Mater Caelestis and the Filius Unctus, which was believed to have made flesh and began their ministry (Amatea Caeleste and Petrus Unctus). The Unctians find this highly necessary in order for their souls to be sanctified and in turn be saved from the impending Great Cleansing.

Originally a mystery religion descended from Talonic Paganism, Unctianism transitioned into a full blown religion in 20 CE, after the Miracle at Bezantia, which...

Concepts

Transfiguration and Sanctification

One of the main ideas that form the basis of Unctianism is the Purification and Corruption of the soul. In Unctian theology, the soul is a malleable being, subject to great change depending on the actions of his corporeal body. When a soul is more virtuous, he is made pure, more divine. When a soul is sinful, he is made defiled, demonic. On one’s death, the afterlife will execute the final transfiguration of the soul. When a soul's virtue outweigh his sin, it is made purest and vice versa, thus becoming either angelic or demonic. Unctian eschatology also says that only these angelic beings shall survive the coming great reckoning (the Bephurgation), as the world outside paradise shall be cleansed with holy fire. In summation, virtuous souls become angels, sinful souls become demons. Demons cannot reach nor sense the eternal love of God due to their impure or corrupted nature, made irredeemable and unable to reach beyond their transgressions.

In turn, the primary goal of an Unctian is to achieve Sanctification (transfiguration to divinity), made through virtuous actions (and virtuous intention) and ample devotion. Man can purify himself through ritual redemption and/or sincere renouncement of his misdeeds. The man who has done virtuous and compassionate actions is viewed as beloved by god, and in death is made pure, made worthy towards divinity.

Another concept regarding the path of sanctification is the personal journey to understand God. It could be done through devotion, study or deep introspection. This individual quest for the full grasp of the being of God is regarded as an active quest for Sanctification. The more man understands God, the more in turn he understands and made aware of the essence of creation (the pervading aspect of God, providentia, also the world’s noumen or soul), the more he is able through gnostic wisdom attain personal ascension. To understand the nature of God is to understand his own nature, in turn able to master himself towards virtue.

Divine Maternity

Another concept central to Unctian belief is one of “universal maternity”. The journey of sanctification is also one of seeking God’s person. Man, being children of God (as Mater Caelestis, of course), have the innate nature of seeking her, connected through love. To be party to sin is one that disconnects this thread to God, a rejection of the soul's aspirations to become divine.

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To recognize the divinity and maternal power of God is one that reconnects man to the divine love of God and reopens the path towards Sanctification. Devotion and intercession of the Mater Caelestis.

Cosmology and Myth

Unctian lore and cosmology takes much from the preceding Hellenic and Talonic myths...

Unctian cosmology rests on a basic cosmic dichotomy (or trichotomy if you count our corporeal world): the Chaotic dark and evil Infernum, the divine and shining Agasterium. The corporeal world is but a mere synthesis of the two, not entirely divine nor defiled. Due to this, souls within the corporeal world are neutral but easily moldable, quick to be subject to the whims of the defiled and the divine.

Both the Agasterial and Infernal facets of the universe tend to be structured on a hierarchal basis, categorizing the naturally divine and defiled beings through their capability and affinity with their respective facets. Of course, at the very top of the Agasterium is the Heavenly Family, mostly so the diune incarnation of the Mater Caelestis and the Filius Unctus. Second comes the deity Providentia (in some denominations Providentia is the highest in the hierarchy, though his significance is less of an active deity but more of a cosmic preserver, unworshipped), watching over the universe. The Avius Sancti resides just below him, watching over all worlds and a testament to the Heavenly Family's supreme power.

On the highest echelon of Sanctuarium Magna lies the divine Palace of the Clouds, where the Mater Caelestis and the Filius Unctus reside. There they are enthroned as the incarnation of God as cosmic sovereign, ensuring the sanctity of the Agasterium. On the uppermost firmament, Providentia hovers still, the sacred ultrascient eye looking watchfully at all facets of the universe, corporeal, defiled or divine. The Sancta Avius flies just below him, reminding the divine of the supreme power of God.

Angelic beings (called Hosts in Unctianism) tend to be classified in two categories: the born and ascended. The born are angelic souls that were birthed directly by the Mater, fully formed, while the ascended are mortals who managed to raise their own being out of virtuous living. They live in harmony and treat each other in the fraternal and sororal manner, as God intended.

Practices

Being in direct descent and in codevelopment with Talonic religion during the Agastirian era, Unctian ritual takes directly from these pagan traditions. What are this pagan traditions I have no idea.

Devotion and Prayer

You don't clasp your hands that's not how it works

Cathartation

Liturgy

History

Main article: History of Unctianism

Unctianism is believed to be rooted from a local Talonic sect.This sect was believed in turn to have origins in a people who once resided in the pre-Talonic city of Agiastirion. According to tradition, the people of Agiastirion had a vision of the Divine (the four Talonic gods that soon shall become the Heavenly Family. In other versions, it was a literal theophany, with some records saying of a handful witnesses being burned by the sight of the gods). This had a deep impact amongst the Agiastirians, soon forming a deeply devoted cult dedicated to the four gods. When the Agiastirian cult was at its peak, a great calamity happened (natural disaster? invasion?). This calamity would also have a deep impact amongst the Agiastirians, which saw the calamity as a punishment for their sins. The city then fell to obscurity, and the people turned to secrecy.

Over time, the Agiastirian cult fermented in hiding, slowly forming the basis of proto-Unctianism (note that Unctianism is considered to be a continuation of both Talonic and Agiastirian tradition). When the Talonic Empire goes full-fledged, well, empire, the mystery cults that slither beneath the mainstream cults have become large enough to seep into the outside world, most especially the Uncto-Agiastirian Cult. However, their silent rise does not mean that they could become public again, due to a forthcoming challenge in the future.

This challenge came in the form of the Imperial Cul. Divus Imperator Invictus. The Emperor (or whoever’s in charge at the time) has been identified by law with the deity Sol Invictus. As Sol Invictus, he brings order and light and preserver, protector of the state and the civilized world out of his spiritual and temporal authority. The cult is symbolically represented by two fasces under a sun, which bears the monogram of the reigning emperor. In extension, the imperial office and their families are deified, sometimes identified with the current popular gods.

The Cult was enforced. In those times, one was at least supposed to have a representation of the Emperor in their home. Propagandistic mythology centered around the Imperial person was also propagated. People who defied the faith are thrown to the lions, crucified or just burned en masse. At its best, one is just required to have the Emperor as your “divine protector” while still being able to worship one’s preferred God. At worst (especially if the current emperor doing so is a narcissist), renunciation of all other unmandated deities. The stakes to keep the faith have never been high. Most of the mainstream cults become appropriated to the imperial cult, while the rest either faded to nothing or went underground.

Meanwhile, amongst the underground faiths, the Agiastirian cult has maintained its quantified dominance over the other faiths. This was also the beginning of much more philosophical and introspective statements of faith, that shall soon become the basis for the philosophies espoused in the Santervum.

Their hiding ended somewhere in the 100 BC-50 CE timeframe. One day, a young Agiastirian acolyte named Amatea (αμαφία or αγαπίτα in *greek versions), while participating in a ritual within their secret cavernous temples suddenly fell to the ground. She was reported to have been shaking uncontrollably and having a foaming mouth It was viewed as a divine possession. Her seizures suddenly stopped to a halt and proceeded to levitate lying down. Official accounts recalled that she “looked like a sleeping princess” during this stage. Simultaneously, the heavens opened from the roof, with two cherubs descending to her. Her skin became flawless, her hair grew longer, her clothes became more regal and golden, and her face “shone like the sun, a delicate flower that brings off peace and calm while in her presence.” The girl awoke, and she proclaimed to her companions of her divinity. Amatea has become the Heavenly Mother. Amatea Caelestis.

This event was described as the great transition of the Agiastirian cult towards Unctianism. The news of her incarnation/awakening spread amongst the underground like wildfire.The faith came public in full confidence against the ruling Imperial Cult. Of course, sic Dea nobiscum, quis contra nos?

Unrest became apparent as the Imperial government couldn’t curb the rise of the once-secret faith. Amatea Caelestis was untouchable. It did not help when the woman (now in the ripe sacred age of 34) had birthed a son, the Filius Unctus in Corpore. Over time, the Imperial Throne yielded, but not before the preexisting social order collapses on itself. After centuries of politics, doctrinal changes, splits, issues and other histories, it's now a very rooted religion in Talon and the Talonic world.

Canon

The most important books in the Unctian canon are the Blessed Histories (Bestoriae or Evlogimenon) and the Sacred Wisdoms (Sacrientiae or Agiasophias). Due to its comprehensive outlining of Talonico-Unctian myth and theology, the two, usually referred to and compiled together as the Holy Words (Santervum or Hagialogos) are treated as the fundamental texts of Unctian belief.

Basically, the Blessed Histories is a historical account of the world and a retelling of Talonic and *Hellenic mythology from an Unctian lens. It outlines cosmogony and cosmology that forms the mythical basis of Unctianism. It spans from the primeval age (time of the Demiurge) to the incarnation of the Mater Caelestis as Amatea Caelestis in Overon. In contrast, the Sacred Wisdoms are more of a treatise on Unctian belief, outlining the basic doctrines and philosophies. They are compiled both from the sermons and writings of the Amatea Caelestis, her son, and her apostles.

The Doctoral Teachings is an extra-biblical collection of various writings and poetry concerning the theology and doctrine of the faith following the Sacrientiae. They include exegeses of the Santervum, expansions to the Sacred Wisdoms, commentaries and allegorical fiction.

Another particular part of the Unctian canon is the Nuntiorum, an account of the actions, miracles and exploits of Nuntiants and Sanctified peoples post-Amatea Caelestis.

While not necessarily universal, the Creeds and Proclamations of the Unctian Churches tend to be an important part of a particular congregation’s canon. Usually oaths or documents that outline a Church’s interpretation and emphasis of belief of Unctian doctrine.

Structure

Base Unctianism...

Denominations

There are (n) main strands of Unctian belief. Those are the Sanctuarists (Base Unctianism), xxx and xxx.

Sanctuarial Unctianism usually encompasses the practices, structure and doctrines that have heavy basis towards ones done by the Amatea Caelestis and her followers. They are sometimes called “Ecclesiants”, of the first church. They are also credited for the foundation of a cohesive cleric hierarchy in Unctianism. xxx…. xxx….

Churches under the Sanctuarist tradition

Basilicate Luminous - the Church of the first lineage, legal successor of the church Amatea Caelestis founded Faith Transcendent -