The Two As One
The Two As One
The dominant religion in Sirasea
The Church of the Two As One is the major religion in Sirasea. Most Siraseans worship the Lord Father and Lady Mother, or “The Two As One.” The symbol of the religion is a circle with a vertical line down the center, called “The Circle of the One.” A common Sirasean gesture is to draw the Circle on their breast with a finger, as one would when crossing themselves. People make amulets of this symbol and wear them, etc.
The Lord Father – Portrayed as Sirasean man with dark colored beard and mustache, shoulder length hair, wearing traditional Sirasean desert robes, usually green.
-God of “physical/athletic” things (fighting, hunting, etc)
-Judges people at the gates of Death and sends them to Heaven or Hell
-Protector of both male and female soldiers
-Many Sirasean men wear beards “in the image of the Lord Father”
-Grants devout/favored followers power over sand (sandbending) at varying strengths, communicates with them in dream visions personally and via sand dragon messenger
The Lady Mother – Portrayed as Sirasean woman with dark, long hair, wearing traditional Sirasean desert robes, usually green.
-God of “home/hearth” things (sewing, cooking, etc)
-Protector of mothers and children
-Creates new souls and delivers them through the gate to Life
-Grants devout/favored followers power over air (airbending) at varying strengths, communicates with them in dream visions personally and via sand dragon messenger
Holy Text – “The Word of the Two” – scripture/writings referred to & quoted
Values of The Two As One: – Reward raising the righteous into Heaven/Paradise
-Family – Men and women are seen as equals, both have a responsibility to care for children and divide home duties
-The elderly – seen as “wise ones”, most families live with at least one set of grandparents
-Loyalty to king/religious leaders
Sins against the Two As One – Justice smiting the evil into Hell
-Harm of children
-Circle of the One (like a cross in Christianity, used all over everything)
-Sand Dragons – reptilian, winged creatures, ferocious and terrifying to look upon, made of sand – Messengers/servants of the gods, “creatures of the sand and the air”
-Sand & Air – used in religious ceremony and saying, to represent the “elements” of the Holy Father and Mother
Religious leaders are held in high regard among the populace. Acolytes, priests, and religious people often (but not always) wear green. Pious men often (but not always) wear beards and women often wear their hair long.
- Matriarch/Patriarch – The highest order of religious station – in Great Cathedral in New Juna – Most powerful magically
- Bishop – Large cities have one, leader of the city’s cathedrals – most are fairly powerful magically, respect/authority level of “prince,” must be appointed by both Church & King
- Priests – Serve under bishops, “common” ordained officials, minister to smaller temples in towns, travel as missionaries – When priests are ordained, they usually pledge to either the Lady or the Lord, usually the same gender as they are
- Acolytes – Serve under priests, studying religion
- Distinguished priests can have stronger powers.
- Saints/Martyrs/Prophets have legends told about them/things named after them/etc, but they are uncommon
- Scholars/priests mourn the loss of the Names of the Holy—they search for references to them in scripture/archaeology to reconnect with the gods and regain lost powers of Old Tira