Kaze – (바람, literally means «wind») – ancient Carvo and Herbivvo protoprimals religion. Followers of Kaze are called kazeiths, their ideology and teachings are known as kazeizm.
The main religious symbol of Kaze is a pictogram of a tropical flower. Furthermore, each parish has its own symbols. The flower can be depicted in myriad ways, pictograms can be either complex or simple, but the symbol is always easy to recognize.
What does this flower mean to kazeiths? It symbolizes the united world, the lost home; it reminds that protoprimals used to live in other lands. At least that’s what the legend says, which also exists in different versions. Perhaps the truth is much more prosaic and it is just a universal symbol, which had many different meanings initially, nowadays irrelevant for the most part because of their age.
Basic beliefs and doctrines
Kazeithic story of world creation is quite simple. First, Leviathan was but a lifeless firmament. «The Wind of life» created every lifeform in it. «The Wind of life» is a hard-to-explain phenomenon – it is neither intelligent nor reasonless, neither dead nor alive. It is something else, its purpose is populating world with living beings, while «The Wind» itself serves as an answer to the difficult question: «How the world was created».
In the beginning, everything was uniform. The world was filled with life and separated into three layers:
- Nonliving: physical world objects like rocks, metals, water, things,
- Living: physical world beings of flesh and blood, which have souls,
- Divine: souls without bodies floating in the gusts of «The Wind of life».
Spirits possess knowledge of the way of the world, though their impact on it is limited. The spirits need living beings to do their will. Nonliving objects are used to create artefacts, where these spirits will be contained.
Adepts’ everyday life
Kaze followers choose one or more patron spirits, thus forming a pantheon of gods suitable for themselves. Selection is often based on the family traditions, so children worship the same spirits as their parents. Kazeiths’ sacred texts are legends about spirits, their lives and customs. By studying these legends, believers form a set of rules and values and structure their life around it.
It is imperative to understand that kazeiths do not try to act like the gods they worship, because they do not view themselves as equals to the spirits. They study the legends to answer the question: «How do the spirits expect their flock to behave, what goals do they want it to achieve?»
Visiting The Temple of «The Wind of life» is considered to be the most important event in the life of each kazeith. This Temple is a sacred place for all the Kaze followers. This event is called The Black Pilgrimage; the name has quite a few interpretations, but the most accurate is «the path through evil». In this case evil means aberrants. Kazeiths believe that aberrants are not evil themselves, but simply do the will of their superior spirits.
Pious warriors – raihasu (의로운) – live in kazeith temples and can be considered armed preachers basically. Total number of raihasu in beastmen cities is almost as high as that of the regular soldiers. Oftentimes these pious warriors work as city guards, become hirelings (they do all kinds of jobs, not just fight and guard) and fulfil religious duties. Raihasu are in a more favourable position as opposed to recruits: they can leave the temple whenever they wish to, learn trades and are free to choose the work they perform. Even though raihasu are obliged to donate half of their earnings to the temple, this rule is followed to a limited degree; while nonfulfillment is only punished by a fine.
There do exist serious crimes though (fratricide, theft, looting, rape, desecration of faith and sacred places), pious warriors can be branded for them and have their status revoked permanently. Former warriors are branded on their forehead, between the eyebrows, that way it’s impossible to hide it. The demands raihasu make upon themselves are severe: once branded, it is impossible to reinstate your status. Relieved pious warriors are called hokori (먼지). They often stay in the temples after branding. Hokori must shave their heads and paint their brands red, so that it can be seen from far away. They are also obliged to wear shapeless grey clothes with long flaps dragging on the ground. Hokori are allowed to visit temples, they can sit only in specifically allocated places though. Big temples even have shelfs with idols for hokori.
Hokori have no rights. One who kills the «degraded» warrior is never punished.
Did you know that...
- In «Leviathan: The Cargo» characters will be able to visit The Temple of «The Wind of life» and even watch the Black Pilgrimage.
- Hissh, one of the characters from «Leviathan: The Last Day of the Decade», is a kazeith looking for a lost artefact containing the spirit.