Anystesseanism and Ulm

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Iesika Mother of God, and Infant Anystesses
Lady Lucretia and Infant Nelrim

Anystesseanism and Ulm are the two most followed Nelrimic religions, and the two most followed religions in the world. Ulm, which is centered on the teachings of Prophet Nelrim (born XXX, died XXX) arose in the 1st century in the city of Azoz. Within a few centuries, it became the most followed religion on the Letsian continent – and even spread as far east as Irrosia, Exhula, and eventually, Sillas. Anystesseanism has its roots in Oriental (or Sillenized) Ulm – a syncretic form of Ulm that combines elements from Sillenic polytheism and philosophy, Irrulmism, and Aposicism. The foundational belief of Anystesseanism is that Anystesses of Sillas (born 71X, died 74X), an Oriental Ulmian girl who famously lifted the Siege of Sillas during the TBD phase of the Cassander's Rebellion, is the "Redeemer" prophesized by the Book of Prackyob; as well as the manifestation – but not the incarnation – of God. Both of these claims are rejected by Ulm, which holds Nelrim as the "final prophet". Anystesseans continued to be considered a sect within Ulm until the TBD Revolt of 8XX, which permanently harmed the relationship between the two religions.

While both Ulm and Anystesseanism consider faith and good works to be both important, Ulm stresses the former, while Anystesseanism stresses the latter. Ulm could be described as an orthodox religion (emphasizes correct belief), and Anystesseanism an orthopraxic religion (emphasizes correct conduct); however, Anystesseanism could also be typically considered also an orthodox religion as faith is believed to be the source of good works. Both Ulmians and Anystesseans believe in Heaven as the abode of God, the angels, and the saved (including the saints), but disagree over the nature of Hell. While Ulmians believe Hell to be a place of eternal suffering to which sinners are condemned to, Anystesseans believe Hell to be the state of suffering experienced by sinners expiating their sins prior to being reborn. The Orthodox Ulmian Canon consists of the "Canon of Scripture". It consists of eleven books, spanning a total of 175 chapters and 240 hymns. Anystessean Canon consists of the Canon of Scripture, the Apocrypha (which is shared with Oriental Ulmians and some Aposicist sects), and the Anystessean Triad: the Hagiography of Anystesses, the Analects, and the Acts.

Sacred texts[edit]

Law[edit]

  • Ulmian jurisprudence
    • derived from Canon of Scripture (mainly Wisdom of Nelrim, w/ support from the epistles of Levian and Ramu)
    • two different classes of laws: laws of omission, and laws of commission
    • an ethical/moral code could have been written by the apostles, but they have been lost and were never incorporated into the canon
  • Oriental Ulm has codified this into a set of religious laws
  • Anystesseans reject Ulmian law; some laws are believed to be specific to Azourian culture rather than mandated by God
    • this is influenced by the non-Ulmian background of many early Anystesseans (converts)
  • Anystessean religious law is instead wholly derived from the Analects
    • however, due to the (Oriental) Ulmian background of Anystesses, there is significant overlap between the two religious codes
  • both have ecclesiastical laws
    • Anystessean Canon Law developed independently (as Oriental Ulm has no centralized authority) but converged w/ Ulmian Canon law
  • both Anystessean and Ulmian laws are non-binding and are distinct from civil law (though Sillenic civil law has come to incorporate a lot of statutes from the former; and the Azourian equivalent from the latter)
    • an exception would be in religious crimes (blasphemy, heresy, clerical abuse, etc.) which would be the jurisdiction of the Church

Cosmology[edit]

Concept of God[edit]

Right action[edit]

Faith versus good works[edit]

Sin[edit]

War, violence, and pacifism[edit]

Dietary restrictions[edit]

Annystesseans, particularly followers of the Orthodox Church, fast during the TBD – which spans the month before the summer solstice. During this period, they cannot eat any food between sunrise and sundown except dates, honey, or sacramental bread; during this period, they also many not drink anything other than water or sacramental wine.

Temperance[edit]

Salvation[edit]

Forgiveness[edit]

Judgement[edit]

Heaven and Hell[edit]

The Redeemer[edit]

Mutual views[edit]

Anystessean view of Ulm[edit]

Ulmian view of Anystesseanism[edit]

Common views towards other Nelrimic religions[edit]

Common views towards non-Nelrimic religions[edit]

See also[edit]