Erapishi (Origo Mundi)

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Erapishi was an ancient religion originating in Eastern Aipekia, specifically the Kingdom of Ibiyari. Although very little information on the religion exists, it has been noted to have been founded by the Asadi cult and their leader, Tebur, around 570. It is unknown how long the religion may have existed following it's initial founding, although it is dated to have fell out of favor among the local tribes sometime in 1120.

Erapishi centers around the teachings of Eldegai that were brought into this world by the Prophet Tebur. Prior to the teachings of Eldegai, Tebur and the Zaippuvell cult had previously been directed towards a separate pantheon of deities from the primary Weorekrura culture, which would eventually lead to the exile of Tebur and the cult to Mount Ae'fozor. After spending a number of months there, it is said that Tebur was met by Eldegai in the early morning following a light knocking on his door. According to the Book of The One, Eldegai would bring Tebur into the The Righteous Mind, a deity representing all facets of time and reality, afterwhich it is regarded that Tebur was shown his past, present, and future, as well as everybody's past, present, and future. Upon returning back to his current present, Eldegai would command him to remember the rules and regulations of the universe, ascending into the clouded sky afterwards and causing a rain of fire.

Although the religion has been extinct for nearly two millennia, the remnants that exist in archaeological digs at Tsimdomdu and Mount Ae'fozor have concluded the religion as having been actively influential in various cultures and tribal nations nearby. Much like the status of the Kingdom of Ibiyari, it's existence and influence had been debated until the Aipekian Excavations of 2960 - 2983, when it was discovered that both Erapishi and the Kingdom of Ibiyari existed during the Era of Development. The extent of Ibiyari's territory has been debated, as well as when the nation had collapsed and when the religion itself became extinct. A number of ideas towards solving these questions have been put forward, with most scholars and historians simply concluding that the answers are lost to history.

Etymology[edit]

The term Erapishi derives from the Old Aipekian words Erasc and Ish, which stand for "dream" and "holy" respectively. When the Tablets of Aipek II (c. 850) was discovered in 2960, the term Erapishi was used to describe the teachings of Muljohn and Okomi, the last recorded prophets of the religion.

History[edit]

Very little survived the Pishi'ti Collapse in 1150. Much of Erapishi's history had been centered around the four Tablets of Aipek II, which concluded the discovery of neolithic societies, as well as basic religious practices, in the region. Later, the Aipekian Excavations of 2960 - 2983 yieled more discoveries for the region's history and Erapishi itself, although it wouldn't be until the Eastern Mountain Scripts were discovered in 2980 that the understanding of Erapishi would be finished.

Oiriginally believed to have been mythical, the Era of Development in Neolithic Aipekia was confirmed to have existed from 500 - 1100, with religious scholar Theo Rustami concluding:

...the Aipekian excavations [of 2071 - 2073] have yieled a great understanding into how civilizations used to operate and their associative religion. In conclusion, the people [of Ibiyari] were able to form a perfect neolithic socio-religious society through Erapishi, although much like any society during this time period, it only lasted a few centuries before it collapsed for unknown reasons.

Mythology[edit]

The Zaippuvell cult (c. 560)[edit]

Exile in Mount Ae'fozor (c. 590)[edit]

First Contact (c. 610)[edit]

The Red Apocalypse (c. 650)[edit]

In the Kingdom of Ibiyari (600 - 1100)[edit]

The Black Apocalypse (c. 1120)[edit]

Scripture[edit]

Title Author Appr. Date Discovered Length
The Lost Scripture of Erapishi
The One (Yzione) Tebur c. 615 c. 2978 10 ch.
Water Borachu c. 621 c. 2978 8 ch.
Life Edgi c. 636 c. 2978 18 ch.
Spirit Yal'jarra c. 644 c. 2981 7 ch.
Law Yombeen c. 650 c. 2981 13 ch.
Time Muljohn c. 672 c. 2981 15 ch.
Death Okomi c. 675 c. 2983 8 ch.