The High Dragons Song
The Followers of the Dragons, or more commonly known as Draconism is a polytheistic reconstructed religion first formed in Nansha, Guangzhou, China, but since the CCP does not approve occultism, it remained small and private until it slowly reached European grounds through tourists and culture exchages. It has its strongest public following in Nothern Europe where it has gone through many changes until it bacame what it is today.
The religion follows dracomorph deities known as Thaař (female: Mu'ur). Followers also recognise five "higher dieties", with one reign supremely over all, whom worshippers know only as Auřkon, with the last syllables in his name removed as those syllables transcend human perception. Adherents believe this deity doesn't listen to "normal" prayers from normal people unless the prayer is given through to the other four dragon-gods or dragon-guardians of Earth.
The aforementioned four dragon-guardians or gods, two female two male, are regarded as guardians who protect the Tuqou, our physical plane. They are named "Ahs Uř" or "The White one", "O Uř" or "The Black one", "Křoh Uř" or "The Yellow one," and "Břahk Uř" or "The Blue one".
These Guardian dragons are said to protect Earth from "The Unkilled Lamb", known as Aúl, an evil entity whom feeds on misery.
The religious refer themselfs as Thřell and their dragon-gods as Thaař or Mu'uř or females.
Philosophy and teachings
There are three main religious text, or rather; oral verses that are passed down, regarding the faith; "The High Dragons Song", "Kɬiiřax", and "The Symphony".
Unlike most religious texts who are often structured strictly in a specific manner, these books are often very poetic and loose, with some parts left extremely vauge. Another quirk is that numbers that appear in these books are counted in base 12, and still are, even in translated versions, as it is "more draconic" and therefore seen as better or purer.
The High Dragons Song is the longest one. Comprising 13 chapters and 680 verses on avarage. It is the most prose heavy as it reads more like a novel, with a story and characters.
Kɬiiřax comes second at 16 chapters with 520 verses avarage. The last chapter is unfinished as it contains The List of Dragons, and like the name suggest, it contains a list of as many different dragons-gods as possible. Currently it's supposedly at a bit more than 4.500.
Lastly there is The Symphony with 22 chapters with 350 verses avarage. It houses the do's and don't's of Draconism but also contains a lot of poetry and ethical dillemas.
Other than the main three "books" there are numerous smaller letters and books with ranging "holyness":
"The Letters" is the least holy collection,
"The Edicts" is the second to lowest holy collection,
"The Dreams", "The Wars" and "The Tribunals" are in the middle,
"The Embers" and "The Velvet" comes next,
And lastly "The Songs", where the HDS can be found.
Adherents believe when one dies, they are not dead rather that Iá has taken their soul to cleanse it of all sins and when he finishes, well... noone really knows, with some advocate for reincarnation and some arguing that the soul lives with Iá forever. However the most popular concensus is that the soul grows into a new etheral body, with varying degrees of draconic traits (scales, horns etc.), dependent on how faithful one where in real life. Aftewards the soul-now-body is taken care of by the dragons to "serve"; a concept simmilar to Valhalla where Thřell, Thaař and Mu'ur live in paradise. However, unlike the concept of Heaven, the soul must and will serve a dragons needs, which means exactly what it sounds like. Still, this is regarded as the ultimate pleasure as to please the dragons is to please oneself.
Draconism does not have a hell one might imagine, because, there is no true hell of eternal damnation. Evildoers go to "heaven", but of cource, they have to take a detour throsemi-conlangiɬeřkos, which is described as the rest of the primodial nothingness where Auřkon left it as it was. A sort of empty plot. They will stay there, isolated from the "glory of Iá" or heaven, until they either reconsile what they have done, with regret, and find their way back, or just try to make the best of it in the nothingness. Naiɬeřkos is a place with no pain so, strict non-believers may choose to live separate from Auřkon, all with no consequences. Still there is also no pleasure so the ordeal might be really boring. This is all unlike Christianity, for example, where evildoers are punished to eternal damnation if they choose to not embrace the glory of God. Auřkon gives you a choice, with always room for changeing your mind. This also works the other way around; beeing in heaven and wanting to get out, however it is rather more complicated, and rather frouned uppon.
"Pleasure and Power, in eternity, great dragon above, of any kind, and how little I am bellow. I will serve that power of good..." - Kɬiiřax 16 : 426
The religion's adherents have a selection of so called "holy foods" or "sacrosanct foods". Officially these foods are not "set in stone" as many lists of sacred foods switch out, add or remove food. Despite that, there is one meat that can truly hold the title as "sacred food": Red meat, preferably lamb as it embodies Aúl; The Unkilled Lamb, the evil entity that feeds on misery, and by eating lamb meat it is seen as a ritualistic feast, and that Aúl suffers from it.
The Priests of Draconism are divided up into 24 "stratum" or floors / levels, with the 24th beeing reserved for the Arch Priest, an elected priest from the 15th to 23rd stratum whom represents the faith as a religious leader. Of cource, because of a low nuber of attendees in the religion, the democracy is somewhat abandoned.
Prayers which are designated for use during worship in the religion are:
- The Family Prayer - a different prayer for all families that follow the religion, or just your own family. An example would be "May the Thaař watch over this household and protect it from the evils of Aúl. Thaař, Mu'uř, Thřell."
- The Confession Prayer - a prayer meant if one has wronged another person or done something that goes against the religion. "May the Thaař forgive me and wash away all of my deeds done for Aúl, Kniir, Hřey, Hiiř"
- The Marriage Prayer - a prayer either done as a blessing to newly weds or as prayers said by the clergy stating "May The Thaař protect this couples bond and keep their love as strong as can be. Fehřat, yin Ȥir, Xa"
These prayers are preferably prayed in "Draconic", a compiled semi-conlang trying to replicate the ancient "royal dragon speech". Some have described it as chewing rocks because of its many glottal sounds
Sins within the religion are layed out in the "The Symphony" with the most important ones are as follows:
- Murder without defence (Murder is a muddy topic, as self-defense which result in accidental murder is seen as sin-free.)
- Sex whom shy from concent (Rape)
- Worshiping the lamb whom decieved (Worshipping false deities and/or Aul)
- Beat the child whom not said nor shown (Punishing or hurting innocent)
- Fall for little price (Concede defeat to an enemy to the faith)
- Smuggle snails with giant maw (Humiliate others within the faith)
- Heart but maw in dragon soul (Not treating people as you want them to treat you)
- Struggle gives reward, not Aúl (To give in for pressure)
- Thřell whom locked dragon's cave (Spreading false news)
Introduction to the pantheon
The religion believes in many, many deities. The highest deity is named "Auřkon" for he is the only dragon who will not answer the average follower. However, it is believed in some sects that he may listen to a few selected prophets or teachers. The religion teaches this deity is a dragon who changes colour dependent on who he chooses to speak to.
Bellow him are the four guardians, each representing a colour, a season, and a force of nature.
The first dragon to be birthed by Auřkon, O Uř is the god of time aswell as god of life, and since draconists believe a "God of X" also is "X", O Uř is time and life itself, at the same time as beeing himself. He embodies Spring, when new things come to life to start a new cycle. Since Auřkon poured a bit too much "energy" into him since he wasn't sure how much was needed to create O Uř; It was after all his first one, he became the only god to occupy more than one thing (apart from Auřkon) and therefore took on the colour of his father: Black.
Ahs Uř was the second to be birthed by Auřkon, The first Mu'ur; or female dragon, she became the god of death; to counter O Uř. In Draconism however, death isn't seen as a malevolent "thing"; rather it's Ahs Uř leading you into heaven (or Naiɬ). She does this by eating, digesting, and leaving you by excretion in Naiɬeřkos; the gateway to heaven. This is also how you know you've been accepted into heaven, for if you've been bad; Ahs Uř won't eat you, but rather throw your soul away from Naiɬ. While beeing eaten is perhaps not the most pleasured experience to ascend into heaven, The Symphony 19:100 lays out:
<19: 100> It'll be painful, It'll be pleasurable <101> It'll be instant, it'll be endless. <102> But rest assured, for if you know you're beeing [cleansed], stand tall, Iá is with you. And soon, you shall be with him too,Ahs represents Autum, when the past cycle of life comes to a close.
Břahk Uř came third, She is the god of the Moon, benevolent, loyal, she would be the oracle to speak for Auřkon when he couldn't. Břahk Uř also, while not beeing the god of knowledge, gave fire to the humans, and showed that "light can be created from everything" (everything may glow). She would go on with Křoh Uř and have many children. Most of them, gods over something in the sky. She represents Winter, as she is as blue as ice.
Křoh Uř came fourth. Beeing the god of the stars and sun, and kind of a prideful dragon, he often bragged about his "light". But don't let his prideful nature trick you into believeing he is malevolent, no, no, no; for inside the scales hides a warm heart. He maintains the life O Uř created during his season; Summer, but sometimes his pride get's out of hand and we get drought. However, to compensate for his pride, he arranges the lights, known as stars in the night sky. In Draconism, the sun is seen as his heart, and the stars sprinkled around us the scales; The band seen throughout the sky; The Milky Way, is seen as his tail, wrapping around us in a great hug.
Draconism believes in a strict, no stress practice, so its adherents practice by having one hour of meditation, and or rehearsing of the sacred texts.
They also lay great importance in finding "The Song" - a supposed universal pulse or song in which all living things resonates at. It's supposedly like a slow walts permiating everything. Adherents believe that when one knows or feel this "song" their soul grow closer to "dragonhood" - i.e becomes more draconic in general.
- The word Thaar which is used for the many dragon-gods can be traced back to the Swedish word "Far" which means "Father"
- Female dragon-gods, or Mu'ur, also a loanword, this time "Mor" or mother, in Swedish.
- Many draw paralells between the evil Lamb and Jesus, however, this is only a coincidence according to the priesthood. Still, this has created tension between the two religions on rare occations.
- Draconism is acctually just a cach-all term for many "local groups" who share the same ideas, but still have many differences, much like Hinduism . Wer Flohli di Wer Darastrixi is one of the biggest separate groups.