On Sun, Jun 13, 2010 at 4:35 PM, Lars Finsen <[log in to unmask]> wrote: > Den 11. jun. 2010 kl. 18.43 skreiv Jörg Rhiemeier: > >> What regards my own conpoeple, they are humans and have a religion. >> That religion changed over time, of course. In the classical era >> of the Commonwealth of the Elves, the religion was a kind of >> monotheism, worshipping the unfathomable universal god Ea, though >> older polytheistic deities continued as angelic spirits, the Veni. >> The Elves believed that human beings were created by Ea with the >> purpose of guarding and enriching the world by creating new and >> beautiful things, and for that purpose were endowed with free will. > > Much more charming than most earthly religions, I must say. > > My Urianians have a typical IE polytheism, but developed in certain > interesting ways, I think. I'd like to mention the creation myth here. > > Dius of Simuda had two sons, Jemios and Wirnos, whom he both loved, but > Jemios was his favourite. Jemios was an expert in a board game called > virdon. But one day, Wirnos won. "Look at me!" he said to his father, but > Dius dismissed it as a freak of chance. Wirnos now went mad and hit his > brother on the head with a stone, breaking his skull. To atone for his > crime, Wirnos went on to form his brother's corpse into a world, turning his > flesh to soil, bones to rock, blood to water, hair into forests, the nose > into a mountain, the eyes into lakes, the kidney into copper, the liver into > iron and the intestine into the big worm who digs in the earth, shakes it > and breathes fire. The lungs and stomach he gave to his father, but he kept > the heart to himself. > > Then he cut of the penis and the balls, hung them in a string around his > neck and left Simuda to wander in Jemios, his new world. And it was a good > world, because Dius loved his dead son. One day he came to a lake in the > mountains, the gleaming lake Qenowa. Down in the lake shone a light, > Swelnos, the light of life. Wirnos desired this treasure, but a giant, Rinos > blocked his path. Rinos attacked, but Wirnos struck him with his brother's > penis and he fell dead on the lakeside. Just then, Zasnuwios sprang forth, > another giant. But he met the same fate. A third giant, Nilos, tried to stop > Wirnos, but failed. And now the lake had run out of giant protectors. Wirnos > now threw his brother's genitals into the lake, which started to overflow, > and the three giants on the lakeside turned into rivers, the three great > rivers of the world that flow with life into Jemios. > > Then the fiery Aja rose from the waters, and from Simuda, Murtonos > descended. With Wirnos Aja, the goddess of life, begat the gods who live and > live, and to Murtonos, the god of death, she bore men and animals and > everything that lives and dies. Men are bound to Jemios, and the gods are > only seen in Simuda, but each can wander in the other world when they sleep > or die or perform some special trick that is available only to certain > initiated individuals. Are they close to the Germanic branch? I see a variation of the Ymir myth in there, I believe. > As you can see, the more primeval titanic gods are still part of the Olympic > pantheon, so it seems the Urianians don't believe in a rebellion against > them. Rather it's reduced to a brotherly squibble about a game of virdos. > That sets them apart from other Indoeuropeans, I guess. Didn't that take the form of the Aesir/Vanir or Asura/Deva splits elsewhere?