Gods & GoddesSES
Please note that to the majority of Tam'nýer—a''ns, the Gods & Goddesses are viewed as transcendent truth. As defined by Wikipedia 'transcendent truths' are those unaffected by time or space. They define the world, but are not defined by the world. An example of a transcendent truth is "God is good", or "there is no God". Either way, how one looks at things contained by time and space is a result of the transcendent truth.
THE DIVINE FAMILY
God of Fate & Creator of the Divines
Children: Nýer—a, Q'Tam'šmă, Uu'krieuvan, Bók-T'ak, Sty-kopös, Ižwala', Llunon, W'daṅzî, Praq-huykl' & Khuavīdistë
Offerings: gambling tiles, tithing some of your winnings, humility, ashes
Rhīșña'V, despite actually being the parent of "the inanimate and animate, to be and not to be, all paths to be taken and avoided", which also includes Nýer—a', Q'Tam'šmă, Uu'krieuvan, as well as the Gods/Goddesses of the Elements themselves, it is actually Nýer—a' who is noted as being the 'Father of All'.
Even more surprising is that Rhīșña'V gets an even shorter stick by not even being recognized in the traditional way that Tam'nýer—a''ns count time; he's excluded from the 'qwi (weeks). However, this is probably due to him making his children by raping his consort: Atharva, the Goddess of Peace & Self Destruction.
Despite this though, Rhīșña'V is surprisingly okay with it all. As if this is how it was always meant to be. He is in turn, resigned to his fate. Despite his cruelty and abhorrent behaviour towards Atharva, most believe that Rhīșña'V's behaviour towards his own fate of being forgotten in turn denotes how fathers should act as it follows the natural order; sons, sooner or later become the recognized head of the house. Fathers pass on all they know for the betterment of the future, and a father who is angered and unable to relinquish power as well as control is unworthy of a blessed death.
Aside from the lesson he represents to all fathers with his acceptance of the natural order and fate, (these two things he represents), he is also the patron god of gambling. So, regardless of all his work and creating all the Gods that Tam'nýer—a' is familiar with and worships today, Rhīșña'V is more likely to be found in gambling houses.
Goddess of Peace & Self-Destruction
Children: Nýer—a, Q'Tam'šmă, Uu'krieuvan, Bók-T'ak, Sty-kopös, Ižwala', Llunon, W'daṅzî, Praq-huykl', Khuavīdistë & VüƑ
Offerings: fields, knotted bits of rope, sitting in silence, trinket boxes
Peace. A thing that most hope and wish for. A time with no bloodshed and pure harmony with all life. A respect and understanding that is so solid that to distrust is the abnormality. This is the common understanding of peace, however, in Tam'nýer-a' peace is a type of chaos; an unnatural chaos. Yes, respect, honour and trust are all people want and deserve, but there will always be disagreements. Not everyone accepts the cards they are dealt and hold resentment. Some even believe the world owes them compensation for their hardships.
Discord, to a degree, is one and part of the universe. There is a major imbalance without it and peace, whilst wished for is made of bitten tongues and repressed view. That is why the Goddess of Peace is hideous, never truly free to soar and express for fear of harming others and destroy the dream that is peace.
While Myusza'si is indifference and mischief, things we may view negatively, she is free to express to the Nth degree, to be and create freely, without hindrance or insecurity. Atharva, in the other hand, is bound; one hand behind her back, blinded, her tongue split so that even if she speaks, her words get jumbled and misinterpreted despite all her good intentions. Ultimately, while she is Peace, she is also the sacrifice, denial & destruction of the self.
With this self-destruction and wanting to make compromises for the greater good, Atharva is the consort of Rhīșña'V, taken by force. She is actually his female counterpart, which means she is also the 'forgotten matriarch'. From Atharva both VüƑ & Rxya' were born; the God of Time & the Goddess of Memory.
VüƑ came to be from Atharva's desperation. Biding her time and patience, she stored it in a coffer hidden away from Rhīșña'V, until it gained a mind of its own and came to life.
In Rxya's case, she was born out of Atharva storing her time and patience, and VüƑ. While these two are brother and sister, they could arguably be Identical (monozygotic) twins, despite not being the same sex. Whenever Atharva's time, and consequently freedom was stored up, she was also doing it with the very real threat of Rhīșña'V lurking around the corner. The memory of her fear and oppression by her lover lingered with every bit locked away in the coffer. As VüƑ gained life in the dark, he developed his own memories, his own learnings. In essence, Rxya' was born out of the lingering energy of Atharva's memories and VüƑ's need for companionship as he wove. It is said that the only thing Vuf ever removed from his endless tapestry was a blanket to hide, or protect if you will, his friend born in the dark there with him whenever Atharva would open the coffer and add to his existence. This blanket became Rxya''s renowned coat.
God of the Sky, Father of All
Parent(s): Rhīșña'V & Atharva
Siblings: Q'Tam'šmă, Uu'krieuvan, Bók-T'ak, Sty-kopös, Ižwala', Llunon, W'daṅzî, Praq-huykl' & Khuavīdistë
Children: Y'l, Jn and Öx - with Q'Tam'šmă
Offerings: candles, spring rot tree (for light), putting flowers in the ocean for him
Nýer—a', God of the Sky, our guiding light, and lover of the Sea, Q'Tam'šmă, who is also his sister.
Needless to say, both are rather tormented lovers, however, for Nýer—a', He must look upon the broken body of his middle child, Jn, every day, and every moment as Jn is the Land of Tam'nýer—a'. Nýer—a' gives great care to all his Children, those of his flesh and blood that are dead, and us, the children of the land He oversees. Keeping us warm with His light, and letting us grow is a way of him to rekindle the need to Love, and watches over us as a way to show Q'Tam'šmă that there is still much to live for, and to never forget it. It is the most productive way to ease His own pain and to show Q'Tam'šmă affection, as he has tried drying his Lover's tears, and endlessly does so, but as pointed out in a poem by Sí'qan, a 1CE (Cataclysm Era) poet;
What is a Sun compared to an Ocean?
For my task is never ending; a wound that cannot mend
A toil, a mastery, — a pain I can't contend
To dry these tears, my Love forever in a day
Would be to bury all and leave my Love astray
Goddess of the Sea, Mother of All
Parent(s): Rhīșña'V & Atharva
Siblings: Nýer—a', Uu'krieuvan, Bók-T'ak, Sty-kopös, Ižwala',
Llunon, W'daṅzî, Praq-huykl' & Khuavīdistë
Lovers: Nýer—a' (legitimate), Uu'krieuvan & Llunon (theory)
Children: Y'l, Jn and Öx - with Nýer—a'
Symbols: anande ilij (coral)
Goddess of the Sea, Motherless yet Mother of All. Forbidden to walk on land as it
is made of the body of one of her children, Jn, she is a Goddess of Life, Despair,
Torment, and Strength. For this, She carries four faces. Whichever one She wears will
hide the others. However, She can change on a whim.
Q'Tam'šmă is a Mother all Tam'nýer—a' mothers would dread to be; her children,
Y'ljnöx, made of her essence have died, and all she can do is watch. This is why
she is also known as the Mother of Torment. Being life-giving as She is water, and
only able to help those exist, with no children of her own, She is also painfully aware
that nothing lasts. All life dies in the end and many die inside of Her; ships sinking,
children drowning because they are carried away by the currents. While this may
seem cruel, since as a Goddess should she not be able to save them, Q'Tam'šmă
must watch. That is Her plight, as the death of one may mean life for another, or motivation in someone else's life that helps many in the long run, but that is not up to Her, that belongs to VüƑ, the God of Time.
Consequently though, Q'Tam'šmă gives life by being water. She is the main way of living since all rely heavily upon Her oceans, and take part of Her body as we ingest her. This gives Her some solace, but in the end, death always has a way of winning. If Q'Tam'šmă did in fact give into her torment and despair though, that would mean the end of all Life as we know it. She trudges on, making Her the Strongest of All.
It is said, despite Q'Tam'šmă's famous four faces, she carries a fifth; Her body without emotion, Her main form. Shimmering gold underwater, and due to Her Lover's Light, the Sky. It has also made fools scour the oceans for that colour in solid form; Gold. If you see a flash of it in the depths, you have most likely caught a glimpse of Her. Whether this be a blessing or a dastardly omen is up to you.
Q'Tam'šmă is the patron deity of Püertagœ.
To fully dry Q'Tam'šmă's tears would kill Her, as they are inherently Her body. As Nýer—a' is Father of All, providing light, his main celebration is tied to the beginning of the year when there is only one sun visible in the sky. The entire celebration lasts a full week and offerings are made to him via floating lanterns, and wreaths of flowers in the sea as this display is translated to being the closest He can reach to his Lover. The horizon is known, amongst those who believe, as the Lover's Embrace.
Y'l, Jn & Öx
Y’ljnöx: Gods of Love, Friendship, Possession
Parent(s): Nýer—a' & Q'Tam'šmă
Lovers (Jn): Nue
Children (Jn): Sùrelï & Ilăș - with Nue
CREATION MYTH (Y’ljnöx; Y’l, Jn, Öx);
Y'ljnöx are the Brothers born of Sea and Sky; Y'l the eldest, Jn, and Öx. As is the story with most siblings they loved and pranked each other equally, till Jn, intoxicated beyond reasoning, decided on a winter's eve to take from their parents a piece of heart. Doing this on the pretense that he would literally share a piece of their parents' love with his brothers, he brought it to Öx and Y'l telling them he found something for them to try.
On a whim, and eager for Öx & Y'l's reaction, Jn lit the piece of heart on fire for Öx and Y'l to smoke. Expecting the two to be filled with love, admiration, and gratitude, Jn kept offering it to his brothers, without realizing that it was slowly killing his beloved siblings. Eventually, Öx and Y'l collapsed, past all reasoning and hope of being brought back as the only thing that could kill the Brothers was being inundated; and with what more than their parents' love?
The issue was that they already possessed their parents' love and that their parent's heart was not something that they had rights to take and alter. Them extinguishing the piece of heart for their own pleasure and enjoyment that was not their own showed a fatal level of greed.
But all was not lost in the way that with the brothers' death, Jn had to approach his parents and tell them what happened. Out of anger and heartbreak Sea and Sky killed their only remaining son allowing his remains to fall to Tam'nýer—a'. Breaking apart on impact, Jn's physical body became the various land masses in Tam'nýer—a''s oceans. Losing everything apart from each other, Sea and Sky laid down side by side to remain forever. Still very much in love with one another they decided to lay like this to keep themselves from ever laying together again as it only produced pain in the end, but to always remain close.
*As a side note, thanks to the brothers dying in this way, what we call an Adam's Apple here on Earth (a bump in the throat that is naturally prominent in men) is known as 'A Parent's Heart'.
ABOUT THE BROTHERS;
You’ve read the creation myth; three brothers having too much fun and Jn getting so caught up in it, he steals a piece of their parents’ heart. The other brothers, trusting their sibling, smoke it only to die. As a punishment, Q'Tam'šmă & Nýer—a', their parents, kill their one remaining son for the betrayal, making his body ultimately the land that makes up Tam’nýer-a’.
What has never been revealed is that if they were the sons of the Divine Family, what were they gods of?
As everything, especially when it comes to mythos, they can be left open to interpretation individual to individual, but ultimately there lies a fundamental lesson. The Divine Family is where it all starts to trickle down.
The Gods, as in some of the most famous mythologies, are there to represent lessons, or life without fear of consequences providing a freedom to make copious amounts of mistakes without fear of wasting time as they are immortal. Tam’nýer-a’’n mythos runs on most of the same ideology. However, there is one elementary difference; the Gods have all died and what’s more, the people know it.
At the beginning, for most Tam’nýer-a’’ns, lies the story of Y'l, Jn & Öx, or Y’ljnöx. The creation myth of their world, as described above. But what is usually not taught or delved into generally is what Y'l, Jn & Öx represent other than a dysfunctional family with a sad story. While drama is usually what people want out of a good story, Y’ljnöx goes so much deeper than that, and sets the precedent for the majority of the lessons taught by the Gods.
In truth, the brothers, with apt inspection, could be said to be aspects of relation. Not simply by blood, but the differentiation of relationships as a whole. You may have come across the 8 different types of love distinguished by the ancient greeks such as agape, eros, pragma, etc. Rather than breakdown the variations of love, Y'l, Jn & Öx could embody aspects of relationships, or the evolution of; love, friendship and possession.
This theory is emphasized if we take into consideration who their parents are and what they represent. For instance, their parents, Q'Tam'šmă & Nýer—a', represent Light, Life & Torment (as concerning Q'Tam'šmă Despair and Strength came after having to kill her son, Jn). Jn’s brothers only died because they smoked a piece of their parents’ heart, something not freely given nor anyone’s to take.
On further inspection still, Jn’s lover was Nue, Companionship and Unconditional Love. They gave birth to Sùrelï (Language) & Ilăș (Manipulation). Does the theme seem to be repeating itself? Companionship and unconditional love bearing Language, where a universal lesson, even for us here on Earth, is that communication is key. And then one could assume that Jn’s blood and essence into mix is what brought forth Manipulation.
Of course, this far into dissecting, it would seem that out of Love, Friendship and Possession, that Jn is possession. The need to own and have for oneself; the loved one becomes an object. Jealousy is born out of this, but the risk is especially the blurred distinction between the self and the other. There’s always a need for more, without necessary consideration of long-term consequences; the attachment can become unhealthy and extreme, such as illustrated by Jn’s idea that the brothers could share the piece of their parents' love with each other.
The Sea and the Sky, however, are absolute beings, it’s like mortals attempting to own and possess the immortal spirit and the infinite matter within their own bodies and minds; it kills them or renders them raving lunatics. This is why the creation legend speaks about a “fatal level of greed”.
Jn being killed by his parents in anger can also be interpreted on a symbolic level in this context; if friendship and love disappear, mere possession is devoid of meaning. It would be akin to a soulless body, which essentially Jn was at that point. At one level, the Brothers were not independent of one another, but were rather destined to function as a triad; all aspects together forming a meaningful relationship.