Thalathanism
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Thalathanism is the state religion of Achariya and the Pahanari Lands. Many legends and folklore originated from early Achariyan Mythology, as well as religious influences from Berhala, Nagaism, and traditional folk religions. Thalathanism is characterized by polytheism and syncretism. Religious syncretism was an essential feature of the Ancient Pahanari religion, blending disparate elements of the Achariyan, Batu-log, and Kedayuh belief systems. The Pahanari had a habit of identifying gods of other mythologies as their own. Thalathanism is the largest and most widespread religion in Suwarnabumi.

Main beliefs and practices

Practitioners of Thalathanism share common beliefs, which include:

  • A belief that all of the gods are manifestations of one supreme being. Lord Shahkamana is sometimes worshipped in many different forms such as "Maharaja Sarpa" (King of the snakes) and are closely associated with the worship of nagas in local forms of Nagaism.
  • A belief in the triune deities called the "Great Triad”.
    • Bumathi, the creator
    • Zahanvat, the preserver
    • Tahamatan, the destroyer
  • A belief that every soul is born as a heavenly, human, nonhuman or hellish being according to its own kammas. By taking life, the soul is interfered.
  • A belief that when a soul is pure, it becomes free and rests in the heavens forever.

Dahitas in Thalathanism

Main article: Thalathanist deities

The most worshipped of all dahitas is the death-god Tahamatan. His main temple is located in Tahamatra, the City of the Gods. It holds a ninety-six foot iron statue representing Lord Tahamatan. Other important dahitas include, Bumathi, the Divine Mother, and Zahanvat, the All-Pervading Father.

Cause and effect

Thalathanism teaches that cause and effect is the mechanism behind the cycle of rebirth and reincarnation. Each soul is the master of its own destiny. They believe that their lives are the way they are because of their actions, and can also be saved by their own actions. For example, what they do today will affect what will happen to them in future or to their future selves. This concept is known as "kamma", which stands for both action and consequences.

Purity and Impurity

Purification rites are a large part of Thalathanism. Certain deeds create a kind of ritual impurity on the soul that must be cleansed to end the cycle of rebirth and reincarnation. Wrong deeds are commonly known as "impurity", as opposed to "purity". For example, taking a life in a strict survival sense does not incur impurity, while killing for personal advancement or enjoyment does. Killing a person without showing proper respect for their sacrifice will come often back as evil spirits seeking revenge for this affront.

Thalathanist ritual purification includes washing the hands and face before ritual prayer or touching holy objects or scriptures. Fasting is also viewed as an alternative to ritual praying for cleansing the soul of impurity.

Afterlife

Thalathanists believe in reincarnation. The ultimate goal is to get rid of one's impurity on their soul so that they may end the repeated cycle of birth, death, and rebirth. When Thalathanists achieve this goal, their soul is liberated and goes to the heavenly realms for eternity.

Kedayuh Thalathanism

Both Langa and the Nau Islands were subject to considerable cultural influence from the Pahanari Lands. Many Thalathanist temples were built. The most important Thalathanist kingdom was Jukang, which was based on western Langa, and ruled a significant part of what is now the Kaliyatra empire.

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