Veraism

"To not take my word for it: experience it yourself, and you will know the truth."
—Khamasara, the Founder of Veraism

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Veraism is an ancient belief system that pre-dates Nagaism. The followers of Veraism are called verasadhu.

Veraism does not have strict rules or taboos on marriage, food, or culture, and encouraged foreign trade and investments, and grew quite popular among traders. Unlike Nagaism, sacrifices is an uncommon practice amongst its followers. Veraism is mainly practised in mainland Suwarnabumi, but there are significant Veraism presence on the Nau Islands.

Like Nagaism, serpents are held in high regard in Veraism. For example, the story of how a naga formed a bed for Lord Khamasara using its body and allowing him to concentrate on meditation and discover what Verasadhu call Eternal Bliss.

Khamasara is the founder of Veraism. Little is known about him. Some say he was a wealthy prince that forsake his heritage to become a monk. Others stories tell of a boy born into poverty, who became rich, only to realize that wealth does not bring happiness.

Goal of Veraism

The goal of Veriasm is to free oneself from the cycle of death and rebirth, achieving what Verasadhu call Eternal Bliss. This is achieved by cultivating merit, which contributes to a person's growth towards liberation and finally eternal bliss.

Although it varies from school to school, there are generally two ways to cultivate merit. He could devote himself to a life of strict asceticism and proper conduct. This is known as the Right Veraism. The other path, known as Left Veraism, was the complete opposite. Instead of resisting temptation, he should give in completely to his desires and overindulge himself in these pleasures. Once fulfilled of all his desires, he would no longer feel the need for them, thus gaining merit.

Divine Beings

Unlike Nagaism and Thalathanism, Veraism teaches that there is no supreme being responsible for the creation of the universe. The world exists because of causal actions, not through the will of the Gods. Although Verasadhu reject the notion of a primordial creator being, they do believe that there is a spirit world and gods in the heavens. However, these gods are not considered supreme and are subject to rebirth, just like all other creatures in the universe.

Afterlife

The concept of life after death is considered irrelevant to the goal of reaching eternal bliss. Verasadhu believe in rebirth and reincarnation.

Disciples

Both monks and nuns shave their heads clean. They are prohibited to carry any weapons, even tools that serve practical reasons, such as a knife. But the disciples are not defenceless. The Verasadhu disciples are skilled physicians and know much about the inner workings of the body. The disciples had learned of vulnerable spots of the body and what happened if they were pressed. The disciples combined this knowledge with fighting techniques they learnt from the east, making them formidable martial artists. Although the disciples never intended to hurt others with their knowledge, they do not shy away from conflict when it is required.

They may only consume food before noon and must beg for their food. Verasadhu live on a strict vegetarian diet.

The Three Evils

The Three Evils in Veraism is Greed, Ignorance, and Hatred.

Hao Veraism

Hao Veraism is group of cults related to the traditional Hao folk religion. Followers of Hao Veraism tend to be more concerned with the worship of ancestors, Gods and spirits rather than cultivating merit. Hao Veraism allowes the worship of the Khamasara as a deity, while mainstream Veraism does not. This particular school is mostly found in southern Haolang, especially in port cities. It has also spread to some areas of northern Suwarnabumi. Hao Kedayuh are usually practitioners of this Veraism school.

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