Jamzezism

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Jamzezism
Branches Traditional, Dragon Daughters
Scripture Book of Krayhan
God(s) Krayhan
Morduin
Founder Jamzeze
Demonym Jamzezist


Jamzezism is the most popular and most widespread religion in the Karalian Empire. Jamzezism has its roots at least ten thousand years ago when a Vaikan named Jamzeze wandered the Yallvus desert to teach the desert peoples the ways of Krayhan and Morduin - two opposing dragons of order and chaos that fight one another in eternal combat in a higher dimension known as the Celestial Plane. Legend has it that because their fighting never came to an end, their combat moves eventually became in sync, almost dance-like. What was once an eternal war now became a harmonic dance and balance between the two.

Overview

It is said that every Vaikan has the soul essence comprising of both of these dragons - with Krayhan's roar atop the highest mountain of Ucharpli, Vaikan heard the voice of wisdom and knowledge to empower them with the ability to dream and form thoughts. Morduin challenged Krayhan's orderly designed with a roar of his own to bestow Vaikan with fiery passion and the ambition to conquer others and build civilizations. These two essences form a Vaikan's soul which takes physical form as their electricity. Early Vaikan believed that when they fired jolts of electricity, they were letting loose their soul in the form of powerful energy.

At first, the Vaikan only chose one side or the other leading to many ways between the followers of Krayhan and the followers of Morduin, but when they learned of Krayhan's and Morduin's rhythms, they realized the only way to achieve eternal peace was to harmonize both sides. Thus, they came to realize that controlling one's emotions and being modest in public was to keep the balance of their soul. To seek harmony and enlightenment was their end goal.

Vaikan do not believe in a literal afterlife. When one dies, their soul leaves the body and its essence is dispersed among the cosmos. Consciousness ceases to exist. However, the cosmic memory of the soul does not disappear. Though not conscious, a Vaikan could still become spiritually immortal if they were to be remembered by those who are still alive. As such, a Vaikan must go out of their way to achieve fame, glory or honor so that their legacy would still be remembered upon death. To be forgotten is the ultimate form of death and non-existence. As such, building shrines with mementos and relics owned by the person are kept safe. The body however is not considered important and is usually discarded through the most efficient means available.

Most modern Vaikan follow Jamzezism as a philosophy where Krayhan and Morduin are seen more as metaphors than actual literal dragons (although some believe they literally exist as electromagnetic beings that travel dimensions via quantum entanglement). The customs of death, however, persist to this day. To the Vaikan, the existence of a soul is considered the defining trait that distinguishes them from machines. However, an argument has been made that the literal soul essence of a Vaikan is the electricity they're able to shoot out - androids and bots also share the same electricity, and as such, have the same sort of soul essence. However, what sets them apart is that for a Vaikan, their soul is bound to their body and cannot attach itself to any objects once it leaves. This is further complicated with the existence of the technology of uploading one's mind to a computer as well as VR's. Thus, the concept of a soul is still metaphorical, but still remains culturally the most important factor that separates Vaikan from androids. Once a Vaikan dies, their consciousness is gone - and as such, death is meaningful for a Vaikan, but not an android.