Symbol of Katri
|Head||Mullada Marok IX|
|Holy day(s)||Zarath (38/3), Katri New Year|
Katri is a bitheistic religion widespread on Coracan. Its adherents, known as Katri, or Katris, believe in two equal and supreme gods, Meren the Creator and Badut the Destroyer.
Katri, also known as Merenbaduta is a bitheistic religion centred around two gods: one destructive and one creative.
The creative god is called Meren, while the destructive entity is known as Badut. These gods are believed to be co-eternal and co-equal. Meren is tied to Coracan, while Badut is tied to Serulus. Like Serulus, the destructive wrath of Badut looms over the world.
At the beginning of time, Meren created the world. Each apocalyptic period in the history of Coracan and the Primanna is attributed by Katris to Badut, while the regenerative periods that follow are believed to be guided by Meren.
At the end of time, Badut will be in charge of dismantling the world, after which, Meren will build another.
Those who follow the careful instructions of Meren and Badut as revealed by their prophets will be elevated to creatures not bound by physics as we know it. The Elevated will live much like Meren and Badut, in a realm beyond the laws of endless destruction and creation in place in the universe. For unbelievers, their spirit and soul, like their body, will be reforged into new beings and new things, effectively meaning that they are condemned to oblivion. In that state (which is believed to occur to a believer after second death), they will become immortal servants of Meren and Badut, existing outside time and space as we know them.
Katris believe that for everything that is created, something must be destroyed. It is common practice, therefore, for Katris to ritually burn something they themselves have created in order to give thanks for success or pray for future prosperity. Farmers may burn a portion of their crop, craftspeople may burn or smash to pieces a piece of their own handiwork. When constructing a building, Katri workers may destroy a pane of glass or smash some bricks before they begin. People without such skills may fold paper into intricate shapes before burning them. Less often, Katris may sacrifice an animal that one must have tended to for at least three days. Contrary to myth, Katris have never practised human sacrifice. Sacrificed animals cannot be highly intelligent (e.g. no elephants), diseased, maimed or wounded at the moment of slaughter.
Treatment of the dead
Upon the biological death of a Katri, the body is required to be entirely destroyed within three days. Cremation is typical, but scattering the ashes is not mandatory. Sky burial, the practice of leaving corpses exposed on high places and allowing their bodies to be consumed and their bones scattered, is also permissible and many Katri communities in hilly or mountainous terrain continue to practice it. Sea burial, while still permissible, is considered less preferable than other methods and is generally only to be performed when no other method is practical. Katris are strictly forbidden to preserve or mummify their dead in any way. The souls of the deceased are believed to be trapped within a mummified body. Therefore, there are sometimes expeditions to recover the bodies of Katris who died in environments that naturally preserve corpses, like mountains and deserts.
Katris are forbidden from eating any food that has been altered specifically to make it last longer. This means that any pickled, salted or dried foods are forbidden and they cannot eat food with any other added preservatives. Milk can be heat-treated; cheese, yoghurt and butter are allowed. Both canning and refrigeration are allowed as they do not alter the composition of the food. Alcohol is allowed, though it is considered generally impious to become drunk. These restrictions are the most commonly observed, however some ultra-orthodox sects do not permit canning, refrigeration or heat treatment of food.