Symbol of Anak
Numerous national gods
|Head||Eucemenical Kalun Gutta|
Other national Kaluns
|Holy day(s)||Astwal (38/3)|
Anakism is a western polytheistic religion with several hundred million adherents. The religion has heavy elements of animism and ancestor worship. Originally a set of disparate ethnic pagan religions, external threats to their regional gods saw the priestly and ruling classes take the drastic step of reforming their religion. This process of reformation unified vast lands and millions of people under the banner of the god Anak, who was made greatly more powerful and broadly popular through a process of combining him with numerous weaker gods. What was previously oral legend was codified into scripture and a formal church hierarchy was established, in imitation of religions like Cruxi and Dayutra.
Anakism is named for Anak, the highest god in the Anaki pantheon.
The previously orally-transmitted myths and legends of the faith have been codified into scripture, the Gabtas, which also details the history of the reformation and the composition of the 'new' gods.
Anakism has a system of autocephalous governance. Each realm may appoint its own Kalun, or religious head, who may choose a particular god for their realm to hold in higher esteem. All of the Kaluns are equal, however, the Kalun of Wagdu is the nominal, primus inter primus religious head of Anakism and also holds the title of Ecumenical Kalun.
The religion was reformed in response to the arrival of Dayutra (and later, Cruxi) from the East. Concerned at the threat to the power of their patron gods, ecumenical councils between leading priests of differing traditions in the heart of the West came together to reform their religion. Although the comprehensive reorganisation of the pantheons was met with fierce resistance from those who wished to practice their faith in the old manner, the amalgamated and shrunken reformed pantheon proved itself stronger than the old. The god Anak was chosen to be the head god of the reformed faith. In order to make the reforms more popular, hundreds of gods were amalgamated into his nature, elevating him to a level of power gods of previous times would have never dared dream of. Among the gods, there was a great deal of unrest and division between those who saw the benefits of reformation and those who feared losing their identities and individual power in the amalgamations.
Many groups refused to accept the reformation of their religion and the amalgamation of their gods and chose to continue worshipping their gods in the old ways. These groups are often considered heretics by mainstream, reformed Anaki believers and face significant persecution and repression in many areas.