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'''Sommizol''' ([[Maviba language|Maviba]] for "eternal way") is the oldest religion of the [[Darsa]] people. While most Darlash today are secular atheists, ''Zolkiramonnash'' (literally "Followers of the Way"), the followers of ''Sommizol'', are still the largest religious group in the [[Commonwealth of the United Provinces of Darya|Commonwealth]]. ''Sommizol'' first evolved in [[Ancient Monba]], and through a span of millennia gradually absorbed the practices and cultures of ethnic religions as the Empire expanded. This absorption of foreign cultures continued even after the Empire's collapse and grew to become the dominant religion on [[Darya]], with over 3.2 billion followers at its peak in the 3rd century AK.
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'''Sommizol''' is the oldest religion of the [[Darsa|Darsi]] people. While most Darsa today are secular atheists, ''Zolmon'', the followers of ''Sommizol'', are still the largest religious group in the [[Commonwealth of the United Provinces of Darya|Commonwealth]]. ''Sommizol'' first evolved in [[Ancient Monba]], and through a span of millennia gradually absorbed the practices and cultures of ethnic religions as the Empire expanded. This absorption of foreign cultures continued even after the Empire's collapse and grew to become the dominant religion on [[Darya]], with over 3.2 billion followers at its peak in the 3rd century AK.
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''Sommizol'' is historically believed to have originated in the 8th millennium AK in [[Monba]], and the subsequent development of the [[Monbana Empire]] allowed ''Sommizol'' to spread rapidly and become the largest religion in [[Korat]] by the Empire's end in the 7th millennium. The expansion of ''Sommizol'' thereafter involved colonialism and trade empires, as well as missionary activities in the 7th century AK.
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Most ''Zolmon'' fall into one of two denominations: ''Novizol'' (60–80%) or ''Burizol'' (20–30%). The largest population of ''Zolmon'' in the Commonwealth is located in [[Mayfal]], where 35% of the population is faithful. Sizeable ''Zolmonni'' communities are also found throughout the rest of the Commonwealth, as well as in [[Hopean Commonwealth|Hope]], the [[Union of Eteno Socialist States|Eteno Union]], and [[Karalian Empire]].
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==Etymology==
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''Sommizol'' is a [[Maviba language|Maviba]] compound noun originating from the roots ''Som'' (eternity) and ''Zol'' (way, route, or path), making the literal meaning of ''Sommizol'' the "eternal way". In a religious context it denotes belief in the cyclical nature of the universe. ''Zolmon'', the word for an adherent of ''Sommizol'', is itself a compound of ''Zol'' and ''Mon'' (person), and means "traveller" or "one who follows the path".
  
 
==Beliefs==
 
==Beliefs==
 
===Gods===
 
===Gods===
''Sommizol'' centres around a ''Gadonnasham'' ("Brotherhood") of six gods. The various Darsa languages have different names for these deities, but the [[Maviba language|Maviba]] names and the attributes which they are ascribed are as follows:
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''Sommizol'' centres around a ''Gadonnam'' ("Brotherhood") of six gods. The various Darsa languages have different names for these deities, but the [[Maviba language|Mavibi]] names and the attributes which they are ascribed are as follows:
*[[Gunesh (mythology)|Gunesh]], God of Light
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*[[Adal (mythology)|Adal]], God of Light and Justice
*[[Habarji (mythology)|Habarji]], God of Time
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*[[Hab'arji (mythology)|Hab'arji]], God of Time, Honesty and Loyalty
*[[Darya (mythology)|Darya]], God of Life
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*[[Darya (mythology)|Darya]], God of Life. It is believed that Darya sacrificed themselves to
*[[Menekshe (mythology)|Menekshe]], God of Love
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*[[Menekshe (mythology)|Menekshe]], God of Water, Love and Family
*[[Atesh (mythology)|Atesh]], God of Death
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*[[Atesh (mythology)|Atesh]], God of Fire, Wisdom and Knowledge. It is believed that Atesh, through the Final Prophets (''Sarash''), granted mortals writing, among other forms of knowledge.
 
*[[Saf (mythology)|Saf]], God of Healing
 
*[[Saf (mythology)|Saf]], God of Healing
  

Revision as of 04:37, 5 February 2018

Sommizol is the oldest religion of the Darsi people. While most Darsa today are secular atheists, Zolmon, the followers of Sommizol, are still the largest religious group in the Commonwealth. Sommizol first evolved in Ancient Monba, and through a span of millennia gradually absorbed the practices and cultures of ethnic religions as the Empire expanded. This absorption of foreign cultures continued even after the Empire's collapse and grew to become the dominant religion on Darya, with over 3.2 billion followers at its peak in the 3rd century AK.

Sommizol is historically believed to have originated in the 8th millennium AK in Monba, and the subsequent development of the Monbana Empire allowed Sommizol to spread rapidly and become the largest religion in Korat by the Empire's end in the 7th millennium. The expansion of Sommizol thereafter involved colonialism and trade empires, as well as missionary activities in the 7th century AK.

Most Zolmon fall into one of two denominations: Novizol (60–80%) or Burizol (20–30%). The largest population of Zolmon in the Commonwealth is located in Mayfal, where 35% of the population is faithful. Sizeable Zolmonni communities are also found throughout the rest of the Commonwealth, as well as in Hope, the Eteno Union, and Karalian Empire.

Etymology

Sommizol is a Maviba compound noun originating from the roots Som (eternity) and Zol (way, route, or path), making the literal meaning of Sommizol the "eternal way". In a religious context it denotes belief in the cyclical nature of the universe. Zolmon, the word for an adherent of Sommizol, is itself a compound of Zol and Mon (person), and means "traveller" or "one who follows the path".

Beliefs

Gods

Sommizol centres around a Gadonnam ("Brotherhood") of six gods. The various Darsa languages have different names for these deities, but the Mavibi names and the attributes which they are ascribed are as follows:

  • Adal, God of Light and Justice
  • Hab'arji, God of Time, Honesty and Loyalty
  • Darya, God of Life. It is believed that Darya sacrificed themselves to
  • Menekshe, God of Water, Love and Family
  • Atesh, God of Fire, Wisdom and Knowledge. It is believed that Atesh, through the Final Prophets (Sarash), granted mortals writing, among other forms of knowledge.
  • Saf, God of Healing