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Genkyo (原教) is the collective Genjin religion & mythology. Believers are called Genkyoto (原教者).
Genkyo is a polytheistic set of traditions and faiths worshiped primarily in the nations of Genjin culture/ethnicity in Fuso. They are also practiced to a lesser extent in eastern parts of Soleil and Yamatai's provinces in western Marlakcor, and have been on the rise in Maritymir through Yamatai's colony the Gugyo Archipelago, as well as Raimei in southwestern Marlakcor. Gods and goddesses in Genjin culture are referred to as "Kami" and "Megami" respectively, and "Kamigami" collectively.
The overall governor of the entire Genkyo religion is the tenno.
|The head of a shrine or temple.|
|This holy title is second to the tenno and there is only ever one at a time. The holder of the title is also the ruler of Hinomoto.|
Zenno-sha & Kanno-teki
Tenrai Uchu-no-Zenno-sha Konpaku (天来宇宙の全能者魂魄) and Tenrai Uchu-no-Kanno-teki Yubutsu (天来宇宙の官能的尤物) are supreme kami worshiped by the Genjin as the overall rulers of the Spirit World, and the central figures of Genkyo. In discussion, their names are often shortened to Zenno-sha (全能者) and Kanno-teki (官能的) respectively. They are the parents of Himiko and the grandparents of the Tennyo.
According to traditional myth, Zenno-sha is the master of the Idainaryu, and the creator of the lands and islands known as Fuso. Kanno-teki is the life-giver of Fuso, who let plants bloom and animals evolve by bleeding some of her blood into the land. Traditional myth also identifies the pair as the first man and woman to inhabit Fuso; but this myth is highly unpopular, as modern historians and scholars favor a theory suggesting the Genjin migrated to Fuso from mainland Marlakcor.
Through their eldest granddaughter, Shuyona Akegata-no-himekami of the Tennyo, the Tenno of Yamatai claim descent from them, and it is through this alleged descent that the legitimacy of the Nadeshiko dynasty is based off. Traditional legend says that Akegata-himekami gave birth to a child whose name is recorded as Jiyu-no-Seigiwa Heiwa-o-Sonchosuru (自由の正義は平和を尊重する), or just Jiyu Heiwa (自由平和), who began the genealogical descendancy that led to the beginning of the imperial line with Ganzo-Tenno (Mikado Keikenna-no-Totoi Taiso).
The main, largest, and original temple to them is Tenrai Fufu-no-Sodai Jiin (天来夫婦の壮大寺院/Grand Temple of the Divine Couple), located on the island of Seinaru-shima, an island near the geographical center of Fuso.
Himiko Joo (卑弥呼女王), or simply Himiko (卑弥呼), is the daughter of Zenno-sha & Kanno-teki. Popular legend says that she gave up her immortality to live with in the mortal realm during the protohistorical era of Fuso, though there are many variations as to how she came to the mortal realm.
The most popular legend is that she descended to the mortal ream and ended up on the island of Hatsushima (初島), an island between Fuso and Marlackor, near the center of the Chohokei Sea (長方形海/Chohokei Umi), the location of which has been forgotten to history; yet, recent discovery of a small patch of scattered islets near the center of the Chohokei sea, along with the remains of villages underwater, has led to the suggestion that Hatsushima has since sunk into the sea.
Legend continues to say that she boarded a small boat alone and set sail for Fuso, before getting caught in a storm, eventually ending up washed up naked on a beach of what is now the town of Sakitomi (先富), capital of what is now Chiroshima Gun (遅漏島郡).
She was immediately found by local villagers and given food and clothing, but wasn't welcome due to the plague they were going through. Having given up her immortality, but not her divine powers, she used her powers to heal the sick, ending the plague. Their gratitude led them to anointing her as their new village leader, becoming the Joo of the ancient Kingdom of Sakitomi.
The Tennyo (てんにょ天女/Heavenly Maidens) are a group of "divine princesses" that, according to myth, lived in the protohistorical era of Fuso. They are the daughters of Himiko, all born during her tenure as Joo of the ancient Kingdom of Sakitomi, all born to different mortal fathers that were believed to be Himiko's concubines/lovers, and are thus all half-sisters to each other, aside for a set of triplets who were born from the same father, two of whom were twins. Similarly to the Archangels of Septifidelity, each of the princesses represent a certain virtue and/or aspect of nature. They are led by Akegata-himekami, the eldest of them.
When talked about in conversation, the Tennyo are usually referred to by short version of their name.
Several prominent clans of Yamatai claim descent from one or more of the Tennyo, and therefore from Zenno-sha and Kanno-teki; the Nadeshiko dynasty via Akegata-himekami most prominently.
|Full Name||Short name||Title||Representaion|
|Princess of Flowers||Love|
|Aika-himekami is most particularly acknowledged during Koigokoro no Saiten, the Genjin love festival|
|Princess of Animals||Intelligence|
|Princess of Shadows||Intuitiveness|
|Princess of Winter||Faith|
|Princess of the Forests||Resilience|
|Most legends say that Mori-himekami's father was an elf, yet also say that Mori-himekami was born a full-elf.
Legends say that this was due to the divinity of her bloodline that prevented it from becoming mixed.
|Princess of the Oceans||Endurance|
|The more popular legends say that Kaiyo-himekami's father was a merman, and that Kaiyo-himekami was a mermaid herself. Youngest triplet of Mizu-himekami and Ame-himekami. Of the triplets, Mizu-himekami and Ame-himekami had the same father while Kaiyo-himekami had a different father.
Through the now-extinct Enkei clan, the Ishigame clan of Yamatai claims descent from Kaiyo-himekami.
|Princess of the Mountains||Pride|
|Princess of the Moons||Time|
|Princess of Thunder||Celerity|
|Princess of the Sun||Life|
|Princess of Earth||Patience|
|Princess of Autumn||Change|
|Princess of Wind||Perseverance|
|Princess of Spring||Hope|
|Princess of the Desert||Diligence|
|Princess of Metal||Resolution|
|Princess of Plants||Empathy|
|Princess of Rain||Temperance|
|Younger triplet of Mizu-himekami and elder triplet of Kaiyo-himekami. Of the triplets, Mizu-himekami and Ame-himekami had the same father while Kaiyo-himekami had a different father.|
|Princess of Snow||Beauty|
|Princess of the Sky||Clarity|
|Princess of Twilight||Mysteriousness|
|Princess of the Dawn||Leadership|
|The eldest sister and the leader of the Tennyo. The Tenno of Yamatai claim descent from Akegata-himekami, and therefore from her divine grandparents.|
|Princess of Song||Creativity|
|Uta-himekami was believed to have the best singing voice of the entire Tennyo.
As such, she is the main patron deity of singers and musicians.
|Princess of Water||Chastity|
|Eldest triplet of Kaiyo-himekami and Ame-himekami. Of the triplets, Mizu-himekami and Ame-himekami had the same father while Kaiyo-himekami had a different father.|
|Princess of Volcanoes||Strength|
|Princess of Fire||Kindness|
|Princess of the Rivers||Grace|
|Princess of Summer||Courage|
The Genjin worship two sets of dragon deities known collectively as the Idainaryu (偉大な竜/Great Dragons). Followers of this faith believe these dragons are the source of a soshihito's ability to manipulate the elements. Synonymously known as spirits, each dragon has its own attribute that reflects the essence of nature. They are divided into two branches, the Takairyu (高い竜/High Dragons) and the Hikuiryu (低い竜/Low Dragons).
|The Takairyu, are the higher dragon deities and take more prominence their their lower counterparts, the Hikuiryu. The Takairyu are also known by a particular material or gemstone each is believed to be made of.
The Takairyu aren't always all worshiped at the same time. Some areas place more emphasis on one or more dragons than the others, sometimes in the form of cults. (e.g. Most wood elves that follow these dragons tend to place emphasis on Midori Shinrin-no-ryu, the Emerald Dragon, more than the other dragons; and Kogane Tenpi-no-ryu, the Golden Dragon, is largely worshiped in parts of Soleil more than the other dragons).
|Name||Represented Material||Representation of Nature|
|the Copper Dragon||Dragon Spirit of Metal|
|the Ruby Dragon||Dragon Spirit of Fire|
|The Genjin believe he lives in a volcano called Kasai-ya-Doro-san (火災や土路山) with Sekiei Daichi-no-ryu.|
|the Golden Dragon||Dragon Spirit of the Sun|
|Servant of Zenno-sha and ruler of all dragons.|
|the Amber Dragon||Dragon Spirit of Life|
|Protector of newborns.|
|the Obsidian Dragon||Dragon Spirit of Shadows|
|Servant of Seikyo and judge of souls.|
|the Diamond Dragon||Dragon Spirit of Wind|
|the Jade Dragon||Dragon Spirit of Animals|
|the Emerald Dragon||Dragon Spirit of the Forests|
|the Wooden Dragon||Dragon Spirit of Wood|
|the Opal Dragon||Dragon Spirit of Water|
|Sister of Shinju Umi-no-ryu.|
|the Topaz Dragon||Dragon Spirit of Thunder & Lightning|
|He is especially popular in the Empire of Raimei.|
|the Sapphire Dragon||Dragon Spirit of Ice|
|While most dragons, real and mythological, breath fire, the Genjin believe that Seigyoku Kori-no-ryu spews ice.
The Genjin also believe that he lives on a glacier of a mountain in the northernmost reaches of Fuso.
|the Quartz Dragon||Dragon Spirit of Earth|
|Older brother of Sangaku-no-ryu.
The Genjin believe he lives in a volcano called Kasai-ya-Doro-san (火災や土路山) with Akairo Hiryu.
|the Pearl Dragon||Dragon Spirit of the Ocean|
|Brother of Nijiiro Suiro.|
|the Silver Dragon||Dragon Spirit of the Moons|
|the Turquoise Dragon||Dragon Spirit of the Sky|
|The Hikuiryu are the lower dragons of the Idainaryu, which maintain a respectable level of worship but take less importance than their Takairyu counterparts.|
|Name||Representation of Nature||Other notes|
|Dragon Spirit of the Rivers||Cousin of Shinju Umi-no-ryu & Nijiiro Suiro|
|Dragon Spirit of Volcanos||Younger brother of Akairo Hiryu|
|Dragon Spirit of the Mountains||Younger brother of Sekiei Daichi-no-ryu|
|Dragon Spirit of Plague||An evil dragon that spreads disease wherever he goes.|
The Kamigami of the Genkyo pantheon are collectively known as Tenjin (天神).
|Name||Representation, Historicity & Other notes|
|Megami of Safe Childbirth|
|Kami of Storms.
Arashi is especially popular in the Empire of Raimei.
|Bosei & Fusei
母性 & 父性
|Megami and Kami of Parenthood.
Sister and brother deities that preside over Parenthood (motherhood and fatherhood respectively).
|Kami of Lust & Sex|
|Kami of Day and Night|
|Kami of Learning|
|Kami of Ice and Snow|
|Kami of Time|
|Kami of the Sky|
|Megami of Love
Kanjo-no-Aijo-megami is most particularly acknowledged during Koigokoro no Saiten, the Genjin love festival
|Taka-uso Jun-ga Hanako
|Kami of Fruits|
|Kami of Thunder & Lightning.
He is especially popular in the Empire of Raimei. He is sometimes equated with, Xiangliang Jizao, the Wan god of thunder.
|Kami of the Changing Seasons|
|Kosaku & Nogyo
工作 & 農業
|Kami of Farming and Agriculture.
|Megami of Medicine|
|Megami of Magic & Sorcery|
|Megami of Pregnancy|
|Kami of Music|
|Kami of Winemaking|
|Kami of War|
|Kami of Death.
Lord of the Shinigami, the guides to the afterlife.
|Kami of Archery|
|Kami of the Five Elements.
According to myth, Shizen-no-Yoso, an abjaksan from an era known as the "Saisho Eiyu Jidai (最初英雄時代/First Heroes Period)" – roughly seven thousand years ago, a millennium shy of the Saisho Kokka Jidai (最初国家時代/First Nation Period) – was the inventor of each discipline of Soshijutsu, being one of the rare known few who could use all four elements.
He was deified both for this feat and ending a massive wintry war that happened during his time. Said war is known to history as the Ketsueki no Toki (血液の冬季/Winter of Blood), named for the fact that most of the fighting took place in the winter time of the war, and said fighting was the bloodiest conflict in the history of Fuso before the Two Hundred Years' War several millenniums later. Thousands of lives were lost during the war, not all from fighting on the battlefields.
|Kami of Hunting|
|Kami of Swordsmanship|
|Kami of the Sun|
|Megami of Blacksmithing|
|Kami of Trade & Commerce|
|Kami of the Sea|
|Kami of Winemaking|
|A minor Thunderstorm kami|
The Shimigami are spirits that act as guides for souls to Shigo-no-sekai, the Genjin term for the afterlife. They either escort souls to paradise in Takamagahara, or drag them to eternal torment in Yomi-no-kuni. There are countless shimigami, and only twenty of them are known by name. Genjin believe that those destined for Takamagahara see the Shinigami as beautiful ethereal beings – similarly to angels – while those destined for Yomi-no-kuni see them as ugly skull-faced demons.
The Jinshu (じんしゅ神獣/Divine Beasts) are a quintet of animal deities whose worship originated in Linglun but have also been incorporated into Genkyo by the Genjin.
Believed to be deities separate from the traditional gods and other deities, they are the guardians and divine governors of Fuso, and are also known as wardens of their spiritual direction and lords of a season. Each also represents one of the five elements.
|Haru-no-Ryoshu to Azuma-no-Shugoshin
Lord of Spring & Warden of the East
|Natsu-no-Ryoshu to Minami-no-Shugoshin
Lord of Summer & Warden of the South
|Aki-no-Ryoshu to Nishi-no-Shugoshin
Lord of Autumn & Warden of the West
|Fuyu-no-Ryoshu to Kita-no-Shugoshin
Lord of Winter & Warden of the North
|Kisetsu-no-Ryoshu to Chu-no-Shugoshin
Lord of Winter & Warden of the North
The main temple complex dedicated to them as a whole, Jinshu-ji (じんしゅじ神獣寺), resides on the island of Seinaru-shima in Yamatai within the vicinity of Tenrai Fufu-no-Sodai Jiin, and another in Hinomoto. The Jinshu-ji complex consists of five main temples, four for the beasts of the four directions and a fifth in the center for Oryu. The five temples of Jinshu-ji are:
- the northern temple, Peiji-no-Kurogame-to-Suiiki (ぺいじ北寺のくろがめ黒亀とすいいき水域)
- the eastern temple, Toji-no-Aoryu-to-Mokuzai (とうじ東寺のあおりゅう青竜ともくざい木材)
- the southern temple, Nanji-no-Shucho-to-Kaji (なんじ南寺のしゅちょう朱鳥とかじ火事)
- the western temple, Saiji-no-Shiratora-to-Kinzoku (さいじ西寺のしらとら白虎ときんぞく金属)
- the central temple, Chuji-no-Oryu-to-Chikyu (ちゅうじ中寺のおうりゅう黄竜とちきゅう地球)
Along with that there are four separate individual temples at the extreme points of Fuso, similarly to the Shisheng Chengshi in Marlakcor, albeit they're not sovereign in any sense of the word.
The Odotai (黄道帯), also called the Zodiac, the worship of twelve animals in a sequence, is a facet of Genkyo incorporated from Wan faith, though the Genjin version replaces the Pig with a Boar.
This facet of Genkyo religion is governed from a temple complex known as the Odotai no Sodaina Jiin (黄道帯の壮大な寺院/Grand Temples of the Zodiac) in Hinomoto, which includes twelve main temples each dedicated to each animal and the Hijiri Junikyu (聖十二宮/Sacred Twelve Temple), where the Odotai are worshiped as a whole. Separate main temples, many smaller individual temples for each the twelve animals also exist all across Fuso.
Genkyoto believe that the members of the Odotai take turns overseeing the cosmos in the name of the Zenno-sha and Kanno-teki each year in a 12-year cycle, and thus each year is named for that particular animal.
|Quick-witted, resourceful, versatile, kind||Cutthroat|
|Diligent, dependable, strong, determined||Stubborn|
|Brave, confident, competitive||Reckless|
|Quiet, elegant, kind, responsible||Negative|
|Confident, intelligent, enthusiastic||Cutting|
|Enigmatic, intelligent, wise||Vengeful|
|Animated, active, energetic||Gossipy|
|Calm, gentle, sympathetic||Moody|
|Sharp, smart, curiosity||Insouciant|
|Observant, hardworking, courageous||Cocky|
|Lovely, honest, prudent||Avoidance|
|Compassionate, generous, diligent||Naive|
|The Cat is not traditionally included, but retains some acknowledgement.|
Genjin folklore depicts a variety of spirits that roam the land.
The Jutama (じゅうたま獣魂) are a set of animals separate from the zodiac held as sacred to the Genjin. Hunting of these animals are generally forbidden. It is believed that spirits in the form of these animals roam the land and guide every living being down the path of life.
Tsukumogami (つくもがみ付喪神) are spirits that reside within an artifact or tool.
Along with the holy kamigami, the Genjin acknowledge several demons. Like the demons in the Septifidelic faith, each demon represents a negative aspect.
|Name||Representation, Historicity & Other notes|
|Queen of Demons & Consort of Mao.|
|Demoness of Impatience|
|Demon of Greed|
|Demoness of Plague|
|Kotei of Demons.
Ruler of Yomi-no-kuni; direct superior of Mao.
|Demon of Destruction|
|Demon of Sorrow|
|Demoness of Anger|
|Demon of Evil|
|Demon of Monsters|
|Demon of Selfishness|
|Demon of Chaos|
|Demoness of Darkness|
|Demon of Evil.
Chancellor of Yomi-no-kuni. Second-in-command to King Enma.
|Demon of Rebellion|
|Demon of Laziness|
|Demoness of Gluttony|
|Demon of Bloodshed & Slaughter|
|Demon of Disasters|
|Satsujin & Kirai
殺人 & 嫌い
|Demon & Demoness of Murder.
Husband & wife demons.
|Demon of Lust|
|Demon of Malice|
Notes & Trivia
- Shizen-no-Yoso, the abjaksan of Marlakcor in his time, was born in what is now the Kingdom of Mizuho.