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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.

Practitioner Titles

The overall governor of the entire Genkyo religion is the tenno.

Shrine priests and priestesses, from lowest to highest ranks, are referred to as
Rank Masculine Feminine Notes
Priest Shisai
司祭
Miko
巫女
Head Priest Guji
宮司
Shumiko
主巫女
The head of a shrine or temple.
Supreme Priest Saikojuso
最高住僧
Saikomiko
最高巫女
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.
Other notes
  • Male and female members of the imperial family who join the priesthood are referred to as Shisai-oji (司祭王子) & Mikohime (巫女姫) respectively.

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 Amaotome.

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 Amaotome, 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).

Seinaru-shima

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.

Kaguya-Hime

Himiko Joo

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.

Amaotome

The Amaotome (あまおとめ天乙女/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 Amaotome are usually referred to by short version of their name.

Several prominent clans of Yamatai claim descent from one or more of the Amaotome, and therefore from Zenno-sha and Kanno-teki; the Nadeshiko dynasty via Akegata-himekami most prominently.

Amaotome
Full Name Short name Title Representaion
Aichaku Kusabana-no-himekami
愛着草花の姫神
Aika-himekami
愛花姫神
Princess of Flowers Love
Aika-himekami is most particularly acknowledged during Koigokoro no Saiten, the Genjin love festival
Chiteki Dobutsu-no-himekami
知的動物の姫神
Chiteki-himekami
知的姫神
Princess of Animals Intelligence
Chokkan Kage-no-himekami
直感影の姫神
Kage-himekami
影姫神
Princess of Shadows Intuitiveness
Chujitsuna Fuyu-no-himekami
忠実な冬の姫神
Chujitsuna-himekami
忠実な姫神
Princess of Winter Faith
Danryoku Mori-no-himekami
弾力森の姫神
Mori-himekami
森姫神
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.

Eizoku Kaiyo-no-himekami
永続海洋の姫神
Kaiyo-himekami
海洋姫神
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.

Ikuji Yama-no-himekami
意気地山の姫神
Ikuji-himekami
意気姫神
Princess of the Mountains Pride
Jikan Tsuki-no-himekami
時間月の姫神
Tsuki-no-himekami
月姫神
Princess of the Moons Time
Jinsokuna Hekireki-no-himekami
迅速な霹靂の姫神
Jin-himekami
迅姫神
Princess of Thunder Celerity
Kakki Taiyo-no-himekami
活気太陽の姫神
Taiyo-himekami
太陽姫神
Princess of the Sun Life
Nintai Chikyu-no-himekami
忍耐地球の姫神
Shinobu-himekami
忍姫神
Princess of Earth Patience
Kawaru Aki-no-himekami
変わる秋の姫神
Aki-himekami
秋姫神
Princess of Autumn Change
Kennin Hayate-no-himekami
堅忍疾風の姫神
Kaze-himekami
風姫神
Princess of Wind Perseverance
Kibo Haru-no-himekami
希望春の姫神
Haru-himekami
春姫神
Princess of Spring Hope
Kinbenna Sabaku-no-himekami
勤勉な砂漠の姫神
Sabaku-himekami
砂漠姫神
Princess of the Desert Diligence
Kizento Ikigomi-no-himekami
毅然と意気込みの姫神
Iki-himekami
意気姫神
Princess of Metal Resolution
Kyokan Shokubutsu-no-himekami
共感植物の姫神
Kyokan-himekami
共感姫神
Princess of Plants Empathy
Ontai Ame-no-himekami
温帯雨の姫神
Ame-himekami
雨姫神
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.
Reijin Tenka-no-himekami
麗人天花の姫神
Rika-himekami
麗花姫神
Princess of Snow Beauty
Seiten Sora-no-himekami
晴天空の姫神
Sora-himekami
空姫神
Princess of the Sky Clarity
Shinpi Tasogare-no-himekami
神秘黄昏の姫神
Tasogare-himekami
黄昏姫神
Princess of Twilight Mysteriousness
Shuyona Akegata-no-himekami
主要な明け方の姫神
Akegata-himekami
明け方姫神
Princess of the Dawn Leadership
The eldest sister and the leader of the Amaotome. The Tenno of Yamatai claim descent from Akegata-himekami, and therefore from her divine grandparents.
Sosaku Uta-no-himekami
創作歌の姫神
Uta-himekami
歌姫神
Princess of Song Creativity
Uta-himekami was believed to have the best singing voice of the entire Amaotome.

As such, she is the main patron deity of singers and musicians.

Teiso Mizu-no-himekami
貞操水の姫神
Mizu-himekami
水姫神
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.
Tsuyoi Kazan-no-himekami
強い火山の姫神
Tsuyobi-himekami
強火姫神
Princess of Volcanoes Strength
Yasashī Hi-no-himekami
優しい火の姫神
Yuhi-himekami
優火姫神
Princess of Fire Kindness
Yugana Kawa-no-himekami
優雅な川の姫神
Tsunekawa-himekami
雅川姫神
Princess of the Rivers Grace
Yukanna Natsu-no-himekami
勇敢な夏の姫神
Natsu-himekami
夏姫神
Princess of Summer Courage

Idainaryu

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).

Takairyu

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
Akagane Kinzoku-ryu
赤金金属竜
the Copper Dragon Dragon Spirit of Metal
Akairo Hiryu
赤色火竜
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.
Kogane Tenpi-no-ryu
黄金天日の竜
the Golden Dragon Dragon Spirit of the Sun
Servant of Zenno-sha and ruler of all dragons.
Kohaku Jinsei-no-ryu
琥珀人生の竜
the Amber Dragon Dragon Spirit of Life
Protector of newborns.
Kokuyoseki Kage-ryu
黒曜石影竜
the Obsidian Dragon Dragon Spirit of Shadows
Servant of Seikyo and judge of souls.
Kongo Kaze-no-ryu
金剛風の竜
the Diamond Dragon Dragon Spirit of Wind
Hisui Dobutsu-ryu
翡翠動物竜
the Jade Dragon Dragon Spirit of Animals
Midori Shinrin-no-ryu
緑森林の竜
the Emerald Dragon Dragon Spirit of the Forests
Mokuzai Mokusei-no-ryu
木材木製の竜
the Wooden Dragon Dragon Spirit of Wood
Nijiiro Suiro
虹色水竜
the Opal Dragon Dragon Spirit of Water
Sister of Shinju Umi-no-ryu.
Ogyoku Ikazuchiryu
黄玉雷竜
the Topaz Dragon Dragon Spirit of Thunder & Lightning
He is especially popular in the Empire of Raimei.
Seigyoku Kori-no-ryu
青玉氷の竜
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.

Sekiei Daichi-no-ryu
石英大地の竜
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.

Shinju Umi-no-ryu
真珠海の竜
the Pearl Dragon Dragon Spirit of the Ocean
Brother of Nijiiro Suiro.
Shirogane Eisei-no-ryu
白金衛星の竜
the Silver Dragon Dragon Spirit of the Moons
Turokoseki Sukairyu
トルコ石空竜
the Turquoise Dragon Dragon Spirit of the Sky

Hikuiryu

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
Kawa-no-ryu
川の竜
Dragon Spirit of the Rivers Cousin of Shinju Umi-no-ryu & Nijiiro Suiro
Funkazan-no-ryu
噴火山の竜
Dragon Spirit of Volcanos Younger brother of Akairo Hiryu
Sangaku-no-ryu
山岳の竜
Dragon Spirit of the Mountains Younger brother of Sekiei Daichi-no-ryu
Ekibyo-no-ryu
疫病の竜
Dragon Spirit of Plague An evil dragon that spreads disease wherever he goes.

Tenjin

The Kamigami of the Genkyo pantheon are collectively known as Tenjin (天神).

Name Representation, Historicity & Other notes
Major Kami
Anzenna Shussan
安全な出産
Megami of Safe Childbirth
Kyofu-no-Arashi
強風嵐
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).

Aizen Myo-o
愛染明王
Kami of Lust & Sex
Chuya
昼夜
Kami of Day and Night
Omoikane
思金
Kami of Learning
Hyosetsu
氷雪
Kami of Ice and Snow
Jikan
時間
Kami of Time
Joku
上空
Kami of the Sky
Kanjo-no-Aijo
感情の愛情
Megami of Love

Kanjo-no-Aijo-megami is most particularly acknowledged during Koigokoro no Saiten, the Genjin love festival

Taka-uso Jun-ga Hanako
多価鷽純画芭子
Kami of Fruits
Takemikazuchi
武甕槌
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.

Kisetsu-no-Utsurikawari
季節の移り変わり
Kami of the Changing Seasons
Kosaku & Nogyo
工作 & 農業
Kami of Farming and Agriculture.

Brother Kami

Geka'gaku-no-Kusuri
外科学の薬
Megami of Medicine
Sugure Yojutsu-no-Maho
優れ妖術の魔法
Megami of Magic & Sorcery
Ninshin
妊娠
Megami of Pregnancy
Ongaku
音楽
Kami of Music
Shochu-Tsukuri
焼酎作り
Kami of Winemaking
Seifuku-to-Shori
征服と勝利
Kami of War
Seikyo
逝去
Kami of Death.

Lord of the Shinigami, the guides to the afterlife.

Shaho
射法
Kami of Archery
Shizen-no-Yoso
自然の要素
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.

Shuryo
狩猟
Kami of Hunting
Tachisuji
太刀筋
Kami of Swordsmanship
Taiyo
太陽
Kami of the Sun
Tan'ya
鍛冶
Megami of Blacksmithing
Tsusho
通商
Kami of Trade & Commerce
Unabara-to-Nami
海原と波
Kami of the Sea
Sake-tsukuri
酒作り
Kami of Winemaking
Minor Kami
Raiu
雷雨
A minor Thunderstorm kami

Shinigami

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.

Jinshu

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.

Beast Deity Title Element
Azure Dragon Seiryu
青竜
Haru-no-Ryoshu to Azuma-no-Shugoshin
春の領主と東の守護神
Lord of Spring & Warden of the East
Ki

Wood
Vermilion Bird Suzaku
朱雀
Natsu-no-Ryoshu to Minami-no-Shugoshin
夏の領主と南の守護神
Lord of Summer & Warden of the South
Hi

Fire
White Tiger Byakko
白虎
Aki-no-Ryoshu to Nishi-no-Shugoshin
秋の領主と西の守護神
Lord of Autumn & Warden of the West
Kin

Metal
Black Turtle Genbu
玄武
Fuyu-no-Ryoshu to Kita-no-Shugoshin
冬の領主と北の守護神
Lord of Winter & Warden of the North
Mizu

Water
Yellow Dragon Oryu
黄竜
Kisetsu-no-Ryoshu to Chu-no-Shugoshin
季節の領主と中の守護神
Lord of Winter & Warden of the North
Tsuchi

Earth

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 (ぺいじ北寺くろがめ黒亀すいいき水域)
  • the eastern temple, Toji-no-Aoryu-to-Mokuzai (とうじ東寺あおりゅう青竜もくざい木材)
  • the southern temple, Nanji-no-Shucho-to-Kaji (なんじ南寺しゅちょう朱鳥かじ火事)
  • the western temple, Saiji-no-Shiratora-to-Kinzoku (さいじ西寺しらとら白虎きんぞく金属)
  • the central temple, Chuji-no-Oryu-to-Chikyu (ちゅうじ中寺おうりゅう黄竜ちきゅう地球)

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.

Odotai

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.

Cycle
Order
Animal Attributes
Positive Negative
1 Rat Nezumi
Quick-witted, resourceful, versatile, kind Cutthroat
2 Ox Ushi
Diligent, dependable, strong, determined Stubborn
3 Tiger Tora
Brave, confident, competitive Reckless
4 Rabbit Usagi
Quiet, elegant, kind, responsible Negative
5 Dragon Ryu
Confident, intelligent, enthusiastic Cutting
6 Snake Hebi
Enigmatic, intelligent, wise Vengeful
7 Horse Uma
Animated, active, energetic Gossipy
8 Sheep Hitsuji
Calm, gentle, sympathetic Moody
9 Monkey Saru
Sharp, smart, curiosity Insouciant
10 Rooster Niwatori
Observant, hardworking, courageous Cocky
11 Dog Inu
Lovely, honest, prudent Avoidance
12 Boar Inoshishi
Compassionate, generous, diligent Naive
Extra Cat Neko
The Cat is not traditionally included, but retains some acknowledgement.

Spirits

Genjin folklore depicts a variety of spirits that roam the land.

Jutama

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.

Jutama of Genjin culture include:
Animal Representation
Cat Neko
Tiger
Bear
Shark
Fox
Frog
Turtle

Tsukumogami

Tsukumogami (つくもがみ付喪神) are spirits that reside within an artifact or tool.

Known Demons

Along with the holy kamigami, the Genjin acknowledge several demons. Like the demons in the Septifidelic faith, each demon represents a negative aspect.

The demons of Genjin culture are:
Demon
Name Representation, Historicity & Other notes
Akujo
悪女
Queen of Demons & Consort of Mao.
Aseri
焦り
Demoness of Impatience
Don'yoku
貪欲
Demon of Greed
Ekirei
疫癘
Demoness of Plague
King Enma
閻魔王
Kotei of Demons.

Ruler of Yomi-no-kuni; direct superior of Mao.

Hakai
破壊
Demon of Destruction
Hiai
悲哀
Demon of Sorrow
Ikari
怒り
Demoness of Anger
Jaakuna Akuryo
邪悪な悪霊
Demon of Evil
Kaibutsu
怪物
Demon of Monsters
Katte
勝手
Demon of Selfishness
Konton
混沌
Demon of Chaos
Kurayami
暗闇
Demoness of Darkness
Mao
魔王
Demon of Evil.

Chancellor of Yomi-no-kuni. Second-in-command to King Enma.

Muhon
謀反
Demon of Rebellion
Namakemono
怠け者
Demon of Laziness
Okui
大食い
Demoness of Gluttony
Ryuketsu
流血
Demon of Bloodshed & Slaughter
Saigai
災害
Demon of Disasters
Satsujin & Kirai
殺人 & 嫌い
Demon & Demoness of Murder.

Husband & wife demons.

Shikiyoku
色欲
Demon of Lust
Warugi
悪気
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.
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