PM5424: Pantheon

The Maratrean religion combines aspects of polytheism, monotheism, pantheism and panentheism:

  monotheism: Maratreanism believes in one ultimate deity, Maratrea

  pantheism: Maratrea becomes all souls and all souls become Maratrea again; therefore, in a sense, Maratrea is identical to the world, the world of souls

  panentheism: but there is more to Maratrea than the world, the sum of all souls; despite becoming the world, there remains part of her that does not become the world, but remains apart from the world while the world exists – or, we should say, worlds, since Maratreanism believes in many worlds

  polytheism: Maratrea has many forms, names, aspects, emanations, subordinates, representatives, intermediaries; all of these may properly be worshipped and praised; Maratrea is happy to receive our worship and praise through all of these, as we feel fit

 Let us distinguish between a proper and improper polytheism:

  a proper polytheism acknowledges there are many movements of the heart, corresponding to different forms of the divine; therefore, it is fitting that we worship the divine in many forms, that the many movements of the heart be exercised

  a proper polytheism sees beauty as divine and the divine as the beautiful; beauty takes many disparate and contrary forms – even though we believe, by faith, that these disparate and contrary forms ultimately constitute one single beauty, we are as yet unable to see this unity, though we believe by faith it must exist – therefore it is proper that we worship the divine in forms corresponding to the disparate beauties. If we seek to force our hearts into a false premature unity, that is no benefit to our relationship with the divine, but rather a detriment

  an improper polytheism imposes false expectations upon the divine, and when one form fails to meet those expectations, goes searching for another form that will. It is the will of the divine that we endure hardship, and even succumb thereto – war, famine, pestilence, and so forth. If we endure these things, we should not think that prayer or worship or sacrifices shall purchase for us an early end to them – they shall end when the divine wills that they end. If we pray or worship or sacrifice, with the false presumption that doing so will buy an early end to our sufferings, then we will inevitably be disappointed – many then will go looking for another form to worship instead, thinking – if this form does not work, maybe another will? This is an improper polytheism, which must be rejected.

  Similarly we ought reject, as improper polytheism, the idea that deities exist to help us in particular troubles, and that the type of trouble we endure should determine which deity to which we turn for help. It is an error to turn to the fertility god if one wants a child, and the sea goddess if one fears a storm at sea, and the rain god if one is suffering a drought.

  But when we suffer from inner turmoils, it is not inappropriate to turn to a deity with a particular expertise in that type of turmoil.

Now, let us discuss some of the chief deities of the Maratrean pantheon:

  the Holy Maratrean Trinity: She Who Remains (Sarena), She Who Divides (Sadeva), She Who Returns (Saretta)

o       Sadeva = Monday, Saretta = Friday, Sarena = Wednesday

o       Saturday = Later Lesser Sabath, Saturday night/Sunday morning = Great Sabbath, Sunday = Earlier Lesser Sabbath

  the tutelary deities of the five sacred animal tribes:

o       the holy Lord Bacu – the dog who is a god, the god who is a dog, the divine canine. He is tutelary deity of the first sacred animal tribe, which includes dogs, wolves, foxes, bats, meerkats, and others. The first of all dogs, he rose to the highest heaven and was enthroned as a god. (Monday)

o       the holy Lord Trinca – the cat who is a goddess, the goddess who is a cat, the divine feline. She is tutelary deity of the second sacred animal tribe, which includes cats, lions, tigers, and others. The first of all cats, she rose to the highest heaven and was enthroned as a goddess. (Tuesday)

o       the holy Lord Harpa – the horse who is a god, the god who is a horse, the divine equine. He is tutelary deity of the third sacred animal tribe, which includes horses, zebras, giraffes, and others. (Wednesday)

o       the holy Lord Muna – the monkey who is a god, the god who is a monkey, the divine primate. He is the tutelary deity of the fourth sacred animal tribe, which includes monkeys, chimpanzees, gorillas, and others. (Thursday)

o       the holy Lord Delvina – the dolphin who is a goddess, the goddess who is a dolphin, the divine cetacean. She is the tutelary deity of fifth sacred animal tribe, which includes dolphins, whales, orca, seals, and others. (Friday)

  there are other animal deities, other than the great five. But each of those others are subordinate to one of the great five. In particular, we may consider:

o       the holy Lord Taba – the bat who is a god, the god who is a bat, the divine bat. The first of all bats, friend of Bacu, he rose to the highest heaven and was enthroned as a god. He serves under his Lord Bacu, at Bacu’s side – he is Bacu’s chief minister.

  we  must also consider the three goddess, Night (Nuda), Rain (Cresa), and Dawn (Buna)

  the tutelary deities of the gendered roots: Melana, tutelary deity of the female root; and Hauzenpot, tutelary deity of the male root. The gendered roots correspond to the pure form of each gender, prior to any admixture with the other gender, which is to say, female and male homosexuality

Thus we see that Maratreanism acknowledges both anthromorphic and zoomorphic deities.

Certain deities belonging to other pantheons which we consider highly:

  Greek: Nyx, Hypnos, Thanatos, Lethe

  Roman: Libitina, Proserpina

  Arabic: Allat, Manat, Aluzza

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