Arathracianism

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The eight-pointed Solifix represents the eight points of the sun.

Arathracianism The religion of the Arathracian Churches of the Pallathantic and many Arathracian Sects is called Arathracianism. Although they differ with regard to leadership and some matters of doctrine, Arathracians acknowledge the special mission of Aireánnau Mother of the Folk and her Eight Sons in bringing the power and salvation of the god Arathrax to the world. Sacraments and other practices of Arathracians developed from very ancient beliefs in the third century surrounding Arathrax, Aireánnau, and her eight demi-mortal sons. Arathracians honor a body of Saints whom they recognize as having entered into the afterlife or presence of their god Arathrax. Many of the holy sites for Temples and Chapels have been held so since ancient times and some of which has supplanted earlier heritage sites to the various Isxinthion and pre-Isxinthion gods.. Originally, the religion of Arathrax was practiced only by Yophentheans, particularly the Arathraciots who claimed lineal descendancy from the eight sons of Aireánnau. With the progress of the Yophenthean Empire, foreign princes and their commoner subjects were inculcated with the beliefs of Arathracianism and the doctrine expanded to accept converts from other lands. Today any human can potentially be baptized into the Arathracian Religion.

Core Beliefs

  • As Arathrax is the continuation of the son god, Amrulon, so the human race is the continuation of the divine race
  • The god Arathrax begot eight sons by the mortal maiden, Aireánnau
  • The Arathraciot priests in ancient times taught humans the will and power of Arathrax
  • Arathrax has enabled humans to live in the presence of the sun gods in the life-to-come
  • Sacred rites of washing purifies the spirit and enables one to come to a state whereby it is possible to dwell in the presence of divinity

Arathracian Scripture

Today the most important scriptures of the Erechórebese Arathracian Church are gathered in the Book of Arathrax. Although many modifications have been made the main order of the texts was decided in the eleventh century by the Arathracian Church.

Ancillary Texts

These are texts which are very important to the church, but not deemed sufficiently worthy of inclusion in the Book of Arathrax. They give insight into the core beliefs of Arathracians in ancient times and in modern times.

Instructional Texts

These books are not original sources, but were and are compiled by the church for the use of priests and laity.

Sacraments and Performances

  • Daily Purification by ritual washing in the echteal of the Temple of Arathrax
  • Animal Sacrifice in behalf of the community to the god Arathrax, performed outside of the Temple of Arathrax
  • Rites of Arathrax
  • Temple rites performed at sunrise, sunset, high noon; special versions performed on Winter Solstice, Summer Solstice, Spring Equinox, and Autumnal Equinox
  • Personal Prayers and Temple Prayers
  • Aireannavese Rite
  • Solification of a Saint, performed by the Sunfather and the Arathracian College
  • Anointing of a new priest or an existing priest into a higher office
  • Sollevation of the deceased, today reserved for priests

Arathracian Priesthood

The Arathracian Priesthood is the body of men who are priests of Arathrax in the Church. In the Erechórebese Arathracian Church, they acknowledge the hierarchy supremacy of the Erechórebese Sunfather over the earthly church.

Arathracian Temple

An Arathracian Temple is a great edifice of imposing beauty, essential for many sacraments and performances of the Arathracian Religion. Arathracian Temples have existed since roughly the fourth century.

Arathracian Liturgy

Prescribed worship as a community is performed in Arathracian Temples according to the Arathracian Liturgy for the gonchambadh.

Arathracian Religious Motifs

Arathracian Cycle
  • The Theft of the Golden Horses of the Sun
Skiánthran Cycle
Aireannavese Cycle
Erithraigean Cycle

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