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.
- As Arathrax is the continuation of the sun 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
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.
- Coming of the Yophentheans: This record gives a very brief account of the gods, the creation of the world, the creation of the various humanlikes, the emigration of the goldenlings from Pytharnia to Erechóreb, and the rise of the Yophenths.
- Ascent of Aireánnau: attributed to third century, gives life of Saint Aireánnau Mother of the Folk, including the magnificat.
- Commandments of Arathrax: ca 250 to 550, revelations to the Arathraciot and Calántuvese kings, starting with Erithraigean
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.
- Sixteen Tablets of Arathrax: The laws of the Yophentheans in 5th century; considered useful for understanding the Yophentheans at the time when Classical Arathracianism emerged.
- Bryndydine Gloss: 700's, originally text written by a learned Arathracian priest of Bryndyd in the margin of his copy of the Commandments of Arathrax, it became an object of study in its own right. The Bryndydine Gloss explicates the meaning of the original text and is an important resource for scholars of Classical Arathracianism. The work has famously been subjected to later glosses.
- Holy City of Arathrax: 1073, Theological Treatise by Saint Agostof of Delesphao.
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
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.
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.
Prescribed worship as a community is performed in Arathracian Temples according to the Arathracian Liturgy for the gonchambadh.
Arathracian Religious Motifs
- The Theft of the Golden Horses of the Sun
- The Descent of Skiánthra to Aireánnau
- The Visitation of Skiánthra to Saint Aireánnau
- The Parturition of Saint Arathracius
- The Transformation of Saint Aireánnau
- The Rapture of Saint Aireánnau
- Against Zebdomanius, ca. 870
- Book of Arathrax, complete version no longer extant
- Book of the Wars of Arathrax
- Bryndydine Gloss, ca 700's
- Commandments of Arathrax, third through sixth centuries, part of Book of Arathrax
- Eregioadine Sacramentary, 2231, compiled during reign of Eregioadh IV, 2,226 to 2,334
- Holy City of Arathrax, The, 1073, Agostof of Delesphao
- Sixteen Tablets of Arathrax, fifth century
- Prince's Obligation, 1753, Encyclical of Sunfather Cambadheal I
- Sons of Erithraigean, 419, Taspha dalc Pholmagailna
- Ancient and Holy Points of the Sun, The, 2487, Midrevain dhal Tuicha Galtaha
- Archotheistic Heliolatry in the Post-Schismatic Arathracian Communion
- Brief History of the Knights-Templar of Arathrax, 2703, Aigueadal dhailg Bardinda Threvandusil
- Early Arathracian Priest-Kings, 2468, Caspain dhal Daghoidhe Thiga dhaila Ithraig
- Guardians of Arathracian Righteousness, 2577
- High Arathracian Ossuaries, 2642, Psaleimo Khupraskalos
- History of Erechóreb, A, 2208
- History of the Arathracian Church in Corundy, 2497
- Institutes of Ancient Yophenthean Law
- Journal of Arathracian Studies
- Legends of the Erismadhalian Swords, 1613, Iguleach Galbry dhailg Duadhna
- Magnificent Ruination of Old Yophénthë, 2513
- Pre-Aireannavian Cremations of Tireathiain, 2737, Thimul dhailg Erifirve
- Aireánnau Mother of the Folk
- Arathracian (disambiguation)
- Arathracian Catechism
- Arathracian Prayers and Creeds
- Arathracian Scripture
- Erechórebese Arathracian Church
- Processions of the Arathracian Religion
- Rites of Arathrax
- Sixteen Stations of the Sun
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