Hesukh

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Hesuk simple anglicized /HEH-sookh/ IPA /ˑhɛsux/. Hesukh is the ancient Kalaman god of hidden waters, the sacred waters which enable the earth goddess, Mahada, to procreate. The ancients believed there were two bodies of water, one high in the atmosphere and another deep in the earth. The ocean was considered one with the earth goddess and a manifestation of natural creation. The ocean above the earth and the ocean below the earth were regarded as male because they had not yet joined with the procreative power of the earth. Hesukh was the god who presided over and directed the waters in the depths of the earth. Without his esoteric union with the earth goddess, it was thought the earth would die. These waters were sometimes later seen as the waters of chaos. To the ancients, the notion of chaos was not inherently even. The waters of chaos were considered pure and unformed and thus essential for the life-force of nature.

The birth of Hesukh is sometimes attributed to the cosmic god, Brabda, but most ancient Kalaman myths explain that Hesukh was born from himself which means that he was thought to have had no beginning and no end and be eternal. He is thought to possess the knowledge of immortality even beyond the power of the gods to attain and his power may be related to the power at the center of earth and also at the center of the sun. Hesukh's cult is thought to predate the titans and the gods associated with the titans, such as Atur.

In ancient Kalama, the oldest temples to Hesukh were built of uncut stone in the earth or simply shrines made in caves with natural water systems. In later times when these could not be found, his worshipers made temples to him in the depth of the earth with a well if possible or at least a basin filled with pure water. The ancient Kalaman city of Dhaihar Hesukhoksha which is on the site of modern day Azabria, was named after the god.

Hesukh by Mahada is the father of Bambashra, the god of sailors, Lukhmaudhi, the goddess of pure waters meant for mortals to drink, Khandiwa, the goddess of plenty and famine, and Chamb, the god of springs and ways and means. By the goddes Vahmu, he is the father of Bhimala, the lagustine divinity that governs Lake Vimal, known today as the god Vimala, the father of the divinity Dajhis, goddess of dragons and thought by ancient Kalamans to be the mother of the dragonfolk. By Vahmu, Hesukh was known as the father of Taswa, the god who governed night-time dreams, and Penjahl, the lord of madness who later became the god, Lygdamion. Hesukh was highly esteemed in ancient Kalama and today in Vimalia, his rites are considered some of the most ancient.

Hesukh and Atur are both attributed with causing the great flood (Flood of Aturyanda). Hesukh caused the waters in the earth to rise to the surface and Atur caused the sea above the earth to plunge to the surface. The ancients regarded these both as part of a regenerative program to revive the dying mother earth goddess.

The god Hesukh is sometimes associated with the god Eshik who is one of two companions to the goddess Magdaia. The god Kuma also possesses many qualities that seem related to or originating from the ancient god Hesukh.

Hesukh's paternity to the chaos god, Lygdamion, was troubling to the ancient Yophenthean rulers of the Kalaman peninsula and as a consequence, they forbid his worship outside of Vimalia. Hesukh is the grandfather of Satran who was his devotee.

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