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Religion of Meadowfields
From Phyrypedia, the free encyclopedia
Statistics
55.57% of Meadowfieldian citizens are classified as "irreligious", "atheist", "agnostic", or "apatheist" according to the 2020 Meadowfieldian Census.

Religion

Type

Supreme Deity

Believers

%

Meadowfieldian Ancestors

Folk ancestor worship

Borough, the Raven of Time

352,372,428

37.77

Kyurtese Shamanism

Folk shamanism

Gurderekh, The Main

53,924,083

5.78

Yharfidian Spirits

Folk shamanism

Mimouermont, The Golden Ancestor

4,198,241

0.45

Faith of Uxbrighambe

Organized dualism

Uxbrighambe, The Aggressive

4,011,653

0.43

Meadowfieldian Ancestors
Meadowfieldian Ancestor Reverence, commonly known as "Meadowfieldian Ancestors" or politically "Bigeng," formerly known as "┴rweor■rung," is a Grebenvocian traditional venerative religion based on worshipping the ancient founders and tribal leaders of ancient Meadowfields. The mainly worshipped ancestor is Borough, the Raven of Time, the founder and negotiator of the Confederation of MŠdŠcerscÝnfeld.
Origin
The idea of Meadowfieldian Ancestor Reverence originated in 1129 due to a movement named Cynehßd (Dignity) that advocated for the worship of the forefounders MŠdŠcerscÝnfeld, which many had considered to be legendary.

The first settlement that Meadowfieldian Ancestor Reverence was purported to occur was the small village of Salsea, which still exists today. MŠdŠcerscÝnfeldian poet CynemŠr wrote of Salsea in his journal "Earfo■sÝ­ YmbfŠreld MŠdŠcerscÝnfeld," "A small village near Hornacsanm˙­a [Hornmouth River], named Sealtbr­e [Salsea], has a peculiar reverence of the founders of MŠdŠcerscÝnfeld." At that time, it was called "┴rweor■rung," or Respect. It soon spread all over Meadowfields, even to the far edges of the Isle of Uxbrigh in the far west of MŠdŠcerscÝnfeld, and was instituted as the official state religion of MŠdŠcerscÝnfeld by Confederator Ealhstan V and the 245th Confederative Government of MŠdŠcerscÝnfeld. At that time, the first denominations of Meadowfieldian Ancestor Reverence appeared, with the much more common Gesta­oliendbigeng (Founder Reverence) and Cnˇslbigeng (Familial Reverence). Gesta­oliendbigeng is the standard form today, worshipping the founders of MŠdŠcerscÝnfeld, while Cnˇslbigeng is relatively rare, only worshipped in rural areas honoring your direct and familial ancestors.

After the Kyurtese Conquest of Meadowfields, Kinggiyadai Bukha, the Emperor of Kyurt, decided to retain Meadowfieldian Ancestor Reverence as the national religion, along with Kyurtese Shamanism, which is still practiced today by many. During that period, a third denomination appeared, named Sidubigeng (Ritualistic Reverence), which combined the ritualist practice of Kyurtese Shamanism with Meadowfieldian Ancestral Reverence.

After the Liberty Revolution and the establishment of the First Republic of Meadowfields, Gesta­oliendbigeng was the mandated form of Meadowfieldian Ancestral Reverence, with the use of Gesta­oliendbigeng required in schools and houses of worship. Unfortunately, Sidubigeng died around this time, and Cnˇslbigeng was greatly diminished, with only around 3,000 believers.

After the Dignity Revolution and the Second Republic of Meadowfields, the mandate of Gesta­oliendbigeng was lifted, causing Cnˇslbigeng to rise back, and Kyurtese Shamanism, Yharfidian Spirits, and the Faith of Uxbrighambe rose to prominence in Meadowfields (Kyurtese Shamanism and Yharfidian Spirits were the national religions of Kyurt and Yharfide, respectively). A fourth denomination, named Ānealwealdabigeng (One God Reverence), rose with only Borough, the Raven of Time, being worshipped.

Gesta­oliendbigeng has changed several times, with a new version of its holy text, "Cwidboc Gesta­oliendbigeng" (Proverbs of Founder Reverence), being published every few decades. The first version was published in 1129, followed by 1329, 1412, 1534, 1753, 1859, and 1967. Each version added changes to the mythos and more legendary founders. The text of Cnˇslbigeng is similarly called "Freˇndlßr Lareowdom Cnˇslbigeng" (Friendly Guidance of Familial Reverence), with volumes being released on 1129, 1429, 1729, and one scheduled for 2029. The text of Ānealwealdabigeng, "Cirichadtract Ānealwealdabigeng" (Holy Text of One God Reverence), was first published in 1999 and updated in 2009 and 2019, with another one scheduled for 2029.
Pantheon
Around 50 ancestors are currently worshipped, more or less depending on the area. Below is a comprehensive list of all the presently revered ancestors. Gesta­oliendbigeng worships all of these. Sidubigeng worshipped only Borough, Thetle, Winkwarham, Talisdon, and Axridbury, Ānealwealdabigeng only worships Borough, and Cnˇslbigeng worships none except if the god is directly related to the person or the family. The following table lists the gods, their titles, their real-life respective peoples' birth and death dates, and the start of their worship.

God

Title

Birth

Death

Start of Worship

Borough

the Raven of Time

499

956

1129

Thetle

the Dark Time

375

518

1412

Winkwarham

the Bright Gates

487

543

1329

Talisdon

the Fair Ancient

370

518

1129

Axridbury

the Big Dragon

28

794

1325

Cambrid

the Bright Master

348

584

1129

Watlely

the Orange Mantis

229

493

1129

Neringley

the Yellow Lion

574

798

1753

Alcesboney

the Wild Gates

483

882

1534

Betrinch

the Distant Heron of Love

476

657

1329

Winetonda

the Younger Sister

454

804

1329

Camonia

the Older Sister

448

798

1329

Ardenveran

the Blue Council

83

798

1412

Winveralmond

the Holy Goose

697

938

1129

Inarsycha

the Disturbing Counsel of Snow

459

774

1859

Congley

the White Moose

238

584

1534

Bretfordge

the Brown Council

596

847

1753

Cwidboc Gesta­oliendbigeng, Edition VII
Abridged version of the translation of Cwidboc Gesta­oliendbigeng, Edition VII, provided by the Meadowfields Ministry of Culture. Dialogue is the Old Meadowfieldian text with the Modern Meadowfieldian text after. Please know that none of these events actually happened; they have been said by the founders of the religion themselves that they are myths meant to romanticize the ancestors of Meadowfields. The year-counting also is not equivalent to the Phyrychoeian Second Age, itself equivalent with Anno Domini.
On the first day of life, there was nothing, only Darkness. Darkness consumed the edges of the world, floating around the realm of endless Nothingness. Darkness was alone in this timeless realm, sulking lonely and solitarily around Nothingness. Then, in the second year of life, Axridbury, the Great Dragon, rose with his mighty wings and breath of destructive fire. His roaring mouth encompassed Darkness and created Light.

After a period of struggle, Darkness broke out of Axridbury's throat, and they fought, on and on, for the next one-hundred and so years.

"╩ower sweltendlic, ŕower behycgan ŕow canne forhţenan mÚ? [You mortal, you think you can defeat me?]" Darkness mocked Axridbury.

"╩ow Ôrweor­nes gedwolm onemn ŕower onunwţsd˘ ac ŕow m̄Š­egian ­ŕostrig fullan ŕower ellen [You are deluded by your ignorance and you are blinded by your arrogance]." Axridbury gruffly responded.

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