Gods of Mungoda.

(Book 6, Golden Dragon 2)

Northern Mungoda

(Bulya)

In the north of Mungoda* in those places where the Ta'ashim* faith has not been taken up the people still practice the solar-lunar worship of their ancestors. The moon is called Azur in the majority of the coastal and desert tongues, a name shared with the ancient Moon God. Animal, and occasional Human* sacrifice is not uncommon in the worship of both sun and moon as reflected in the following Emphidian* record:

They begin with the ear of the victim, which they cut off and throw over their house; this done, they kill the animal by twisting the neck. They sacrifice to the Sun and Moon, but not to any other God. This worship is common to all the peoples.

The sun was given the name Manem as well as the name Amen, which seems to have meant "Lord". In many of the local languages, the name Aman is believed to have the meaning of "God"*.

In the western parts of the Azure Coast* and the inland deserts the tribes and peoples still worship fragmented deities of the ancient Kaikuhuran* pantheon left behind when the Empire* fell. The crumbled ruins of ancient Kaikuhuran* trading outposts and their associated settlements are scattered in the coastal regions of the northern desert. To the west along the coast are scattered ancient sand-choked Emphidian* and Selentine* temples and it is not unusual to find a local tribe venerating some ancient Titan* long forgotten in its own faded homeland.

Western Mungoda

(Bulya)

In the northwest there is a general belief in a single creator deity who often has a wife and perhaps two to five children who may act as minor Gods*. This monotheism is indigenous and preceded contact with the Ta'ashim* faith, nonetheless it does mean that the conversion to the Ta'ashim* religion has been exceedingly fast in these areas.

Further south the various tribal groups believe in a number of different Gods*, sometimes a very large number though again there is a shadow of monotheism. This 'Great God' however is usually seen as distant and not approachable by Humans* so the worship of the 'lesser deities' makes up the bulk of the religious activities. Often Gods* are related to everyday life, a Goddess of Yams, God of the Forge, a Forest God and often these Gods* have many minor Spirits who act as functionaries. Deceased kings, chieftains and emperors are also deified and worshipped in many parts of the west.

One constant in the west even in those places which are essentially monotheistic is the presence of a powerful Trickster God in the form of a Spider* or who possesses Spider-like attributes, this being is present in almost all of the western pantheons and even seems to be infiltrating the versions of Ta'ashim* religion which are filtering down from the north. What this being may be, where it comes from and how its worship and tales have become so endemic is unknown. An example of a western pantheon is outlined below:

The Yemohe Gods
  • Aga - Patron God of Hunters, and the wilderness (plus the animals within it).
  • Avri - God of Fishermen.
  • Aya and Lok - Sister Goddesses of hearth and farming.
  • Gleti - Moon Goddess.
  • Gu - Son of Maw and Lis, Gu is the God of War and patron deity of smiths and craftsmen. He was sent to earth to make it a nice place for people to live, and he has not yet finished this task.
  • Maw and Lis - The creator couple; Sky and Earth.
  • Okan - God of Dreams.
  • Sakpa - God of Smallpox.
  • Nsu and Nsi - Semi-divine twin magicians; secretive Gods of sorcery.
  • Fa - God of Wisdom and knowledge.
  • Nan - Goddess of Fertility and creativity.
  • Egbe - Deity of prosperity and protection, also for seers and clairvoyance.
  • Sogbe- The Thunderer; son of Maw he and his attendant thunder-spirits are boisterous and loud.

Central Mungoda

(Bulya)

The Gods* of the people of the Thanagost* foothills, savanna south of the mountains and the thinning forests to the ranges southeast are, on the whole, monotheistic peoples. Many believe in a creator Sky God and the veneration of the moon is also important. Some notable exceptions do occur among a number of groups:

The Makwai are southern herders of cattle and undertake many esoteric and strange rites involving the veneration and sacrifice of their herds and the creator God* who blessed the tribe with them. There are rumours no doubt spurious that some of these rites involve strange unnatural couplings and surely there is no truth to the rumours of Bull-men arising from these.

A number of tribes conceptualise their Gods* as Serpents and Snakes* and veneration of these creatures as holy is quite common amongst scattered groups.....rumours of sacred caverns where truly immense sacred Serpents lair abound.

Eastern Mungoda

(Bulya)

Anku^ (Antiquity)
Ancient Anku^ theology is recorded in Golden Dragon 2. Similar to ancient Mesoamerican Aztecs, the Anku^ belief system venerated several gods via blood sacrifice . The most powerful gods in Anku^ theology were as follows (GD2 s180):

  • Anku^ God
    Title
    Heiroglyph
    Ictec^ Netherworld God^ Skull
    Katak^ Flame God^ Flame
    Tonu^ Sun God^ Sun
    Tlal^ Thunder God^ Zigzag Line
    <unknown> Art & Crafts God^ Spiral

    The greatest of all Anku^ deities was Katak^. During the reign of the Anku Empire^, the Flame God^ was known to have had 16 Celestial Emmissaries^ - called Priest-Kings^ - who ruled in his name (GD2 s200). The focus of worship for the Priest-Kings^ was the sacred Golden Idol of Katak^, which was protected within the Temple of Katak^ (GD2 Background, s300). Concealed within the Mungoda Basin*, the Anku^ religion did not spread to neighbouring lands. Around 1,100 PD, a catastrophe befell the Anku^ civilisation and theirGods^ were suddenly abandoned.

    Today, the tribes of the Mungodan Forests* and Cosh Goyope* are many and varied - their practices and mythology are myriad. The majority of the tribal groups though by no means all are polytheistic and undertake veneration of many deified natural phenomenon and animals. Four examples are outlined below:

    Shonga
    The creator God* of the river dwelling Shonga is Bomazi, a golden skinned Sky-God who vomited up the world then married an old couples daughters to create the Shonga tribes.

    Gbara
    The God* of the inland Gbara, Abao had both benevolent and malignant aspects; he was the creator God* and often appeared as emaciated Human*. He was depicted as a very tall and ivory coloured man with only one half of a body, missing one eye, one leg, etc. His offspring were the Anzi.

    The Anzi were nature spirits who inhabited sacred trees, springs and other sacred wild areas. At night, they followed people and protected them from danger as long as they did not look over their shoulder to ensure that Adroanzi was following; if the person did so, the Anzi promptly killed him or her.

    Buti
    The most important God* of the Buti pantheon is a God* of the hunt, called Kor, who wields a bow made from two Rainbow Serpents. He occasionally contacts mortals through Gor the Elephant God of Thunder or a sacred Lizard messenger.

    Bati is the Moon God.

    Ret is a God* of the jungles who supplies animals to hunters. Ret appears as a Leopard in the initiation rites. When the ancestors of the Buti stole fire from him he decreed that Humans* would also die, and he thus became the Death God as well.

    Anku^ (Modern)
    The jungle spirits that are currently worshipped by a savage tribe of natives in the Anku^ region are unknown.

    Southern Mungoda

  • (Bulya)

  • Southern mythology is extremely varied ranging from monotheistic sky-gods, to animistic animal ancestors through to veneration of a mythic Serpent or other fantastic creature. What remains constant among these myths is the references to great wars fought by these Gods* against scaled and feathered Gods* from further south. Many of the creators first had to slay or drive off a great eagle or steal an egg from a heavenly bird in order to make the land safe for their chosen peoples. It is not without coincidence that the Bird Kings or Volucreth* of the southern jungles are still seen as a great threat and sacrifices and ceremonies are held constantly to ward off their attentions.

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