Indoja

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Indoja
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Indoja is an polytheistic religion, or a way of life, widely practiced in Adina, Arellani, Stonegate and former Western Braxos. With a belief in many deities and spirits, including the belief that spirits are found in non-human beings and objects such as animals, the waves, and the sky. It includes a number of religious traditions with a loose sense of interconnection, A notable feature of Indoja, is that it does not originate from one prophet or teacher. The earliest record of indoja teaching is found in the Realm of Estara server circa 2009 but many indoja claim that indoja tradition is as old as the game itself, being based upon eternal truths, which have no mortal source. Indoja make up a large majority, with 78% of the population being of Indoja faith. Indoja religion originated among the Sea Peoples of +,+ and other Servers who landed in Antigua between August or October 2018.

Beliefs

Deities

Indojic religion is usually polytheistic, with four deities most prominent: Kānhe, Kūe, Lono and Kanaloa. Other notable deities include Laka, Kihawahine, Haumea,, and, most famously, Pele. In addition, each family is considered to have one or more guardian spirits known as ʻaumakua that protected family.

One breakdown of the Indoja pantheon consists of the following groups:

  • the four gods (kaha) – Kūei Kāne, Lonho, Kanaloa
  • the forty male gods or aspects of Kānhe
  • the four hundred gods and goddesses
  • the great multitude of gods and goddesses
  • the spirits
  • the guardians

Another breakdown consists of three major groups:

  • the four gods, or akua: Kūei, Kāne, Lono, Kanaloa
  • many lesser gods, or akua po, each associated with certain professions
  • guardian spirits, ʻaumakua, associated with particular families

Creation

The most popular creation myth is embodied in the Korra, an epic poem. The world is divided into two sections: night, or , and day, or ao, with the former corresponding to divinity and the latter corresponding to mankind. After the birth of lailai, the woman, and Ki, the man, the man succeeds at seducing and reproducing with the woman before the god Kānhe has a chance, thereby making the divine lineage of the gods younger than and thus subservient to the lineage of man. This, in turn, illustrates the transition of mankind from being symbols for the gods into the keeper of these symbols in the form of idols and the like. The creation song isrecited during the time of Makahiki, to honor the god of fertility, Lono.

Prayer

The concept of prayer in Indoja is common, an altar is set up to the particular Akua tha they wish to invoke, usuing agni a sacred flame, they chant mantras to the gods to attempt communication with them.

Sectarianism

The unorganized nature of this faith has caused many sects to form currently in the most populous Indojic City (Adina City) there exist three main sects

1: Indojayana- The beliefs that faith is a personal matter and not important to the wider community, this is a gnostic way of life.

2: Garrithitism- The worship of the god of war Garroth (Ku) as the supreme deity

3: Peleaism- The near monotheistic worship of Pele the volcano goddess as the creator of Adina and patron of the nation.

History

Although it is unclear when settlers first came to the Antiguan Islands, there is significant evidence that the islands were settled no later than July 2018 and immigration continued to about March 2019. Settlers came from the many islands of +,+ At some point, a significant influx of hindu settlers landed on the Antiguan islands, bringing with them their religious beliefs.

Early Indojic religion resembled other Shamanistic religions in that it was largely focused on natural forces such as the tides, the sky, and volcanic activity as well as man's dependence on nature for subsistence. The major early gods reflected these characteristics, as the early Indoja worshiped Kānhe (the god of the sky and creation), Ku (the god of war and male pursuits), Lono (the god of peace, rain, and fertility) and Kanaloa (the goddess of the ocean).

*Modern Indoja retains many animistic and shamanistic practices despite former efforts from nations to purge the religion from these practices*