Promises in Genwa carry a lot of weight. By following the religion you give it power over your being. You follow it's path and abide by your chosen gods rules. Promises in Genwa are heavily tied to the essence of it. If a God makes a deal with you or promises you something they are bound by their word. If they seek to not fulfill their word the essence of the universe known as Genwa for which the religion derives it's name will correct it so the promise is fulfilled regardless. This is why words carry much weight in Genwa. I am often asked if this applies to people. I would argue it's open to interpretation. However my interpretation is that while we are not bound to our words like the gods Genwa takes notes of them and will correct the universe in it's own way. Promises by Genwa should only be made in times needed. When they matter. When you truly intend to show something. They aren't for the faint of heart and aren't for the weak willed. They are your word, your bond and in the essence of Genwa and you shouldn't guarantee something your not prepared for because the universe might correct you. I don't know if this applies to us. But if applies to the gods I wouldn't risk it within my own practice.
Koga was babysitting the tree of Ja within the underworld. Soon him and the tree grew into a fight. He swore if the tree did not stop arguing with him he would never visit it again. The tree persisted and Koga angry left it. Soon the tree grew weak and frail. Koga distressed went to visit Occeiar and Lise. That day Occeair was hunting with his bow. He was within the forest of Jikau. Noco was finding the animals for him to bring home to Lise. Him and her had a feast of 30 cattle and 30 heirs. They heard 3 knocks on the door. Occeair answered to see Koga and their son Challno. Occeair not wanting to be rude invited them to dinner. Challno began speaking of many adventures he had among humanity. He nudged Occeair and smiled. Koga and Lise were speaking of their aspects. Challno told them of the reason they stopped by. The tree of Ja was sick. They needed Lise’s help. She was the giver of medicine and healing so truly only she would know what to do. Lise agreed and together they went into the Jikau. The tree of Ja was a being of creation and lifeforce. It was guarded by a lake of fire and several rings that only Koga king of the Underworld could soften. They went in. The tree explained to them that it was lonely and dying from a lack of conversation. It wished for a friend. A sacrifice. Lise spoke up saying it would be her. She sat with the tree for forty days and seventy nights. However Lise grew tired and wished to return. The tree demanded she stay. Lise was reluctant. She begun to leave when the Tree’s root sprung up from the ground and trapped her ankle. Lise was injured and crying and her voice was so beautiful upon hearing it the Tree released her. She ran to Occeair crying in his arms. Her foot was starting to rot and become twisted. She spoke of a diseases unique to the tree. Koga overheard her sorrow and came forward. He saw what the tree had done and scolded it. The tree promised it would heal Lise with a sacrifice of both male and female energy.The tree needed something in return for work. Lise turned to Occeair who held her hand. Occeair promised the tree his eyesight and Lise the tree her voice. Koga’s wife approached the tree angered. She took the trees leaves and wrapped them around Lise’s foot. In secret she took three leafs for herself. Then she went to Koga and Lawhue in secret and together they crafter 3 magic items. The first was a blindfold that enchanted it’s wearer to see between all realms at once. It also allowed for visions of the future. The second item was a choker of steel and it gifted it’s wearer the ability to compel and sing. Then she took the third leaf and crafted a ring. The ring could kill or bless anything it touched or any hand the wearer shook. She placed the ring on her finger and gave the choker to Lise allowing her a new voice and the blindfold to Occeair allowing him once more sight within his divine form. She took the ring for herself. She then went to Grat and questioned him. She asked him for a favor. Grat replied he would do anything. She asked him to attend the tree 3 days a week and comfort it. She spoke that the tree was sick of loneliness and that could only be replenished by another's voice. She did not agree with how the tree had acted but wasn’t going to allow it to be so alone. Grat promised her he would attend it once a year and no more. She agreed. Loneliness is truly the worst ill. The end.
Why Worship the Gods?
The Genwa deities are experts and powerful in certain fields. If you worship them they will aid you when you call upon them or it is needed. You pay them tribute in the form of offerings and sacrifices and in exchange they guide and help you within your life. The stories are the Gods history. They tell of the Gods and their personalities as well as their relations to each other and their achievements and deeds. So the point of worship in the Genwa religion is to achieve aid. To receive help and guidance from that which is higher than you. If you don't pay the gods tribute the gods in return will pay you no mind. You have to work with them for them to take interest in you. Praying isn't enough like it is in other religions. You actually have to worship the Gods in return for their favor.
How do I worship the gods?
You pay them regular offerings. This is recommended by having an altar specific for the Gods you choose to worship. Most people who follow the religion see it as a guideline of how to live their life but only bother to worship a few Gods out of the pantheon. Offerings can be something specific to the God such as seashells, water or sand for Occeair or roses and chocolate for Lise. If you worship someone such as Bairtaste more sensual offerings could be done. Offerings are acts or gifts you give to the God for them and them alone. These are normally disposed of later if it's something edible like food. We suggest you keep a special area of your home for your offerings if you do not or cannot have an altar. Regarding offerings you could bake a cake and dispose of it later. You could light a candle. You could draw a picture of the God. You could write a poem for the God. You could write a song or promote them in some way. You could use their likeness and imagery in your art (for example if you are a musician using them in the music video or painting a scene from a story if you are an artist). Offerings are subjective and between you and who you worship these are simply ideas. It is important to know that not every god will answer every prayer especially if you just started worshiping them. It takes time to build a relationship. It also needs to be noted that you shouldn't pray to a God for something trivial. Don't pray in vein. You prayers should be important and matter to you. You will feel the Gods presence in your mind when you commune, script, or pray to them. The Gods hear literally everything so keep that in mind.
This God did something I don't agree with or find morally reprehensible, but I still want a relationship with them. What do I do?
The gods are people. While the Gods of Genwa aren't human they are still people with emotions and flaws and feelings. They may be divine but they can make mistakes. If someone told a story of your entire life and everything wrong you ever did, there would be people who avidley dislike you or some of your actions. You can still worship a god and dislike some of their past deeds. You can admit that the Gods are flawed beings and still pay tribute. You shouldn't let it rock your faith. You can have a relationship with someone and not agree with everything they have done. It is possible!
What is the point of Genwa? What answers does it seek to solve?
Genwa by all definitions is a religion surrounded by creation and the concept of such. It's a religion of life and creation in simplistic terms. The religion derives it's name from the concept of life and magick within it titled Genwa pronounced Jen-wah. It is a religion focused on life and creativity. It seeks to answer why phenomena exist but also give comfort to those who seek it. It is fueled by the Gods and their en-devours.
Whats your afterlife like?
Genwa has both a concept of an underworld and reincarnation. Every human soul that takes the path of Genwa will be reincarnated a certain amount of times until their soul is ready to descend into the underworld known as Jikau. Jikau is an underworld of time. It is a astral place as well as a manifestation of you. Time is a heavy concept in Genwa. There is even a Goddess of time (Bia) for this reason. In your life you have made many decisions. Each decision has led to a completely different reality where that decision was made. For example if I offered you a job in one reality you could take that job and your life would go down an path related to it and in another reality you didn't take that job and thus your reality was very different. In both realities you eventually died. These memories and versions of you are preserved in the underworld of Jikau. Jikau is a kingdom made up of memories and souls from different points in time. It's a place that is full of dreams and timelines interacting and intersecting. There is a clear cut kingdom and a clear cut area of it but the memories and people from them float within it. It is to note that only followers of Genwa go here. If you do not follow Genwa you will go as per the writings of Genwa to whatever afterlife your religion says is true. In Genwa all religions are true and coexist as well as every God and Godess. However in Genwa it is what you worship that has power over you. It is what you practice that controls your life and your life path. Genwa even permits the worship of other Gods as long as Genwa takes priority.
The relationship of the gods is open to interpretation. They do not experience relationships the way humans do. Family to Genwa Deities is far different than family to a human. It doesn't work the same way. While the Gods have personalities and emotions and relationships it's important to remember that they aren't human beings and thus don't operate as human beings. The gods aren't higher than humans they are just more advanced. Thus when you take all of this into consideration trying to sort a Genwa deity into a box of "father, daughter, brother, sister" isn't really accurate. However they do have relationships that are close to these things that we can articulate. I hold to the belief that the gods relationships are complicated and open to interpretation. In one story Occeair and Lise could be siblings and in another story they may be husband and wife in some stories they can be friends and share no formal relation at all. Some people I've talked to interpret Challno as Occeairs son or see Occeair as his adoptive father and other people see Challno as solely the blood of Koga. The Gods work with us and thus play upon our own perceptions of them and out own society. If the horns and wings and eyes the gods are known for didn't give them away they aren't human. They aren't from here. They are divine and something else entirely. We can try to fit them within our own human perceptions of what makes a family but you have to know at the end of the day it simply won't be truly accurate. It can be as accurate as you can manage or I have but it won't truly be set. The gods are something foreign to us and that shouldn't be forgotten. So you may interpret their relationships as you wish. Things are established the way they are within the stories for a reason but in the end that reason can be deconstructed and viewed differently depending.