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.
One day Lawhue, Lise and Bairtaste were drinking and having fun. The topic of humanity came about. “I have an idea. A gift.” Bairtaste announced. Lawhue was uneasy. “Why don't we let them enjoy the gods wine” Lawhue held his cup. Lise spoke up. “Wine is for the gods and the gods alone. Humans are not allowed such things” Lawhue muttered under his breath. “No. But I'm bored and i think it would be rather interesting.” Lise looked at Bairtaste in the eyes. “All you care about is wine” Bairtaste laughed leaning back. “I wonder why.” Lise was skeptical. “Fine if you are going to give them a gift” she held her necklace. “I too shall give them a gift” Bairtaste laughed. “My gift of wine can outdo anything you could conjure” Lise looked down. “I shall show them love.” Bairtaste smirked. “Okay. I wajor you. Whichever gift humanity prefers the loser gets to exploit” they both turned to Lawhue drinking his tea. “Sound fair?” Lise held her tongue. Lawhue was sad. “I wish you wouldn't do this” there was a pause then a presence and then an agreement to continue. Lise and Bairtaste presented themselves among the ancestors. They each held an item. Bairtaste held a grape represenging lust and Lise held a necklace. Each human could only choose one. A third of the people chose the necklace and the rest chose the grape. Soon the town was enjoying themselves. The women were in love and the men were enjoying themselves. Bairtaste was disheartened. “It looks like I won brother.” Bairtaste scoffed and agreed to Lises terms. Lise held a finger and intertwined the rope of the necklace within the juices of the grape. From now on that of the lustful wine was to he a product of love. Bairtaste got upset. He grew angry. He felt people would not appreciate his gift as much. He complained to Lawhue. Lawhue sighed and looked at them both. He held his fists and took the necklace and took the grape and crushed them both. Lises gift was still in affect but no longer the mandate. Humans could now feel love without wine and have wine without love. And some Lawhue reasoned would desire neither of each. Lise sighed and crossed her arms and Bairtaste while unhappy agreed. This is how sex and love came to be.
One day there was a town notorious for it’s bad luck and lack of social stature. It was a town of work from the past that no longer had a place in society. It was of slums, and abuse and violence reigned. The town was prominent and poor. Soon occurrences began happening all around uncomfortably. The was reported by the media to be cursed. It became a phenomina and several priests were brought in. The town itself was of an old religion but Genwa was brought upon it in an act of desperation. There was priest of Genwa who came whom had long hair and covered with wear his eyes. Unknown to the people this priest was the god Ahue. The priests of the other religions tried to exorcise the beings. However all such works did were cut off the people's perceptions and in other areas the threats were still known. The priests of witchcraft got much done but it wasn’t enough. For the spirits returned causing havoc. Finally when Ahue came to the people of the town desperation was within grasp. Ahue instructed them to build a public alter and then carve symbols into their doors. The people refused such things. Ahue told them that the men of the town were to meditate and perform divination and ritual in their homes calling upon the forces of Genwa and directing the energy of the gods. The people complied with this request. The men of the town came to Ahue distressed. Claiming they could not feel the energies as instructed. Ahue told these men that their short hair was preventing them from being able to sense Genwa. Genwa is the life force of the universe. It is magick. It is the essence of which belief is based. It is a plain of existence that the spiritual resides in. Long hair is of Genwa. The hair of the head is symbolic of the ties of life within Genwa. Representing faith and nature. It is a spiritual act to grow out your hair. While you may still be spiritual having short hair will sensor your senses. The power of Genwa was rejecting them do to such a factor.
The men pleaded with Ahue. Ahue told them to bring him the women of the town. Several women appeared. The first one to approach Ahue came to him out of anger. “There is only one god. This is blasphemy” Ahue recoiled. “Any entity that tells you there is only one god, and that others are deceitful is trying to manipulate you, is lying to you, is false, or wants to control you.” The women fought back. “No. This is my faith. Your gods are that of demons. With wings and features of Satan himself” Ahue moved up to the woman's face. “Then your faith is wrong, I know not of your satan or your villainization of my people” Ahue walked to the stage of the town and the speakers turned on and the lights shown. Ahue took to the microphone. “We gods exist do to humanity. The essence of religion and genwa itself is fueled by the practises and faith of the people. Have you ever stopped to wonder why the gods of a culture so heavily reflect such things? Because people shape the gods just as much as the gods shape humanity. The nature of religion is one fueled by humanity. If enough practise is given regardless of the intention of such things eventually it will fall in to this world that you humans find yourselfs in. If enough beleif is spread acorss a faith it becomes real no matter the creator or conjurers or the prophets. Genwa is real and it is beyond you. It is no less real then your god, however for such a creator to ignore that of humanity's nature and that of religion itself claiming to be the sole being demanding such worship. That is a tactic I cannot endorse. How do you know that you are right? Have you seen signs? Have you heard the voice? Have you prayed and the outcome was favorable? Or in your mind the direct result? What makes you so special in this regard? What makes you different then the thousands of muslims, or hindus, or wiccans? They all claim such things as well. And they all believe such things to be true. To claim deception on the account of your devil is not only egotistical but greatly misinformed. Oh but you are you are the correct ones. You are supposed to be special? I have to laugh at such a notion. The nature of faith is one up for debate. It exists beyond this realm. While it is true you will be able to visit us and we you and eventually the worlds will combine such is not the case as of the moment leading to your rejection of me and my ways. Yet you still come to me bearing help and requests for a system that you yourself find false. I have to laugh. There have been signs throughout many religions. Because everybody is correct. There's a reason a christian describes heaven when he has a near death experience but a buddhist described reincarnation, that atheists describe nothing and that some simply can’t remember. Everything is real. Religion is real do to belief. I am real because of you and you are real because of me and to deny this on the basis of “I am right and everybody else is wrong” is pure foolery. Everything exists because everything is believed. While some may be here before you and many will be here after you this is not to be forgotten. It is truly disgraceful. I am real. Your god is real. Neither of us are more real than the other. Anyone who claims to be the only divine god is that of control. Yes. I would argue such things. Humanity is being controlled. You all sit all day and night not following your book accurately and then demand the changes you feel you deserve without the effort of your ancestors. Religion can change. It is prone to change. But such traditions are not to be forgotten. And the fact that your god would sit on his throne and wallow in your worship without landing a hand here on this day sickens me. I am to help you. But I am not to be forgotten. Nor are the words I spoke of here. Genwa is real. Humanity is real. And if you want my help you must follow my rules and pay homage in the ways I desire. Or such a fate as ill as the one that has befallen your town will be that of no mercy and I shall deny you reconciliation. Such is the way of your god.” He took a breath and then held his chest and looked upon the crowd in protest. “If you wish for my help you must respect me. You must honor me. And you must hold Genwa to a realistic standard that of which has not yet occured.” the lights turned off and a storm fell and amongst the chaos Ahue disappeared. He was now within the crowd. Many were surprised. Several in disbelief.
Ahue took his necklace and hummed a chant. Then he took his long hair and pushed it into a pony tale. He walked among the crowd and saw a woman recording. He snatched the phone from her and touched the screen returning it with the footage shaky, and blurred. Her mouth hung open. Then Ahue disappeared into the town. That night news circulated of the event many claiming prophecy, some blasphemy, others claiming history. Many people were confused though nothing was proven. In the hysteria of it all the town agreed to allow Ahue to carve symbols into the door and in the park for one day alone allowed an altar. Ahue went and gave each of the men fine wigs. He dressed them in traditional robes and formed a circle drawn in chalk. Then he gave them each an item and a woman was placed in the center. They chanted the hymns and the the storm raged on. Then there was silence. A week to the day the evil malice was gone. The holmes and the bad luck seemed to be no more. The people of the town thanked Ahue. The town soon fell to prosper with its luck returning. The slums of the town were renovated and the people were financially stable for such a time. Ahue departed to the peoples dismay and the town itself soon rejoiced in Genwa. The strange occurrences stopped occurring and Genwa was once more within the public eye. To this day Ahue can be called to a town for rejoices but only if proper decisions are made and Genwa is of the eye there.
One day Ahue was amongst the animals. He was having much fun. He flew down to humanity. He saw a town and hiding his wings and changing his forms he enjoyed himself amongst the people. He noticed the town was unruly. The men were brash and the women silent. However he kept his tongue although this worried him. Working with the people and becoming accustomed there. However he soon noticed something was off. The people spoke of an odd game. The feelings of the humans were brash. Ahue covered his right eye and looked upon the town. There he saw beings in the form of worms, shadows, and jellyfish. They were not of this world. So he appeared to the locals and told them of Genwa in the guise of a preist. Now it is said not to force the word of Genwa upon those unwilling but rather those of an open mind and curiosity. He told the locals that there were spiritual parasites among them. Feeding off the negativity within the town. Causing mayhem and panic. Deluding the children, and the mentally ill. Causing false grandeur, voices, and holding false promises of games these things were how they played with their victims. A town meeting was called and all 7 of the men in council denied him. Saying Genwa was that of fiction. Ahue warned them that even if not a system of Genwa they were to rid the town of such things. The people continued to bash him. 3 of the women within the town came to him that night. They spoke of nightmares, thoughts not of their mind and strange urges they begged Ahue to help them despite not being of his face. Ahue told them within the darkness that he would.
Ahue gave them special plants to light ablaze and sacred incantations. Lastly he gave each of them a sigil of Genwa to hang upon their doors. The three women the next day went about the process within their homes in secret. Several weeks later the town abrupted into mayhem and chaos. The people began to murder each other, accuse each other and fight each other many things. The town was in total madness. However the three women who came to Ahue and their families remained unaffected. Amongst the madness Ahue took to the women. He had them and their families grab their things and travel with him through train away.
As soon as the family was at a safe distance Ahue took off his disguise. His ears became pointed. His wings outreached. And he flew to the town sinking it within a quake. The town was forgotten and Ahue returned to the women. They thanked him. Ahue gave them the book of Genwa and taught them many things. Ahue said that certain practises can bring about negative energies if precautions aren’t taken. That negative emotions or meer tinkering could bring about an evil entity among you. Ahue’s actions that day are a clear indicator of why we should never go about magick or spirituality without taking proper procedures. And even if you are not of magick that you shouldn't be afraid to rid and protect yourself of such entities.
It is to be noted that the gods do not procreate the ways human do. When the gods wish to have children it is a conscious choice. The god takes their blood, and essence then after ritual they will themselves to give new life. However the gods are not without sex. In Fact many rituals involve such wine. However for the gods sex is usually for that pleasure or ritual nothign more. One day Bairtaste was among humanity. He was with a young man named Raltuv with whom he fell in love. The human warned Bairstatse that his society would not approve of their love. His town justified this by a man and a man not being able to bear children. Bairtaste was surprised for their relationships of their kind was the norm of Genwa. The human assured him such secrets must be kept. Bairtaste understood and held his lovers hand and he gave him his nacklace and a kiss. That night the two of the men were of wine and discovered. The boys mother in a rage murdered him. Bairtaste cried and angered he cursed humanity. He said if humanity was so happy having men and womens love be that only of what they considered pure that they should be separated so that love like that may remain such. That they shall no longer be societally the same and forced in roles of separation accordingly until love such as that of him and Raltuv was given a place in society. Bairtaste bit his thumb and pushed it into the dirt. From that day on women and men were separated by rules and laws of the humans creation. Then Bairtaste went up to the women and cursed her. So that her and anyone like her would be in pain for the creation of new life.
Lise (Liz-ay) or alternatively
Ja (j-ah) [ Think of it like a french “J” ]
Jafe [ a french Ja- fay]
Bairtaste - bay-eer-tay-ste
Genwa - jen-wa (pronounced like generation)
One day Challno was fighting with his father Occeair. He was resentful. He called Bia out of spite to visit him. He asked Bia what she knew of the mortal cycle. Bia replied that such matters belonged to Ahue. Challno then traveled to the realm of Tarae. Tarae was the plain at which the gods dwelled ruled over by Tano. Their were 3 realms in Genwa. Xia of the sky and spirits, Jikau of the core and regular humans, Kaida of the soul where the prophets, divine, and favored mortals went. Outside of these places lay the kingdom of Tano. This is where the Genwa gods reign and no mortal may enter. Ahue was in his home enjoying that of wine and berries. He had with him a mortal man named Giver. Challno knocked on his door 4 times. Ahue answered. Challno noticed his lover but finding the law of Genwa unjust allowed no mention. The three sat down and discussed many things.
Challno thought kesser of humans. Yet was curious as to how we thrive life after life. Ahue explained that a mortals life was dictated by their actions. Regardless of whether they were good or bad they would cycle one life after another ruled by other forces until Koahat and her followers came to them presenting option then leaving to Jikau. Challno leaned back. He questioned Occeair as Ahue explained such things were different for him given his divinity. Ahues lover spoke up. Giver said that perhaps if he wished to understand humanity he live among them. Challno laughed. Upon realizing he was serious Ahue sighed. “What use would this do for me?” Ahue raised his hands “understanding comes from association” Challno was bored so he agreed. He flew down to earth and lived among the primitive humans for t fourty eight days. However he was soon disgusted. They were of fur, nakedness without language and of noise.
He called down Lawhue for help. Lawhue heard his concerns and devised a system of empowerment. He painted a picture of the gods and humans at bae. Then he crafted a spell of elements and created rules for the earth to abide by within the chaos. He said as the system stood right now that everything was of magick. However with these new implementations and time he could give the world natural phenomena without such a thing. Humans like other species could change and thus become greater to match near the gods.
Challno agreed and waited a day. Playing with the animals of Ixa. He flew to humanity again. Now centuries ahead. For time moves differently for the gods than man. The modern humans carried a more pleasant form. Still near of the gods but lacking distinctive characteristics. They had rounded ears, straightened teeth and less diverse hair. Challno became accustomed to the ways of humanity. He became more and more a friend to us. However something bothered Challno. He hated the societies humanity had given ourselves. The rules we followed. Disgusted by our division and debates over what we felt was true. Challno became angry. He devised a plan.
He would live among humanity for five hundred and eighty seven years. In this time he would spread Genwa ideals throughout humanity. He would preach and tell others of the word. His father Occeair scolded him. Saying such things were not to be done. That humanity was to learn of Genwa by itself. Challno was furious. He said that Genwa was responsible for its followers. That any tragedy that befalls them is of Genwa. And any successes is just as much deserving. Thus humanity is to know of the gods and where to pay tribute. Occeair silenced him and spoke covering his right eye. Whispering “when the time comes humanity shall learn. But until then, we must have patience and not interfere” Challno was bursting now. He yelled to the streets of the gods. Nobody listened. He pledged on that day that he was to cause calamity and damage to those of this word. And cause disruption across all faiths out of anger. Occeair warned against this. He told his son that if he were to do such things great sadness would eventually befall Genwa and that every action has an equal reaction. Challno couldn't take his words back. He made one last promise. He promised humanity against those who wrong it. And that the word of Genwa shall prevail. Occeair looked down covering both his eyes. “You have made a grave mistake” Challno laughed.
He bit into his thumb and took the blood to the dirt. Thus the promise was of him. Challno received a vision of the future events that would befall Genwa, it’s prophets and followers and the religions of the land that would rule until the final days. He fell to the floor crying of pain. He looked up to Occeair asking for remorse. Occeair offered his hand. “You have one chance.” Challno thought carefully. In his mind an hour. He then looked Occeair in the right eye and said quietly “We shall walk among them” then he whispered a secret request to Occeair that shan’t be repeated beyond the two and took Occeairs arm shaking it. Occeair asked “is this what you desire?” Challno let go and frowned. “It is what I wish”. And thus Genwa was hidden from the world until the modern day with Challno living in secret among us.