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Cladaíge Polytheism

The Cladaíge polytheistic faith is the traditional religion of the Cladaíge people of Teltebhann, as well as the major religion in said kingdom.

Unlike other religions, in which deities and spirits hold dominion over aspects of existence, or sometimes abstract concepts, many of the gods of the Cladaíge represent physical places in the world more than anything else. For example, there are gods of the sea, of the sky, and of places in the land that one can visit.

The stories that make up the Cladaíge mythos are most commonly passed down orally. Druidic priests dedicate much of their lives to memorizing, retelling, and passing down legends of gods and heroes through the generations, and are considered some of the most important members of Cladaíge society. They also hold the responsibility of deciphering prophecies, which may foretell events as small as the consequence's of a single person's daily life, or as great as the fate of the very kingdom.

Athasáile

[ah-tah-SAWY-leh] The god of the seas, whose name derives from “Father of the Salt Waters.” He is often described as unpredictable and constantly changing, going from mischievous to outright malicious on a dime. He rarely appears in human form, if ever, instead manifesting as weather on the seas. His role in the mythology is as both a trickster and a destroyer, although he is the oldest of the central gods.

Athasáile dominion is over all things related to the seas, including sea travel (which is taboo under Cladaíge religion and culture). He is credited as the patron of pirates.

Sasnáréalta

[sah-SNAW-ray-al-tah] The goddess of the sky. Although the gods rarely act as a unit, she is the “head” of the pantheon in that she is the most widely worshiped and revered of the gods. She is seen as the protector and savior of the kingdom and of the Cladaíge people. She is sometimes portrayed as motherly, though this is not consistent across all versions of the mythology. For the most part, her role is as a judiciary and a guardian. The sun and moon are attributed as her physical forms in many stories, though her most prevalent symbol is the starry night sky itself. Much like her counterpart and father Athasáile, she rarely if ever appears to mortals in a human form.

Her primary and most well-known myth is the explanation for rain and fresh water. As the story goes, the rising sun carries seawater into the sky, where it is purified and condensed into clouds. The clouds then deliver the water to the land in the form of rain. (The story's similarity to the actual rain-cycle is entirely coincidental.) To Athasáile, this is seen as an act of rebellion. Storms are seen as fights between the sea and the sky.

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