Sharlaq Mythology is an ancient part of their culture. As such, many aspects can be found in both the Seakin and the Riverkin cultures. A large part of it are the recurring gods and spirits. Many of the myths try to explain things that the Sharlaq didn't understand, though quite a few of them are parables and aesops.
A few recurring themes are the idea of reincarnation and rebirth, and Pandeism. Sharlaq Mythology can be very complex, and there are many stories, poems, and songs that make it up. Many of the gods appear in both River and Seakin Mythos, though interpretations and their actions may vary widely. The only ones that are largely universal are Mother and the Creator.
An interesting practice by the Sharlaq that is a part of this are their Funerary Methods, specifically the ones for the stillborn eggs. The Riverkin leave the dead eggs in the middle of the day, while the Seakin drop them into deep abysses in the sea. This seems to have its origins in the myth detailing the origins of Tsekhaltaqq who created all other life from the gods to the three races themselves.
The religion's roots are very vague. Earliest records of them were very sparse written documents by the Ancient Gnoman Empire, since the original Sharlaq tribes rarely if ever wrote anything down. Though more recent scriptures are quite numerous, and hold much information on the practices of both the Seakin and the Riverkin.
The Sharlaq religion forms a large part of their culture. While there are indeed large institutions, the religion is largely cultural in nature, and consists of a large amount of scriptures, poems, songs, and dances. The myths can vary widely from region to region, and the practices can be various. The spirits and the gods were a large part of the religion and mythos.
An interesting note about the Sharlaq religion is that while it is Polytheistic, it is also Pantheistic. The being Mother is a being that the Sharlaq believes every living thing is a part of. This is a large part of the Sharlaq religion, and thus Unity is a central belief. It is even key to their apocalyptic myths and prophecies, with the new all-soul (or universe) being created out of death of the old all-soul.
The Sharlaq believe that the gods are the essence of the world in human form. More specifically, the thing they represent and they coexist. One could not live without the other. This means that new gods can pop up at any time, or a god may gain new attributes. The attributes included the moon, the sea, flow, nothingness, and the cosmos.
The Sharlaq cosmology encompasses multiple words and planes. Sometimes, the gods were a plane in and of themselves, such as Tsinadqanjiqqtill, The Sea of Chaos. Each of the planes and worlds are thought of as part of a larger river, each world being tributaries and distributaries of a larger universe river.
Myths and WritingEdit
There are multiple myths in that make up the Sharlaq folklore. They are mostly to try and explain the world around them, or as stories and tales. There are many of them, mainly centering around the gods and their actions.
Creation of the WorldEdit
This is the myth of how the world was created, by the first god, Tsekhaltaqq. Original post is here.
The sea is life. As we live, breathe and travel the sea, so we remember She, Mother's first Daughter. She is Tsekhaltaqq. When she knew that Mother had hatched her from within the burnings She wept, for She was alone. And so She made the seas. The burnings seared Her, and so Her shells became the lands. Her sighs and songs, yearnings to be made one again with Mother became the winds and the air. The lands and the waters and the air comforted Her and Mother did not come back, though Tsekhaltaqq made plaint until the the air itself became filled with the sorrow of alone and cried. The air's tears made the rivers and the lakes which fed the seas which She made first. No time passed, for there was no time. The hatching fluids dried on Tsekhaltaqq's being, and She took them and Her blood, shaping them into eggs and from those eggs hatched the gods. But among that first clutch were eggs beyond counting that did not hatch, and in Her agony and grief she raised them up to the darkness of the empty and fixed them there. They became the great moon, first egg of the night and the stars which guide and protect us in our travels. But when the empty had been filled there remained yet one egg with no place to rest in honour, so Tsekaltaqq turned the sky and found more empty, and in that She fixed the last egg which became the sun. First and greatest egg of the day. So that all Her eggs might be revered so set the sky to turn over the world so each would have equal attention. Tsekhaltaqq took the hatching fluids and the blood of the gods, and mixed them with her own, shaping them into eggs and from those eggs hatched the Sharlaq. They remained true to Her and Mother, and so they were the favoured people. And Tsekhaltaqq felt love and joy fill the empty that lived inside her after Mother had left. But also Tsekhaltaqq had hatched out the Gnome and the Human and all life on this world, but they deserted Her, and made Tsekhaltaqq grieve once more, for She had lost more of Her beloved children