Religions in Omneutta are socio-cultural systems that prescribe behaviors, practices, and worldviews, have designated texts and organizations, and sanctified places and prophecies. Religions relate the mortal Sentient Species to each parent Deity, the Ontautt generally, and members of each Sentient Species believed to have ascended to immortality.
Different religions have varying elements of worship, spirituality, divinity, and which beings are considered immortal and should be worshiped, if the religion includes any form of worship at all.
Different religions and denominations disagree on how many immortal figures there are, but agree on at least eight, which are the Ontautt. If all books of the Ontiba are considered true, there are at least 20 immortal figures. A full list of names, species, and titles can be found on the “Immortals” article linked above.
- Aster – Deity of Creation, Life, and Father to the Ontautt
- Extiru – Deity of War, and Destruction
- Davoto – Deity of Death, Water, and Ice
- Haket – Deity of the Soul: Past, Present, Future
- Porrair – Deity of Knowledge, Fire, Lava, and Metal
- Quarrnyl – Deity of Nature: Flora, Fauna, Terra
- Sham’ayn – Deity of Curses, Hexes, and Trickery
- Taruthe – Deity of Balance, Justice, and Magic
The de facto religious belief of most Omneuttians is called Uatti and holds that Aster and the other seven Deities created Omneutta and the Sentient Species. The core of the belief and the Omneuttians who believe it (Tauatti) is that the first book of the Ontiba is the true description of the origin of the Known Universe. Uatti is the underlying basis of all religions around Omneutta. For those not familiar with the book of Aster, its underlying tenets are thus:
- Aster created Omneutta
- Aster created the other seven Deities
There are some groups and individuals that deny the existence of the Ontautt, and doubt the validity or truth of the Ontiba. There are many reasons why Omneuttians declare themselves to be Taunaat, or those who do not believe in the Deities. These reasons include, but are not limited to:
- Citing contradictions in the Ontiba, primarily between books 2-8
- Perceived lack of contemporary influence of the Deities
- Belief of no need for a higher power, as phenomena can be explained by the growing knowledge of the natural sciences
Religions and Denominations
There are a wide array of different denominations of each species’ beliefs along with many differences between each species overall view. One of the main differences between each religion has to do with the role of each parental Deity during the formation of Omneutta until the time split before After Time began.
The Dav—third book in the Ontiba—establishes the Avotoc belief in a very specific afterlife. Avocs, according to the first book of the Ontiba were created to take the deceased and bury them in their seas throughout Pale Shores. They believe that the souls of these deceased are then taken to Efteta, the three (sometimes four) star-planet cluster in Fieft (and is the source of its name). From there, depending on their actions in life and adherence to Davoto’s own tenets, they are taken to one of the three main star-planets. Non-avocs specifically go to Kkindoma if they were buried in an Avotoc grave.
The advent of the the Kel‘s intertwined chapters being collected and published as a cohesive whole led to the founding of the belief system known as Remiges. At its core, Remiges stems from the choices made by Niu and Haket concerning what to do over the knowledge of the future. The practice of Remiges for kets is coming to terms with the philosophical questions that arise from this. Many view it as preferable to live life as normally as possible following any knowledge of the future and presuming it will come to be.