Fuukanism is a collection of monolatric religious ideals and systems based on the later teachings of Molonov. It is one of the largest religions in the universe with over 18 quintillion practitioners. Its adherents known as Fuukanists, make up the majority of the population in many regions, most notably the galaxies Florescence and Neida. Fuukanists believe that personal spiritual knowledge or enlightenment is far more valuable than the religious institutions, teachings, and authority of Classical Fuukanism. Fuukanists hold that the physical universe is inherently flawed or evil, with the only way to escape the flawed physical universe being enlightenment. Unlike Classical Fuukanism, modern Fuukanists are less concerned with sin and repentance and are more concerned with illusion and enlightenment.
Fuukanism remains diverse in its many variants as well as individual interpretations of cosmology, prophecy, justification, and ritualism. The variants generally hold in common a distinction between the true supreme being, Fuukos, and a malevolent lesser deity (or deities) responsible for the creation of the physical world.
While many Fuukanists believe that the religion has been given to many civilizations across time, modern Fuukanism started in 74,841 BCE on the planet Alphos in the galaxy Florescence. It was originally only practiced among The Ravis until it spread to the Llæns in the early 73,000s BCE. The religion remained remarkably uniform until the death of Molonov in 13,684 CE. The death of what Fuukanists believed to be an immortal Molonov caused wide-scale panic, culminating in the founding of Empyros, a nation practicing a very different version of Fuukanism than Molonov preached. Eventually, Empyros would collapse and the modern, and diverse, Fuukanist religion would form around 20,904 CE.
- 1 Origins
- 2 Characteristics
- 3 Concepts
- 4 Eschatology
- 5 Variants
- 6 Holy Texts
- 7 History
- 8 Influence on Lacrimosan Culture
- 9 Criticisms
Modern Fuukanism traces most of its tenets to Molonov's teachings to The Ravis species. As time went on, the prophet began to describe a lesser evil counterpart to the creator goddess, Fuukos. This being, Kokos, was an entirely new concept that only emerged in 13,651 CE, only a handful of decades before Molonov's death.
The first groups to adopt these teachings as antithetical to the earlier ones were those living on New Alexandria in 13,904 CE, several centuries after Molonov's death. Ravin and Human scholars living on the world began forsaking the traditional Fuukanist beliefs in favor of the later teachings. Under the control of Florenta, a theocracy, the converts had to practice in secret or face consequences. Florenta was still reeling from the death of Molonov, however, allowing for many converts to flee the region to nearby nations.
Once Florenta was replaced by Empyros, a fascist theocracy, all religions but Classical Fuukanism were not only illegal but heavily persecuted. This prompted a large surge of emigrants leaving the nation. Many left Empyros; however, after a decade they were prevented from escaping. The fall and defascization of Empyros after the Great Empyreal Crusade resulted in the execution of the vast majority of the priest class. Classical Fuukanism soon became replaced by modern Fuukanism afterwards as modern Fuukanism was far more individualized and less totalitarian. It has since branched off into dozens of forms.
Fuukanists believe that the majority of the cosmos is made up of spiritual realms. The highest realm is believed to be a place known as "The Empyrean," meaning highest heaven. The lowest realm is the physical universe. In between, there are a large number of other realms. There are anywhere from literally "one thousand realms" or a "countably infinite number of realms" depending on how one interprets Molonov's texts. Most of these realms are believed to be empty save for their creators.
Morally speaking, Fuukanists vary wildly. Consequentialism and its many variants are very common and those that believe it make up the plurality of Fuukanists. In addition to this, many Fuukanists practice asceticism, or abstinence from sensual pleasures. These beliefs are in stark contrast to Classical Fuukanism which strictly drew its morals from the church's decrees. Moral behavior is almost universally an internal and individual search. Rituals are rare, but not unheard of.
Salvation is the process by which a mortal being in the material universe can transcend their materiality. One attains Salvation when they remove all illusions from themselves and attain true knowledge of reality. Evil is believed to come from caring too much about the material world rather than focusing on the spiritual. For example, a murderer only murders another being when they care far too much about their own material gain. The illusions of the physical world are its riches, pleasures, and worries. Once removed, a clear view of the universe allows for one to spiritually trascend their materiality.
Fuukanists believe that every sapient being contains a fraction of Fuukos' power as all sapience stems from Fuukos. Learning of this internal divinity while acknowledging the material form that obscures it from perfection is key to salvation. Attaining salvation is believed to be a life-long process in which one's understanding increases with age and continual study of Molonov's writings.
Kyuos is the irreducible quality of being. This entity is more akin to an idea than a god or goddess. Kyuos is not extant in the same way other things are, physical or spiritual things, but just is. Kyuos is not a being but the concept of being itself. Nothing caused Kyuos; it is eternal. Although Kyuos is often personified as "she," Kyuos is not a goddess nor is it anything other than being itself.
Due to the innate qualities of Kyuos, other entities formed. Out of Kyuos came Fuukos. The process describing the creation of gods is not explained. Fuukos is believed to have done little until the origin of the Cosmic Primordia, in which she molded them from chaotic phenomena into the orderly laws of physics known today. The energy released from this is said to have been the big bang. Most of the Primordia were higher dimensional processes that could create spiritual and idealized objects and planes. The minority were three-dimensional and useless for creating perfect realities and were thus left in their chaotic form.
Fuukos is the creator goddess of the cosmos save for the physical world. As the chief goddess, all worship by the Fuukanists is directed to this being. It is widely believed that humbling oneself before Fuukos in life will cause her to intervene in the afterlife. Others believe that Fuukos is worthy of worship simply because she is the chief deity with no regard for benefits.
Fuukos is described to be immovable, invisible, intangible, immaculate, and virtually ineffable. An interesting trend of these words is that they are all negative attributes, implying that the positive attributes are beyond wording. While Fuukos is commonly personified as female, the goddess is often believed to be hermaphroditic or even "omniphroditic," a word recently coined to describe possessing all gender and sexes. Conversely, an increasingly common belief is that Fuukos is both agender and asexual.
Fuukos is said to reside in the highest heaven, known as The Empyrean. It is the perfect form of reality with countably infinite spatial and temporal dimensions. Immediately outside of The Empyrean, countless undescribed beings are said to constantly war over the chance to glimpse Fuukos. These beings are not Aeons, gods, mortals, or any other known concepts.
Fuukos is never said to be omnipotent in the writings of Molonov. Even so, Fuukos has immense power. Among Classical Fuukanists, Fuukos is not omnipotent and was only able to act on the Cosmic Primordia when they were easily moldable in the past. Fuukos is never considered to be omniscient, although she is often considered to have "local omniscience" which is omniscience pertaining to the immediate surroundings.
The higher realms of the cosmos are populated by "Aeons," which can be thought of as platonic ideals. The Aeons were free to do as they liked with their fabulous powers, but most of which have been slain by Fuukos or Kokos for disobeying their wills. Many gods originating outside of Fuukanism are believed to be remaining Aeons. Those that are good are said to follow Fuukos while those that are evil follow Kokos. Aeon technically means "god" as well, but equating Fuukos to these beings is offensive to Fuukanists. Fuukos is believed to be in an entirely different class of being than an Aeon.
Aeons are thought to be emanations of Kyuos' infinite attributes just like Fuukos, but lesser. These beings are thought to have formed randomly throughout time and mostly within the higher realms. Some Fuukanists believe that Aeons can and have formed in the material universe.
Molonov was said to be an Aeon created by Fuukos. It is said that Fuukos looked into the material universe, having completed the perfection of the cosmos, and saw the suffering its existence had caused. She pitied the mortals constantly chasing after and being enslaved by desire, so she gathered her remaining energy to create an Aeon she named Molonov. Molonov was sent to what Fuukos predicted would be a great nation to better spread freedom from desire.
Kokos is a specific Aeon responsible for the creation of the material universe. Unlike other Aeons, Kokos is unable to be slain by Fuukos due to interference by Kyuos. As such, Kokos is said to have absorbed enough power from lesser Aeons to become somewhat comparable to Fuukos (depending on interpretation). Using the imperfect Primordia, Kokos created the laws of the universe that would bring about its creation after the big bang. Kokos is said to have done this to siphon power from Fuukos when sapient beings were created.
Kokos desires power above all else and will do anything to attain it. This includes meddling in the affairs of the higher realms. Where Fuukos is described as a complex being beyond comprehension, Kokos is a simple being. Kokos is often thought of as taking on the forms of platonic solids, most commonly cubes and pyramids. Kokos is often considered to be the source of all evil, while others consider it to be the accidental creator of evil in its lust for power and status. Many believe that certain teachings and religions are created or manipulated by Kokos to maximize its power.
The end of the universe as well as the end of an individual's life are covered under the study of Fuukanist eschatology. The major issues are the end of the physical world, the afterlife, the validity of other religious practices, and the new universe that would replace the old one.
Fuukanist beliefs vary widely, but a relative constant is the belief that the physical universe will not last forever. Whether due to heat death, divine judgement, or an apocalypse, the material universe is believed to come to an end. Once destroyed, Kokos is said to be killed and all of its followers slain with it. Those that sought the truth will be cleansed of their material forms and will be free to reside in the spiritual cosmos.
Death and the Afterlife
Those that die still attached to the material world are said to be annihilated upon their deaths. This includes beings regarded as gods in other religions as it is believed that all beings, save for Fuukos, are ultimately mortal. Before the death of Molonov, who was said to be immortal and had already lived for almost 150,000 years by then, Fuukanists believed that true immortality was possible if granted by Fuukos. Some still hold to this belief, but the majority reject the idea of immortality even among Aeons.
Those who followed the precepts of Molonov are said to have been disconnected from their material bodies. As such, upon the deaths of the material bodies, their spirits will be freed and allowed to exist in the higher cosmos. In many forms of Fuukanism, those who showed exceptional devotion to Fuukos have the privilege of becoming Knectons, servants of Fuukos similar to angels. Knectons will aid Fuukos in the coming end of the universe and also bring her information about affairs in all the cosmos. Eventually, all of the freed spirits and Knectons will fade away. Molonov stated, "It will take longer than it does for every atom in the universe to transmute into iron. Then, she will finally be alone just as it was in the beginning of time." Many Fuukanists believe that after this, Kyuos will generate new cosmic primordia and a new universe.
Deist Fuukanism (Kyoism)
The Holy Texts of Fuukanism are collectively referred to as the "Cycles of Reality." In total, there are four widely accepted cycles. The most revered cycle in modern Fuukanism is the "Material Cycle" in which much of the foundational beliefs of Fuukanism are laid out. Other important cycles include "Cycle of Wisdom," "Ministerial Cycle," and the "Avid Cycle."
Traditional Holy Texts
Traditional Fuukanists have over three-hundred Cycles referred to as the "Abyssal Cycles." The reason for the name is the depth these cycles go into describing the higher cosmos, traditionally referred to as "The Abyss," which does not have a negative connotation in Ravin languages. Traditional Fuukanists believe that the newest cycles, when interpreted in light of the Abyssal Cycles, do not contradict traditional beliefs.
Modern Fuukanists believe the Abyssal Cycles are an incomplete view of the cosmos that only should be interpreted within the light of the Material Cycles. Otherwise, their meaning is lost. Molonov is said to have finally had his complete revelation late in his life, explaining the difference in ideas over time.