Paganism at One with Science
Óljamma — the ‘all mother’, the supreme goddess, the divine matrix, the transcendent godhead — was to decide whether She should bring the cosmos into being and enliven it with consciousness. The creation would be glorious for the creatures and gods within it to behold, but its creatures would be mortal, would inevitably grow old, would suffer, and would experience death; even its gods, though immortal, would suffer. Because the total aggregate of all consciousness itself issues from Her, is part of Her — wherein we share by virtue of the complex structures and processes of our brains — She thus forever experiences rapture, ecstasy, bliss, pleasure, joy, delight, and euphoria, but also despair, misery, torment, pain, suffering, anguish, and agony. She experiences the infinite summation of all feelings directly Herself. To decide whether a conscious cosmos was something that should be, Óljamma would weigh the potential joys within the creation against its potential sorrows, experiencing the two separately. She thus ascended in Her focus to the heights of experience, to the totality of rapture, ecstasy, and bliss that would arise in all of creation, feeling all of it together, and dwelt there eternally. Then, She descended in Her focus to the depths of experience, to the totality of all torment, agony, and misery that would arise in all of creation, feeling all of it together, and dwelt there eternally. (When we evoke joy or sorrow in ourselves or others, we thus increase those particular feelings, if only incrementally, in Óljamma Herself.) After solemn deliberation, Óljamma came to Her decision. Amid the profound joys and prodigious sorrows of the cosmos, the terrible magnificence of it all convinced Her that, yes, a conscious cosmos should come to be. She knew that not all of the creatures and gods therein would agree with Her judgment, and She wept for all of the crushing loneliness, the searing agonies, and the blinding miseries of mortals and gods that would result from Her judgment. As She wept, Óljamma allowed Herself to fall into a deep sleep, and the epic, wondrous, majestic, terrible, beautiful, glorious dream She dreamt is the cosmos.
In the beginning, there was only Wástoudn (wasteland). Then, within this wasteland emerged Medhighórdhos (midrealm), encircled by the eternal spring waters of Posticita (afterlife). None of this was yet fully real. It was only potential, until the final act of creation at the end of time. Out of the early mystery of midrealm, two groups of Deiwos (gods) evolved — the Mágnos (giants) and the elder Djéus (celestial gods). In time, this first generation of gods dwelling in midrealm produced a second generation. The giants gave rise to the Ánsus (spiritual gods), while the elder celestial gods gave rise to the younger celestial gods. This second generation gave rise to a third, which included (ostensible) twins — Ménots (goddess of the Moon) and Sáwel (god of the Sun). Each of these principal gods was lady or lord to a loyal host of lesser gods and angels. Now it had been prophesied that one day the act of creating the entire multiverse would take place within every universe inhabited by the spiritual gods. The spiritual gods were in favor of creation, while the celestial gods were opposed, and each group bitterly opposed the other. On either side of the disputed territory of midrealm, two opposing kingdoms emerged, each expanding its domain into new territory. The spiritual gods established the kingdom of Péwogom (purgatory), while the celestial gods established the kingdom of Kréqom (limbo). The spiritual gods built a castle in purgatory named Kasterlom Péwogos (castle of purgatory), and the celestial gods built a great hall in limbo named Kómwoirjom Kréqos (hall of limbo). Tensions increased, and the two sides fought a long and terrible war, known as Dsa Dhəmelá [ˈtsa dhəmɛˈla] (foundation war). Finally, at an impasse, they sought a truce. The goddess Pltawí Matér of the spiritual gods and the god Wélnos of the celestial gods each in turn addressed the principals on both sides. Pltawí Matér spoke passionately in favor of creation and all its glories, so persuasively that the god Djéus Patér and his host changed their allegiance. Afterward, Wélnos spoke passionately against creation and all its miseries, so persuasively that the goddess Pulwartí and her host changed their allegiance. To cement the fragile truce, Pltawí Matér and Djéus Patér were married and resided in purgatory, and Pulwartí and Wélnos were married and resided in limbo. This was known as Paks Deiwom [ˈpaks ˈdeɪwɔm] (peace of the gods). With the intent to facilitate the creation at a later time, Pltawí Matér and Djéus Patér declared a new region expanding into the highlands above purgatory, and they named this new region Peridhóighom (paradise). They brought most of the spiritual gods and celestial gods with them, and they called themselves the Qondhros [ˈkwondhrɔs] (angels). They declared purgatory and paradise to be part of a combined region known as Kémelom (heaven). Those souls of the dead who favored creation would undergo trials in purgatory. After their trials were complete, those souls would ascend to paradise, dwelling for eons therein while they await the final conflict. At the highest point in paradise, Pltawí Matér and Djéus Patér built a magnificent citadel, named Altópolis Peridhóighos (citadel of paradise), where they dwelt thereafter. With the intent to prevent the creation at a later time, Pulwartí and Wélnos similarly declared a new region expanding into the lowlands beneath limbo, and they named this new region Ndhérom (inferno). They, along with those spiritual gods and celestial gods who had chosen to remain with them, renounced their former identities and renamed themselves the Dhwosos (demons). They declared limbo and inferno to be part of a combined region known as Kélstanom (hell). Those souls of the dead who opposed creation would undergo trials in limbo. After their trials were complete, those souls would descend to inferno, dwelling for eons therein while they await the final conflict. At the lowest point in inferno, Pulwartí and Wélnos built a massive fortress, named Karkar Ndhéros (fortress of inferno), where they dwelt thereafter. The third generation of gods in time brought forth the fourth generation, then the fifth, then finally the sixth, and thus all the remaining principal gods of Deiwos had evolved.
Peridhóighom [pɛrɪˈdhoɪghɔm]: paradise, future interdimensional realm of Pltawí Matér, Djéus Patér, and the Qondhros, final abode of all souls who choose to fight for the creation (or abstain from fighting), once they have individually achieved perfect enlightenment and have at last demonstrated themselves prepared.
Péwogom [ˈpewɔgɔm]: purgatory, realm of the Ánsus, and abode of all souls who choose to fight for the creation (or abstain from fighting), after they have been resurrected, yet while their mortal sins and imperfections are still being purged from them. The first part of Péwogom consists of a recapitulation of one’s mortal life — a sort of ‘life review’ — as Deiwos studies its own prehistory. The second part consists of a systematic perfection of one’s soul in preparation for paradise and one’s direct participation in Deiwos.
Kémelom [ˈkemɛlɔm]: heaven, the overworld: consists of Péwogom (purgatory) and Peridhόighom (paradise).
Medhighórdhos [mɛdhɪˈghordhɔs]: midrealm, (literally ‘midenclosure’), our everyday world, the midverse, region between the netherverse of Kélstanom and the oberverse of Kémelom, the physical multiverse between creation (Big Bang) and the metaverse (heaven, hell, and the gods), including our present epoch. Out of Medhighórdhos, the gods first emerge.
Posticita [pɔstɪˈgwitɑ]: waters of the afterlife, whereacross the elder god, Bhrghontí, ferries newly departed souls — to either Kélstanom (as Dhwosos if they wish to fight against the creation), or Kémelom (as Qondhros if they wish to fight for the creation or else abstain from fighting).
Kréqom [ˈkrekwɔm]: limbo, future interdimensional realm of Jemá, Rúdlos, and the Mágnos, abode of all souls who choose to fight against the creation, after they have been resurrected, yet while their mortal virtues and sensitivities are still being purged from them.
Ndhérom [nˈdherɔm]: inferno, realm of Wélnos, Pulwartí, and the Dhwosos, and final abode of all souls who choose to fight against the creation, once they have individually achieved perfect insensitivity and have at last demonstrated themselves prepared.
Kélstanom [ˈkelstɑnɔm]: hell, the netherverse (underworld), consisting of Ndhérom and Kréqom. The entrance is guarded by the dragon, Qrmis.
Óljamma [ˈolˌjamɑ]: (literally ‘all mother’, supreme goddess, transcendent godhead, divine matrix, complete and undifferentiated consciousness, cosmic psyche, cosmic ground, goddess of the quintessence and of the final mystery — Her dream is the cosmos.
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