Paganism at One with Science
Time is cyclical. The Alpha and the Omega are one. The past is the farther future, and the future is the farther past. In this more distant past, after the several cosmic realms had been established, after all souls in the afterlife had successfully completed their trials, after those in purgatory had arrived in paradise and those in limbo had reached inferno, then all the gods began to prepare for the final battle over the act of creation. The creation of the beginning of time would take place from the end of time. Djéus Patér and the Anséwes and Djéwes were determined to create the multiverse of reality. They knew that only within universes wherein the gods amenable to creation happen to become the dominant gods would the creation actually take place. When the multiverse was to be created and the acorn of creation was to be planted in the cosmic ground, Wélnos, lord of the Dhwosos (demons), set out to prevent the creation. The demons were moved by compassion for those who would inevitably suffer in life were the creation to proceed. The goddess of fecundity, Dheghom Matér, aware of the opposition of Wélnos, gave the acorn to the matriarch of the Mágnos (giants), the giantess Jemá, to guard until it was safe to plant. When Wélnos learned that Jemá possessed the acorn, he emerged from Karkar Ndhéros (fortress of inferno) and confronted her, demanding that she surrender the acorn to him. Jemá refused and fled across Posticita (waters of the afterlife) to purgatory. She sought refuge within the safety of Kasterlom Prqjótjos (castle of purgatory). Wélnos then sought the hero deity Mánus with the intention of poisoning his thoughts against Jemá. Wélnos told Mánus that Jemá intended to destroy the acorn in order to subvert the intentions of the supreme goddess, Óljamma. Wélnos claimed that it was Jemá’s intention and ambition to usurp the position of Óljamma. Wélnos desired not only to prevent the creation but also to sow strife and subvert the truce among the Anséwes (spiritual gods) and the Djéwes (celestial gods). Summoning his legions of demons, Wélnos laid seige to the castle of purgatory. This was the beginning of Dsa Kémelos Nbhudhnósqe [ˈtsa ˈkemɛlɔs nbhʊdhˈnoskwɛ 🔊] (war of heaven and hell). The castle’s defenses held against the seige for a time. Mánus confronted Jemá and insisted that she surrender the acorn to hir (her/him). She refused, and Mánus then demanded to know what she had done with the acorn. Jemá responded that she had hidden it in a place where Wélnos would never find it. Feeling no other choice remained, Mánus attacked Jemá and slew her to deny her the opportunity of destroying the acorn at some later time. Jemá died just as Wélnos and his demons finally broke through the defenses of the castle of purgatory. Wélnos then declared himself absolute ruler of the three realms of inferno, limbo, and purgatory. An exhaustive search was conducted for the acorn, but no trace of it could be found. Wélnos ordered Jemá’s body buried in the very center of the cosmic ground amid the mortal region of Medhighórdhos (midrealm). Wélnos then summoned his son Pérqunos, the god of thunder, to unleash a powerful bolt of lightning upon the spot where Jemá had been buried, to serve as a warning to the supreme goddess Óljamma, and to anyone else, against any further attempts at creation. Meanwhile, the god Néptonos organized the spiritual and celestial gods for a counter-attack against the distracted demons, pushing the demons back across the waters of the afterlife and successfully reconquering the region of purgatory. Wélnos nevertheless felt confident that the acorn of creation had been lost forever and that the multiverse of reality would thus never be (re)created.
In time, from the spot where Jemá had been buried, a sprout appeared, for when the castle of purgatory had been about to fall to the demons, the giantess had concealed the acorn deep within her own body, to hide it from Wélnos. Eventually, a great oak tree grew from that sprout. The tree was Dhoubnom Grobhos, the world oak tree of reality, the cosmic ‘tree’ of the branching multiverse of living universes. More than merely a symbol for the biological tree of life, the world tree represented the cosmological tree of life. It grew from the point of creation (initial Big Bang) in the cosmic ground, through our everyday mortal world of midrealm, sending its branches high into Kémelom (heaven), through purgatory, crowning and blossoming in paradise. and sending its roots deep into Nbhudhnóm (hell), through limbo, reaching the depths of inferno. The great oak tree incorporated within it all of the various elements of the body of the giantess Jemá — her bones became the rocks of the world, her flesh became the soil, her blood and sweat became the rivers and oceans, her hair became the flora, her breath became the wind, her skull became the vault of the sky. The sacred tree had thus given reality to that which had before been only potential. The multiverse had become physically real. Wélnos and his demon forces of hell, determined to uproot the world tree and destroy it forever, launched an all out assault against heaven. The opposing factions of gods waged a final battle that would prove to be cataclysmic. All the gods were ultimately destroyed in the war of heaven and hell. However, as a serpent that devours its own tail, the gods were from death reborn (including Jemá) in other realities. Indeed, the magnificent oak tree soon produced a plenitude of acorns of its own, deposited endlessly in alternate multiverses, for subsequent cycles of creation. Each and every universe wherein the gods evolved, and further wherein the heavenly forces defeated the forces of hell, would in the end create the entire multiverse as a whole. Thus would the one identical and colossal multiverse propagate from every fertile universe within it, prolifically, exponentially, endlessly, forever.
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