Mythology/religion

On the subject of the creation of the world as we know it, of spiritual aspects of life and of the reasons behind everything, multifaceted stories and legends have been told for many years in AniWaya. Below are some of them, however not all of AniWaya's stories are religious or mythical in essence.

There are many memories, but little hard knowledge, on the history of the AniWayan people. Among all the vague memories that have been passed down, are stories that seem to have hold among also neighboring tribes. These are regarded as somewhere between the collective wisdom of the people, and the true history of their existence.

The stories below are told in first person plural. They have been changed from real stories to fit the purpose of the RPG.

The becoming of AniWaya, Spirit Guides and the Great Fire

It is said that at some point, we knew nothing. Either there were none of us, or we were not enlightened as we are now. Some claim we lived a long time without hands, corn and fire, hunting in savage groups and every day inching towards extinction from the humans. Most of us believe there was nothing; no humans, and no us. When earth was created, our minds were numbed at first, but it did not take long until we discovered our true forms and conquered the large plains. We found horses and animals that could provide us with milk, and we could hunt with bow and arrow. This was the great gift bestowed upon our people.

We had no tribe, but we were many. There were seven great families scattered on the plains, often at war with each other. They were such fierce enemies that they would not send their young brides and grooms to other families. When the women started having sick children who were weak or deformed and died early, at least one of the Mothers of the families suggested they combine instead. They all had problems with children, and the wars with each other bore no fruit, only deaths. Finally, the seven families joined to form the first AniWayan tribe, and after that there were no more sick children. They had so many hunters they never needed to starve, and their crops were always successful. It was a sign from the spirits that they had indeed done a good thing, and after some time the tribe became blessed with the spirits' presence. Spirit Guides appeared to each new young one born to the tribe and stayed with them until their death. In their honor, the seven families who made up the tribe spared one ember each of their family hearths. So, the Great Fire was born. We honor it still as the most sacred element, and as representative of our history. Even more so, it is a symbol of our appreciation of the spirits' blessings.

Last updated on Sat, 05 Jul 2014 at 02:42 PM by Marit