Gjids in the Cordian universe.
| In the Cordian universe, there is an analogue for religion, named Gjid (pronounced g-JID). Most of the largest are based on "forces", as Earthen religions are based on gods. These supernatural forces influence the word, and are the base to all in the Universe. They are the meaning of actions, the reason for goodness. Not nearly as many holy wars have been fought on Cordia, as on Earth, as most old wars were waged over ideologies. Nine major Gjits, and eleven sub-branches have been recognized by the Gjit community. There are four major categories, Polythoughtistic, Monothoughtistic, Antithoughtistic, and Divithoughtistic, with 3, 3, 2, and 1 major Gjids comprising them respectively.
Probably the most influential, are the Polythoughtistic, which believe in multiple forces. The three major Polythoughtistic Gjids are the Morallists, Allists, and the Individualists.
The Morallists believe in three forces. Goodness, which oversees all moral things, Evil, which oversees all immoral things, and death, which fights to kill all. The Moralliusians are the only notable branch of Morallists.
Allists believe there are many cent (hundreds) of forces, and every action of every nonliving entity or event is caused by a force. The only things that are not effected by forces are humans, dogs, and animals "Freed from forces" in a sacred ritual. There are believed to be naturally freed from forces animals, and many myths surround the most popular. The Allists have notable one branch, called the Inists.
Individualists believe that everything that has ever been existence is cause by a force designed only for that particular event, idea, or thing. Humans have special forces called "Dekktaits (pronounced DECK-kai-ates)", that can be controlled and communicated to by the human during meditation and sacred rituals. The Individualists are split evenly among it's two branches, the Elis, and the Eqis, pronounced "EL-eyes" and "eck-ES" respectively.
Almost as influential, are the Monothoughtistic Gjids. The three major Gjids are Dostinn, Stanstii, and Zenit. The Monothoughtisitc Gjids have been formed before all the others, and they were the dominant Gjids, until the others grew.
The Dostins, the most popular of the three, believe in one force, which oversees and promoted goodness. The evil inside the people are the main threat to the force, and the people must lead good lives to purge the world of all the evil. This sometimes includes eliminating other "immoral" Gjids. Most people agree these are the most violent of the Gjids. They have one notable branch, the Dostox.
Stanstii followers believe in doing what is good for the progress of the human species, and the one force helps them. The Stanstii are known to be peaceful with other religions, but very arbitrary at times. They think very rationally and can be great debaters. There are three notable branches of Stanstii, Istan, Istanstin, and Aristin.
The Zenit are known to be fiercely loyal to themselves, very neutral, and uncaring for anything foreign. The Gjid long ago was only on a small archipelago, but expanded quickly. A common saying goes, "I need a Zenit". This phrase is used when you desire an unbiased third party, with emphasis on unbiased. The two branches are Zened, and Zeud.
The Antithoughtistic Gjid was formed after most other Gjids, when a council of 100 men on a small coastal nation discussed recent scientific studies denying all forces. The Gjid of Balsta was formed, which believed that there are no forces, only living things can change a preset destiny. The scientific study has long since been proven false, however, Balsta has not shrank on a large scale, and they are continuing to find evidence that proves the non-existence of forces. Many Balstans think of Monothoughtistic and Polythoughtistic followers as inferior, and vice versa. There are no branches of Balsta.
Although technically not an organized Gjid, anyone who doesn't believe in forces, any doesn't like to take a strong stance on Gjids, is called an Istran. Although the following is low, this Gjid is notable for being the only one that takes no stance in Gjid. There are no branches of Istra.
The most recently formed major Gjid is the Divinist religion, which is very radical from traditional Gjids, prompting the creation of a new category for it. There are many obscure Gjids that worship many different things, and are very small. Divinists believe in an omniscient deity controlling destiny, and humans alter it with their actions. The Gjid managed to amass a large number of followers in a short amount of time. This incited much tension, as this radical group was challenged by time-old Gjids who already had a foothold in most of the world. The only religous group that seem to favor the Divinists are the Balstas. There are a few branches of Divinists, but only one has been able to be recognized by the Gjid community, which are the Polyvinists.
The Gjid community only recognizes eleven major sub-branches of the nine Gjids. Each of them keep most of the ideals of the parent Gjid, with some minor changes to better accommodate the members. Some branches, like the Zened and the Zeud, make up all of the Gjid, where others like the Dostox, are only a small minority of all who follow the parent Gjid.
Dostox is a branch of Dostinn, and are considered more radical, and aggressive. They believe the force makes only Dostinns good, and all others inferior. Many holy wars that have been fought had the Dostoxs on one side.
Istan is a branch of Stanstii, and they believe that as an individual, they are inferior towards other people of all Gjits. A common saying, "Do what is best for one's adjacent, and not for one's own." is used in many Istan teachings.
Istanstin is a branch of Stanstii, and they are very alike to the Istan branch. The Istanstin believe that any pleasure for oneself given to oneself is a sin, and any luxuries can only be received.
Aristin is a branch of Stanstii, and believe that the Stanstii are too sinful. Many of the traditional Stanstii teachings have been denounced by the Aristins, and much tension has erupted between the branch and parent. Aristin teachings are very different to Stanstii, and would almost be considered a different Gjid, if the Aristin did not emerge from Stanstiis. Aristins teach that the group comes equal to the individual, and extreme loyalty is not required.
The Zenit Gjid is split between the Zeud, and the Zened. The Zeud believe that one should help one's species over an individual. The Zened believe one should help one's species if it does not harm to an individual of the same Gjid, otherwise, the species comes first. The Gjid has more Zened followers than Zeud, with a ratio of 5:2 respectively
The Gjid originally was Zeud only, until the branch of Zened formed. The two branches are considered equal because of the follower ratio.
Moralliusian is a branch of the Morallists, with one simple difference. To the Moralliusians, death itself is not a force, there is only good and evil.
Inist is a branch of Allist, with one simple difference. They believe that there are infinite forces, as everything itself is infinite, not forming or dying along with the event, but are always there until they are used.
The individualist Gjid is divided almost equally into two branches, the Elis and Eqis. The major difference between the two, is the Elis believe the forces of the Individualists are stronger then of any other Gjid. The Eqis believe that the forces are the same for any human. The two branches tolerate each other very well.
The Polyvinists believe that there are a council of 42 deities, each with a specific task to manage in the Cordian universe. Each Volution, they meet, and take note of what has occured since the last meeting, and ordering the dieties to fix the problems. This meeting is a holy day for Polyvinists, dubbed "Divinum Conventu".