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Orinco Polytheism
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Theistic philosophyPolytheistic
Supreme divinityItsam
Holy CityCarcosa
Liturgical languageTsekwon

Orinco Polytheism is a polytheistic religion, practiced mainly in the West of Dovani, continuing religious traditions of the ancient Sekowan Orincos, and reformed and revived around the 23rd century.


Orinco Polytheism, the most commonly used name for the religion, both by its faithful and by specialists, refers to the ethnic origin of the religion, and to the fact that its practice is generally limited among Orincos.


In antiquity Orinco Polytheism spread mostly in the South of today's Sekowo and along the coast of the Dove Sea. It was formalised around the 1st century BCE, being practiced mainly by Orinco city-states. The practice of this religion continued under Pacal the Great's rule, becoming an integral part of the his Empire's culture, but began to decline after most of Sekowo's territory was conquered by the Empire of Gao-Soto. At the arive of Egelian colonists, most of the populations around the Dove Sea were practicing native shamanist religions, Orinco Polytheism being restricted to the ruling elites in the South Selowan city-states and kingdoms.

The colonising powers introduced Hosianism, but because of the high rationality of the religion and the ruling experience of the Orinco elites, the Artanians favoured them in many positions in the Captaincy General of Sekowo and Bissono. However, as Hosianism spread among the population, Orinco Polytheism continued to decline.

The temple of Fradayt in Carcosa, one of the oldest Orinco temples

In the newly independent Union of Sekowo the main religions were Kamism and Hosianism, with the practice of the Orinco greatly limited. But around the 23rd century, as part of a new nationalist movement, the religion went through a new revival. At the Council of Carcossa in 2214 the main religious leaders decided to eliminate the previous restriction of membership in the community only to those born of a Orinco father, and to accept new converts.

One of the first actions of the post-Aretist Sekowan government was to declare Orinco Polytheism a state religion, act soon repelled by the Leftist parties. After two defeated attempts, in August 2439 and January 2447, Orinco Polytheism was declared the official religion of Sekowo again in 2474, until 2480.

However the practice itself of the religion continued to decline in Sekowo, currently being practiced by around 5% of Sekowo's population, but Orinco Polytheism began to gain popularity in other West Dovani nations, particularly in Hulstria and Lourenne. In Lourenne the religion is practiced by little less than 3% of the population. In Hulstria Orinco Polytheism is a nationally recognized religion with just over 2% of the population claiming to practice the religion. This population centers around the city of Rothingren in the Hilgar Crownland, largely because the only major Orinco temple in Hulstria, the Citadel of Itsam, is located in the city.


Orinco ceremony in Carcosa

The most widespread public act of worship of the polytheist Orincos is sacrifice, whether of grain or the blood sacrifice of animals. Adherents of the various deities sacrifice animals specific to the god or goddesses being worshipped. Sacrifices serve multiple functions: one might perform a sacrifice as the culminating act of a public religious festival, before an important undertaking to gain the assistance of the gods, or as part of a rite of passage. The temples of the Orinco religion generally are not public gathering places where people gather socially for collective indoor prayer; most temples hold little more than a cult image of the deity and the accumulated votive gifts, which might amount to a treasury.

Votive gifts are offered to the gods by their worshippers. They are often given in thanks for benefits conferred by the Gods, in anticipation of future divine favors or to receive oracular advice from the god or goddess. They could also be offered to propitiate the gods for crimes involving blood-guilt, impiety, or the breach of religious customs. They are kept on display in the god's sanctuary and then usually ritually discarded after a set period of time.

Traditional depiction of Itsam, the supreme god in the Orinco Pantheon

Beliefs and practices[]

Orinco Polytheists worship the ancient Orinco Gods, nature divinities, underworld deities and heroes. Both physical and spiritual ancestors are honored. It is primarily a devotional or votive religion, based on the exchange of gifts (offerings) for the gods' blessings. The ethical convictions of modern Orinco Polytheists are often inspired by ancient Orinco virtues such as reciprocity, hospitality, and moderation. There is no central "ecclesia" (church) or hierarchal clergy, though some groups are beginning to offer training in that capacity.

Sekowo articles
History Empire of Gao-Soto, Kingdom of Sekowo, Union of Sekowo, Aretic Archonate of Sekowo, Second Sekowan Civil War, Deydono Doctrine, First Commonwealth of Sekowo, First Sekowan Empire, Second Commonwealth of Sekowo, Third Sekowan Civil War, Fourth Sekowan Civil War, Second Sekowan Empire, Great Sekowian War (Operation Steel Impetus, Operation Black Bear), Southern Hemisphere War, Indralan-Sekowan War
Geography Dovani, Barrier Range, Great Northern Dovani Plain
Demographics Ethnicities: Sekowans, Kunihito, Gao-Showa, Sécowonnais, Orinco, Kli'kut, Kuragao
Religions: Mazdâyanâ and Zenshō Daenism, Kamism, Jienism, Guidao, Native Beliefs, Aurorian Patriarchal Church, Orinco Polytheism
Languages: Sekowan, Kunikata, Canrillaise, Orinco, Tsekwon
Government & Politics Government of Sekowo, Politics of Sekowo, Political Parties, Ishida Dynasty, Zenshō Socialism, Pan-Dovanism
Han Hokuzan, Tōzan, Nanzan, Kankawara, Sanko
States & Protectorates Argos, Cho'kun, Kurageri, Lyore, Medina, Midway, Rapa Pile, Shiratoku, Teoitan, Tropica
Armed Forces Imperial Sekouo Air Force, Imperial Sekouo Ground Forces, Imperial Sekouo Navy
People Arya Patil, Ayako Ishida, Chandi Prateesh, Fritz Melchior Schulz, Hinata Ishida, Jim Kelton, Kurt Heinz Baumgartner, Kyumi Ishida, Lucumon Deydono, Motoko Kayabuki, Orihime Arisawa, Otaru Komei, Peter Kurt Baumgartner, Rodai Telos, Sakura Ishida, Samael Izunomi, Sayoko Stadtfeld, Shizune Abarai, Taisho Komei, Takeshi Komei, Oma Ishida, Suzuka Ishida, Makoto Ishida, Sai Ishida, Yuko Ishida, Himawari Ishida
Hulstria and Gao-Soto articles
History Empire of Gao-Soto, Christopher Dove, War of Hulstrian Successsion, Congress of Kien, War of Luthori Succession, Welsh Genocide, New Englian Crisis, Great Sekowian War, Operation Steel Impetus, South Majatran Wars, South Ocean War, War of the Two Kaisers, September Revolution, War for the Emperor's Protection, Hulstro-Kazulian War, Hulstrian Civil War (4304)
Geography Dovani, Great North Dovani Plain, Schnee-Berge Mountains
Demographics Gao-Showa, Gao-Showa Clans, Hulstrian, Kunihito, Kunikata, Hulstro-Showans, Hulstro-Mikun, Draddwyr
Culture National Anthems: Land of our Fathers, The Call of Hulstria, For all eternity, For the Monarchy, The Revolution ne'er can yield, Golden Empire
Religion Daenism, Hosianism, Jienism, Orinco Polytheism, Kamism
Administrative Divisions Empire of Hulstria: Budenlar: Labsburg | Hulstria: Kien | Kuratha: Marchau
Empire of Gao-Soto: Hilgar: Miyako, Veilchen | Mitrania: Graaffsberg, Mitrania Highlands National Park | Ostland
Politics Historically Important Parties: Anarchitarians, Aneist Unionist Party, Christian Communist Party, Hosianisch-Demokratisches Verbund, Fascist Authority Party, Gao-Showa Peoples' Party, Hulstrian National Party, Imperial Hulstrian Party, Progressive Liberal Party of Hulstria, Refuge Pressure Party | List of Former Parties of Greater Hulstria
Presently Active Parties: Hosianisch-Demokratisches Verbund, Vereinigte Bund
Monarchy Monarchs: Alexander I, Franz I, Franz VI, Ferdinand I, Ferdinand II, Godric I, Godric II, Godric III, Heinrich I, Heinrich II, Karl III, Klaus Gustav III, Klaus Gustav IV, Klemens II, Leopold I, Maximilian V, Maximilian VII, Rainer IV, Rainer V, Rudolph I of Hulstria, Rudolph III, Rudolph IV, Rudolph V, Klaus Gustav VI, Okatori Takahiro, Okatori Kurosawa
Other Royalty: Heinrich, Crown Prince of Hulstria, Archduke Otto of Hulstria, Archduke Franz of Hulstria, Archduke Maximilian, Archduke Albert of Hulstria, Archduchess Harriet of Hulstria, Archduke Heinrich, Archduchess Aleksandra, Queen of Rutania, Archduke Leopold, Archduchess Charlotte, Adela I of Vorona, Hikaru I of Dolgaria, Archduchess Josephine, Archduchess Martha, Idda, Countess of Savonia, Wilhelm, Duke of Thague, Roberta Lusk, Princess Harriet of Talmoria, Henrietta, Queen of Endralon, Janne II of Vorona, Matilda, Queen of Rilandor, Karl, Crown Prince of Hulstria, Henry, King of Tukarali, Henry I of Tukarali, Constantine I of Tukarali, Archduchess Cristyne, Archduke Rudolph, Archduke Paul, Emmanuel, 4th Duke of Heidelberg
Primary Noble Houses: House of Flieder, Okatori Clan, House of Strauss, House of Rothingren
Palaces: Fliederbrunn Palace, Phönixstein Castle
People Gao Showa: Meiji Hideaki, Meiji Takara, Tokugawa Ieyasu, Tokuro Tanemoto, Naoki Tsukuda, Akemi Tanemoto-Katsutoshi, Tokugawa Jiang, Gao-Ri Juro, Haruhi Suzumiya, Hayato Tarou, Okatori Takahiro, Okatori Kurosawa
Hulstrian: Kyril von Flieder, Lanzo Henning, Konrad Labsburg, Otto von Labsburg, Rudolph Labsburg, Rebekka Liese, Heindrich Strauss, Konsort Strauss, Philip Strauss, Rosaline Strauss, Karl van Gessel, Spenzer Roderick, Erwin Zilberschlag, Wolfgang Reinhardt, Hildegard Klay, Edmund von Greifstein, Martin Valle, Gregory Kleinman, Anders Raske, David Thorsten, Lukas Adenauer, Friedrich Ewald II, Ambrose Bauer, Constantin Birnbacher, Maggie Bauer-Chamberlain, Erik Chamberlain, Charles Fuerstien, Waldemar von Treuburg, Wenzeslaus von Hortensiengau, Erik Bauer-Chamberlain II, Sieuwerd Cuijpers, Adam Hammond, Frederick von Labsburg, Gereon von Thannhausenand, Julius von Anderinch, Joseph Karcher, Edward Roderick III, Isolde von Smaragdwald, Anthony Bauer-Chamberlain, Kasimir Hoefler, Hieronymus von Büren, Joseph Roderick II, Jurgen Marquering, Arnold Bauer-Chamberlain, Erik Bauer-Chamberlain III Gisela von Hortensiengau, August Kratzenberg, Theresia von Maringhelm, Walburga von Strauss, Maximilian Berleburg, Walter von der Hyde, Vitus von der Mar, Eduard von Strauss, Russell von Korneuschlag, Thomas Michels
Other: Charlotte Church, George Huws, Katherine Jenkins, Wali Thomas