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Author Topic: Bowynn faith? What is it?  (Read 5267 times)

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Re: Bowynn faith? What is it?
« Reply #15 on: October 13, 2014, 04:24:04 am »
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With Sunflowers okay do so, I can share some of the elements of our tradition here. What would you like to know?

 
Sorry for going missing. Life got busy and I tend to forget things when I'm stressed.

From what I can gather, Bowynn borrows or is inspired by the boreal cultures. This seems sensible to me since there are many common threads that come from living at these latitudes.

I'm not exactly sure what the right questions to ask are since I'm not ever sure what elements might or might not be important to me. If that makes any sense.

I'd ask for what information you'd put into a brochure for a new person, but I'm not even sure what would merit that either.
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Re: Bowynn faith? What is it?
« Reply #16 on: October 13, 2014, 10:10:37 am »
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Hi Allaya. Right now, the only way is by emailing me, asking me questions here or one contacting one of the other members of our group. We are working on a new protected site but it will probably not be visible to the public till after common new years. Being only two days old here, I am not sure if we can send private messages to each other. I would share the info here but I am not sure where I can post such info or how the site really works yet.


Good morning,

I do have some questions, actually.  Btw, if the answer is, "Kinda.  Let me riff off of this into something else." or "Sorry, that information is for initiates only".  That is totally cool.  I just find direct questions to be a good starting point.


**The questions*

Do you consider Bowynn exoteric(like Christianity) or esoteric(a mystery religion, like the Elusinian or Mithraic Mysteries)?

Do Bowynn have a distinct clergy that is tasked with interacting with deities or do individual followers interact directly with deity?  Is there an "big leader" of the tradition?

Does this faith have a view on the afterlife?  If so, what is it?

Are there particular books that you would point a new Bowynn to?  If so, can you list them?

What do you believe makes Bowynn distinct from other faiths?

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Re: Bowynn faith? What is it?
« Reply #17 on: October 13, 2014, 11:49:02 am »
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Sorry for going missing. Life got busy and I tend to forget things when I'm stressed.

From what I can gather, Bowynn borrows or is inspired by the boreal cultures. This seems sensible to me since there are many common threads that come from living at these latitudes.

I'm not exactly sure what the right questions to ask are since I'm not ever sure what elements might or might not be important to me. If that makes any sense.

I'd ask for what information you'd put into a brochure for a new person, but I'm not even sure what would merit that either.

 
No problem. I completely understand about life's getting in the way. It is my theme lately.

Science has confirmed over the last 5 years that there were two major land/glacier bridges that stretched to the Americas: On coming from Siberia and one coming from Europe. And to add to this they have found migratory evidence of early people traveling from eastern Europe to western Europe.

We were both inspired and borrowed from these cultures because the founding members, including myself, came from different Europeans pagan backgrounds. We DID try to  blend all the fore-mentioned faiths together but found it did not work well, ending with a pantheon of thousands of gods. So instead we took the best qualities of each god and with a lot of deep prayers formed a pantheon that work for us.

The basic brochure which is under a bit of re-construction right now, takes a bit about our groups past, what it is we do and believe, our spirituality, the basics of how we worship and how we interact with the community. We practice in the woods because it is there where we find the ultimate feeling of home and family and the wild wood is incorporated in our faith. Infact the Septgram which we see as our divine symbol points to the 7 aspects of our forest home: Earth/Canopy, Air/Wind, Fire/Hearth, Water/Rain, Soul/Sun, Spirit/Moon and Balance.
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Re: Bowynn faith? What is it?
« Reply #18 on: October 13, 2014, 12:29:43 pm »
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Good morning,

I do have some questions, actually.  Btw, if the answer is, "Kinda.  Let me riff off of this into something else." or "Sorry, that information is for initiates only".  That is totally cool.  I just find direct questions to be a good starting point.


**The questions*

Do you consider Bowynn exoteric(like Christianity) or esoteric(a mystery religion, like the Elusinian or Mithraic Mysteries)?

Do Bowynn have a distinct clergy that is tasked with interacting with deities or do individual followers interact directly with deity?  Is there an "big leader" of the tradition?

Does this faith have a view on the afterlife?  If so, what is it?

Are there particular books that you would point a new Bowynn to?  If so, can you list them?

What do you believe makes Bowynn distinct from other faiths?

 

All faith systems I feel have a feeling of Mystery religions. It is only a mystery if the believers want it to stay as such. Sometimes for good reasons and some times, just because they would rather stay closed to others. Our clan/tradition is welcome for those to join if they wish. but to join, means you are joining our clan, our family. it is not just a "We will see you next month or next holiday." We interact everyday, be it visiting each other, phone calls and hanging out on the weekends. Many wiccans/pagans I have found are not into such commitment. We are open to the public to come and see what is happening and we are willing to take in those that feel a calling to be with us. However we do not feel it is needed to advertise on a grand scale "Here we are, this is what we do, come join us." We socialize in some events but do not have booths or pass out brochures to everyone we meet.

We do not have a clergy in the normal sense. It is a volunteer position. Being that we meet each weekend and on holidays, we simply ask "Okay, who wants to be the master of ceremonies for _____?" the only ones that can not lead an event is our squires/pre-initiates. The reason we do it this way is because that way everyone feels equal. We have not levels or tiers in our tradition save for the squires who are still learning. It also eliminates the feeling of "Gee I have to wait HOW LONG before I can be priest/ess? 3 years to vote and then I have to beat out all these others?" If there is more than one person who wants to act as Master-of-Ceremonies for like, Samhain, each one takes a roll in the event.

We do have a distinct view of the afterlife. In it's simplest form: If you make it through life doing what is right and intended by the gods, you pass on and reside in Daunnat, home of the spirits of those that passed. A most divine place where the fields and orchards are always abundant, no one wants or is in pain. Those that missed the mark in life, mostly in a big way, gets reborn on earth to do it again. not that Life and the earthly plain is a torment or Hell, its simply the school of knowledge. If you behave and pass the tests of life, you graduate. If you don't you get to repeat it, till you get it right. Still Life and the earthly plain, called Inappa, is God-given and can be a wondrous place. But we the mortals, are its custodians. It is how we mortals make it. If it is going like "Hell," we have the ability to change it. If we choose to or not is up to us. While the gods step in from time to time to help guide the way, they leave it to us. There are 3 "fate" goddesses in the pantheon, but unlike the Greek and Norse deities, they are not directly linked to death. Meaning that they do not "cut our life cords."

We have no books to our faith. We did have a website at one time but due to the lack of time to attend it, it was abandoned. We are working on one now, which is still in the...ummm groundbreaking stage. One of our members is considering writing a book on the faith and traditions but again, time is not on our side, particularly with Samhain around the corner. Mabon, Samhain and Emberfest are the big three holidays for us. Autumn Season really.

Not sure what makes it distinct from others. The fact that we do not have one priest/ess? Our choice of ritual garb? Our pantheon? Our desire that it is not just a once-a-month gathering? Our use of Old-World customs? Our 12 Sabbats? All this and more I guess.  

Hope that helps :D
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Re: Bowynn faith? What is it?
« Reply #19 on: October 13, 2014, 12:53:21 pm »
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Hope that helps :D


Very helpful.   If I think of more questions I'll let you know.  Even if I am not interested as a potential adherent I study new religious movements as a hobby.

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Bowynn Gods
« Reply #20 on: December 27, 2014, 11:58:25 am »
This is a simplified list of the deities of the Bowynn faith. Of course there is a more complete description for each god and goddess. You are welcome to ask about that info if you like or I may just start posting it after the new year.

Abennaea    Goddess of all sorts of offerings and libation
Abonna      Gods of music, dance and the arts
Aetenn    God of armories, protection and drumming
Akua            The family of the gods. All gods that sit in Alaway
Alaway    Home of the Gods. The Great Hall
Aleglea    Goddess of happiness and joy. Patroness of all Bowynn
Allapae    The Upper World, Heaven, sky, universe
Allon            Hero like Herakles, Hercules and Thor
Amaetheon   God of wine, abundance, oil and honey
Anhur    King of the gods, council, courts, judgements and men
Ano Taya    Goddesses of fate, past, present and future
Arn            God of the north wind
Bia            Creation, the force and balance of all things
Boquin    Bowynn name of the sasquatch. Forest protectors
Brand     God of music, prophecy, archery, poetry and oracles
Brea          Goddess of the earth and earth element
Brenda    Goddess of beauty, vanity and love
Briathenaea   Goddess of protection, invention and wisdom
Chumash    God king of the Daunnat and the dead
Dadjall    God who leads the soul through Daunnat
Daekk    God of wealth, fortune and abundance
Daeth    God of darkness and night (NOT EVIL)
Daunnat    The nextworld where souls go at death
Deanna    Goddess of the harvest, abundance and fertility
Drautmer    God of communication, music, drumming and drummers
Drudenn    God that is the stable boy of the gods
Dylan    God of harbors, ports, fishing and beaches   
Enya            Goddess of the morning and the dew
Ehrlik    God of druids, bards, historians and wisdom
Gondor    God of the forge, blacksmithing
Hawynn    God of the great river Muet and all rivers, dams and fishing.
Hemway    Goddess patroness of the poor and homeless and compassion
Herne    God of the wild wood, animals and the sun
Heron    God that delivers the souls to Daunnat,
Hyu            God of baking, ovens and bread. Baker of the gods
Ikarro    The Milky Way. The bridge that led the gods to earth
Innapa    The Middle World, earth
Io            Goddess of the hearth, tame fire, cooking and kitchens
Ion            God patron of virtues, law and humanities
Istra            Goddess of the 3 fold law, respect and vengeance
Jayleen Jarra   Goddess of the healing arts and medicinal herbalism
Kalen            God of wood craft and architecture
Kalma    Queen of the Daunnat, divination and oracles
Karra Jarra        Goddess of the healing arts of massage, reiki and other such touches.
Kauldra    Queen of the sea and all fresh waters
Kii            Spirits of  nature and the arts. Fae Folk, Nymphs and Spirits
Kora            Goddess of the Autumn season
Kord            God of peace, law, justice, freedom and brotherhood   
Lomaun    God of hunters, travelers and bears
Luanna    Goddess of fields, meadows and gardens
Lyan            God of the east wind and east
Lyanna    Goddess of the lute, music and musicians in general
Maena    Goddess of balance, truth, order and victory of all sorts
Mask            God of wisdom, gambling and music. Messenger of the gods
Morrighynn   Goddess of the moon, night, stars, hunt and wolves
Muet            The river that flows from Alaway all the way down to Daunnat
Mura            Goddess of the 1st Gate of Daunnat, of courage
Mylia            Goddess of the winter season
Mystara    Goddess of the magical arts
Naddas    God of the 2nd Gate of Daunnat, of kindness
Naea            Goddess of Fresh Water, wells, pools, fountains and springs
Naead    Ano Taya, She is the aged goddess of the future
Naerea    Goddess of sleep, dreams and prophetic dreams
Nareen    Ano Taya, youthful goddess of the present
Narna    Ano Taya, Mother goddess of the past
Nauidd    Goddesses of the hours of the day
Nyalla    Goddess of bathhouses, sweat lodges and hot springs
Odjett    God of the 4th Gate of Daunnat, of balance
Ohenn    God of time and journal keeper of the gods of mortals deeds
Onaur    God of love and passion
Ortsal    God of the 3rd Gate of Daunnat, of love
Owenn    God of health and healing
Panu            Goddess of gem crafting
Paut            God of the element of Soul
Pedjed    Goddess of the 7th Gate of Daunnat, of peace
Pequiss    Goddess who is the prime gatekeeper of Daunnat
Phoenix      Goddess of fire and the element of fire
Quatt            God of the 5th gate of Daunnat, of faith
Quilla    Goddess of the Spring season
Reye          Goddess of the hunt, protector of animals
Rhya            Queen of the gods and goddess of women’s rituals and psychics
Rhymar    God of the 6th Gate of Daunnat, of charity
Ryan            God of the West and west wind
Saphon    God of the south and south wind
Saul            God of the light and day
Saulnat    God of light in Daunnat
Shayla      Goddess of the day and light
Sumon    God of all waters and the water element
Tane            God king of the sea, horses, shapeshifting and prophecy
Tarna    Goddess of the summer season   
Tennaet     Home of all the sea and oceanic gods
Tora            Goddess of the night and darkness (NOT EVIL)
Traydea    Goddess of childbirth and childcare
Treya    Goddess of sunset and dusk
Tsellet    Goddess of Duannat who purifies the soul after death
Tya              Goddess of the element of Spirit
Tymora    Goddess of fortune, luck and wealth
Tyr            God of protection, soldiers and war
Unthar    God of the air, sky and the air element
Uya Jarra    Goddess of the healing arts and physical therapy
Vadyss    God of Duannat who separates the Soul, Spirit and Body
Vella            Goddess of jewelry making and gold and silver smithing











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Hi Nibblekat. I am Jess, one of the founding members of the Autumn Wood and one of the architects of the Tradition. You probably will not find much about the faith on line at this point. We had a website up for 2 years. But this past spring someone on the website Spellsofmagic.com stole a lot of our information and started to submit it, acting like he/she was part of our group. So we took it down. We are building a new site slowly but nothing is visible as of yet. So if there is anything you would like to know, feel free to ask.

The information Lokabrenna posted here was from my Deviantart.com account which is a cut and past of one of our basic write up. So it is only a touch of what we have had going for all these years.  

Jess
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Re: Bowynn Gods
« Reply #21 on: December 27, 2014, 12:23:52 pm »
The five above all gods are Bia, Brea, Unthar, Phoenix and Sumon and Bia is above all, as he/she/it created all and was the very first.

Aside from the Ano Taya, there are no "triple goddesses." However, there is a duplex of deities in the faith. That is to say that if one picks a goddess of a certain attribute, their will be a equal god of that same attribute, or closely related.

Though Alaway is the "Hall of the gods" they do not reside there all do, sitting on thrones and toying with human lives. Most of the time the gods spend with mortals. Alaway is a place for them to meet at night as a family and feast. the only exception to this is the Ano Taya, who have a special chamber in Alaway, Chumash and Kalma, who need to stay in Daunnat and make sure the souls of the dead are tended to and no living people enter. No mortal can enter or see Alaway, though some may try.

Daunnat is an extension of the living world and a most glorious land of golden wheat field, rolling green hills, the cleanest and clearest water and the purest air. There is not form of "hell" in Daunnat. Those that have committed their lives to evil while alive are reincarnated to "get it right."





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This is a simplified list of the deities of the Bowynn faith. Of course there is a more complete description for each god and goddess. You are welcome to ask about that info if you like or I may just start posting it after the new year.
Syalla!

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Re: Bowynn Gods
« Reply #22 on: December 29, 2014, 03:59:26 pm »
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Morrighynn   Goddess of the moon, night, stars, hunt and wolves

 

In most arctic/northern eurasian/northern north american cultures, the Moon is a male deity (norse Máni, turkic Ay Ata, inuit Igaluk, canadian Aningan, alaskan Tarqeq, et cetera). The fact that the name sounds a lot like "Morrigan" doesn't help.

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Re: Bowynn faith? What is it?
« Reply #23 on: December 29, 2014, 04:48:36 pm »
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So if there is anything you would like to know, feel free to ask.


 About your ritual language, was it constructed or revealed? If it was constructed, is it an a priori or an a posteriori language?

 I myself am a conlanger and I find ritual languages interesting.
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