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Region: Forest

Love and Nature wrote:BEHOLD!!! Love and Nature's Forest season one card deck is complete! page=deck/collection=2126

You can check my Forest full season 2 deck from here: page=deck/collection=16345

I was thinking is it possible to add these to the Forest Cultural Heritage Register? Kawastyselir, I think this question is for you? Cards are not unique in that way and basically anyone can get the same kind of collection in time if they use enought time and effort.

Maybe if you make an In-Character Museum or museum network that they are a part of? Since IC cards usually do not exist, but if you make it so that each card is like an exhibit of foreign art in a Museum, then it’d work IC?

That’s what I’ve done anyways, my card collections are actually just museums in MB

Terrabod wrote:Does your nation have a creation myth, even if none of your citizens believe it today?

“The Phoenician Jews have a creation myth that they still believe that combines Judaism with Canaanite religion, and some also have a little bit of Catholicism with the Saints

Essentially, in Phoenician Judaism, deities have a Spirit and a Host. The Spirit is their identity, their personality, their self as an independent person or being. The Host, meanwhile, is the deity’s role or dominion or persona. It’s like the Spirit would be Poseidon or Nereus or Oceanus, while the Host would be “God of the Sea”. The Host is the source of the deity’s power, while the Spirit is their personality, their identity. For every deity they have the name of their Spirit, but also each of their Hosts have a name.

In the beginning, there were many Deities (note that deity is not a God). The most powerful deity was “Yahweh”, whose Host was “El”. He and his wife “Asherah” had 70 sons, who collectively shared the Host of “Elohim”. There was also the deity “Baal”, who was a powerful deity ruling all of the gentile nations of the world.

Overtime, the nations under Baal waged war against the Jews, who were Yahweh’s chosen people. And over time, Baal and Yahweh waged war against each other as well. At first, Yahweh was easily holding his own, as not only did Yahweh have the Host of El, the most powerful host, but he also had Asherah and the Elohim on his side, while Baal merely had a few renegade deities and the gentile nations.

However, somehow mysteriously Baal managed to switch the allegiance of the Elohim, the 70 sons of Yahweh. Thus the war became much harder, as each side was equally matched.

Finally, one day, Yahweh woke up from his sleep, and suddenly all of the Elohim were gone. Vanished. Their Hosts remained, but their Spirits were gone. Their beings, their selves disappeared, as their Hosts remained. Yahweh had simply willed them, in his sleep, to no longer exist, and with the power of the Host of El behind him, they vanished.

However, their godly Hosts remained, and Yahweh took them for himself. Now not only did Yahweh have his own original Host, “El”, but he also had the Hosts of the Elohim: “Shadai”, “Elyon”, “Adon Olam”, “Adonai”, and many more. Now at this point Yahweh became so powerful that he could be called God.

Yahweh/God continued to wage war against Baal, eventually defeating him, and he wiped Baal from existence, both Baal’s Spirit and his Host.

Yahweh was worried that his wife Asherah might rise up to avenge the death of her traitorous sons, so Yahweh set her into a half-sleep, a hypnosis, if you will. Though she is aware of what is going on around her, she cannot act herself, although she can send messengers to do her bidding. She is stuck in a hypnotic Cosmic Dance for eternity, dancing in her temples with the smell of incense and wine keeping her half-dormant.

Over time, Yahweh and Asherah began to grow closer. They shared the Host of “Shechina”, and over time they became somewhat together and merged. They each have their own identity, their own self, their own Spirit and their own Hosts, but they do meet and they do each find themselves in the other.

So now Yahweh has not only the Host of “El”, but also of “Elohim”, “Shadai”, “Elyon”, “Adon Olam”, “Adonai”, “Elohai”, “Ein Sof”, and more. Asherah is in an eternal hypnosis, but also somewhat joined with Yahweh via their shared host of “Shechina”.

One final note. Some Phoenician Jews have also taken on the belief in Saints, and many of their Saints happen to be borrowed from Catholicism. This was very controversial when it began in the 17th-Century, and led to a partial split in Phoenician Judaism. They are both still considered Phoenician Jews, but those who believe in Saints are seen as a specific sect or faction of them, known by some as CPJs, or Christianized Phoenician Jews. They believe that some good, kind, charitable people can receive “micro-hosts”, tiny bits of a Host that they are to then use for good. Saints have a tiny bit of godly energy to back them up, which is why it is so controversial. Most Phoenician Jews, however, do not have Saints, although they still praise their actions as righteous, simply not at all divine.

And there you have it, Phoenician Judaism. This is Rabbi Hiram Ben-Adonizedek, rabbi of the old Phoenician Synagogue of Cothon City. This was my lesson on Phoenician Jewry, and I hope to see all of you at my Synagogue in Cothon City when you come for the EcoCON later this year. Thank you!”