Endless Blue – Week 86 – Trishna, the Binity of Desire   2 comments

Theology

Trishna, the Binity of Desire

Trishna is a two-sided goddess, embodying both monogamous love and unabashed debauchery.  She is both the tenderness of love and the desperation of lust; the innocence of youth and the wisdom of parturition.  The need for play and the fulfillment of employment.  With this two-sided nature, She is treated as two deities, twins: Trishna and Her twin brother Tornesh.  Unity in Binity.  They are extensions of the same divinity, treated as one, referred to as either.

Her dogma is seductive.  Give in to temptation.  Experience everything. Revel with abandon.  Life is to be experienced first hand, to be filtered through all the senses, embraced and given into with all the passion one can muster.  Trishna represents all aspects of hedonism, metered out through the cycle of life.  To Her, spawning of children is a blessing; the act just as holy as the offspring.  Every aspect of survival of the species is espoused as sacrament.  A sin, to a Trishnan, is to deny one’s urges, to spurn one’s child, to purposely break a heart, to live in anguish, to languish in numbness.

She is wed to Sashelas, and is truly devoted to him.  Yet, Her very nature inevitably leads her astray.   Polyamorous and omnisexual, Trishna is the very act of reproduction.  At Her core, Trishna embodies the intrinsic urge to continue the bloodline.  Sex is holy.  The more, the better.

Trishna, Soul of Desire, the Libertine Muse, Seducer of All, Luxuria of the Lust

Alignment: Lawful Good
Symbol: Two koi — one melanistic, the other albino — swimming in circles after the other’s tail.
Domains: Good, Law, Magic, Strength, Trickery.
Preferred Unguis (weapon): Net
Clerical Unguis of Choice: None (Manipulation, see below)
Cleric Alignment: Chaotic good, Lawful neutral, neutral good, neutral.

Divine Visage

Trishna is a dual aspect goddess, with either aspect having both good and bad connotations.  With her other aspect, Tornesh, Trishna appears as a pair of monochromatic koi, forever locked in a cycle of pursuit, balanced in pacing.  The two are as intrinsically entwined as inhaling and exhaling, with the momentary pause between delicious anticipation of the indulge to come.

Tales of Trishna’s infidelities range across the spectrum.  Her form can change at will, intrinsically matching the inner yearning of the individual that has caught Her fancy.  Trishna, in her “white” form, represents idealized love, and Her appearance and personality will match the individuals ideal mate.  As Tornesh, her “black” persona, She will be embody the most carnal and animalistic urges of Her intended victim.  Throughout the affair, She will flow between the two forms, mixing traits, swapping roles, more and more rapidly until tension breaks at crescendo and the target gives in completely to Her.  A terrifying, exuberant whirlpool of lust and laughter that seems to last forever, only to end too soon.  The spawn of the dalliances are numerous, as never has there been a tale of Trishna’s lust ending in anything but childbirth.

The Church of Trishna

There are three Orders to the Trishnan Church: Passion, Parentage, and Performance.  The Order of Passion centers on Her sensuality, touting the virtues of love physical, spiritual, and emotional.  The Order of Parentage concerns Her role as a goddess of fertility and family.  The final order, the Order of Performance, embraces Her pursuit of joy through play and happiness.  Each of these orders is broken down into separate chapters by oceonographic region.  Each chapter is given a descriptor based on their holy works, such as “immaculate”, “transcendent”, “inconceivable”, etc.

Within an order, clerics are given familial titles: Father/Mother, Grandfather/Grandmother, etc.  Parishioners are referred to as Son/Daughter, or as “my Fry”.  This pattern is extended to the others orders, with titles like Uncle/Aunt, Nephew/Niece, Cousin, and so on.  The head of the Trishnan Church is led by a pair of pisceans, usually married.  They carry the titles of All-Father and Mother-of-All.

Trishnan priests are pacifists by ecclesiastical teaching.  Violence is treated as a failure to uphold the tenents of Trishna.  However, the usage of manipulation through seduction falls well within Her teachings.  Mental domination and magical enchantment are methods of coercement that are allowable, even approved, by Trishnan doctrine.

Shrines and Ceremonies

The most notorious “ceremony” carried out by the Trishnan religion is Church sanctioned prostitution.  Called “libertines”, they are pisceans trained not just in the skills of seduction, but also in the sciences and humanities.  To become a Trishnan Libertine is to given a significant boost to the standard of living and education.  Libertines are renown, and given respect in middle level classes.  The upper class treats the Libertines as “allowed indulgences”, while the lower classes often look upon them as having achieved the impossible.  It is one of the few avenues for the masses to gain an education, and being accepted by an Order of Pleasure for libertine training is gateway to respectability.

Allied Organizations

The Trishnan Church does not turn a blind eye to the aftermath of her congregation’s actions.  Foremost among these “after effects” are the spawn of unwanted fry.  The Orders of Parentage help form orphanages for the unwanted children, and will welcome any child into their halls rather than have them raised in neglect or abuse.  These Known World Orphanages actively seek out families that wish to grow but for some reason cannot, and match them with a child that yearns for acceptance.  This is a free public service provided by the Known World Orphanage, but is funded by the Trishnan Church through their use of blackmail on wealthy “sinners” — those that gave up a child clandestinely, out of fear of public discovery.  Since children born out-of-wedlock is not considered taboo in Trishnan beliefs, this means it is mostly followers of other faiths that are “tapped for contribution”.

With the College of Doctors, the Trishnan Church also supports midwife services.  Individuals are taught proper child-birthing techniques for the various species, and are sent out across the Known World to help ensure more successful infant birth rates in the respective homeseas.  Applicants to the service must pledge an oath both to the Church and to the College of Doctors, and while the resulting practice is meant to remain free, the midwives are generally expected to continue tithing back to the two organizations through service and recruitment.

The Performance Orders of the Trishan Church support the arts.  They hope to spread the appreciation of art, music, and dance across the known worlds.  In their efforts, Trishnan missionaries travel across the oceans in an open-ended quest.  They seek out settlements where they can employ their skills as performers, hoping to find those individual with the gleam of talent that can be nurtured.  During their journey, the priests are always looking for new ways and techniques of expression, to learn and take back to the Order of Performance proper and share.

Opposed Organizations

Though not pronounced, there is friction between the Order of Performance and the Prime Chorus.  It centers on the Prime Chorus’ geas to located the fabled Khantusk.  To Trishna, the artifact represents much of what She opposes: the forced coercion to obey.  Though she revels in family unity, Khantusk can only force the Cetacean races back together through domination of spirit.  As a result, one of the more secretive duties of clerics of the Order of Performance is to collect rumors about the Prime Chorus and the location of Khantusk.  Word of Trishnan interest in the activities of the Prime Chorus has made its way back to the cetacean operatives.  Since whalesong cannot be accomplished by any other species save cetaceans, there is no reason Performance Order priest should be delving into their style of music.  Until the day comes that a Versesinger chooses to embrace the teachings of Trishna, there seems little chance of discovering the Prime Chorus’ secrets.

Relations with other Religions

Olyhydra opposes so much of what the Trishnan Church stands for, it might almost be considered its polar opposite.  Olyhydrans rail against what they describe as the Trishnan Churches “agenda of cultural hedonism”.  The carefree love of life that Trishna exposes clashes violently with Olyhydra’s assertion that life is suffering toil.  But perhaps most aggravating, Olyhydrans find the name that Trishnans give their highest representative — Mother-of-All — offensive, as it is a name they reserve for the Mistress of Law.

It is hard for the two religions to avoid each other, as the Mer Currents contain their greatest clustering of followers.  The cyprian-vs-puritan conflict between the religions has extended into Mer politics, forming two parties whose differences divide over dogmatic belief.  Olyhydran politicians have begun a campaign to prohibit libertine operation in their political borders.  This primary attempt is employing a passive tactic of requiring governmental oversight of libertine activities.  Once the initial step is set into law, supporters intend on proposing more and more regulation on the trade until it gets to a point that libertine prostitution is too difficult to keep legal.  So far it has been an uphill battle, since Trishnan belief has had so much more time to permeate the Mer culture than the relative new Olyhydran religion.

Schisms

Luxuria of the Lust: As Luxuria, Trishna takes on more of a role of seductress than of procreation.  More emphasis is placed on indulgences and pleasure than child rearing or experiencing all of life.  Her adulterous nature is pronounced, and She as produced multiple bastard children with the other members of the Pantheon. and even a generation or two beyond that.

The Spurned: While orthodox Trishnan worship portrays the twins as a single entity, there is a faction that addresses the two siblings as separate holy beings.  In this schism, Tornesh takes on all the negative aspects of lust: the selfishness, the obsession, the disregard for other’s feelings.  This is a more antithetical role to Trishna, and treats Tornesh as the spurned lover that will not let go.  Not quite vilified, Tornesh is treated as the patron saint of those that believe their love needs only to be convinced to take them back.

“Trishna loves you too much to spoil the fleeting immortality of feeling in lust,
and longs for you to eternally find the immediate forever of falling love.”

— an intermediate lesson for Trishnan libertines.

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