As I mentioned in my last post on the Kovathi, Wernak-Voar is their primary god, and his worship is often accompanied by that of Husa’mird. Wernak-Voar is a harsh god whose worship in encapsulated in the Jonsbak Vera, literally Law Exist – but meaning the Law of Existing or Being. The Jonsbok Vera contains numerous tenants concerning right action in various situations supposedly handed down by the god himself. The broadest and most pervasive of these, such as ‘My children shall have no nations’, ‘My children shall know peace and hate war’, and ‘My children shall know that there is no war but destruction’, are commonly followed by all Kovathi who worship Wernak-Voar, Husa’mird, or Korduan, and form the root of Kovathi society.
However, there are relatively few such broad laws, and many of Kovathi do not actively follow the thousands of specific restrictions such as, ‘My children shall not know the taste of water on my days of worship’, or ‘If my child eats with his right hand then he is righteous, but if he eats with his left hand then he is unrighteous’. Among Kovathi society the respectability of a person, and often their influence among the hold, is directly tied to how many of these laws that person follows. Some priests of Wernak-Voar go so far as to remove offending body parts (such as the left hand) so that it is impossible for them to violate the law. The worship of Wernak-Voar is expressed on a daily basis in the following of these laws, however he also has a number of ritual days throughout the year. The holy places of Wernak-Voar are always cut into high peaks where the cold is year round, and the biting mountain winds blow fiercely. The Skerabrott, or Cutting Away, is a day long ritual of fasting and privation in which the faithful to Wernak-Voar gather on these platforms, generally naked or in painfully constricting garments, and sing or chant the whole of the Jonsbok Vera over the course of the day. This ritual is seen as a time to remove personal wickedness and reorient oneself on the law and worship of the god. Needless to say the Skerabrott results in a number of deaths annually in every hold that practices it.
The Klungrum, on the other hand, is a ritual that takes place seven times a year that is intended to reenact Husa’mird’s pursuit of Wernak-Voar as a lover. During the Klungrum priestesses of Husa’mird can be see chasing the ascetic priests of Wernak-Voar through the streets of the hold. I don’t think I need to spell out the rest of the ritual, though it might be mentioned that the privacy of the location where the priest is caught is not a factor to his pursuer, and the result of the chase is generally considered enjoyable for both parties (though the priests of Wernak-Voar deny this vehemently. While rituals like the Klungrum are relatively rare among the worship of Wernak-Voar, they offer a respite from the general dower focus of the majority of Kovathi religion. I will leave the discussion of the worship of Korduan and Zelkur-Van until next Tuesday.