The Thirteen Fingers
There are several different religions in the Tesaki Juusan:
Seichi (Holy One)
This is the most common form of worhip in Tesaki, a monotheistic appraisal of the Divine Creator, who has connected all living things to one another. Seichi is considered to be active and working in everyone’s lives.
Shichi Fukujin (Seven Gods of Fortune)
The Seven Gods of Fortune, commonly referred to in English as the Seven Lucky Gods, refer to the seven gods of good fortune in Tesaki mythology and folklore. They are often the subject of netsuke carvings and other representations.
Hotei, the fat and happy god of abundance and good health
Jurōjin, god of longevity
Fukurokuju, god of happiness, wealth and longevity
Bishamonten, god of warriors
Benzaiten (Benten-sama), goddess of knowledge, art and beauty, especially music
Daikokuten (Daikoku), god of wealth, commerce and trade. Ebisu and Daikoku are often paired and represented as carvings or masks on the walls of small retail shops
Ebisu, god of fishers or merchants, often depicted carrying a sea bream
(See the wiki above for more details)
Daoism (Taoism, meaning “Way” or “Path”)
Daoism is the philosophical or religious tradition in which the basic concept is to establish harmony with the Tao (道), which is everything that exists, the origin of everything and because of the latter it is also nothing. Dao literally means “way”, but can also be interpreted as road, path, doctrine or line; the natural, eternal, spontaneous, indescribable way things began and pursued their course. Reverence for ancestor spirits and immortals is common in popular daoism.
Tenshidō (lit. “Way of Nature”, Elemental Worship)
As long as there has been life on the planet, they have worshiped the world around them. And as far back as recorded history goes, the Terras Prima Church has existed in one form or another. Whether it was a tribe praising the sky for the rain or worshiping fire for the warmth it provided, elemental worship has always been there. But it was not until t ago that he year 207 they became a consolidated movement. Tsunagime Ikkatsu, formed the precursor to the Tenshidō by consolidating the four major branches of worship (Fire, Water, Earth, Air) under the presupposition of the “Taibu Shintai” (Greater Truth), the Tsuchi Reidou (Earth Mother), in the Southern province of Klawmakiba.
The following are the Shitesaki (Four Fingers) of the Tenshidō and their guiding principles:
1. Stand firm in truth, sturdy and unwavering like the mountain.
2. Revere the world, for all belongs to the Earth Mother. Take only what you need, and give all that you are allowed.
3. We are all like the mighty tree, born as but a sapling, but grown mighty and strong through age, struggle, and perseverance.
1. Flow like the river, for all is changing, never-ending.
2. Be forever in humility, for even the mightiest waters have the most humble beginnings.
3. May you be a vessel, and may the cleansing waters of Justice and Love flow from you.
1. Burn with brightness and vigor, for life is short, like the raging volcano.
2. Be a light unto others, that they may learn from your example.
3. Revere the Flame, the Great Destroyer, the Great Creator, for from dust we are born, and to dust we shall return.
1. Be like the wind, in all its form and splendor.
2. Be aware of the times; there is a time to be gentle as the summer breeze, and a time to be as the howling wind.
3. Revere the Air, the Great Divider that separates the Land and Sea, that shapes the landscape by the mere presence of its existence.
Bushido (The Way of the Warrior)
Bushido is not a religion, but is a code of conduct that dictates the Swordmaster life, loosely analogous with the concept of chivalry. Even if a Jinittou ascribes to a religion, he is bound by the Seven Virtues of Bushido.
The Seven Virtues