What deities and practices would be incorporated in an Asian slave religion?

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  1. Caravels of Portugal Well-Known Member

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    Ugama Cathay is a religion practiced by Amarelos, Asian slaves brought by the Iberian Union to Benoa Taixei (The Americas) from the 16th century to the early 19th century. Many of the Amarelos originate from several parts of Asia, some far as Mongolia, Tibet and Persia.

    Forbidden from practicing their local religions and converting to Catholicism, the Amarelos melded traditional Asian religions and major Catholic influences to create a syncretic religion called Ugama Cathay.

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    Ugama Cathay is a race-based religion. It mean that only Amarelos or anyone of Amarelo descent is initiated to the religion and understand their writings.

    The backbone of the faith is based on ancestor worship and polytheism. The term for deity/spirit is Joss, originating from the Portuguese word deus. Ancestors called Anitao are venerated throughout the year by Amarelos to maintain the memory of people who were once free and then enslaved.

    The Joss-Joss originate from several deities and spirits from Asian religions. Due to eclectic mixing of religions, most Joss-Joss tend to incorporate aspects from other deities and spirits. The Joss-Joss are worshiped and venerated as protectors of Amarelos from slavery and masters of natural and social order.

    The supreme deity in the Ugama Cathay pantheon is Ilahi. It is referred as the creator and the head Joss in the Cathay. It is God in Abrahamic sense, a singular, genderless god that controls the universe. Along the major deities is Amida, a messianic deliverer of the Amarelos whose arrival is foretold and keenly expected and the Yellow Emperor, the ancestral progenitor of the Amrelos from Cathay.

    The main canon of Ugama Cathay is based on oral tradition and a collection of sacred texts and arcane literature called the Pustasha. The Pustasha is written in a writing system unique to Amarelos and its based on a mixture of several Asian writing systems. Only Amarelos can understand the writings of the Pustasha.

    Thanks for @LostInNewDelhi, @metalinvader665 and @Hindustani Person for the inspiration for the major parts of the Ugama Cathay writing prompt.
     
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    One of those deities is Mazu (Ma-cho in Hokkien; 媽祖)
     
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  3. Caravels of Portugal Well-Known Member

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    What would be her new role in Ugama Cathay?
     
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    Venerated "mother deity" in Ugama Cathay, alongside her usual role as "saint"/"deity" of fishermen and maritime traders.
     
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    In the cosmology of Ugama Cathay, the afterlife is divided to Three Realms of the Afterworld.
    1. Cathay: The realm of the Josses, the Anitao, the good-aligned Makhluk and the good Amarelos. This realm is divided into several layers, each representing the ancestral land of the Amarelos from each tribe. In the middle of the realm, lies the celestial city of the Joss pantheon called Kota Xanadu, placed on top of a sacred five-peaked mountain surrounded by impassable mountains and valleys along with the cities.
    2. Agharthy: The realm of judgement. The realm is a dark, frigid, damp and windless world. Amarelos who were neither good or evil or awaiting judgement often take a perilous and dark journey filled with trials and ordeals set up by Judges and spirits in order to reincarnate. It is where neutral Makhluk and spirits live there until their next life.
    3. Neraku: The realm of punishment. The realm is an infernal realm meant to punish and purify evil Amarelos. It is where the dark Josses, Antu and monsters dwell.
     
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    The Yellow Thearch, or Joss Amarelo Califa is considered the divine ancestral progenitor of the Amarelos and the holy sovereign of the Amarelos. According to Chronicle of Cathay, the Yellow Thearch was tasked with replenishing the Earth with the seeds from the Shinju (Divine Tree) and creating a civilization on the lands. To do that, he made children out of the loess (Chinese), snow (Koreans), from the sea (Japanese), from soil (Malays), the bark of trees (Dravidians) and several tribes from aspects of nature by harnessing the power of the seeds.

    To protect the newly-formed Amarelos, the Yellow Thearch used the remaining power of the seeds to render the Makhluk and Antu races that were tormenting and terrorizing - invisible, incorporeal and disembodied. This provided the First Age of the Amarelos, where the Amarelos built settlements and learned to farm from the Josses of Cathay. This Age lasted for 3000 years until the Second Age.

    In the Second Age, the Amarelos developed acrimony, developing every form of flaws such as selfishness, sarcasm, insensitivity, indolence, obstinacy, gullibility, self-pity, over-trusting, stupidity, disobedience, compulsive lying, arrogance, greed, cowardice, recklessness, cruelty, foolishness and an inability to learn from mistakes. This resulted the decay of the glory days of the Amarelos, the eventual turn of the normal history.
     
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  7. Caravels of Portugal Well-Known Member

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    In Ugama Amarelo, there's scant evidence of Zoroastrian influence on the religion's canon and belief.
    • In Book of the Josses, one of the names of Anjos (Messengers of Ilahi) is called Sorush. He is an obscure Joss whose only role in the book is to listen and record the deeds, both virtue and sin, of the Amarelos on Earth.
    • In the Madrid Codex, a vague water deity referred as Anait, whose role is to turn the Heavenly Rivers and provide water in the form of rains and lakes.
    • The major influence of Zoroastrianism from Persia is the inclusion of the deity Mitra/Mithra. In Ugama Cathay, the deity is referred as Joss Mitras, and his role is the bearer of truth and justice, the bringer of light and the guardian of the harvest. He is combined with several variations of Mitra from India and other regions. A ritual associated with the deity is a Korban (Ritual sacrifice) to the Joss using a bull-slaughtering knife upon a rock associated with lore of the deity.
     
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    I’ll add something here.
    One of the key ideas of Cathay Amarelo religion is hàu, or filial piety. The belief centres around an amount of obligatory duties that children must follow that being respect for parents and superiors, which includes caring for them, obeying them, keeping a good name for your families outside, and several other values.
    Buhàu, or unfilial behaviour, is considered a sin in the Catholic and Buddhist sense.
     
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    In Ugama Cathay, there is a special type of Joss called Kramat. Kramat is used to refer deified Amarelos or ancestors who become transcended through the power of ancestor veneration and remembrance of their deeds. They range through mythical demigods and heroes from Asia like Okuninushi (Japan), Hang Tuah (Malay), Zhong Kui and Hua Mulan (Chinese) to famous Amarelos like the slave revolt leader Aqila the Lightning, Abelardo the Paree and others.
     
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