The Great Man Genshoric and the Founding of Genshormen

This is a continuation of the creation myth, but with further focus on Genshormen’s origins. 

Though Sanguius was pleased with Ferrjos’s handiwork, he desired to create additional creatures to dwell in the beautiful Fru. He took the fish from Kesaphi and modified them to create frogs, frogs to create great reptiles, and the reptiles to make birds and mammals. Most pleased with the mammals, he continued to adjust the mammal-kind until he finally created man[1]. Although sharing common ancestry with the other creatures of Fru, Sanguius loved man most since man was most alike to the gods. He and the other gods labored to bless mankind with prosperity and richness. Then, when Sanguius sensed that the gods were overtaking the land and obstructing the procreation of mankind, he created a heavenly home for the gods and sent himself and his kin to exile for his love for man. However, the men wrongly misunderstood his action and grew indignant. They believed that Sanguius had made a paradise for himself and his fellow gods and left the plain earth to them. From their discontent, envy, lust, pride, wrath, greed, sloth, gluttony arose into existence.

When Sanguius heard this, he became enraged, and abandoned mankind to its own folly. And many calamities arose due to his abandonment: famine, disease, war, storms, ignorance, and poverty. Though mankind survived, they lived a lowly existence. Dissension ensued between the peoples and they separated themselves from the central wood into the deep jungles of the east, the frozen lands of the north, the great island in the east, and the desert south.

Of these peoples, the most depraved and destitute were the desert men of the south. No man of them was settled, and as wild men, they ate the carcasses of beasts, the tiny dessert grasses, and the water of cactuses. These men were selfish and greedy, each killing the other to retrieve food.

Among this people was a maiden, and all the desert men deemed her beautiful. Alas, she had neither father nor brother to protect her. When she foraged the dry desert for saltbush, seeds of acacia and pistacia and hunted for dormice, she was sighted by six licentious men. Seeing her defenseless, the six subdued her in the open desert. They choked her to silence her shrieks and pleas toward heaven as they desecrated her, one by one. When they finished, they removed her tongue to prevent her relating the story to other men or to the gods. But Fate was aware of their deed and combined their seeds into one within her[2].

The maiden conceived, for she was ignorant that she was defiled and did not cleanse herself through death[3], and gave birth to a son. She knew not which man was his father, so she called him the son of Fate. By his kinsmen, he was known as Genshoric.

Genshoric grew into a strong, handsome man with chestnut hair, bronze complexion, and beautiful blue eyes. He grieved over the depravity of his people and sought to find the solution. He bid his mother farewell and traveled out into the desert to seek the truth about the world.

Long and hard was his journey, but after wandering for ninety-six days[4], he finally reached the pearl-white gates of heaven on Mount Olivytus. Guarding the door was Legara, holding the scales of judgement in her hand.

Seeing the goddess, Genshoric inquired, “Pray, what is this door, and where does it lead?”

Legara stood silent, for Sanguius had forbidden dealings between the gods and mankind. But, Genshoric, whose yearning for the truth did not permit him to desist, pleaded the goddess for an answer or even a small clue. As Genshoric begged, Belarchus noticed the sight from afar. Angered that some miscreant would dare abuse his sister, the war god rushed at Genshoric and threw him onto the rocky mountainside and lifted his hand to strike. Then, Belarchus’s hand was stayed by his sister, Jedesophe, goddess of the wise.

“Do not harm this man. He is here on a noble quest for the truth,” she said. At that, Jedesophe entered the Margaritae[5] Porta, pulling Belarchus after her, and Legara duly followed leaving the man behind. Genshoric arose and knelt before the gate; for he knew that the truth could be found there.

Legara reported to Sanguius that a man was at the gate, seeking their counsel, but Sanguius refused to grant Genshoric audience.

A dialogue arose among the gods. Belarchus, Legara, and Jedesophe were of the same mind with the king. Belarchus, still enraged by Genshoric’s conduct, reviled any notion of letting the mortal enter the gate. Legara, the defender of law, maintained that Sanguius’s word was law, and therefore, no man, not even the zealous Genshoric, was worthy of an audience with the gods. Jedesophe, though impressed by Genshoric’s ardor, held that Genshoric’s need did not require an audience. Neoni and Jilevirmes simply awaited Sanguius’s final judgement. Ferrjos, focused on his work, remained silent.

On the opposite end, Scientarsus, Kephasi, and Apulokion voiced dissent. Scientarsus, eager to impart knowledge, desired to at least grant Genshoric the knowledge he desired. Kephasi, tired of the raging famine in Fru, entreated to Sanguius’s love for Fru to persuade him. Apulokion, pitying the mortal, begged the king to allow him to instruct Genshoric in the arts of medicine to heal mankind. When their placations were ignored by Sanguius, Theostorga and the Amara likewise took up their cause.

As the argument heated, Baptifesti, who only acknowledged festivity, left the hall with her guitar. But no amount of persuasion, even from the maternal Theostorga and the compassionate Amara, could alter the King’s decision. Sanguius declared his decree final and forbade any more debate concerning the mortal at the gate.

Genshoric, determined to receive answers, patiently waited at the gate, ignorant of the odds against him. Forty-eight[6] long days he sat at the gate without food or drink[7]. On the night of the forty-eighth day, a heavy downpour fell in the desert. Nevertheless, Genshoric remained kneeling before the gate.

Meanwhile, Ferrjos was again struggling with his work. Sanguius had tasked him to forge fearsome and magnificent armor fit for the King of the gods. Yet concern for the longsuffering mortal hindered his work. At last, he laid down his hammer and went to the gate, but he journeyed discreetly as to not be seen by the other gods.

When Ferrjos arrived at the Margaritae Porta, he saw Genshoric, drenched in the downpour of rain and nearly fainting from starvation and thirst. The Craftsman scanned their surroundings for witnesses and, finding none, shut the gate behind him, picked up the nearly dying Genshoric, and walked out into the desert. The mortal fainted as Ferrjos lifted him up. After some days, Ferrjos built for them a shelter and obtained food and drink for the dying Genshoric. As soon as Genshoric awoke, Ferrjos proceeded to nurse him and teach him the truths about the gods, the creation, and the proper role of mankind. For six moons, Ferrjos worked at his forge by day and taught Genshoric by night. Though fearful of the possible consequences if he were ever caught, Ferrjos made certain that his actions remained undiscovered.

Genshoric learned diligently, recording his new knowledge in writing. However, like Ferrjos, he also faced peril. For oftentimes during the day, men would pass by the hero’s abode. Ferrjos had made the dwelling unseen to unwelcome eyes, but Genshoric always attempted to persuade more men into his crusade. However, his eager supplications were always returned with scorn and derision. Some men simply pushed him out of their way, others openly mocked him, and others beat him. Though he was fully capable of defeating these men, Genshoric refrained from combat, for he believed such an act would undermine his work to help mankind. So, for six moons, Genshoric was mocked by men by day and was taught by Ferrjos by night.

After six months passed, Sanguius discovered Ferrjos’s deed. He summoned Ferrjos to the Great Hall of the gods. Upon arrival, Ferrjos knelt before Sanguius. The King asked, “Why hast thou disobeyed my decree and proceeded to teach this mere mortal knowledge of the gods and the universe?”

Ferrjos answered, “Lord King, I have not disobeyed any decree. In the beginning of the world and at my subjugation, you commanded me to create and maintain the world of Fru above all other duties. Your servant has merely followed your supreme command.”

Contented by this answer, Sanguius ordered Ferrjos to bring Genshoric to him. For Sanguius, the majestic and all-knowing, had known that Ferrjos would teach Genshoric and that Genshoric was worthy to save mankind. He welcomed Genshoric to his hall and imparted even more knowledge and instruction on forthcoming action for forty-eight days.

Genshoric, equipped with the experience and knowledge gained after six months and ninety-six days, immediately took to teaching everyone he met. Those who believed immediately repented of their ways and joined Genshoric. He finally reached home where his mother was awaiting his return. She, too, upon hearing his knowledge, believed in the gods and sought repentance. Realizing her defilement, she performed the appropriate washing, sacrifice, chant, and purging with her son acting as priest. Then, Genshoric and his followers continued spreading knowledge.

Soon, the men of the desert were divided into those of faith and those of nonbelief. Sanguius sent Neoni and Belarchus to eliminate the men who heard and remained hardhearted. Then, rid of dissenters, Genshoric founded the city Gershom, which grew into our great nation, Genshormen. Upon the hero’s death, Sanguius granted Genshoric divinity, and thence Genshoric became the god of history, fate, and time. Thus, our watchful forefather presides over his progeny, influencing history and fate to grant his dear nation triumph in Fru. Praise be to Sanguius! Praise be to Theostorga! Praise be to the Amara! Praise be to Ferrjos! Praise be to Genshoric!

[1] Interesting that the myth incorporates an idea of the Evolutionary Theory

[2] Because Genshormene tradition holds the role of Fate in his birth, Genshoric is not considered defiled

[3] According to Genshormene custom, female victims of sexual offenses were obligated to wash in a bath covered with white lilies, offer a sacrifice of three doves to the Amara, have the priest sing a chant or prayer to the gods, and commit ritual suicide to appease Neoni

[4] Ninety-six is a Genshormene holy number, possibly derived from the formula 3(Amara) * 1(Sanguius) * 2(Ferrjos and Theostorga) * 15(fifteen main deities) + 6(six fathers of Genshoric) = 96

[5] Meaning pearl

[6]Forty-eight is half of ninety-six

[7]Genshoric survived even after starving for forty-eight days because Theostorga, the goddess of life, sustained his life

Image: Gates of Paradise Lorenzo Ghiberti, photo taken by Ricardo André Frantz

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