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Can you share some more details to help narrow it down? Also what do you mean by parodying Jainism?


Notetoself4

*Parallels* to Jainism, its not a parody of anything specifically other than the universes general hypocrisy and lack of self awareness. I'd say there are a few jabs at aspects of certain religions but I jab at everything so its more there to fit in rather than me trying to make an edgy point Details, briefly they believe morality is coded in the body. Do good, its recorded in what you are. You die pure, you go to the 'country' which is heaven. Die impure, you are reset into a life correlating with how impure you were. Thats the very basic gist of it, they dont believe in specific Gods so much either just a general universal concept (hence Jainism and its karmic/reincarnation aspects) To avoid bad karma yet still be able to do bad things, they cultivate and wear personality veils (like an intentional artifical dissociative identity disorder) that change them into someone else, then remove these veils and act as though someone else committed the sin. This is an aspect of parody side of it, there's more and theyre generally an antagonistic group though to be entirely honest the people meeting them are nearly always under bad circumstances (being raided) and the people within the religion arent exactly bad, the central authority on the religion is quite manipulative. Anyway, I wouldnt say that its exactly over fundamental and in terms of morals has a general 'love thy neighbour' quality like basic Abrahamic religions and in their own domains, it works rather well and is well liked (though not overly enforced, only by the leaders who use it when and where it is needed)


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Cool, just wondering! Well Jains already have some badass names like tirthankara (Ford-maker as in the ford allowing one to cross the stream of samsara) and Digambara (Sky-clad as in nude). Also the fact that their ultimate goal is to just sit in meditation until they die of exposure. Idk if any of that is paralleled as well for naming inspiration but "Infinite Mote" sounds good because the Jains were atomists to the nth degree. Maybe something like "Subtle Way/Path" could work? Since they're all about being gentle and clever about not incurring karma, and hiding it with veils if necessary. >!Also btw the veil to hide one's sins thing is something the Aiel do in The Wheel of Time, and a faction of them are basically Jains, literally called the Jenn Aiel. That's a light spoiler so I'm hiding it. But it's something I also accidently copied in my world and realized later so I'm trying to add a twist to differentiate it.!<


Notetoself4

Oh nice ones, some good ideas there I like playing to that subtle angle. Maybe Veiled Path, liking that idea a lot. Hah sounds like this is quite similar, I've never read any wheel of time but I'll take a look at that religion.


needindirection

Easily the widening gyre, me and my homies all *hate* the 9 fold path (...both r good)


Notetoself4

I do like how the 9 fold path sounds but its just a total rip of a form of Buddhism. Then again the religion is meant to be something of a parody, its just a bit ham lol


needindirection

Yeah definitely works as a parody--widening gyre just as the intrigue of this obscure 'widening', which I haven't seen used to refer to a religious principle before and think is pretty darn unique Either way may your path be wide and your gyre multiplied 9-fold, regardless of ham


ArthAnsgar

Depends, if the world is a medieval fantasy type setting, "The Infinite Mote" or "9-fold Path." If it's a futuristic or steampunk/aetherpunk setting, "Synchronism" might be a better fit.


Notetoself4

Its not exactly either, though it would be closer to fantasy. I dont mind synchronism but yeah it does sound quite sci-fi


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If it were synchronism you would be a syncronist


Vohasiiv

Can I steal synchronism?


Notetoself4

Certainly


ApplesauceLover123

Some of the most popular religions have relatively short and simple names, "Christianity," "Islam," "Judaism," "Hinduism," and "Buddhism." One word, the names are relatively straight forward and self-explanatory. So I would say Synchronism and Innocence are your best bets since they are easy to remember, and you can get an idea of what they're about from the names alone.