Hiyati is a mostly monotheistic religion that worships Hiyat, the goddess of wind, knowledge, and wealth. While it originated in Seora, it has spread south down the Erdre main continent where it picked up a large following in Alestra.
Seoran Hiyati and Alestran Hiyati have noticeable differences. While the Seoran sect is monotheistic and worships only Hiyat, the Alestra sect also recognizes Bjall as a major god and the Pyll as demi-gods.
Ideals of Hiyat include study, meditation, good work ethic, and adorning bodies with symbols of wealth. Ceremonial tattoos are often given at certain milestones in a persons life and certain piercings denote a special status has been achieved.
Becoming a priest of Hiyat is honorable, but usually a path chosen by the poor to achieve status. It is rare for someone of wealth to choose a life in the temple. Fledgling priests attend services at the temple weekly to meditate. Levitation and air magic are taught as part of being a fledgling. Since there are no separate warriors, Hiyati priests train as monks like Bjallans do, although their combat training is not as in-depth.
Aside from being places of worship, Hiyati temples also act as places of entertainment. Priests are often talented musicians, dancers, and actors and will put on performances for patrons. This tradition started in Alestra, but has been adopted by the Seoran sect. Alestran performances often tell stories of Pylli lore.
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