After the Protestant Reformation, many churches and denominations of Columbia began to send missionaries and priests to various indigenous peoples across the New World, often resulting in complete failure. However, there was one evangelical mission which managed to gain a modicum of success, which was the one sent by the Unitas Fratrum, a minor congregation of Carolina, to the distant kingdom of Miskitia, chosen for its relative civilization and its importance as a trading hub in the Caribbean Gulf. While the Christian teachings were surprisingly well welcomed by the Miskito, the missionaries were soon forced to admit that the monarchs of Miskitia, who had also converted to the new faith, were using its doctrine to justify their rule and control their subjects, also allowing many elements of native traditions to be assimilated in the faith. Thus, in time the Church of the Falling Star, or Kauhaia Slilman was born: its name comes after the star lantern symbol of the Unitas, which in time became most widespread among the Miskitos, seen outside many houses and buildings. While quite similar to other Protestant denominations in nature, this religious doctrine is still embued with animistic elements, such as a strong belief in divine revelations through dreams, a worship for the Moon, viewed as the eye of God watching upon Earth, and a high emphasis on astrology and predictions of the future through the interpretation of the celestial movements: in particular, falling stars are especially venerated, and seen as the darts that God sends to smite the infernal forces.
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