Splitting the Tremanathi continent in half, the Kymune Mountains are an inverted Y-shaped mountain range known for its imposing peaks and religious significance to many of the land’s creeds, especially for the Zeyurai. Sparecely populated by comparison, they figure prominently in the many tales, songs, and art of old, when they were once as mysterious as they were magical. In the Old Ways, the Kymune are a tear between the Upper and the Lower worlds, between the land of the Mortal Being and the land of the Immortal Spirit. Its tallest mountain in Eyria is the Uzume, which also claims the title of holiest of places for the Zeyurai. In a land laced with impressive peaks, it towers and dwarfs all others, and its sides are whipped by unrelenting chippy winds. Despite this, the Uzume houses several monasteries (at lower altitude and in less punishing weather conditions); a few dating back from the earlier days of the Zeyurai brotherhood, but the majority are from the Second (out of Four) Zeyurai Suppression. It is said that Sora I of Snake House of Hensai, inspired by a Zeyurai goyama, decided to build his new capital of Char Char Saran near the shores of the Hiba Lake, so he could have a view from the balcony of his room facing the revered mountain, and the Toshiro pass, the undulating, jagged path that leads to it.
Himalaya temple by Alexander Pohl
It is a Zeyurai commandment to search inwards (frequently through meditation) to find one’s path in life, how to go beyond one’s limitations, and how to choose the correct facet to reach Nabinodashi, the state of eternal bliss and spiritual fulfillment. For both deeply religious but also historical reasons, the mountains and their countless temples, shrines, and lamaseries have hosted pilgrims from all corners, as the wish to commune with a purer version of themselves has spurred them to weather the less than forgiving voyage, whipping winds, and flesh-biting frost. For the great majority of the followers, these enterprises require great commitment and effort, due to their planning, cost, and physical taxation. However, these sacred journeys to the nearest cloisters take place all year long, although more intensely during special festivities (with some abbeys having to turn travelers away due to being full to the brim!). Generally, this happens in the most iconic, influential, and respected locations like Jiyana Ko Jiai, the House of Thoughts, or Mylinn Ko Jiaidan, the House of Fighters. The most fervent of devotees often do stay for long periods in the many monasteries and spiritual retreats to focus with heightened dedication on their personal soul searching.
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