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Here's one of the key Carmanian Creation Myths: bracketed words indicate synonyms or parallel concepts in Carmanian linguistics and theology.

"The Wise Lord looked forth, and ordered all things.
Everything which was before him was Known,
that which was behind him was Unknown. (chaotic)
That which was above was Bright, (clean, good)
and that which was below was Dark. (unclean, harmful)
That which lay to his right was Straight, (true, reliable)
that to the left was Bent." (false, untrustworthy)

The act of Creation is thus one of Separation, dividing the world up into its constituent parts. Many Carmanian Humakti would identify the power by which Idovanus (the "Wise Lord") ordered the world as that of Separation, which is also known as Death.

It is noteworthy that Carmanian rituals used this mythical "Ordering of the World" to define relationships between persons, places and objects which were of direct concern to the participants. Thus, during the Seven Year Buildup before the "Battle of Four Arrows of Light", the Carmanian magi constantly projected the backward and left-sided aspects onto their Lunar foes, reserving a Straight Dark path for their own people to follow. They did not realise, until too late, that the followers of the Red Moon could turn these aspects to their own ends...

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