Goash

Though the official religion of the Cirsovan Empire is a loosely organized veneration of the current and past emperors, there are a handful of old Cirsovan gods and goddesses which are still worshiped.  One of the most prominent in Gatlia is Goash, a harvest deity who appears in the form of a man with an ox’s head.

In Altier, the first harvest of straw is often saved to construct a 10 to 15 foot woven effigy of Goash.  A wooden barn is constructed to protect the Goash from the elements throughout the growing season.  At harvest, the Goash is taken to the center of town and burned as an offering.  People will dance around the fire and feast, with younger folk often finding their future husbands and wives at the celebration.

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