Sitaan

Sitaan is an old pre-Cirsovan death god, whose worship was actively stamped out by the early Cirsovan emperors.  Tradition holds that Sitaan was not simply a god of death, but of agony and suffering associated with slow death. Worship of Sitaan often involved human sacrifice performed in brutal fashion, including the removal of eyes, tongue and gradual evisceration of the victim.

Most scholars agree that Sitaan came to the southern pre-Cirsovans from the Kingdom of Sabrio, whose religion often involved human sacrifice.  The alarming connections between the rituals performed in the cities of Sabrio observed by imperial armies and the practices of certain Cirsovan states that were quashed by Ga Akana is often cited as the reason for the complete obliteration of the Sabrio culture.

It should be noted that while there are artifacts and signs of Sitaan’s cult in Cirsova’s antiquity, it appears that the proto-Athdaeldan cultures of central Karkuras astutely avoided the influences of their barbaric neighbors.

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.