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The Subeya


“When I was ten-and-eight years old, I went south to the land of Emhutz, which is near the Holy Land, and I went before the wisest of all God’s creatures but the Prophet, Najaug, all-knowing, all-seeing, all-wise, who in this time did dwell there, and him I asked five-score questions.”
-The Subeya, “First Song: Going Before the Prophet”

In all of the Telae hr Meixi there is no holier book, aside from the Xorait mn Ehekki, the “Jewel of the Heart”, (which is the Word of the Prophet Meixi himself and the Bible of the Meixingu religion)than the Subeya.

The Subeya is, in fact, a compilation, made by the renowned Xestoyi scholar Ghyaic bunXemoy for King Jjeshgu of Heraluj two centuries after the Prophet ascended to Heaven. In those days, there dwelt in Emhutz (which is now ruled by Qoruxi) the greatest of all ushige (Meixingu philosopher-hermits), revered nearly as much as the Prophet himself, Najaug, the Great Ushige, who even the Qoruxi call “the Knowing One”.

bunXemoy, in seeking to teach Jjeshgu of the wisdom and words of the Xorait and of the Meixi religion, gathered together tales and proverbs and sayings of Najaug and attributed to Najaug, and compiled from them (with some editing, and the addition of his own moralist poetry) the Subeya, which has since become known as the “Second Xorait”, the “Son of the Xorait”, and the “Companion of the Holy Book”.

The Subeya is organized into ten Songs (chapters), each containing ten anecdotes, organized according to theme and general content, and amended with Ghyaic bunXemoy’s poetry. The subjects upon which the Great Ushige spoke are manifold- life, death, love, hate, war, food, agriculture, animals, alchemy, philosophy, God, and even himself.

In Meixingu lands it is common to hear the Subeya quoted just like the Xorait; and though no Meixingu would dare to say it aloud, in many lands the Subeya is the more beloved and studied volume.

Quotes from the Subeya

On God:
“God is the Great Heart. When you go to morning temple, you are not afraid. When you go to noonday temple, you are not afraid. When you go to eventide temple, you are not afraid. God is the strengthener.”
-Second Song: Talking of God

“God lives in all of us; he is the Sea of Blood, that within us flows, and connects each man to his brother and each woman to her sister.”
-Fourth Song: Talking of Men

On love:
“Love that passes fast looks but rarely listens;
Love that lasts long listens without looking.”
-Fourth Song: Talking of Men

On the Barhi (the vanished people of the Far South):
“Oft had I wandered among their empty places in my youth. God had put his hand against them, and now all of their land is dust.” -Fourth Song: Talking of Men

On self-denial:
“The desert is a dagger that carves away unnecessary things from men. Once you have lost your affectations, like the Prophet, then can you indulge.” -Second Song: Talking of God

On food:
“Rejoice, young dog, and bold sparrow!
I have left my dinner sitting
Where you reach it easily.
Maybe next time
I will eat better.” -Fourth Song: Talking of Men

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Voted Chaosmark
November 24, 2005, 12:35
Wow...Nicely detailed item! We get to hear of lots of holy books, yet rarely are any of them fleshed out. Good job.
Voted Michael Jotne Slayer
November 25, 2005, 4:29
On the egde of gratness as it used to say in the adds.
One can always use a detailed book. And this one is truly solid work.
Voted Ancient Gamer
November 27, 2005, 15:35
I like it! Well done. Rarely are books this well fleshed out. One of these days I will let my players find a library with books ripped straight from this site ;)
Voted Cheka Man
September 20, 2006, 20:53
Only voted
Voted valadaar
May 8, 2013, 22:18
A really great work. A great piece of detail.

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