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Main article: Pantheons of Tamriel

The Khajiiti Pantheon is the set of gods worshiped by the Khajiit.

List of revered and worshiped godsEdit

  • Alkosh, the First Cat (Dragon King of Cats) Pre-ri’Datta Dynasty Anaquinine deity. Variation on the Altmeri Auri-El, and thus an Akatosh-as-culture-hero for the earliest Khajiiti. His worship was co-opted during the establishment of the Riddle-T’har, and he still enjoys immense popularity in Elsweyr’s wasteland regions. He is depicted as a fearsome dragon, a creature the Khajiiti say ‘is just a real big cat’. Repelled an early Aldmeri pogrom of Pelinal Whitestrake during mythic times.
  • Magrus, the Cat's Eye (God of the Sun)
  • Mara, the Mother Cat (Goddess of Love) Nearly universal goddess. Origins started in mythic times as a fertility goddess. In Skyrim, Mara is a handmaiden of Kyne. In the Empire, she is Mother-Goddess. She is sometimes associated with Nir of the ‘Anuad’, the female principle of the cosmos that gave birth to creation. Depending on the religion, she is either married to Akatosh or Lorkhan, or the concubine of both.
  • S'rendarr, the Runt (God of Mercy) God of the Eight Divines, Stendarr has evolved from his Nordic origins into a deity of compassion or, sometimes, righteous rule. He is said to have accompanied Tiber Septim in his later years. In early Altmeri legends, Stendarr is the apologist of Men.
  • Sangiin, the Blood Cat (God of Death and Secret Murder)
  • Sheggorath, the Skooma Cat (The Mad God) The fearful obeisance of Sheogorath is widespread, and is found in most Tamrielic quarters. Contemporary sources indicate that his roots are in Aldmeri creation stories; therein, he is ‘born’ when Lorkhan’s divine spark is removed. One crucial myth calls him the ‘Sithis-shaped hole’ of the world.
  • Nirni, the majestic sands and lush forests
  • Azurah, the dawn and dusk (Goddess of Dusk and Dawn) Azura was the god-ancestor that taught the Chimer the mysteries needed to be different from the Altmer. Some of her more conventional teachings are sometimes attributed to Boethiah. In the stories, Azura is often more a communal cosmic force for the race as a whole than an ancestor or a god. Also known as the Anticipation of Sotha Sil. In Elsweyr, Azura is nearly a wholly separate entity, yet she is still tied into the origins of Khajiiti, making them out of Altmeri stock.
  • Rajhin, the Purring Liar (Footpad) Thief god of the Khajiiti, who grew up in the Black Kiergo section of Senchal. The most famous burglar in Elsweyr’s history, Rajhin is said to have stolen a tattoo from the neck of Empress Kintyra as she slept.
  • Riddle’Thar (Two-Moons Dance) The cosmic order deity of the Khajiiti, the Riddle’Thar was revealed to Elsweyr by the prophet Rid-Thar-ri’Datta, the Mane. The Riddle’Thar is more a set of guidelines by which to live than a single entity, but some of his avatars like to appear as humble messengers of the gods. Also known as the Sugar God.
  • Baan Dar (The Bandit God) In most regions, Baan Dar is a marginal deity, a trickster spirit of thieves and beggars. In Elsweyr he is more important, and is regarded as the Pariah. In this aspect, Baan Dar becomes the cleverness or desperate genius of the long-suffering Khajiiti, whose last minute plans always upset the machinations of their (Elven or Human) enemies.
  • Ius (Animal God) Known as the Agitated and God of Animals, this god is worshiped in certain parts of Elsweyr, where he is represented as a misshapen humanoid carrying a rod.[1]
  • Jode (Big Moon God) Aldmeri god of the Big Moon. Also called Masser or Mara’s Tear. In Khajiti religion, Jode is only one aspect of the Lunar Lattice, or ja-Kha’jay.
  • Jone (Little Moon God) Aldmeri god of the Little Moon. Also called Secunda or Stendarr’s Sorrow. In Khajiti religion, Jone is only one aspect of the Lunar Lattice, or ja-Kha’jay.
  • Lorkhaj (The Missing God) This Creator-Trickster-Tester deity is in every Tamrielic mythic tradition. His most popular name is the Aldmeri ‘Lorkhan’, or Doom Drum. He convinced or contrived the Original Spirits to bring about the creation of the mortal plane, upsetting the status quo-- much like his father Padomay had introduced instability into the universe in the Beginning Place. After the world is materialized, Lorkhan is separated from his divine center, sometimes involuntarily, and wanders the creation of the et’Ada. He and his metaphysical placement in the ‘scheme of things’ is interpreted a variety of ways. In Morrowind, for example, he is a being related to the Psijiic Endeavor, a process by which mortals are charged with transcending the gods that created them. To the High Elves, he is the most unholy of all higher powers, as he forever broke their connection to the spirit plane. In the legends, he is almost always an enemy of the Aldmer and, therefore, a hero of early Mankind.
  • Y'ffer (The Earth Bones) Brother of Nirni, who was asked to punish the Khajiit. He did this by turning the forests of Elsweyr into deserts and jungles, but the Khajiit were protected by Azurah who taught them to adapt.

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