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Earth religions beyond the milky way -Islam. by V4m2c4 Earth religions beyond the milky way -Islam. by V4m2c4
The Coshum are some of the first indigenous species to experience a clash between human categorical norms and the norms of the indigenous.
Coshum indigenous spiritual practices and ideologies are quite fluid and are enforced, stricken and rebuilt by appointed spiritual leaders or “prophets ‘ every generation, a fluidity analogues to their own being. When Islam was brought to the planet, a prophet based faith held similarities to their own; it was believed by the coshum to be a sect of their own faith. Yet they later came to know the restrictions enforced by this new faith.
coshum by nature are hermaphrodites, a fact originally unknown to the Islamic leaders and Imans. Yet once a method of gender identification and classification was established, all be it inaccurate, “males” were sent to learn from Imans.
When missionaries began enforcing strict gender rules, roles, codes and conducts there was a great deal of confusion. Categorized male coshum would next day be exhibiting what was believed to be female roles and mannerisms. Once completely understood, Islamic law was eager to rectify the believed to be impure behavior.
This free wielding sexuality was deemed an abomination and was strictly prohibited by force. While many did comply to identifying with a singular gender a “third gender” did appear. This 3rd gender continued to practice the indigenous ideologies and hermaphroditeism. Most 3rd genders still play a vital role in society as they are the only ones equip with indigenous knowledge, such as medicine.
Worshipping towards Mecca was established quite early and the problem of accurately facing Mecca was rectified through the celestial astrolabe. This piece of machinery is capable of locating Mecca across the galaxy, pin pointing the exact location of devotion. Many devotees also use shrapnel from the original ship, the ship that brought Islam, as a religious artifact used during worship.
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semih639 Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
you are very confused about religions i think but i respect your work
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V4m2c4 Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2014
That is a little hasty of a conclusion on your part as  I studied Comparative Theology,  but you have to right to think that. Glad you can at least respect my work. 
The ERBTM series is VERY speculative. It is a mix of today's religious ideology(climate) with fantasy situations. By no means is it mean to reflect negatively, or positively for that matter, the earthly religion itself.
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Tordenskjold89 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014
Very nice drawing and an interesting concept, I'm impressed by your imagination! One thing I noticed though is the focus on the Coshum being hermaphrodites as a religious issue - I don't think that would necessarily be the case. Looking at Iran, where transgender persons are recognized and can apply for state subzidised sex change operations, or Pakistan, which recognized transgender people as one of the first countries in the world. Otherwise I found your take on the challenges of Islam in spcae very interesting : )
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V4m2c4 Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014
thank you! I think it is less a transgendered issue and more a sociological one with the Coshum. Men are supposed to act, learn teach behave a certain way as are women. "girls should act this way boys this way" mentality. Coshum are not transgendered by our definition. Prior to conversion gender was fluid. There wasn't a seeking or feeling of being a different sex/gender like in earth's transgendered community. (being biologically male but feeling female) Coshum are both male and female biologically and so gender standards didn't exist. But when an earth religion that has rules on how men and women should act are enforced that causes the confusion. 
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Ebervalius Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Very lever ideas, my friend!
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ironsides11 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013
This is science fiction at it's finest right here: using strange and otherworldly settings to examine, critique, or to experiment with society. In a society with only a single sex, Islamic (and indeed, human) culture would have a hard time reconciling their ancient beliefs with this difference. The strict enforcement of human sexuality on a (from my human perspective) sexless society seems to be creating a good deal of confusion among the Coshum... and it seems that the confusion is what keeps the third gender alive. Indeed, throughout Islamic history (although it's not a solely Islamic phenomena) there have often been people of a third gender, usually young boys dressed as women, who take the roles of women as women are often not allowed to dance in public or similar things. I've heard about this sort of thing still going on in some more *ahem* backwater countries.
Of course, it should be noted that the Coshum are voluntarily converting due to their background with prophets, so all this confusion is by choice. Since prophets are both central and transitory in their culture, it will be interesting to see how they'd respond to exposure to Judaism and Mormonism in addition to Islam. The more the merrier, right?
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FrayedFlight Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013
Love this series.
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The-Revenant Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013  Professional Writer
This is very interesting. I think you've switched "Imam" and "Iman," though, as "Iman" is a facet of Islamic philosophy/theology while an "Imam" is a religious instructor and prayer leader.

Really excited about the possibilities of seeing Zoroastrianism, Judaism, and other religions!
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Orionide5 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013
Interesting how in your stories Christianity found a species that was a perfect fit for the religion, but Islam found a species fundamentally unsuited. All up to chance, I guess.
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V4m2c4 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013
I wouldn't say the christian one found one that fit perfectly necessarily. As the human missionaries are no longer there to inform and monitor the practice of christianity. so christianity was melded and somewhat bastardized to fit their culture. It truly is up to chance much like christian missionaries meeting the Aztecs, had it been buddhist meeting the aztecs might the outcome have been different?
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