Jabharil is the matron goddess of the Kalhari civilization. She is a deity primarily concerned with love in all its forms, and fertility.
Worship of JabharilEdit
The worship of Jabharil is centered in the Kalhari civilization that lies beneath the northern land of Zarhuy. It is surmised that the natural world above was of considerable fascination to people who had lived beneath the surface of the ground in the subterranean tunnel world of Kazrrad. Jabharil has become connected to flowers for their beauty and role in sexual propagation.
The people take their worship as seriously as other Drow people worship their more fearsomely themed gods. The civilization also raises its theology to a matter of State, its temples serve as centers for their "sentries", who carry arms in the form of spears. In Kalhari they act as police and even soldiers, much like some other theologically based Drow cultures. They also act to protect the temples in places where the Jabharil religion, often known as the Cult of the Flower, faces religious hostility.
Worship of the goddess Jabharil seems to revolve around promoting life and vitality, in one's self, and others, and in the fabric of the social order. The attempt at creating a society apart from the war and violence of the warring states period that the various refugees that became the Kalhari drow promoted this sense of oneness? Perhaps they rejected the common drow penchant for selfishness and came together internally as they were from many different cities and cultures? In any event, strong and positive emotions were prized in living one's life, and achieving one's best, and in serving the community.
Flowers and SpringEdit
Very little is known of the observances of the Cult of the Flower. It is known that the Kalhari drow were much fascinated by the surface world and the display of flowers as sexual demonstrations of fertility and life in the natural world. For example, the use of floral designs on silks is a common indication of Jabharil worship. Celebrations can be conjectured to take place in relation to the passage of seasons, circumstantial evidence points to the vernal equinox being the time of an important celebration that goes on for several days.
There seems to be a great deal of hedonism in the celebrations or periodic observances. Ritual sex and orgies are a common means of worship for individuals using Jabharil's Temple of the Flower prostitutes, or for mass gatherings. For this reason, prostitution in regions of Jabharil worship have some degree of connection to the religion. Even the owners and managers of slaves might give their slaves time off from work to worship Jabharil in some form of mass orgy. It seems to be an ecstatic religion based on joy and good will, and fueled by endorphins.
Openly and officially, Jabharil is opposed to unnecessary violence, particularly disproportionate, overt violence. Worshipers are supposed to show love and compassion to their fellows as a means of furthering Jabharil's will in the mortal world. Certainly, neighbors and fellow worshippers of Jabharil are meant to be supportive with one another.
However, sentries are fighters that are charged with protecting the people on Jabharil's behalf. Supposedly as a mother would her children. Likewise, even though Jabharil is concerned with all life, the State is to be defended by soldiers from outside threats. That which is loved must also be protected.
Drow cultures are often immediately associated with bloody sacrifices of fellow drow and others. This immediate prejudice and association with drow and bloody alters is somewhat overstated, but certainly there is much truth to this conception. Many drow cultures have developed more of an abstract conception of sacrifices to their deities that don't involve the death of a person.
This is certainly true in Jabharil temples, where sacrifices are one of giving thanks for bounty or coming of age ceremonies where virgin children will 'sacrifice their virginity' as part of closing a circle of life, and an important part of a ceremony or religious celebration.
It should be noted that sometimes this 'virgin sacrifice' might be twisted to extend to child abuse, as is what happened with the Cult of the Flower in the city of Negeémiliel. Captive Initiated girls being subject to rape as a means of a ceremonial dominance over the rival Negeé religion and revenge for the political domination of the Negeémi hegemony over Kalhari, the center of Jabharil worship.
At least one blood sacrifice was also developed. The prophetess of the Jabharil worship as it survived and developed from more ancient times, was Jahrae iira'Luaynrae, who had founded the city of Kalhari and the Kalhari State. It is believed that she forever is reincarnated in a circle life, and is born again as a reborn female drow. This girl child is located by priestesses, and revered as an avatar of Jahrae, as a sort of minor goddess living among the Jabharil faithful. Periodically, this 'reincarnated Jahrae-girl' is sacrificed so that she can be reborn again.
The Cult of the Flower in NegeémilielEdit
The Cult of the Flower is a commonly used term for the Jabharil religion. In the Negeémiliel Empire, the Cult of the Flower is an important and popular new religion, that has put the worshipers of the native, matron goddess Negeé in the defense of their state religion. Demonstrations, conflicts and even street battles between the commoner worshippers of both Jabharil and Negeé cults. In recent years, the Cult of the Flower has been used as most often unknowing minions of the Negeémi Populist Party of the Negeémi state for political gain.