Dream Eater has spoken once before about his supposed role of God of the Dead and we’ve also seen the Temple of the Dead where Naiome’s ashes were placed after she was cremated. The image of Dream Eater that we’ve seen multiple times in Mizha’s nightmares and created Dreamings follows how the Visionaries depict Dream Eater as the ruler of Ulai, Realm of the Tormented Dead.
The gods DE is speaking about are worshiped (or degraded) differently by different groups in Itsuri. The closer you get to the capital, the more they are known as Indulgences. Hedonism (Zhumupuru), Lawlessness (Nikiwa), Rage (Raviki), and Self-Pity (Waiziki) are how most Visionaries view these four gods. It’s a pity we never saw the parties that get thrown in the evening of Indulgence Day, because those be some CRAAAAZY times. With a great deal of property damage.
Waiziki’s representation as a source of “unnecessary negative emotion” is also the reason for the tradition of throwing a stone with her likeness over one’s shoulder. IE: The “Why can’t you just put on a happy face?” method of dealing with depression. YAY. Of course, the Pwamani culture that Kali’s mother was from have another view of the Rain Goddess, so the necklace Kali has is similar in design, but different in meaning. Of course, the fact that Waiziki’s center of power is located in Pwamani lands probably has something to do with the Itsuri tradition of throwing her away. I mean, sure, Itsuri “Indulgences” are bad…but at least they’re not PWAMANI Indulgences. Blugh!
We’ve seen some of the old practices, as preserved by Kali’s tribe, in honoring Raviki and Waiziki, god of the Sun and goddess of Rain, respectively. As for Nikiwa, the people of Kuzopa have unofficially appointed them a patron of sorts, since they are the god of the wind and of luck to sailors. You’ll see various depictions of Nikiwa in the city (often with a nautical flair) and it’s one of the few places where there are still shrines dedicated to Nikiwa’s original function.
We haven’t seen much for Zhumupuru, but they are one of the few gods in this group that still have wide-spread worship, in a pernicious and largely secret way that Visionaries have been unable to stamp out. Worship of Zhumupuru is strongest and most open in the northern provinces like Zhumuwelo and some of Vilazozhu. Zakalola has quite a bit of worship for Zhumupuru, but the Zhimaki family (Warren and Renar’s family) have been trying to stamp it out ever since they gained control of the region (just before Koruval brokered a peace 25 years ago). Side note — I was so impressed with the short story Andy Goldman wrote that I consider it cannon-compliant with how Zhumupuru is viewed in the north.
There are probably other little things I’ve referenced here and there throughout the…almost 600 pages of comic that are in the archive. If you have anything you’re curious about, just ask! On the last page Miri asked: “You mention in the comments that Zhiro worships a volcano god. Is Dream Eater still canonically associated with volcanoes?”
And the answer to that was: Yes he is. It hasn’t come up much, but you can see it reflected in the guest quarters decorations at the Dream Eater temple (top panel). The volcano and the cloud of smoke is abstracted into the X symbol you see in the Tower of the Dead (somewhat obscured by word balloons on the floor, but it’s also in the banner on the right) the symbol on the Keeper medallions, and in the Temple Library. It’s scattered other places too. Sometimes in black and white, sometimes in black and red, but it all calls back to that volcano and cloud shape.
…Zhona zhi, I’m such a detail freak.