Cio Concioa

Cio Concioa in Lamaian mythology, is the second person in the trinity which the Lamaites recognise. Cio, as an animal and man, went through a thousand gradations of transmigration until he reached the highest stage of perfection. This happened in the fifth age of the world's existence. Lhamoghiuprul had married, after the requisite consecration by a Lahen (blessed spirit), king Sazan. Cio Concioa chose to be born in the body of this nymph. The birth took place through her right side without an opening being noticeable. The newly born child immediately made seven leaps towards the four corners of the heavens. Four of these seven were made towards the west, which signified that he would bless that quarter. The earth quaked for joy six times, and bowed itself before him; a pare, shining light (called Xaka) encircled the babe, lighted up the aether, and cast its light through the infant's body, so that it shone with the brightness of the sun. The Lahen descended from the heavens, worshipped, and presented it with delightfully scented gifts; a lukewarm rain came from the clouds and washed the boy, whereupon he was consecrated to the god Lhura, This happened in the city of Shershiasgi, on the banks of the Ganges, where a holy ascetic prophesied to the child that he would lead a pure, blessed life. Cio had been instructed by the angels in all things. No one on earth could teach him anything more. He himself instructed many scholars in divine wisdom. He took two wives, Sazoma and Traziema, and settled in a wilderness, where many pupils collected about him, whom he taught the true religion. He even reformed by his holiness and wisdom thousands of daemons, so that they turned from the evil to the good; and also showed the way to heaven, and converted an infinite number of nations to his doctrines. The whole Lama religion owes to him its existence. After living eight hundred years, the Lahen took Cio into heaven; also both his wives and more than five hundred female slaves had part in his blessedness; the rest went to a lower heaven. When he left the earth it quaked out of fright, and a fearful darkness of the sun, lasting three days, covered the whole world.

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