So it was set down thus by Hamur:

There are no gods that mortals may know.
There is no life but this life.
To live a good life is to be remembered and celebrated.
By remembering and celebrating friends and ancestors, we honor them and allow them to endure.

Some early converts to the Hamurabash saw this as ancestor worship, a practice they had long engaged upon. Hamur permitted them to believe this at first, as it made their conversation easier, but with time he set them upon the correct path.

The ancestors are not worshipped, for they no longer exist. They are remembered, and honored. The memory hall gives the community a place to gather in remembrance and to record the lives of those who have passed from existence. It is a focus, nothing more, and a convenience.

To live a bad life is to be forgotten; memory halls do not record the infamous. To live a good life is to perform great deeds of good, that others will remember and honor.

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