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Sumeru is one of the seven nations in Teyvat. It is the nation that worships the God of Wisdom, the Lesser Lord Kusanali.[1][Note 1][Note 2]

It is renowned as the center of learning and houses the Sumeru Academia.

Archon Quest Chapter III: Truth Amongst the Pages of Purana takes place in this nation.

The God of Wisdom's enemy is wisdom itself, and the oasis of knowledge is a mirage in the desert of ignorance. In the city of scholars there is a push for folly, yet the God of Wisdom makes no argument against it.

Dainsleif, Teyvat Chapter Storyline Preview: Travail[2]

Description

Sumeru's landscape features both deserts[3] and forests.[4][5] In the Teyvat Chapter Storyline Preview, Dainsleif likens it to a desert, and Liben mentions that "Sumeru is all rainforest and desert".

500 years ago, during the cataclysm, the previous Dendro Archon was slain[6] and the current God of Wisdom took their place.[7] Under the aegis of the God of Wisdom, the sages of Sumeru drive themselves into hysterics and abandon all that is worldly in their pursuit of esoteric wisdom.[8]

Lisa went to study magic at the Sumeru Academia, where she was considered the best student they had seen in 200 years. Despite the prestige she enjoyed there, she ultimately returned to Mondstadt after growing disillusioned with the "raving-mad scholars" and the cost of "uninhibited erudition" she witnessed in Sumeru.

Sumida mentions "Sumeru's Gilded Brigade" which likely constitutes its armed forces (similar to Liyue's Millelith or Mondstadt's Knights of Favonius).

Festivals

Sabzeruz Festival

An annual festival commemorating the birth of the Lesser Lord Kusanali.

Areas

To be added.

Subareas

Name Description Picture
Sumeru Academia A prestigious Sumerian academy that is the alma mater of various scholarly characters, such as Soraya or Lisa. Unknown.png

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Notes

Trivia

  • Sumeru may have been inspired by medieval Middle Eastern and South Asian cultures.
    • Sumeru is one of the many names of Mount Meru, a sacred five-peaked mountain in Hindu, Jain, and Buddhist cosmology.
      • The Chinese name for the nation Sumeru, 须弥 Xū Mí, is also the Chinese name for Mount Meru.
    • Sumeru's name may also be derived from Sumer, the earliest known civilization located in lower Mesopotamia, which was known as Šumeru in the Akkadian language.
      • Babylon, the capital city of the Mesopotamian Babylonian empire, was known as the center of learning and scientific advancement during its prime, similar to Sumeru being known for its Academia.
      • Links have been made between the Sumerian civilization and the Zhangzhung civilization in western Tibet that greatly influenced Tibetan Buddhism.[9]
    • The first act of the Archon Quests set in Sumeru is entitled "Truth Amongst the Pages of Purana" (Chinese: 虚空劫灰往世书 "The Vishnu Purana of the False Kalpa of Disintegration"), referencing puranas, a genre of Indian literature that covers a wide array of subjects, typically relating to legends and other traditional lore. It is also a Hindi word meaning "old" in a nostalgic or memorable context.
      • The term 空劫 refers to the Kalpa of Disintegration (also translated as the Kalpa of Nothingness), the fourth kalpa in Buddhist cosmology that lasts between the destruction of the world at the previous kalpa to the creation of a new world.[10] is short for 劫波 (Old Chinese: *kab *paːl; Chinese: Jiébō), a Sanskrit loanword (Sanskrit: कल्प Kalpa) that means "kalpa".
      • The term 往世书 is a combination of 往世 (Old Chinese: *ɢʷaŋ *hljebs; Middle Chinese: ɦʉɐŋX ɕiᴇiH; Chinese: Wǎngshì), a Sanskrit loanword meaning "Vishnu" (Sanskrit: विष्णु Víṣṇu), and 书, meaning "book", referring to the Vishnu Purana.
  • Sumeru's local specialty wine is frigid snake wine.[11]
  • A bubble universe known as "Seed of Sumeru" also exists in Honkai Impact 3rd, miHoYo's previous game.
  • In the trailer Teyvat Chapter Storyline Preview: Travail, under the title of the quest Truth Amongst the Pages of Purana, there is a line written in Teyvat's Latin script. It reads "Sub floreis lumen sagacitatis," meaning "Under the flowery light of sagacity."
    • One of the Sumeran NPCs, Anisa, in the "Solitary Sea-Beast" mentions that she is training to be a Dastur. A dastur is a high priest(ess) in Zoroastrianism.[12]
    • Similarly mentioned in the Windblume festival by an NPC name Sahid, Lesser Lord Kusanali is the provider of the Anahitian Blessing, Anahita (Anāhīd) was a water goddess in Zoroastrianism.[13] The literal translation of Anahiti is "water goddess" in Persian, therefore Kusanali is a provider of the "water goddess's blessing".

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Notes

  1. In the Chinese version of Wishes, Yae Miko says: "Oh, so it wasn't clear to you guys yet? 'Lesser Lord Kusanali' is precisely the god whom the people of Sumeru place their faith in; it's the Sumeru people's term of endearment for her." (Chinese: 欸,原来你们还不清楚吗,「小吉祥草王」便是须弥所信仰的神明,是须弥人对她的爱称。) In context, Yae Miko's first remark expresses her surprise that Paimon didn't make the connection between the God of Wisdom she mentioned a few lines earlier, and the title "Lesser Lord Kusanali" that she had just mentioned.
  2. Shortly after the release of Version 2.1, which revealed Lesser Lord Kusanali uses female pronouns, all localizations that previously used male pronouns for the God of Wisdom (or God of Dendro) were revised to use female pronouns, with the following in-game update note:
    Fixes textual errors in German, English, Spanish, French, Indonesian, Portuguese, Russian, and Thai translations of some quests and dialogues that mention or relate to Lesser Lord Kusanali. Text-related fixes for English are as follows:
    The original reference to the personal pronoun was: "He." It will now be corrected to "She." Original description: "Lesser Lord Kusanali (He/Him)." Revised description: "Lesser Lord Kusanali (She/Her)."

    This was the first time a change to a character's pronouns was both publicly announced and changed over a large number of localizations at once, which indicates that these localizations incorrectly assumed male pronouns for the God of Wisdom and were directed to switch to female pronouns. A similar situation has previously occurred in the English localization: Breeze Amidst the Forest originally used male pronouns for Gold, then quietly changed to gender-neutral (they/them) pronouns with revelations in Version 1.2 that suggested Albedo's master, the female alchemist Rhinedottir, may be linked to Gold.

Other Languages

Language Official Name Literal Meaning
English Sumeru
Chinese
(Simplified)
须弥
Xūmí
Sumeru
Chinese
(Traditional)
須彌
Xūmí
Japanese スメール
Sumeeru
Sumeru
Korean 수메르
Sumereu
Sumeru
Spanish Sumeru
French Sumeru
Russian Сумеру
Sumeru
Thai Sumeru
Vietnamese Sumeru
German Sumeru
Indonesian Sumeru
Portuguese Sumeru

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