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Sumeru is an unreleased region in Teyvat and the nation that worships the God of Wisdom, the Dendro Archon. 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[1]

Description

Sumeru is as a nation of desert and forests.[2][3] In the Teyvat Chapter Storyline Preview, Dainsleif likens it to a desert, also Liben mentions that "Sumeru is all rainforest and desert".

500 years ago, during the cataclysm, the previous Dendro Archon was slain[4] and the current God of Wisdom took their place.[5]

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.

Festivals

Sabzeruz Festival

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

Areas

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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Character Cyno Thumb.png Cyno Weapon-class-polearm-icon.png Polearm Male Sumeru

Notes

Trivia

  • Sumeru may have been inspired by Middle Eastern and Southern Asian cultures.
    • Sumeru is one of the 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.[6]
    • 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.[7] 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.
  • The people of Sumeru are known for their ability to read the stars.[8]
  • Sumeru's local specialty wine is frigid snake wine.[9]
  • 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,[1] under the title of the quest The Truth Amongst the Pages of Purana, there is a line written in Teyvat's Latin script. It reads "Sub floreis lumen sagacitatis" (Latin for "Under the flowery things, is the light of sagacity").
  • SU or the "Lady of the Lake", is a character introduced in a Honkai Impact 3rd comic plot who trapped himself in the Seed of Sumeru.
  • Durandal, a character from Honkai Impact 3rd calls Sumeru a fantasy realm where she meditates. The fantasy world "Sumeru" was a gift created by a Pioneer (SU), which is a bubble universe that was created inside the 2nd God Key.

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