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The Sumeru Academia is Sumeru's leading institute in arcane arts and historical records, as well as the most prestigious institute in all of Teyvat.

Overview

The Academia accepts students from all over Teyvat and often sends traveling scholars, known as Driyosh, to other nations to gather material for research. It is unknown how long the Academia has existed, but it was already a prestigious institute by the time of the cataclysm 500 years ago.[1]

Academics

Nowadays, obtaining a degree from the Academia is a notoriously long and stressful process; an unnamed prospective who had been admitted states that he will be old by the time he graduates and sees his parents again.[2] Hosseini states that it is not uncommon for people to graduate after the age of 30, and that he himself, being less than said age, has his hair turned near-gray from his research.[3]

Thesis defenses are by far the most difficult part of graduating; several of the Driyosh met in other nations express their anxiety over finding material for their theses and have changed their subjects due to extenuating circumstances or rejection from the review panel. Alrani downright fears the Academia, and mentions that Soraya — who is apparently among the top of her class — has "piles of rejected manuscripts".[4] It is implied there is a limit to how long a student can stay at the Academia without being able to graduate.[5] Hosseini mentions that if he were to become a Dastur, he could stay at the Academia longer instead of having to travel around Teyvat to conduct research.[6]

Lisa, who attended the Academia in her youth, managed to graduate in two years under "advanced study", and is considered to be their best student in 200 years. However, she is not fond of her alma mater, being one of the few to realize the cost of "uninhibited erudition" after personally seeing raving-mad scholars in Sumeru's forests and sages in underutilized councils, becoming relatively lazy upon her return to Mondstadt.[7]

Research

On top of academics, Sumeru Academia conducts research into various subjects. It is typical for traveling scholars to gather material and conduct preliminary research for their supervisors' projects and areas of interest,[3] while researchers are allowed to stay at the Academia to conduct their research.[6][8]

After determining that no Electro Visions have been given out in the past year, scholars at the Academia theorized this phenomenon was related to Raiden Ei's will and in particular, her proclamation of the Vision Hunt Decree.[4] Later, Ei is surprised to learn of this phenomenon and reveals to the Traveler that Archons are not directly involved in the granting or denial of Visions; due to "certain constraints," she could not say what actually caused the halt in Electro Visions.[9]

While research at the Academia tends to lean towards study of ancient history, the arcane, elemental energy, and the fundamental basis of the world, it also bears research of the more scientific and practical variety. For example, Tsuyuko's education at Sumeru Academia has led her to believe that Watatsumi Island's poor growing conditions for crops is not because Enkanomiya is trying to absorb the spirit of the island, but because seawater that touches the soil leaches its nutrients and washes them away.[10]

Structure

The Six Darshans

Sumeru Academia is divided into the Six Darshans (Chinese: 六大学派 "Six Great Schools"),[11] each of which has its own major foci. So far, two schools have been named:

  • Spantamad (or Aramati)[Note 1] (Chinese: 素论派 "School of Essence (Nature)"), which specializes in studying the elements and the ley lines[6][11]
  • Haravatat (Chinese: 知论派 "School of Knowledge"), which specializes in studying ancient runes[11]

Anisa mentions that she comes from the Oceanographic Society (Chinese: 海洋学会), but given that its name does not follow the format of the other Darshan, it is likely either a division within one of them or a group separate from the Darshans.

Progression

A few different honorifics and titles have been mentioned in relation to a person's progress in their research and studies at Sumeru Academia.

  • Driyosh (Chinese: 帝利耶悉 Dìlìyēxī), commonly called traveling scholars (Chinese: 游学者), are students who have been granted leave from Sumeru Academia to wander and learn as part of their research process.[5] They are not yet considered formal researchers.[6]
    • There is another subset of students who are confined within the Academia and do not leave until they graduate or otherwise cut their education short.[2][12] So far, no honorific has been ascribed to students of this type.
  • Dastur (Chinese: 陀裟多 Tuóshāduō) are formal researchers who have passed two theses through the review process.[6][13]
  • Herbad (Chinese: 诃般荼 Hēbōtú) are researchers of high prestige who have immense knowledge and hold leadership positions.[6]
  • Sages (Chinese: Usually 贤者 Xiánzhě, "Person of Talent",[2][13][14] sometimes 智者 Zhìzhě, "Sage, Wise Man"[7]) are also scholars of high prestige. Little is currently known about this title at the moment beyond the fact that they are rather powerful and sit on advisory councils at the Academia.[7]

Students, Alumni, and Researchers

Trivia

  • According to Henry Morton, there are few opportunities to use Wind Gliders on Academia grounds.[12]

Etymology

  • The English name uses the Ancient Greek term Academia (Ancient Greek: Ἀκαδημία Akademía), a prominent school founded by the philosopher Plato, from which a common noun "academy" was derived. This emphasizes the scientific and philosophical natures of the Academy.
  • The Chinese name uses a term literally meaning an "institute of religious decree" (Chinese: 教令院), where "religious decree" (Chinese: 教令) is also used to refer to the decree in Catholic canon law or the fatwa in Islamic law. This emphasizes the theological and juridical natures of the Academy.
    • The Japanese name follows the Chinese interpretation, while the Korean name follows the English interpretation.
  • Several terms related to Sumeru Academia are derived from Zoroastrianism and the Avestan language:
    • The English term "Six Darshans" is derived from the Darśana (Sanskrit: दर्शन lit. "view, sight"), the six traditional schools of Hindu philosophy. Its Chinese equivalent, "Six Great Schools" (Chinese: 六大学派), is instead derived from the Chinese common name for the Zoroastrian Amesha Spenta, 六大天使 lit. "Six Great Celestial Messengers (Angels)".[19] In both English and Chinese, the names of the Darshans are based on the deities in the Amesha Spenta, who are six divine emanations (seven if Ahura Mainyu is included) of Ahura Mazda, the creator deity in Zoroastrianism whose name literally translates to "Lord [of] Wisdom." They are named in the Gathas, a collection of 17 songs recorded in the Avesta.
      • Spantamad/Aramati (Chinese: 素论派 "School of Essence (Nature)"), which focuses on elements and the ley lines, is named after Spenta Armaiti, also known as Spandarmad in Middle Persian. She is a goddess associated with the earth and death. In the Avestan language, "Armaiti" refers to regulative thoughts regarding the physical laws of nature.[20] In the Gathas, the Spantamadgah is also the name of the third chapter, which focuses on creation.[21]
      • Haravatat (Chinese: 知论派 "School of Knowledge"), which focuses on studying ancient runes, is named after Haurvatat, a goddess of water, prosperity, and health. Her name is the Avestan word for the Zoroastrian concept of "wholeness" or "perfection."
    • The Avestan/Farsi-based honorifics within Sumeru Academia are notably transcribed phonetically in the original Chinese version, which usually translates foreign terms and concepts into Chinese (such as with the Six Darshans and the Seven Archons).
      • Driyosh, the term for traveling scholars who have not achieved Dastur status, is taken from the Middle Persian (Pahlavi) driyosh, meaning "wayfarer" or "one who goes from town to town" in search of knowledge, which itself is derived from the Avestan drigu-, "needy, mendicant." It is the root of the word dervish (Persian: درویش Darvīsh), learned ascetics who sought spiritual merit and salvation through self-imposed poverty (mendicancy).[22]
      • Dastur, one of Sumeru Academia's honorifics for researchers, is likely derived from the Zoroastrian high priest title "dastur" (Persian: دستور dastur, lit. "hand-fist").
      • Herbad, which ranks above Dastur in Sumeru Academia's hierarchy, was originally a term for Zoroastrian high priests who taught sacred texts to others, as well as translated and interpreted the Avesta. Later on, however, Herbad lost its prestigious rank and became the lowest rank of priests, with the Mobad above them and Dastur as the highest rank.

Other Languages

Language Official Name Literal Meaning
English Sumeru Academia
Chinese
(Simplified)
须弥教令院
Xūmí Jiāolìng-yuàn
Sumeru Institute of Religious Decree
Chinese
(Traditional)
須彌教令院
Xūmí Jiāolìng-yuàn
Japanese スメールきょうれいいん
Sumeeru Kyourei'in
Sumeru Institute of Religious Decree
Korean 수메르 아카데미아
Sumereu Akademia
Sumeru Academia
Spanish Academia de SumeruAcademia of Sumeru
French Académie de SumeruAcademy of Sumeru
Russian Академия Сумеру
Akademiya Sumeru
Sumeru Academy
Thai สถาบัน Sumeru
Sathaban Sumeru
Sumeru Institute
Vietnamese Giáo Viện Sumeru
German Sumeru-AkademieSumeru Academy
Indonesian Sumeru Academia
Portuguese Academia de SumeruAcademia of Sumeru

Notes

  1. The same Chinese term was translated as Aramati in Shadow of the Ancients and as Spantamad in Energy Amplifier Fruition. See the Etymology section for details.

Change History

Released in Version 1.0
Version 1.2
  • All instances of the name were readjusted to be "Sumeru Academia."

Version 1.1

  • It was adjusted to be consistently named "Sumeru Arcademia."

Version 1.0

  • Sumeru Academia was inconsistently called "Sumeru Academia" and "Sumeru Arcademia."

References

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