Followers of the Way worship the deity Oralius and have a holy scripture called the Hebitian Records, "where everything is written".
The worshipping of Oralius dates back to the first civilization on Cardassia, the Hebitians. In the days of the later Cardassian Union worship was forbidden and followers of the Way were forced into underground movements meeting at night in out of the way locations. Following the end of the Dominion War and the subsequent rise of the democratic Alon Ghemor government restrictions on religious freedom were lifted and the Oralian Way saw a growth in popularity but a stigma still remained with many Cardassians finding it difficult to accept the new freedom of speech, words and beliefs.
Worship generally begins with leaders adorning recitation masks which symbolically transform the wearer into Oralius, one will chant:
To which the second will reply:
Following the opening the meetings are filled with humming, chanting, recitations and readings from the Hebitian Records and finally meditation.
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Many years ago the Oralian sector and the space now controlled by the Kai Imperium, used to be the domain of a species many believed were called the Oralians. Supposedly they lived on a planet called Oral. It was said that the Oralians, themselves, were some sort of super being, with "magical" and telepathic powers. The legend goes that something terrible happened on Oral that devastated the planet. It was a massive tragedy of some natural occurrence, and the planet was completely destroyed. Some believe that the Great Barrier Rift is made up of the remaining pieces of the planet Oral. Some also believe that the Kai Rue, or pure blood Kai, are descendants of the Oralians, though most consider this to be apocryphal. ("The Bonding")
The only real evidence of the Oralians comes from the Oppressors. Their technology and science appeared to have been developed from the technology left behind by a powerful species, whom many call the First Ones. There are those who believe that the First Ones and the Oralians are one and the same.