First off, my apologies again for not updating the site in over a month. As I posted on my other blog, I had the flu through most of December and was too ill to even think about writing. But here I am again, fit as a fiddle (almost), and sharing with the Church the first of a number of different theories about the world in which we live, and the deity we worship, Sudou Maasa.
The first theory is the Reincarnate Theory - those who believe that Maasa, though physically only an adolescent, is indeed spiritually most ancient. They believe that Maasa reincarnates in a new body after death, much the same way as the Tibetans view their own Spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama. This being the case, an ancient line of Maasa can be traced back through millennia. The theory, however, is fairly recent and lacks substantial evidence for officials to research such a lineage, and because records are non-existent, to even attempt to do so would be nigh impossible.
Faith, however, is defined as "belief in spite of no evidence". And even though the theory has been impossible to prove (or disprove), there are those that cling to it as fact. In fact, the mystery surrounding the facts of the story is somewhat alluring, which is probably what drove many Maasa believers to rally behind it.
The theory itself does leave many blanks due to lack of information, the age of the original Maasa, or indeed the universe itself, remains a mystery. This has led to some believers taking up certain beliefs from other theories too, including science's Theory of Evolution and Big Bang. With evolution in mind, it is possible that the original Maasa may not have even been a modern human, but rather a lesser evolved form of man. Some tribal leaders, including the original Maasa, may have thought of herself as someone with divine-right to lead the tribe, and other members of the tribe believe she was a god. Some pro-Maasa scientists have theorized that when the original leader died, the tribe would appoint a new leader and god, this could have developed into the Reincarnation theory at some point in history when religion became more central and organised.
The current Maasa is probably the reason the Church has become known, however. Previous incarnations were probably not so well-known, and of course she herself wouldn't know of her spiritual legacy. But now that she has a role where all of Japan knows of her, or at least of Berryz Koubou, the beliefs themselves have gotten some publicity. After all, who wouldn't want to believe that such a girl was indeed some form of divine spirit?