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I'm going to post some questions as previously mentioned in this post.

1) Taken fromthegathered : "For systems with more than one religious point of view (example, Christians and Neo-Pagans under the same roof), what conflicts arise and how are they resolved. Also, how do those people view each others' faiths? Is it mutual respect or the kind of mudslinging you see in other public forums?"

2) Taken from tiel_firas : "[Do] people practice their inworld faiths at the front, and how? Has anyone discovered spiritual practices out here and taken them inworld?"

Another post asking for people to describe separate intersystem faiths will come next.


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Apr. 21st, 2009 08:17 pm (UTC)
1) That's....very, very complicated Within, especially since there are Internal and External versions of Christianity practiced, and the latter dislike the former and vice-versa. Suffice to say that I am a polytheist married to a monotheistic Inquisitor who isn't above worshiping the gods of my people if it suits him. And as a rule, the Empire is very laid-back and one of the potential successors to my husband in the Inquisition is a polytheist who actually is the most viable candidate.

So...we view people's customs as their own damn business, and the Azhamani actually have quite a few polytheistic tribute societies that appreciate their support, and the Inquisition serves as a sort of protection against both missionizing and as a way to keep the various disputes from getting out of hand. We're quite tolerant, about as much as Rome or the Caliphate.

2) Emphatically not (on discovering them out here)! There is nothing here that really approximates the way we do things with the exception of Shinto, and Japanese religion is somewhat different from the Muashafal customs of the Gods. And yes, I practice them at fronts, I do my prayers in Classical Muashafa and occasionally make gestures typical of my religion. I'm not especially devout. More of a nominal follower if anything.

Anzaea Roes.
Apr. 21st, 2009 08:36 pm (UTC)
We're intrigued as to the different pantheons that the Imperials and the peasant folk worship, and whether there are similarities between any Outerworld pantheons, or if they are all internally evolved.

We also asked you a bunch of specific questions on another post you've made, if it escaped your notice.

Apr. 21st, 2009 08:44 pm (UTC)
Ah....the peasantfolk....they tend to focus on nature deities and they have very ecstatic interpretations of customs, because life is damned hard for them. They also tend to focus primarily on local Cthonic deities, and the Azhamani peasants have their local saint-cults that are very often thinly-veiled versions of the Old Way, but the Inquisition doesn't stamp it out so long as there's a veneer of the proper liturgy. As long as on the surface the words are identical, nothing is done. It's led to a more Medieval interpretation of things minus the overt persecution of pagans.

And as for similarities....the broader pantheon shares a few common archetypes (namely a powerful male God that is a leader, but a powerful female co-equal, which IIRC is not in any current or historical form of polytheism) and also the concept of Cthonic deities. But overall, there is not any specific similiarity, certainly the Xiusthnordre-Morsthnordre balance isn't similar to anything I've read of historically or currently.

It did, and I'll go respond to them.

Anzaea Roes.
Apr. 21st, 2009 08:57 pm (UTC)
1) Only conflict has been the same stuff you would see IRL between believing individuals and the atheists who love them. He tends to ignore it so long as we don't talk about it in front of him. I'm the only Christian type, and I don't hold to the whole "everyone but me will burn in hell" philosophy some Christians have.

2) We have no faiths which were specifically born in the inner world (which is how "inworld faith" translates to me). Our individual faiths are to some extent practiced. We actively practice Kemetic Orthodoxy, and there are random Christian trappings around. Unused, as I don't actively practice in any form, but they give me comfort. They are kept in a shrine space alongside our Kemetic items.

If our inner house ever reforms, it will likely have a Kemetic shrine for Senut type things. It's really something that should be performed externally, but like the Christian items it's a comfort factor thing.
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