Diversity of Religion

Tammy: Ummmm–actually, religion is quite diverse. Mithros worshippers don’t invariably worship the other gods, though they may at least pay lip service to the Goddess (or rather, it’s respect for another religion with a strong following), any more than Goddess worshippers worship the Hag or the Horse Lords or Mithros. The one universal god is the Black God of death. George is respectful of Mithros and the Goddess, because he knows people who have met them, but his primary allegiance is to the Trickster, also known as Kyprioth. Fadal (“Elder Brother”) was brought up in the faith of the God in the Flame and his prophet, but her father told her of other gods. Weiryn and the Green Lady are worshipped only in the mountains shared by Tortall and Galla. The K’mir worship the Horse Lords and their parents, and I haven’t even gotten to the local gods in the Yamani Islands, Maren, Saraine, Tyra, Tusaine, and Scanra. The Banjiku of Carthak don’t worship any of the Great Gods at all, and they definitely don’t like the Graveyard Hag! Kyprioth is the former patron god of the Isles, but the raka, or natives, worship Gunapi the Sunrose, a warrior goddess who also rules over volcanoes and isn’t an aspect of the Goddess.

What’s different is that people for the most part respect other ways and other gods. They don’t diss other people’s beliefs (except for odd abnormalities like Yahzed worshippers, or the true believers of the Flame and his Prophet). It’s my idea of an ideal world, where people grant others their own beliefs and don’t slam each other over religion, for the most part.

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