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Worldbuilding: Fantasy Religion Design Guide

Worldbuilding: Fantasy Religion Design Guide
by Joe Wetzel (joewetzel at gmail dot com) [If you like this article, check out the other Worldbuilding articles on this website using the sidebar navigation.] Depending on your campaign setting idea, in the early stages you may only need a bare minimum of details about your religion. In cases like these make sure you flesh out any particular deities you need (for example if a character is a Cleric or Paladin describe that god in at least bullet points and note any needed game statistics or mechanics such as the god’s domains) and build up the religion later when it is needed or when you have an intriguing idea. This also gives you an opportunity to see how the players react to your religion’s skeleton and build on what they like and what is important to your evolving setting and story. But if religion, gods, or a pantheon is a key aspect of your campaign setting idea, you’ll want to work it up in detail early during your fantasy world’s development. Multiple Religions? Nature of the Gods Related:  religion et mythologie

religion in fantasy novels | helluo librorum Since no one burned my house down after the Tolkien post, I’m going out on a limb here and talk to you about using religion in your fantasy novels. Generally speaking, when building worlds in fantasy novels, the religions of your world will be a reflection of the religions here on good old planet earth. So I’m going to offer a few suggestions – take them or leave them: Know thy religion. Understand the core beliefs. Avoid stereotypes. Religions don’t kill. Treat all religions with respect. Don’t be malicious. World building is a difficult process; as a fantasy writer you are creating a whole social order, and you want it to be believable. A few articles to see: If you’re looking for a checklist of questions to ask when world building, go to the SFWA blog where Fantasy Worldbuilding Questions by Patricia C. Joe Wetzel at Inkwell Ideas has a great article with Worldbuilding: Fantasy Religion Design Guide, and a subsequent post, Worldbuilding: Fantasy Religion Design Example. Like this:

voodoo resources some other mythical creatures The Divine Moon | YORUBA THEOLOGY The Yoruba theology resides... agnostique ou athée why your character's religion (or lack of) is important Medb hErenn — The Faerie Lore of Ireland aeries are not unique to Ireland, however, the Irish did not develop a ghost tradition until the coming of the Anglo-Normans in 1171, or a demonology until the imposition of continental style Roman Catholicism circa 1000 C.E. Until then, their supernatural lore centered on Faeries. The term Faerie is derived from "Fé erie", meaning the enchantment of the Fées, while Fé is derived from Fay, which is itself derived from Fatae, or the Fates. The term originally applied to supernatural women who directed the lives of men and attended births. Now it has come to mean any supernatural creature tied to the earth, except monsters and ghosts. The Origin of Faeries There are two types of theories concerning the origin of Faeries: folkloric and mythographic. The folkloric theories can be divided into three groups. The mythographic theories can also be divided into three groups. Faerie Society Regardless of where they came from, Faeries have a culture and social organization just as humans do.

Medb hErenn — The Supernatural Beings of Ireland he supernatural is not unique to Ireland, but it can sometimes seem that way, thanks largely to Hallowe'en. A contraction of "Hallow Even", and derived from All Hallows Eve, the night before All Saint's Day, it is based on the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain. This was the Celtic New Year and signaled the start of winter. It was the time when the livestock were rounded up and slaughtered. Below is a list of Irish legendary creatures. Where necessary, singular and plural forms of names are indicated by the following code: singular form / plural form. Click on a name below to open a hidden panel, then click on it again to close it. Aes Sídh / Aes Sídhe (aysh shee / aysh SHEE-ih) These are the Faeries of Ireland. Aillen Mac Midhna (AWLL-lihn mahk MEE-nuh) The name of a solitary Faerie who, once a year, at the feast of Samhain, appeared outside the walls of Tara and played so beautifully that all the inhabitants fell asleep. Amadán Mór (AW-muh-dawn mohr) "Great Fool" Alp-Luachra / Alp-Luachraí

Encantando - Bresil La Mythologie Celte La mythologie celtique est constitutive de la religion des Celtes de la Protohistoire/Antiquité. Nos connaissances sont lacunaires puisque les sources dont nous disposons sont gauloises, plus précisément gallo-romaines, galloises et irlandaises, alors que la civilisation celtique a concerné une grande partie de l’Europe. Elle est protéiforme puisque le nombre des dieux véritablement panceltiques est restreint et que les évènements mythiques diffèrent. Il y a cependant des correspondances entre les divinités des différentes zones géographiques, des équivalences dans les mythes et l’omniprésence des druides, tant en Gaule que dans les îles Britanniques. Dès que l'on aborde le domaine celtique, que ce soit au niveau de la civilisation, du druidisme ou de la mythologie, on se trouve inévitablement confronté au problème des sources. Deux types de sources nous livrent des informations générales. Principaux Dieux Pangaulois et Panceltiques Dieux Totémiques Autres divinités Les Tuatha Dé Danann

L'origine orientale de la religion celtique est directeur de recherche au cnrs et membre du Laboratoire d'archéologie d'Orient et d'Occident de l'École normale supérieure. Certains pensent que l'œuvre de la philosophie a commencé chez les Barbares : qu'en effet il y eut chez les Perses les « Mages », chez les Babyloniens ou les Assyriens les « Chaldéens », ainsi que les « Gymnosophistes » chez les Indiens, et chez les Celtes et les Gaulois ceux qu'on appelle « Druides » et « Semnothées »… D'où venaient ces Gaulois, qui occupaient la Gaule du Rhin à la Méditerranée, et de la Bretagne jusqu'à l'Adriatique pendant les cinq siècles qui précédèrent notre ère ? Pour cette raison, nous allons étudier le corpus des croyances celtes, après avoir examiné les indices anciens et les preuves archéologiques de l'existence d'une même religion sur le territoire gaulois. Les lieux de culte celtiques Longtemps, on a cru que les cérémonies religieuses celtes étaient célébrées dans la nature, auprès de quelque source ou phénomène naturel.

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