RE: Re: Animism: multiple traditions?

From: Jane Williams <janewilliams20_at_...>
Date: Thu, 7 Oct 2004 19:38:49 +0100

> As noted on page 131, "A tradition is a complete animist
> religion." How many people do you know that seriously belong
> to two completely different Religions?

I don't know many RW people who *seriously* belong to even one religion. After all, there aren't that many RW people who think magic (or anything else from a religion) is essential for their everyday life. The whole starting premise is different. I know (of) RW people who seriously belong to socio-political systems that they *call* religions, but that's a bit different :(

But back in History, I seem to remember Romanised Brits happily adding the Roman gods to all the others they gave sacrifices to. Why not? Keep them happy, it can't hurt. You pick who gets your sacrifices depending on what you need and who you're trying to impress. I don't know how seriously they took their religions, but I'd guess more than most of us do.

I'd guess that this parallels the 10% level of commitment in Glorantha? No concentration, mix everything, misapply your worship - it's the pragmatic viewpoint. You do what you need to. Keep powerful entities happy and helpful.

> Note that the Lunars are *not* an "entirely different
> religion" for the Empire - they have managed to insinuate
> themselves into *all* the different religions of the region.
> You can belong to your cultural religion and the Lunar
> religion at the same time.

Sounds a *lot* like the Romans.

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