Based on discussion Greg and I had writing the Esrolia book, I disagree with Santo here. The Orlanthi recognize plenty of "personified abstractions" - i.e., essences - although they greatly dislike Malkionism (Malkion is a BAD GUY in the Orlanthi pantheon and is often interchangeable with Zzabur). Frex, the Esrolians have the Cult of the Four Virtues - veneration of abstract virtues. I'm pretty sure the Heortlings also recognize and venerate a few personified abstractions, although such cults are probably pretty small and unimportant. I know the Talastarings have several essence cults - that have nothing to do with Malkionism, Carmanianism or the Church of Cerise.
A distinction is often made between a "philosopher" and a "sorcerer", even though both deal with essences. Then again, no normal Heortling is likely to become a philosopher, and the few that exist are probably considered a bit odd or suspicious. Just not as bad as Meldek.
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