Jeff, do you not having something more important to be doing today than messing about on here?
All the best!
Date: Fri, 25 Jul 2008 07:04:36 +0000
Subject: God-talkers and priests
> >IMO God-talker is an Orlanthism and to call a Dara Happan Priest
> >a God-talker sounds to me as false as calling a natural philosopher
> >in Athens a wizard. God-talking conveys the impression of someone
> >who talks to gods as he does with people whereas the relationship
> >between a Dara Happan Priest and his deity is more like that of an
> >unworthy servant who keeps silent in the divine presence unless
> >spoken to.
> I don't share that impression of the term god-talker but if so
> we should drop god-talker as well and just stick with priest
> and priestess.
Cults of Sartar makes a distinction between god-talkers and priests:
God-talkers are holy people chosen by the gods to communicate with
them. They are initiates of an appropriate cult, but normal people in
the community except when they lead magic for the clan. God-talkers
are well versed in the secrets and rituals of their gods, and often
asked for religious advice. All god-talkers are important people in
the community and enjoy the legal status of thane â€" however they are
not supported by their cult members and are best thought of as
part-time magic leaders.
Priests are holy people with a full-time occupation at leading magical
activities. They are chosen by the community; some priests owe their
position to their devotion or magical affinities, others to their
knowledge of cult rituals and myths, still others to their bloodline
or reputation. All priests are important people in the community,
supported by their cult members, and enjoy the legal status of thane.
Most clans can only support a few fulltime priests, relying on
god-talkers to lead many rituals. Priests often have colorful or
descriptive names â€" â€œStorm Voicesâ€� among the Thunderers, â€œSwords,â€�
among the Humakti, and â€œDoctorsâ€� among the healers, for instance.
Sometimes an old fashioned spirit master can be found, a Kolating,
with his drum and feathered alynx costume, copper bells, and death
defying leaps and fire tricks.
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