Re: Propitiatory worship (from The Unholy Trio etc.)

From: Peter Metcalfe <metcalph_at_DB8LQWHN-5AV99sEqdyjVn5yqgoFkSLe3aMixjFja_YAiwhgYF80krGmX7Ggy88DLGE>
Date: Wed, 31 Dec 2008 19:13:50 +1300

At 11:56 a.m. 31/12/2008, you wrote:

>1. Blood over Gold states that in some of the
>islands off the coast of Wenelia there is a
>profession (the Propitiators) devoted to the
>propitatiory worship of various sea gods in
>order to keep the Mer-people on side. What sort
>of magic/worship do the┬ Propitiators perform, at what cost:

It depends on their religious system - if they are theists they will sacrifice etc.

> and what benefit do they derive from it?

It depends on what the sea-god is being propitiated.

Manthi - general sea issues such as floods. Tholania - freedom from ordinary sea monsters Magasta - whatever cthuloid horror climbs up from the depths

>In Runequest terms,┬ I┬ see the gods, spirits
>etc., of the┬ Islanders' religion as being a
>hotch-potch of spirit cults (some of which may┬
>be mixed/misapplied worship, as some of the
>spirits may be gods whom the mer-people worship
>theistically), although I'm not sure if I would
>describe┬ a propitiator as a shaman-- though
>he/she is probably more like a shaman than a
>conventional sorceror, priest or mystic).

I think the word you are struggling for is Spirit-talker.

>[Handra] had an arrangement with the Merfolk
>based on tribute and trade. Is this a wholly
>secular arrangement under which the Handrans pay
>tribute in exchange for protection, or does it
>have a religious dimension of propitiatory worship.

Since the Handrans get goodies from the sea-floor under control of the Seamen's guild in
return for weapons and other manufactures, it is neither tribute nor propitiary worship.

--Peter Metcalfe            

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