Re: Changed magic in 2nd and 3rd Age

From: Jeff Richard <richaje_at_tp_nxJql6rkUeJxKsqNiESM1WaDyxr1AO5uwVcvOId16V28uSSNK-RAn10vBQ6dDIe2x>
Date: Sun, 21 Jun 2009 06:36:32 -0000

> A godi is a priest. They don't have to be devotees. The distinction
> between shaman and spirit-talker is different from devotee and
> initiate. The community will have confidence a godi has the knowledge
> of rituals required or they wouldn't have selected him. The equivelent
> ritual knowledge for animists is only available to shaman.

As the terms are used by the Orlanthi, a god-talker is someone chosen by the gods to speak for them in ceremonies (and after the ceremonies they return to being a farmer, herder, whatever). A priest is a full-time religious professional who maintains the shrines, temples, regalia and so on. Neither has to be a devotee, although most devotees are priests (so they can eat).


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