On 21 Mar 2012, at 06:55, David Cake wrote:
> But it is worth remembering that the Lunar way is still in some ways a thin veneer over the Dara Happen way. And the closest the Yelmic pantheon gets to a god of feminism is Gorgorma, who is represented in near demonic fashion, and as a hidden shadow power, because the Yelmic pantheon in general is REALLY hostile to anything like feminism, very very dedicated to maintaining traditional gender roles, and considers the very idea of feminism terrifying and wrong.
I don't think that that is correct. Politically it could be said that the Lunar Way is a thin veneer over the Dara Happan Empire, and I'd largely agree with that. And it sounds as if the current thinking on the Takenegi/Moonson cult may have it as a Lunar veneer over Dara Happan Emperor worship. But I think that that is as far as it goes. The Lunar way draws from a lot of non-Dara Happan sources (IIRC Natha is Pelandan - and don't forget about Darsen !). I think that the cyclical Lunar power is in some way fundamentally feminine at a mythic level. And don't forget that the Lunar Way is about breaking down barriers and change while the deeply conservative Solar religion is very much about keeping people in their places and keeping things the same.
I think that the integration with Dara Happan religion is a lot like the integration with all the other religions linked into the Lunar Way, and it's importance is due to politics rather than anything built into the Lunar Way.
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