Any one out there read Kushiel\’s Avatar by Jaqueline Carey? You might be interested in this religion, as it seems to be quite similar to the one that the the Drujan worshipped before they were converted to Death, and put out the eternal fires and changed their three-fold path.
Did you know, that there is a Christian Identity group? Yeah, they\’re crazy. They think that the Germans, English, and Scandanavians are direct descendants of Tribes of Isreal. Thus giving them the idea that they are racially more significant then others, and that Jewish people are the Spawn Of Satan. Silly, eh?
Did you know that some people consider Vodun (VooDoo) a world religion? Apparently you classify for a World Religion status as having over three million followers. Fun Facts on Vodun:
~Vodun was formally recognized as Benin\’s official religion in 1996-FEB. It is also followed by most of the adults in Haiti.
~Today over 60 million people practice Vodun worldwide.
~Vodun\’s can be directly traced to the West African Yoruba people who lived in 18th and 19th century Dahomey. Its roots may go back 6,000 years in Africa.
~The most common \”form\” of Vodun that people believe is out there is an evil, imaginary religion, which we will call Voodoo. It has been created for Hollywood movies, complete with \”voodoo dolls\”, violence, bizarre rituals, etc. It does not exist in reality, except in the minds of most non-Voduns.
~An inaccurate and sensational book (S. St. John, \”Haiti or the Black Republic\”) was written in 1884. It described Vodun as a profoundly evil religion, and included lurid descriptions of human sacrifice, cannibalism, etc., some of which had been extracted from Vodun priests by torture. This book caught the imagination of people outside the West Indies, and was responsible for much of the misunderstanding and fear that is present today.
~While they may seem like polar opposites, Catholics and Voduns have similar beliefs (one true God) and traditions (communion, sacrifice/lent). They also share saints (like St. Peter and St. John, as well as many patron saints).
~One belief unique to Vodun is that a dead person can be revived after having been buried. After resurrection, the zombie has no will of their own, but remains under the control of others.
~Sticking pins in \”voodoo dolls\” was once used as a method of cursing an individual by some followers of Vodun in New Orleans; this practice continues occasionally in South America. The practice became closely associated with Voodoo in the public mind through the vehicle of horror movies.
For more info on Vodun go here.
Did you know that Gypsies are actually considered a non-organized religion? Apparently, the title Gypsy is derogatory and stuff, and the true name is Roma, or they would be refered to as Romani\’s. Wow. They Romani are actually quite interesting, and I am sure that most of the Romani following has died out. It is neat, though, to see how many different Sci-fi/Fantasy writers have a type of \”Gypsy\” in them: Robert Jordan (the tinkers), Jaqueline Carey (Hyacinthe\’s heritage), Terry Goodkind (I forget what they are called), I know there are more, they just aren\’t coming to me right now. It\’s very prevelant. It seems to me from reading all of the information that most of the Roma traditions and beliefs stem from Judaism and the Torah. Most of it being the idea of a woman being unclean during her menstral cycle, showing modesty, etc. The Roma also have many beliefs that are not in the Torah, but actually follow more closely to Wicca (the worship of a Goddess trinity, a horned god, etc.)
So, there you go. Religion lessons with Kait. If you want to find out more, or to read up on different and other religions, you can go the tolerance place and read up until your heart is content.
So now that I am fully over that Joan of Arcaedia episode, I think I will go play some games (the episode was fully brutal and sad. I cried).