You never see animals going through the absurd and often horrible fooleries of magic and religion... Dogs do not ritually urinate in the hope of persuading heaven to do the same and send down rain. Asses do not bray a liturgy to cloudless skies. Nor do cats attempt, by abstinence from cat's meat, to wheedle the feline spirits into benevolence. Only man behaves with such gratuitous folly. It is the price he has to pay for being intelligent but not, as yet, quite intelligent enough.
The range of beliefs and religious practices which are observed throughout the world of Khoras bear testimony to the amazing diversity and creativity of the races. Every major culture has its own set of philosophical beliefs and stories by which they attempt to explain the nature of the Universe around them. These stories are populated by gods and spirits of every imaginable form.
There are those who insist the gods are absolutely real… that they made the world and control all within it. Others insist such beliefs bear no relation to the actual, underlying metaphysical realities of the Universe… that the gods are nothing more than myth and legend. Between these two extremes lay a plethora of theories. The truth is up to the reader to decide.
Of course, each faith believes, quite fervently, that their religious and theosophical convictions represent the truth of the matter ... and therein lies the root of a long history of religious wars, oppression, crusades, persecution, internal schisms and the endless struggle between heretics and believers that has frequently blighted the face of Khoras.
How does one even attempt to define such a concept as "god"? Religious scholars have argued for centuries over such matters. There are, perhaps, as many different conceptions of god as there are believers… and perhaps as many faiths. In any case, one defining quality that seems pervasive throughout religion is that a god is not bound by the physicality of the body. They are immortal and have, in some way, transcended the concept of life and death.
The information in this section contains the poetic descriptions of the gods and the point of view of the believers. It also contains a more objective summarization of the facts known about each religion. As best as possible, religious scholars have tried to document the religious faiths impartially while still maintaining the flavor unique to each. The categorization of “greater god” versus “lesser god” is an arbitrary classification which takes in to account many things: the number of worshipers, political influence of the church, the geographic extent of the religion, the nature of the deity and many other things. There is bound to be some dissention on this matter. There are many faiths that proclaim their god to be the one and only true god and dismiss all others as false idols. As with all things, the reader is invited to come to his or her own conclusions.
This website was last updated March 31, 2019. Copyright 1990-2019 David M. Roomes.