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Religions of Coryn and Beyond

An Introduction

The range of beliefs and religious practices which are observed throughout Coryn and the wider world are often only distantly related to what may be construed as the "actual, underlying metaphysical realities that govern the physical world". In other words - they all have it wrong to some extent. Of course - they all believe 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, internal schisims and the stuggle against heretics and non-believers that has at times blighted the face of Ærð.

The religions which have consistenly gathered the largest followings in this area of Ærð can be typically divided by cultural or societal boundries. Those peoples that can trace their lineage back to the Sœcic peoples of Carangeard who have immigrated here over the centuries still most commonly follow one of the many sects of the Sœcisc faith - one which follows a small pantheon of powerful beings who epitomise all of the aspects of humanity that the Sœcic prise (and dispise). In contrast to this faith is that of the the vast majority of the Dynndh clans - who have dwelled in this part of the great continent that they dubbed "An t-Aoaite" ("this true place") for as long as anyone has kept records. Their religion is a strange philosophical world view which although it may not be described as atheistic - they recognise the existence of greater spirits and powers - their attitude towards such beings is one of careful respect rather than adoration and worship. In the south, especially in areas still ruled or influenced by the Salisian City States, but also to a lesser extent within the great swathes of territory that had once been ruled by the Salisian Empire, people cling to the Monotheistic/Dualistic Salisian faith, although this faith has been reft by numerous schizms/heresies (depending on who you ask) over the intervening millenium since the Salisians began to spread their influence across the sun-scorched south. Far to the west, the swarthy Khalkha peoples practice strange occult rituals to an entirely differnt panthon of deities that few in the East can fathom, while in the deep south, the great Traders of Tamazeg follow the Tamadzeq monotheistic/dualistic faith which has some followers in any large market towns that have regular contact with these traders.

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