For aspects of non-real world religions see fantasy religions.
Categories of Religion
(Indicative list, by approximate number of entities venerated)
- Atheism - "There are no gods, nothing supernatural."
- Agnosticism - "I am unsure as to whether there are any gods or not"
- Monism - "The divine is everywhere and in everything - the idea of seperation from the divine is an illusion"
- Antitheism - "The gods exist, but that doesn't mean I'm going to worship them"
- Maltheism - "There are gods, and they are evil. I may, or may not, still need to worship them."
- Monotheism - "There is only one God - all others are imposters at most"
- Dualism - "There are two gods, one good, the other evil"
- Monolatry - "There are multiple gods, only one should be worshipped"
- Henotheism - "There are many gods, I choose this one to worship"
- Polytheism - "There are many gods, I worship some or all of them" (possibly a Pantheon of closely associated gods)
- Animism - "There are divine, or at least supernatural, beings everywhere that can be worshipped or otherwise related to as required - some may, or may not, be more significant than others" (Most forms of Shamanism cleave to this)
Specific Religious Beliefs
- Creation Myths
- Shamanism - more of a category than one specific religion.
Specific religious practices
- Animal Sacrifice
- Calendar of Saints
- Devil's Advocate
- False Face Society
- Fertility Rite
- Flower War
- High Places
- Human Sacrifice
- Holy Relics
- Living Parable
- Material Sacrifice
- Religious Text
- Ritual Purification
- Sortes Sanctorum
- Temple Garment
Game and Story Use
- Religion is a seemingly intrinsic part of human existence, and has shaped even avowedly non-religious societies and cultures. Thus, world-builders should pay serious attention to religious beliefs in their settings.
- Furthermore, role-playing can be greatly enhanced if a player character follows a codified set of beliefs.
- A religion will probably require the character to adhere to a set of moral teachings.
- And observe certain rituals associated with the religion
- And perhaps have certain views about people outside his religion.