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Religion on Elindra is about life itself, not a great struggle of good against evil or even a mandate on how a person should lead their lives.  The gods rule over aspects of daily life such as love, harvest, health, darkness and other mundane things.  Each deity in the pantheon is revered for some aspect of life and the deities must be kept happy or that area which they control will turn against mortality.  Those living in coastal towns give special heed to the words of Nydilal and Etiraf as these gods control water.  To anger them is to ensure destruction.  In a similar fashion, farmers pay close heed to the worlds of Seram and Onied for without their aid the harvest will fail.  Yet even while choosing out "favorites" all mortals accept that each member of the pantheon is but one of many gods that must be worshiped and revered.  Any slight against the gods could cause them to become angry and when deities become angry anything can happen.

The "religion" has no proper name and no overarching tenets that its members must cling to in hopes of finding peace in the next life.  Most in fact believe that the gods have less to do with the afterlife than they do with the living.  Upon death the soul travels to Rethaqui where it merges with its Great Soul line and returns from where it came.  There it is beyond the reach of the gods but during life, the body is clearly rooted in the realm of the gods. 

Priests and other holy men spend hours pouring over ancient texts that speak of the deeds and exploits of the gods.  From the actions of the gods they debate and produce guidelines that, they say, the gods wish men to follow.  The gods themselves rarely issue forth divine commandments, beyond that they be worshiped, and so it is left to man to ascertain right from wrong.  A clear example of this is found in the Seduction of Miraumar a legend wherein the king of the gods is seduced by his own daughter, finding the act a revolting betrayal.  Priests draw from that act that sexual relations with one's relatives are clearly despised by the gods and, as such, should not be allowed.  The same theme permeates religious texts and every action of the gods is examined and theology then created from the activity.

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