World-Building: Religion

I’ve added a new sub-page to the World-Building section called Religion.

The purpose of the World-Building section is to give tidbits of information which will get the writerly juices flowing in the future. Do you have anything you can contribute?

(p.s. I also posted another Writing Technique: Beginnings which you may have missed… for some reason it posted under the previous post).


From Ancient Rome: The Republic:

Plentiful gods. The Romans were a practical race … averse to mystical speculation. Profoundly convinced that the affairs of men were governed and guided by divine power. All levels of Roman society believed that the supernatural forces could be used to better their own worldly advantage. There was a god for everything. As Rome evolved into power, so did its gods in stature.

“Very interesting also are the forms of worship which illustrate the Roman character on its gentler and more human side. For under the iron surface of Roman manners there was a true vein of tenderness and sweetness and a passionate love of home … The eternal fire of Vesta, which no doubt had its origin in a simple and practical need, assumed a deep spiritual significance as the  symbol of domestic purity, the source of national health and strength. The Lares and the Penates, the spirits of the home, stood still in a more intimate relation with the sanctities of family life, watching over the Roman mother as she went about her daily tasks, fostering the growth of the children, and taking their share in all the joys and sorrows…” (page 37)

Did you see the sign? Roman’s looked to signs from the gods. Priests and those who read the signs were rigidly excluded from politics, and though a Roman may consult for spiritual advice, none could tell him what to do. Every Roman was a priest as far as his personal matters were concerned.

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