Orlanthi Worship in the Lunar Empire

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Orlanthi Worship in the Lunar Empire Submitted by MG on Tue, 23/10/2012 – 18:44

So if the worship of Orlanth himself is banned in the Lunar Empire… what do most occupied Orlanthi do? Worship in secret? Go to temples outside of the Empire’s reach? Worship other Orlanthi deities?

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all of the above, but…

Submitted by Charles on Tue, 23/10/2012 – 20:51.

The Lunar ban on Orlanth is based on a mis-understanding of the nature of that worship. Many of the more senior Lunars believe that the town and city temples are the most important support for the worship when, in fact, most ceremonies take place in clan groups on any convenient hill. And, once the Lunars start building the new Temple of the Reaching Moon, their occupying forces become quite stretched and cannot fully enforce the ban. And then there is the influence of the great mountains…

So, when the Lunars are around, many men worship Orlanth in “disguise”, such as Barntar (as just one of the several possibilities). Barntar is usually worshipped as a sub-cult of Orlanth but is worshipped as an entirely separate god by a very few men. And how are some dumb, overstretched Lunar squaddies going to tell the difference?

And when the Lunars are not around, worship continues in the old ways.

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