marycatelli (marycatelli) wrote,
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inventing a religion

The muse has a story, and it has knights.  Not samurai, not kshatriya, knights, in shining armor, even if it's chain mail and not plate.

(Note to the curious:  a good knight wears shining armor because he keeps it in good shape, without rust.)

So I'm meandering along and working on the metaphysics and stuff and conclude -- no this is not a Christian setting.  Any more than C. S. Lewis could have made Till We Have Faces in a Christian setting.  Nevertheless, if I am going to have knights in shining armor, I've got to have an equivalent religion. . . .

Monotheistic, of course.  Polytheistic is right out as a Christian counterpart, being so different from monotheism that historically, many sorts of philosophers have been been both.  Still, to feed into the proper religious structure, this has to be a popular monotheism.  Indeed, I've done one before, where, since the story focused on the vicissitudes of life, I conjured up the Lady of Permutations.  And there's always the forces of Light, though that would need some serious work to develop past the the standard.

But here -- ponder, ponder, ponder.  What is the concept that most needs to be foregrounded in the work. . . .

You would think it would be war and justice for knights, perhaps, but I think perhaps this one emphasizes order.  (Perhaps I can rip off the notion of oysters being the lowliest of animals from the Elizabethans.)

Hmm. . . to be sure, order and justice would probably be closely intertwined in this sort of society.  Though there is the difficulty of conveying the the modern-day reader that they really think the social structure from the least to the greatest a matter of justice.  As I observed in Orwell's essay on Yeats, he thought that anything non-egalitarian was intrinsically unjust, and he's not alone there.
Tags: world-building: deities, world-building: metaphysics, world-building: military matters, world-building: religion, world-building: social structure
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