[LMB] Nicoll on Chalion

Howard Brazee howard at brazee.net
Wed May 27 03:43:23 BST 2015


> On May 26, 2015, at 5:14 PM, Gwynne Powell <gwynnepowell at hotmail.com> wrote:
> 
>> I think missing Jews on Barrayar are less noteworthy than missing
>> *Christians* on Barrayar.
>> The Nexus as written simply isn't very religious.  Cordelia's vaguely
>> theistic, there's a hint of an Islamic planet, Barrayar has its funeral
>> rites, Athos is a theocracy, I think we're done.
> 
> I think it's easy to explain in one way - there simply weren't any 
> priests, ministers, etc on the first fleet, they would come with the
> later group that had all the extras and the bulk of the population. So
> when the wormhole collapsed the survivors had to make it up as they
> went along, and religion became a more personal or small-group 
> activity. We see evidence of religious icons, and there's some 
> mentions here and there that suggest religious activity is going on, 
> but it's not a political power, which is what concerns the plot lines.

Religions come quickly in vacuums.    And such an isolation would build them.    But I’m happy to not read about them in the Vorksiverse.



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