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  • Fluids
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    Old Gods of the Forest:
    (Originally worshipped by the Children of the Forest and First Men)

    Beliefs: They uphold the laws of hospitality. Worshipers of the Old Gods do not have elaborate ceremonies, holy texts, hierarchies of priests, or large structures of worship like followers of the Faith of the Seven.
    Consequences: Violating the laws of hospitality has consequences. Bran's story of the Cook and the King is great example. (Speculation: There's no doubt that Walder Frey will pay in some way for killing everyone who broke bread with him at the Wedding.)

    Symbols: Weirwood Tree with face carved in it.

    Worshipped by:

    *Free Folk (AKA Wildlings), 90 Tribes: Thenns, Hornfoots, Ice-river clans, Cave people, Giants.

    * The North of Westeros. (The priest of this religion is called a Greenseer. Bran has Greensight.) They have set up godswoods to worship the weirwood (heart) trees on their properties.

    Power demonstration: Yes, several have been provided. All the warging we have seen and the greensight of Bran.

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    Faith of the Seven:
    (Brought to Westeros by the Andals). The Andal invasion included the slaughtering of the Children of the Forest; cutting down of the weirwood trees (worshipped by followers of the Old Gods) in the southern Westeros past The Neck. (The First Men held the North.)

    Beliefs: There is one god who has seven faces or aspects: the Father, the Mother, the Maiden, the Crone, the Warrior, the Smith, and the Stranger. Each aspect represents one part of life or existence. (These are recited by both parties at a wedding ceremony; Robb and Talisa's S2E10.):

    The Father: represents divine justice, and judges the souls of the dead.
    The Mother: represents mercy, peace, fertility, and childbirth. She is sometimes referred to as "the strength of women".
    The Maiden: represents purity, love, and beauty.
    The Crone: represents wisdom and foresight. She is represented carrying a lantern.
    The Warrior: represents strength and courage in battle.
    The Smith: represents creation and craftsmanship.
    The Stranger: The Stranger represents death and the unknown. It is rarely prayed to.

    Symbols: Seven-pointed star. Priest is called a Septon.

    Worshipped by:

    Everyone in Westeros south of The Neck (except Stannis Baratheon and the occupants of Dragon Stone.)

    (Nuns of the Faith of the Seven appear on battlefields to tend to the dead, sick and wounded.)

    Power demonstration: Catelyn Stark prayed to the Stranger for the death of Jon Snow when he was a child. Then she changed her mind when he contracted the pox. She preyed to the gods and promised she would love Jon Snow as her own and even have Ned change his name if his life was spared from the pox. When he did survive she ignored her promise. Did she anger the Faith of the Seven? Or even the Gods of the North (since she lived there)?

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    Lord of Light:
    (R'hllor)

    Beliefs: According to prophecy, Lightbringer would be pulled from fire by the Lord's Chosen, the Prince That Was Promised, champion of the Lord of Light. Infidels of other religions that don't repent are burned at the stake purify their souls of all their sins. This happened to relatives of Selyse Baratheon. In S4E2 we learn from Melisandre that there is also a Lord of Darkness, so disciples believe in two gods. The world in which all the characters we have seen live in now is considered hell.

    Worshipped by:

    Essos: Quaithe;
    Free Cities: Thoros of Myr;
    Westeros: Brotherhood Without Banners (Beric) using Thoros.

    Dragonstone (It is worshipped by Stannis and Selyse Baratheon in the 2nd, 3rd and 4th Seasons through Melisandre, a red priestess.)

    Power demonstration: Yes, several have been provided. The death of Renly Baratheon by a dark force; Beric being healed and kept from death. He lit his sword with what looked like a mixture of his blood and that of Thoros.

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    Drowned God:

    "What is dead may never die", "But rises again, harder and stronger".

    Beliefs: The religion justifies the Ironborn way of life of piracy and raiding. Followers believe the Drowned God brought flame from the sea and he created the Ironborn to reave, raid, and pillage.

    The religion centers around maritime skills and seafaring ability. Killing enemies in battle is considered a pious act. A youth in the Iron Islands is not considered a man until he has killed his first enemy. The religion also encourages paying the "iron price" instead of the "gold price" -- that is, it is better not to pay or treat for possessions, but to take them by force from the hands of dead enemies.

    Worshipped by:

    Iron Islands

    Power demonstration: None has been provided yet.

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    God of Death:

    Worshipped by:
    (Syrio Forel mentions his belief in the God of Death to Arya Stark during their "dancing" lessons)

    Essos: Braavos
    Westeros: Arya Stark (S3, Arya Stark reveals to Beric Dondarrion and Thoros of Myr that she has come to believe that "Death" is the one true god.)

    Power demonstration: None has been provided yet.

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    Great Shepard:

    Worshipped by:

    Essos: Lhazareens

    (A statue of this god was torn down by the Dothraki in the village they were pillaging; Dany claimed the women who were being raped.)

    Power demonstration: Khal Drogo avoided death by being turned into a vegetative state by Maegi Mirri Maz Duur and through the sacrifice of Daenerys' child and Drogo's horse.

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    Great Stallion:

    Worshipped by:

    Essos: Dothraki

    Power demonstration: None has been provided yet.

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    Religion of the White Walkers:

    Worshipped by:
    The White Walkers and humans like Craster who sacrifice their sons as tribute to further their race and religion.

    Lands of Forever Winter

    Power demonstration: Converting human babies into White Walkers.

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    Faith of the Seven (Sparrow version)

    Beliefs: The believe in strict morality, piety and selflessness towards those that follow the religion of the Faith of The Seven.

    Worshipped by:

    A highly religious cadre of the Faith of the Seven called Sparrows

    I am guessing the High Sparrow is a St. Francis of Assisi type of character.

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    Faceless God

    Beliefs:

    Essential to this religion is losing one's personal identity because everyone is part of the greater one true god.

    Since everyone can behave differently then all behavior or actions performed selflessly have the same weight; killing and saving someone can be done with the same purpose to serve the one true god or to do favor for another.

    This I believe is the black and white nature (the balance) of the faceless men.
    Killing isn't done because a faceless man wants to kill that person, the faceless men do it because they must serve (ie they have been asked as a favor to do it.) (Think back to the episodes where Arya asked Jaqen H'ghar to kill for her because she did him a favor by letting him out of his imprisonment.)

    I am going to guess here that in order to hire a faceless man to kill for you, you have to perform some selfless act to assist the faceless men first.

    Worshipped by:
    The Faceless men of Braavos. The closest modern equivalent is Agnostic Theism. The belief that all gods really boil to down to one true god with many different appearances. Whatever actions they do are only as servants for their god and for others because they are truly selfless.

    Possibly the people of Braavos as well. They all use Valar Morghulis (All Men must die) Valar Dhaeris (All men must serve).

    The thieves backing off of Arya in S5E3 reveal that people serve their own needs in Braavos, however if a holy man (faceless man) is in their path they back off (either because it's religiously blasphemous or because they risk certain death if someone is protected by a faceless man.)

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  • Fluids
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    Re: Game of Thrones: Religion Link to this post

    Here's a question: Why does Robb Stark get married under the Faith of the Seven? He's from the North so it should be the old gods religion and Talisa worshipped the Lord of Light? The wedding was in secrecy. Is it because his mother was from the Riverlands and that's what they worship?

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    Did she worship the L of L? I'd forgotten that. Maybe that was the compromise wedding ceremony?

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    Yes. Caitlin during Season 3 was making a prayer wheel for Bran and also one for Rickon so their lives will be spared (since she just found out from Robb that the boys whereabouts are unknown.) Talisa showed up and offered to help and Caitlin indicated that only a mother could do the wheels. This indicated to me she was not of the Faith of Seven. She's also from Volantis (S1E7, S2E6) and most folks in that city are followers of the Lord of Light. I think you're right though about why they chose a septon. I guess on short notice and with a need for secrecy they did the best they could and compromised and just used a septon from the Faith of the Seven do the ceremony (rather than find a priest in The Riverlands of the Old gods.) The only two L of L priests we know of are Melisendre and Thoros in all of Westeros. I am sure they also figured since it was using Caitlin's religion she would be okay with the marriage although Robb broke the betrothal she set up with House Frey of the Twins.

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