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12-29-2008 @ 8:46AM
Actual religious Druidry is probably less useful to someone who wants to roleplay a Druid than researching more modern nature-based religions. Modern Druidic religions and reconstructionist religions. Druidry is, or ought to be, heavily based on mythology, which doesn't help a Tauren or a Night Elf, as neither of these are based on Celtic cultures.Looking into more modern Pagan beliefs -such as- (which I will note is an important part of that sentence) is more likely to be helpful in creating a character.As a reconstructionist myself, I see absolutely no problems with this article, and personally I think the naysayers and people who insist on insulting Wicca ought to take the bugs out of their rears.
12-29-2008 @ 12:11PM
I agree. It seems to me that WoW Druidism has more in common with modern "New Age" than it has with the actual ancient religion after which it is named. Still, the article which compares the two is linked there for everyone to read. Feel free to disagree with me on this, readers, but remember that WoW was made up by modern people living in a modern society. To some extent they might have gone back and done some historical research, but it's far far more likely that they just made stuff up and said "that's pretty cool! Let's write it like that."Religion and philosophy in WoW can be very interesting, but it's not exactly an academic thesis about the history of man. It's more of a pop-culture pinata, which we can all hit with our own interpretations until we get what we like out of it. It's intentionally left vague so that we can come along and do with it as we please. As roleplayers, there is plenty of room for different interpretations of druidism too. Kia's faction could be really antagonistic towards all those new druids nowadays who don't really get what it means to be a druid in their hearts. Others could go around hugging trees or whatever. It makes sense that some would believe the others are all wrong -- who knows, maybe your characters will get some interesting discussions out of it.
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