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19th Apr '17 4:24:31 PM ImpudentInfidel
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** The ''Chant of Light'' in the series is the holy text of the [[TheChurch Chantry]]. There are some members, called Chanters, who are not allowed to say anything that isn't part of the chant. Also the object of {{Orwellian Edit|or}}ing: When the Chantry branded the Dalish as heretics, they completely removed the "Canticle of Shartan", the section that dealt with the Dalish general who lead Andraste's armies against the Tevinter Imperium.

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** The ''Chant of Light'' in the series is the holy text of the [[TheChurch Chantry]]. There are some members, called Chanters, who are not allowed to say anything that isn't part of the chant. Also the object of {{Orwellian Edit|or}}ing: When the Chantry branded the Dalish as heretics, they completely removed the "Canticle of Shartan", the section that dealt with the Dalish general who lead Andraste's armies against the Tevinter Imperium. This also conveniently removed Andraste's promise of Dalish sovereignty and allowed the Exalted March to steal the lands she gave them.
1st Apr '17 8:25:36 PM DustSnitch
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* One of the fake infomercials Creator/AdultSwim airs at 4 AM is ''The Book of Christ'', which touts a newly discovered book of Literature/TheBible supposedly written by {{Jesus}} himself. It turns out to be a big pile of MistakenForProfound (along with [[ForeignQueasine awful recipes]] and [[WhatTheHellHero hit-and-run donkey accident confessionals]]):

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* One of the fake infomercials Creator/AdultSwim airs at 4 AM is ''The Book of Christ'', which touts a newly discovered book of Literature/TheBible supposedly written by {{Jesus}} UsefulNotes/{{Jesus}} himself. It turns out to be a big pile of MistakenForProfound (along with [[ForeignQueasine awful recipes]] and [[WhatTheHellHero hit-and-run donkey accident confessionals]]):
20th Mar '17 8:34:17 AM BeerBaron
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* There are a number of texts in ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' that might count as this, but the most clear example is ''The 36 Lessons of Vivec'' from ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind'', which is a series of 36 books (called 'Sermons', as in 'Sermon One', 'Sermon Two', etc.) written by one of the three gods of the Tribunal Temple.

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* There are ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind'': The [[CorruptChurch Tribunal Temple]] has a number of texts in ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' that might count as this, but few, including the most clear example is ''The 36 ''36 Lessons of Vivec'' from ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind'', Vivec'', where [[InGameNovel each book is a "sermon" telling part of the story]], and ''Saryoni's Sermons'', written by Temple Archcanon Tholer Saryoni, which is a series of 36 books (called 'Sermons', as in 'Sermon One', 'Sermon Two', etc.) written by collection Hierographa regarding [[PhysicalGod Vivec]]. The original manuscript for ''Saryoni's Sermons'' is one of the three gods of most valuable items in the Tribunal Temple.
game, coming in at 50,000 septims.
6th Mar '17 9:37:00 PM Koveras
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* The ''Chant of Light'' in the ''Franchise/DragonAge'' series is the holy text of the Chantry. There are some members, called Chanters, who are not allowed to say anything that isn't part of the chant. Also the object of {{Orwellian Edit|or}}ing: When the Chantry branded the Dalish as heretics, they completely removed the "Canticle of Shartan", the section that dealt with the Dalish general who lead Andraste's armies against the Tevinter Imperium.

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* The ''Franchise/DragonAge'' has two prime examples:
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The ''Chant of Light'' in the ''Franchise/DragonAge'' the series is the holy text of the Chantry.[[TheChurch Chantry]]. There are some members, called Chanters, who are not allowed to say anything that isn't part of the chant. Also the object of {{Orwellian Edit|or}}ing: When the Chantry branded the Dalish as heretics, they completely removed the "Canticle of Shartan", the section that dealt with the Dalish general who lead Andraste's armies against the Tevinter Imperium.



* There are a number of texts in ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' that might count as this, but the most clear example is Vivec's ''The 36 Lessons of Vivec'', which is a series of 36 books (called 'Sermons', as in 'Sermon One', 'Sermon Two', etc.) written by one of the three gods of the Temple.

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* There are a number of texts in ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' that might count as this, but the most clear example is Vivec's ''The 36 Lessons of Vivec'', Vivec'' from ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind'', which is a series of 36 books (called 'Sermons', as in 'Sermon One', 'Sermon Two', etc.) written by one of the three gods of the Tribunal Temple.
4th Feb '17 9:39:54 AM ImpudentInfidel
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* ''TabletopGame/{{Pathfinder}}'' has books for all of it's many gods, with a few interesting variations. The holy book of Erastil is largely a collection of farming and hunting tips, while Cayden Cailean's is a set of short sayings meant to be conveniently carved into wooden placards for display in bars.
4th Feb '17 9:31:42 AM ImpudentInfidel
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** When Kosh intervenes in G'Kar's [[MindRape mental assault]] on Londo, G'Kar experiences an inner enlightenment. While under arrest, he writes a philosophical book, which is eventually treated by some Narns as a new holy book. This leads to some comedy, as Narn holy books must replicate the original in ''every'' detail -- so when Garibaldi accidentally puts his cup of coffee on the original and leaves a ring-shaped stain on it, every copy of the new book has to have that stain as well.

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** When Kosh intervenes in G'Kar's [[MindRape mental assault]] on Londo, G'Kar experiences an inner enlightenment. While under arrest, he writes a philosophical book, which is eventually treated by some Narns as a new holy book. This leads to some comedy, as Narn holy books must replicate the original in ''every'' detail -- so when Garibaldi accidentally puts his cup of coffee on the original and leaves a ring-shaped stain on it, every copy of the new book has to have that stain as well. It also causes some problems for G'Kar as a spiritual leader because it was released before he finished it, so his followers keep bringing up sections he wrote early in his spiritual awakening and had since reconsidered.
22nd Dec '16 11:00:20 PM wholockiantrekkie
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**Not to mention, various religious texts from Bajor about the Prophets, the Emissary, and prophecies with interpretations about them.
10th Sep '16 2:44:11 AM Morgenthaler
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* The Orange Catholic Bible from Frank Herbert's ''Franchise/{{Dune}}'' universe. This one is interesting because it combines some traditional holy books (books of the Bible, the Qur'an, the Hadith, most Hindu and Buddhist scriptures, the Dao De Jing, the Analects, the Zoroastrian Avestas), plus a number of other fictional texts.

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10th Sep '16 12:46:36 AM Morgenthaler
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* The Book of Pythia served this in the "[[ContinuityReboot reimagined]]" ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|2003}}''. With the [[EternalRecurrence circular nature of existence]] between humans and Cylons, however, it sometimes seemed that each race was the "god" to whom inspiration was found to write the passages and prophesies, in part. God was present, but not in a way that either side fully understood or appreciated--seemingly {{Pandeism}}, monotheism, and polythesism all rolled into a syncretic mess.

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* The Book of Pythia served this in the "[[ContinuityReboot reimagined]]" ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|2003}}''. With the [[EternalRecurrence circular nature of existence]] between humans and Cylons, however, it sometimes seemed that each race was the "god" to whom inspiration was found to write the passages and prophesies, in part. God was present, but not in a way that either side fully understood or appreciated--seemingly {{Pandeism}}, UsefulNotes/{{Pandeism}}, monotheism, and polythesism all rolled into a syncretic mess.
19th Jul '16 3:22:04 PM Specialist290
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What it means to be a "sacred" text may vary (as it does in real life). In the most basic definition of sacredness, the ''information'' contained is the sacred thing, and paraphrasing, adapting or translating this text is still considered unproblematic. Other times, the literal text is sacred, and translating or adapting it becomes a sensitive matter. This is owed to the fact that within the religions built upon such a text, even minute details can carry substantial weight for the practices and teachings of this religion. A few religions go so far as to teach that their holy book cannot be "correctly" translated at all, and [[SacredLanguage is only perfect in the original text.]] Finally, the physical books or scrolls containing holy texts may be sacred objects in themselves, the handling of which is tied to certain dos and don'ts.

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What it means to be a "sacred" text may vary (as it does in real life). In the most basic definition of sacredness, the ''information'' contained is the sacred thing, and paraphrasing, adapting or translating this text is still considered unproblematic.unproblematic as long as the core message gets across. Other times, the literal text is sacred, and translating or adapting it becomes a sensitive matter. This is owed to the fact that within the religions built upon such a text, even minute details can carry substantial weight for the practices and teachings of this religion. A few religions go so far as to teach that their holy book cannot be "correctly" translated at all, and [[SacredLanguage is only perfect in the original text.]] Finally, the physical books or scrolls containing holy texts may be sacred objects in themselves, the handling of which is tied to certain dos and don'ts.
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