Created By: Xolroc on January 25, 2013 Last Edited By: Xolroc on January 28, 2013

Regressive Religions

Futuristic societies having deities from ancient religions

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I've seen it several places, especially with Norse mythology. An undeniably advanced society, far in the future or otherwise, with at the very least gods named after those of ancient religions.

Examples: Creeper World has Odin City, and in both games there are phrases like "Odin preserve us" etc. Tales of Phantasia has the ancient super-advanced countries of Thor, Odin, and Freya, named after the gods they worshiped.
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  • January 25, 2013
    robinjohnson
    Both incarnations of Battlestar Galactica heavily reference Ancient Greek gods and the Western Zodiac.
  • January 25, 2013
    TropeEater
    Asuras Wrath has a lot of characters named after Hindu figures.
  • January 25, 2013
    zarpaulus
    ^^ But Battlestar Galactica takes place in the past.

    Tabletop Games
    • In Warhammer40000 the Fenrisians seem to equate the God Emperor of Man with Odin, seeing as they call him the "All-Father", which makes Leman Russ kind of a Thor-like figure.

    Video Games
    • Too Human has the Norse gods recreated as cyborg protectors of humanity.
  • January 25, 2013
    SharleeD
    ^ The description says "in the future", but the laconic only says "futuristic". IMO the description should be loosened to allow Galactica as an example.
  • January 26, 2013
    AP
    It perhaps should be noted that worshiping the Norse pantheon has had a ressurgence in modern times as Odinists will tell you.
  • January 26, 2013
    Catbert
    Given that the God of the Abrahamic religions is pretty ancient and has been worshiped for thousands of years, and that the revival of the worship of the European pagan gods is pretty common in modern times, I think this needs to be better defined.
  • January 28, 2013
    Frank75
    This opens the question how serious this is. Shouldn't a society in the future know better?
  • January 28, 2013
    zarpaulus
    ^ "Know better", are you referring to Outgrown Such Silly Superstitions?

    If Abrahamic religions are included I have an example:
    • The Dune sequels reveal that there are still a small group of Jews a minimum of 15,000 years in the future.
  • January 28, 2013
    Frank75
    ^ Yes.
  • January 28, 2013
    Duncan
    In The Particolored Unicorn by John De Cles, set in our world After The End and after a magical renaissance of some kind, the main character worships Ancient Greek gods, but there are also (at least) Jews and Christians inhabiting the world.
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