religion in tolrea

Martial Arts, Monks and Monasticism

As it appears in the campaign world of Tolrea, the monk class of the Dungeons and Dragons v.3.5 Core Rules might be described more precisely as a class for unarmed martial artists. Not all monks of the kind who inhabit monasteries are members of the monk class, and not all members of the monk class are monastic in character.

Animism, Shamanism, and Totemism

One of the most common spiritualities in Tolrea, aside from organized religion, is the veneration of nature sprits. Animism is actually widespread; it's a commonplace for bargemen on the Mereflow River to address the current itself, especially during foul weather or when the river is running full because of melting snow in the mountains surrounding Merethrone. Animistic practice and belief is tied as closely to reality as formal religion—perhaps more so, since the Spirit World is eternally present in the wilderness.

Ancestor Worship

By far the most common spiritual practice not tied to any formal religion is the custom of ancestor worship. The veneration of one's deceased ancestors is especially common in lands populated with humans, half-orcs, half-elves, halflings, orcs, goblinoids, and other relatively short-lived races. The usual form of ancestor worship is to pour libations upon the grave site of the deceased, or to burn incense or spicy foods as offerings in a household shrine.

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