anna wrote:Even though there has been a lot of research on religion in, for example, Tolkiens LoTR, there are virtually no reflections on religion in DW. For those of you who are interested: Dr Graham Harvey (the Open University) has written two articles on paganism in the Discworld, in which he argues that Pratchett in his books creates and enhances the pagan world and encourages his readers to "re-enchant the world".
Terry's writing may not overtly be about religion (aside from making fun of priests and gods for the hell of it)
As Gods of the Discworld go,i'm partial to Offler for his pragmatic approach to Godhood and Om for his selfdeprecation in Small Gods and later according to Vimes the fact that he "imposed very few abominations and no special clothing, and was rather loose on prayers"(although beware of the Quisition,they might appear unexpectedly! ).
Also gotta love the Djelibeybi's gods,particularly the fact they have a Supreme God,although not just the single one,but multiple contenders.
anna wrote:....I don't understand your first point that paganism was/still is a 'way of life' religion/philosophy. Do you mean that because of that, it cannot be created or enhanced by fantasy literature? I do agree with Harvey on that point, because the Discworld has quite a lot of elements in common with paganism, for example magic, witches and wizards, the fact that DW is inhabited by multiple races and the use of Faerie. Also, I believe that Pratchett encourages people to see the world as something that's enchanted and alive. I've only read one book that features the Witches (I am definately not as much of an expert as you all are, please correct me if I'm wrong), Wyrd Sisters, and I did get the idea that Pratchett encourages us to see our environment as something that is alive, and not just as objects. Harvey sees in this a hint of animism and an incentive to "listen" to the world around us. What do you think? Can pagans use (fantasy)literature as a source for constructing their own religion, also in a practical sense?
anna wrote:JVQ wrote:Terry's writing may not overtly be about religion (aside from making fun of priests and gods for the hell of it)
I wonder, in his interviews he defines himself as a humanist and says he sees mankind as something divine, not God ("in my religion, the building of a telescope is the building of a cathedral"). People shouldn't believe in some creator, they are the Creator. This is quite a statement and I wonder: do you recognize this in his books?
which perhaps says a lot about his world view that he's more or less confirmed has humanist leanings, but he also says that his morals are loosely formed around the mainstream social view of the Church of England upbringing that he had, on the basis that being nice to each other and not doing harm is the way to go. Also that you treat people as persons and not objects or things, which is very much a central theme in the Witch books where very little actual magic is done, but there is a lot of herbology and medicine and wise-woman activity that all works with Granny Weatherwax's main attribute of headology.I'd rather be a rising ape than a falling angel
anna wrote:Again, thank you all for answering and I hope I'm not boring you too much with all my questions!
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