Yazirian Religious Archtypes

jedion357's picture
June 8, 2014 - 5:09pm
I was reading Dragon #282 "Realistic Religion" and its discussion of Andrew Campbel and Carl Jung and archetypes

John Dougal McCarty wrote:
.... archetypes are are the result of psychological similarities among all humans. The stories we tell often fall into mythological patterns subconsciously. For a contemporary example, movies like Charlie's Angels, The First Wives Club, and the Witches of Eastwhick all follow the "triple goddess" archetype. In each there is an innocent maiden, a sexual mother, and a wise crone similar to the Greek goddesses Phersephone, Demeter, and Hecate.

So what are the psychological simiarities among yazirians? they will transcend colonies in the Fronteir and yet would likely have diferent names and some diferent details.

Proposed Archetypes;

1. The Great Hunter; this one tracks back to before the clan wars to the hunter gather period and is pretty universal

2. The Clashing Clan chiefs and the peace making youth. Note this archetype contains 4 individuals
Examples: Shingtaru and Ninatu from here:


3. The honorable Outcast
immortalized in this story mby Iggy:

4. The two pups ( one honorable and one dishonorable)
discussed in Yazirian literature:

5. the evil temptress
discussed as Calistra here:

Anything I've missed?

Possibly the Warrior believed honorable but struggling with a secret sin and how to make it right?
I might not be a dralasite, vrusk or yazirian but I do play one in Star Frontiers!

jedion357's picture
June 8, 2014 - 7:36pm
Some interesting questions from "Realistic Religions"

2. What spaces are sacred?

3. What is the birth ritual?

4. What is the marriage ritual?

5. What is the death ritual?

6. What do the failthful pray, how do clergy lead prayer?

7. What sacrifice, offering, tithe, tribute is offered?

8. What holidays are celebrated and how?

The answers to these questions should/could be different for each of the yazrian colonies.
I might not be a dralasite, vrusk or yazirian but I do play one in Star Frontiers!

rattraveller's picture
June 9, 2014 - 10:02am

Here's a question you forgot. What are the convergent points with religions of the same tree?

Sci-Fi religions tend toward the this religion is this race's and has nothing to do with other religions. On the other hand Fantasy religions tend toward the one large pantheon with the different races taking a different god.

In the real world we have several major religions but many of them are offshoots of others. Promenent is Judism-Christianity-Islam. Breakdown Islam and it has two major branches Sunni and Shite. While close and sharing many of the same holy sites they have been involved in some pretty violent incidents lately.

Sounds like a great job but where did you say we had to go?