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The Dynndh Faith

The Dynndh Religion in Practice

Dynndh Faith and Practice can be broken down into a number of categories -

The Dynndh Religion in Practice 

It would be wrong to try to refer to Dynndh Religious beliefs and Practice as "Church doctrine". however, the beliefs and mores of the Dynndh faith does influence everyday life in a variety of ways. Several things should be noted about Dynndh Animism, and the way it differs from the other main religion:

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Dynndh Beliefs and the Shidhe 

Elves and their kin are known as the Shidhe - pronouced "Shee". The Dynndh believe that the Shidhe do not originate from this existance, and that their fate is not tied to the fate of the world. A Dynndh may sometimes refer to themselves as a Child of Donn (Leannbh de Doinn) - but the Shidhe are considered to be the Others.

The Dynndh say that the Shidhe come from the "Áit Draíochta" (Mystical Plane), and that much of their magic is drawn from their native plane rather than coming from the Foil Doinn. Consequently, although the effect of a Shidhe’s power may persist, the power itself will disipate as soon as the power is expended. This also explains the Shidhe’s fear of cold iron - as it blocks their connection to the Áit Draíocta.

The Elves as a race are possibly the most powerful of the Shidhe, and the Dynndh prefer to work with the Shidhe rather than against them.

The question of the Shidhe having sould is not one which greatly exercises the Dynndh. All living creatures have some form of soul - and so the Shidhe have souls. What happens after death is easy too ... a soul that was linked to any specific material plane will stay associated with that plane ... so a Shidhe that dies while in this material plane will more-than-likely be reincarnated as a human.

The Shidhe have been known to profess to an understanding of the Dynndh faith, but in practice few do - by and large the Dynndh faith is an overwhelmingly human system of belief.

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Dynndh Animism and Other Religions 

The Dynndh do not proselytise, but they have had to come to terms with the fact that there are other systems of belief in the world and they are not compatible with the Dynndh position. Typically, they will attribute the percieved powers of a cleric of the Salisian or Sœcisc faiths as either a Magician trying to pull a fast one, or someone channeling a jumped-up Spioraid Beannaithe. The Dynndh believe that the more faith and worship to give to a Spioraid, the more powerful it will become, before it finally gets so powerful that it begins to lose it’s link to the original natural element to which it was originally linked.

While they are quite willing to accept that other peoples are happy to look to a Spioraid for spirtual guidance, other faiths aren’t always as tolerant. The Salisians have fought many crusades against the pagan Dynndh and the devil-worshiping Sœcic peoples. The Dynndh have also been on the recieving end of the political and religious machinations of the Sœcisc religion.

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Religious Practice 

From a Salisian point of view, the Druids of the Dynndh always seem to be involved in some sort of public or private ritual in their Groves and Stone Circles. While this is a bit of an exageration, there is some element of truth to it. Every Grove is tended by a number of Druids, and as major or minor earthnodes, they are contstanly monitored for disturbances to the flows of the Foil Doinn. The Druids also seek augeries for the future, bless the fields, lead the people in rituals of fertility and unity with the land, and seek to guide the people in a way that best matches the ebb and flow of the Foil Doinn.

A Dynndh will very rarely "pray for success" - they know that such a pray will go unanswered. Who would listen to it? According to Dynndh thinking, there is ONE deity, but she is asleep, and when she finally awakens from her slumbers, this will mark the end of time as we know it - there is no point praying to such a deity - but they do ask the Druids for Augeries, Divinations and Guidance. They look for assistance from the Druids for their endeavours - where (or if) to farm/mine/hunt. This emphasis on Harmony or Balance with nature does not mean that they want "balance in everything". People that support Sorcery, Necromancy and other dark arts can only cause an imbalance in nature. Such Evil must be resisted

There are times when a Dynndh is tempted to entreat a Spioraid for assistance - the hope of supernatural help is always alluring. The Spioraid Beannaithe and Spioraid Lag, to whom obesiences may sometimes be paid, and from whom some power may be derived if necessary. But the Dynndh rarely go in fo the complex ritualised churches of other faiths - they run contrary to the freedoms of attitude and deed that form the basis of the Dynndh culture. In some areas, a cult can grow up regarding a particular Spioraid Beannaithe, but in these cases the Spioraid is often seen as being quite malevolent - often, these Spirits are the spiritual embodiments of the Great Peaks or deep forets in the mountains and hills where the Dynndh dwell, and regular observances are paid to ensure that the displeasure of the Spioraid is not brought down upon the individual or community.

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