D&D General IRL nominations (historically classic ie religious, pantheonic, folkloric, no newer than 1600) for mythical cosmologies you enjoy including in d&d.


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gyor

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Polynesian (Hawaiian) Ancient Hawaii - Wikipedia

Grecoegyptian (Ptolemaic Kingdom)


Eblain (a Canaanite Kingdom with Hititte and Mesopotamian influences know for it's powerful Queens and Princesses)


I hope someone seconds my nominations because I think it's good to get something outside the usual suspects. Otherwise it's just going to be the predictable Greek, Pharonic Egyptian, Norse, Celts which misses so much exciting possibilities. I'd just like to see fplks broaden their horizons.
 
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Celebrim

Legend
All of them?

For gaming purposes, I'm particularly fond however of:

Japanese
Norse (broadly "Northern European")
Yoroba (broadly "East African")

However, in terms of aesthetics such as art and architecture, I very heavily borrow from Hindu and Mayan. I would also say that very fine theological or cosmological distinctions are hard to draw, and because everything is being imported into a completely different theological and cosmological framework anyway, that saying I'm doing even pastiche of any of the above would be a stretch. I think it would be almost impossible to claim any sort of fidelity unless you also have a historical setting.

I think it's almost impossible to play D&D and not have some influence from Greek myths, as the bestiary is chock full of creatures loosely inspired by Greek myth.

In short, I would have a very hard time narrowing it down in practice to three.

UPDATE: Oh yeah, Slavic is good too.
 

Polynesian (Hawaiian) Ancient Hawaii - Wikipedia

Grecoegyptian (Ptolemaic Kingdom)


Eblain (a Canaanite Kingdom with Hititte and Mesopotamian influences know for it's powerful Queens and Princesses)


I hope someone seconds my nominations because I think it's good to get something outside the usual suspects. Otherwise it's just going to be the predictable Greek, Pharonic Egyptian, Norse, Celts which misses so much exciting possibilities. I'd just like to see fplks broaden their horizons.
This thread is not about the mythos you personally think features too much. Its about your favorite ones to include. There is no diversity agenda to this thread nor should anyone profess their dissatisfaction with the choices of others. This thread is about the choices you would love and adore to include yourself. Please attempt to maintain that spirit. Dont cast shade on the choices others think are fun to include.

Speaking of which ive never heard of eblain. Cool. I will be reading up on it in the future.
 

All of them?

For gaming purposes, I'm particularly fond however of:

Japanese
Norse (broadly "Northern European")
Yoroba (broadly "East African")

However, in terms of aesthetics such as art and architecture, I very heavily borrow from Hindu and Mayan. I would also say that very fine theological or cosmological distinctions are hard to draw, and because everything is being imported into a completely different theological and cosmological framework anyway, that saying I'm doing even pastiche of any of the above would be a stretch. I think it would be almost impossible to claim any sort of fidelity unless you also have a historical setting.

I think it's almost impossible to play D&D and not have some influence from Greek myths, as the bestiary is chock full of creatures loosely inspired by Greek myth.

In short, I would have a very hard time narrowing it down in practice to three.

UPDATE: Oh yeah, Slavic is good too.
is it correct for me to assume that your nominations are
Japanase
Norse
Yoroba
?

Just making sure. I didnt want to accidentally assume those were the 3 when you were indicating others and i somehow misunderstood.
 



Oofta

Legend
While I use norse mythology as the primary religion in my campaign I think there are a number of religions that don't really fit "a religion" but could also have examples animistic, shamanistic, ancestor worship.

If that's not specific enough I'd nominate Bhudism and Confucism.
 

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