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Old March 23 2010, 09:39 PM   #1
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Vulcan polytheism

Has anything been written about the gods that the Vulcan's worshiped before the Time of Awakening?

The Stone of Gol in "Gambit" TNG contains pictographs of the Vulcan God of War, the Vulcan God of Death, and the Vulcan God of Peace.

The DVD text commentary of "Amok Time" states that DC Fontana named the Vulcan God of Death Shariel.

Has anything been written about the gods worshiped before the Time of Awakening and the names of these deities?

By extension, are the Romulans polytheists?
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Old March 23 2010, 10:09 PM   #2
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Re: Vulcan polytheism

the Romulans seem to believe in some kind of non deity elemental force simply referred to as 'Elements' from what I've read.

admittedly, i could be wrong.

but there's at least a couple of stories i've read where Romulans have 'blasphemed' by saying 'Elements!' where we might say 'Jesus!' or 'God!'
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Old March 23 2010, 11:17 PM   #3
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^The Romulan worship of Elements is from Diane Duane's Rihannsu novels, and its origin is detailed in The Romulan Way. It's not a continuation of Vulcan beliefs.

There's a line in "Yesteryear" where Spock, impersonating his cousin Selek in the past, says he's headed to the family shrine "to honor our gods." And in VGR: "Hunters," there's a reference to Tuvok's family asking the priests at the temple of Amonak to say prayers for his safe return. So it would seem that some religious belief exists on Vulcan in the present.
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Old March 24 2010, 01:18 AM   #4
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Re: Vulcan polytheism

In a very logical way. I'd speculate that the modern Vulcans don't believe that gods/ancestors have any influence on them, but equally they can't prove they don't. So it would be logical to spend a bit of time keeping the options open by performing the old rituals (IYSWIM).
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Old March 24 2010, 01:44 AM   #5
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Pascal's Wager with pointy ears? Hee, I like that idea.

"It would be logical to presume that there may happen to be an afterlife. In such an event, I am, as the humans would say, 'safe'. And if there is not, what is it but a few minutes per day?"
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Old March 24 2010, 08:32 PM   #6
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I do not see evidence that current Vulcans believe in any deities. The same for Romulans, because I do not remember any onscreen evidence, although I might be convinced that they may do so.
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Old March 24 2010, 09:13 PM   #7
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Re: Vulcan polytheism

Ronald Held wrote: View Post
I do not see evidence that current Vulcans believe in any deities. The same for Romulans, because I do not remember any onscreen evidence, although I might be convinced that they may do so.
Which is why I posed the question in Trek Literature. I was wondering if an author of Star Trek fiction built on backstage information such as the bust of Shariel in Spock's quarters or the Vulcan gods presented in TNG "Gambit".
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