Just watched a youtube video from Trekspertise including an interesting turn of phrase. To paraphrase "The Bajorans are the only major positive icon of religiosity in Star Trek, a reflection of America's own love affair with the divine." Okay. Well and good. But here's the thing--DS9 was my favorite Trek. I watched every single episode quite avidly when each aired. Yet after all that, what can I tell you about the Bajoran faith? Very nearly nothing at all. Yeah, they worship the Wormhole aliens whom they call Prophets who have sent forth orbs called the Tears of the Prophets, and in turn study the written prophecies of various individuals. In some way they perceive our essence to exist in the ear, in something they call the paugh. Exactly or even slightly what that means has never been adequately explained. They have a demonic race in their myths, known as the Paugh Wraiths and some view them as the "True Prophets." Evidently the faith is organized with a supreme leader called the Kai, elected by other clerics of (presumably) high rank and who wear different kinds of robes. Different factions maybe? I dunno. They do have monasteries. And that is pretty much it. For the record, I only count as canon things actually broadcast, to have gone through the creative process to bring a story to screen. On the basis of that, we actually know quite a lot about Klingons and a rather startling amount about the Cardassians. Vulcans and Andorians likewise have relatively well-rounded cultures. Ditto the Ferengi. Romulans are more secretive by design. But consider for a moment some fairly obvious questions about Bajoran religion to which I don't think we have any real hint whatsoever... Do men and women have a separate creation? They certainly do in Christianity for example, and in Greek myth even more. Not so in Norse myth, interestingly enough, nor in Mayan legend. Is there an afterlife, and what form does it take? The notions of "heaven" and "hell" are hardly universal on Earth, and even when accepted take radically different forms. For example some faiths see reincarnation back into this world as "hell" or maybe purgatory (i.e. temporary hell). Some religions don't focus on life after death at all, while others center all ritual and prayers on communicating with the ancestors. To Bajorans, what is the goal of life? To win acceptance by the Prophets? Or good will to your family? Enlightenment by trying to become like the Prophets? Protection against the Paugh Wraiths? Where is the focus of life? To a Muslim, one obeys the will of God and so earn a place in Paradise. To a Hindu one's soul advances sufficiently to transcend time and space altogether. Some Christian groups believe they are here to smite God's enemies whereas others see God as the kind of perfect Love one of which one seeks to be worthy. Is there an End to the World? Christians generally agree with Muslims that one day this world will end and be judged. Hindus see an endless number of universes, one following the next as each is born, lives then dies. The Norse believed the Old Order would one day fall in a gigantic war, but that survivors would face a world with no more monsters nor war gods--only the gods of light and love and justice. Some religions don't really focus on the idea of an "end" at all. Do you see my frustration? Here we have an entire alien civilization that is in Star Trek terms supposed to be the very avatar of religious faith in the same way Ferengi are greed, Klingons are war, the Borg are reliance on technology, Vulcans are cold reason, etc. Yet what is in fact their faith? The writers and producers can only have decided to avoid the question altogether.