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How to appease the Goddess of Traffic Lights

Become her champion and Stand vigilant in the dark places that have yet to see her colored lights. Locate a pedestrian crossing in your area that lacks traffic lights and is notoriously problematic to ...
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How to appease the Goddess of Traffic Lights

Believe it or not, many ancient religions have a 'god of the crossroads': Papa Legba in Vodun, Janus in Roman mythology, Hermes in Greek mythology, Saruta-Hiko in Japan. It's an old, old idea, because ...
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Would it be at all possible for a civilization to not have a concept of a god real or fake?

Humans have a significant bias towards viewing a given cause to have agency. Ie, if something falls and makes a noise in another room, we seem to have a bias towards assuming something with agency ...
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How could I make literacy universal in a medieval society?

The major factor which prevented having a high-ish literacy level in medieval Europe was the lack of writing materials. It is very hard to have a highly literate society when they have nothing to ...
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How can I design a benevolent, all-powerful deity, and still have a society with day-to-day issues?

I am going to answer this as a Parent/Father: I love my Children, more than anything... I, as an Adult, can do many things - I may not quite be an all-powerful diety, but I am pretty close. However... ...
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How to appease the Goddess of Traffic Lights

Enoia, like all Gods, expect from their believers Worship And to her, there is no greater joy than to see a devot believer respecting the red light, stopping its engine in sign of submission and ...
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Would it be at all possible for a civilization to not have a concept of a god real or fake?

I'm answering this from the perspective of someone who is: 1: An Atheist and 2: Grew up in a Religious family. Despite my non-belief in God, there does seem to be some pretty strong evidence given the ...
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How could I make literacy universal in a medieval society?

No change for your world needed: In todays historic understanding the general population in medieval times were most likely not so illiterate as most people think. The whole "common people were ...
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How to spread a taboo white paper at a large scale in a Renaissance-level, medium magic world?

Print, don't broadcast Spellcasters can still feel/hear/sense in some way the message. This little tidbit tells me that magic transmission is out of the question. You need to get the attention of ...
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How to appease the Goddess of Traffic Lights

You've already done it By posting here and telling us about Enoia, the ample bosomed goddess of traffic lights, you are spreading her gospel in the fastest way possible. You are also demonstrating the ...
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Why does a goddess put a low limit on the number of priests?

Having exactly 25 priests at all times only works if you have the royalty principle, "the king is dead, long live the king!" That is, priesthood is automatically conferred on the next ...
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Would it be at all possible for a civilization to not have a concept of a god real or fake?

It seems entirely possible for a civilization not to have a concept of god. And there are even examples on Earth (depending on how you define "god"). For example Jainism: https://en....
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How could I make literacy universal in a medieval society?

First of all, lets get an obvious ugly elephant out of the way: ...individual thought, philosophy, science, and basically everything the church hated in the dark ages... "Dark ages" is a ...
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How can I design a benevolent, all-powerful deity, and still have a society with day-to-day issues?

The zeroth law of robotics “A robot may not harm humanity, or, by inaction, allow humanity to come to harm.” The god's view must always be to consider humanity, not the individual human, that means ...
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Why does a goddess put a low limit on the number of priests?

The limit of 25 priests is due to your goddess' bandwidth limits. The connection necessary for the priestly benefits takes too much attention for her, and any greater number of priests means that she ...
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Would it be at all possible for a civilization to not have a concept of a god real or fake?

I wouldn't say completely impossible, but it would be unprecedented. There were many attempts to remove gods from society by force or happenstance, all of which in the end amounted to merely replacing ...
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How to appease the Goddess of Traffic Lights

Prioritize pedestrians https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/montreal-traffic-lights-pedestrians-1.5363500 Montreal Mayor Valérie Plante plans to install pedestrian lights and countdown timers at ...
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How can I design a benevolent, all-powerful deity, and still have a society with day-to-day issues?

Your god is all-powerful but not all-seeing or all-knowing. If this god doesn't know of the problem then they can't fix it. A lot of your society's/world's problems will be out of sight of your god, ...
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Scottish Religion Problems

You're getting looped back to Irish because Scots were originally Irish who founded a kingdom (Dal Riata) in Argyll and eventually superseded the Picts in importance in terms of culture and language (...
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How can I design a benevolent, all-powerful deity, and still have a society with day-to-day issues?

A God Who Struggles with Interpersonal Conflicts Other answers have suggested a popular explanation: suffering is necessary for growth. There's a problem with this though... Despite being an ...
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Why does a goddess put a low limit on the number of priests?

No priest can be selected from the same (ideological) section of the Empire as another. There you have it. There are 25 ideological section of the empire, so every section gets exactly one priest to ...
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How to spread a taboo white paper at a large scale in a Renaissance-level, medium magic world?

Write a story Build the premise into a work of fiction aimed at your target audience that hints at ideas that should the reader try for themselves, they would find out to be true. The church is less ...
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How early can the concept of "evolution" come to be? Can it come earlier than religions?

Humans domesticated many animal and plant species in antiquity -- dogs at least 15,000 years ago, rice and wheat some 13,000 years ago, cattle, sheep, and goats 11 kya, etc. (according to Wikipedia). ...
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How could I make literacy universal in a medieval society?

There is no economic advantage to making a medieval society universally literate. It's an agrarian society in which most of the population is engaged in subsistence agriculture. You do not need to be ...
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Would it be at all possible for a civilization to not have a concept of a god real or fake?

I'm gonna provide an example that implies it's actually possible. There are semi-isolated Pirahã people of Amazon rainforest, with whom anthropologists and missionaries had a hard time talking about ...
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Would it be at all possible for a civilization to not have a concept of a god real or fake?

If your people have Theory of Mind, then they will have Gods If you're talking about a society of HUMANS, then, no, it can't happen, and here's why. One of the most significant developments of the ...
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How to appease the Goddess of Traffic Lights

Become a priest Decorate your vehicle with flashing lights. When you draw near switch on the lights. A siren is an optional extra. This will warn other road users of your superior status. You will be ...
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