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    Posted: 23 Apr 2012 at 23:50
After some chit chat I am putting this forward as a contest for the World Historica Community

The Religions Contest is an alt history game which tests users could create an interesting and realistic 3-6 paragraph description of a religion or creed that never existed in real life.
As for now to give this organization there will be a prompt but later when the contest gets going and we see our first winners it will be much more open ended.


PROMPT With a POD from being 300 C.E through 1900 create an Abrahamic (Islam Christian or Jewish  denomination mind you other than this there is no limits with want you can do. IE: Merging of Christianity with Paganism or an Brahamic Philosphy for example just make sure is has some connection do with Islam Judaism  Christianity or all three

CONDITIONS The contest will start on Friday (April 27th) and continue until May 10th. After that comes the nomination process and will continue until the 15th of May.  For a religion BIo to continue further it must be nominated by someone else besides the author. When there is three bios nominated or it is May 15th a poll will be created to determine the winner. Polling will go on for a week until the 22nd.

Reward  The winner will be honored in the Monthly W.H magazine and will have an article written about them, their bio and a little bit about their history with W.H


That is it and good luck!



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aww come on! no takers?
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Alright this contest is suspended... because it didn't take off so could I please have suggestions on how to make this more enticing? 
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Role playing game fusong....
 
Once upon a time, I came down to earth to be worshipped by all mankind....   I did great wonders, and soon they built me shrines... and I commanded them to....    xxxxxxx  and so on....
 
2 or 3 paragraphs....
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The next poster will then create HIS religion - and we can vote which one we prefer...  or something...
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Take it and run with the idea if it rings good in your ears....
 
 
   
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O.K i give this a go for an example for everyone

The New North

The winds had been shifting for eons in the Northern Lands. An era at the end.
The great seafaring age had exerted the homelands but in many ways it opened a door that shouldn't had been opened  To an entirely  different world.he invertible mingling between the warriors with the Francs, Juts, Blue Men and the far southern lands their degenerate ideas had also been brought poisoning all that had been good mutilating the young and changing the idea of Norse.But there was still time to act but it jad be quickly before the tidal of the cross men stumped all traces of the heroic gods. The Past could not be changed and the mingling had already happened many farmers had already been turned.A true northmen had to do what the winds told him to do.So the winds followed.   For we always knew there was only one true god and that was Wodanz and with him there was a kingdom of heaven for he knew all that there was and ever would be so powerful he had created the world in seven days.  He rode around the universe on his eight legged horse and saw everything. He is our creator and our protector and our farther. We always had known this

But Wodanaz grew sad on world though he loved the plants and the animals, he talked to a wise raven to cure his strange depress. She told him "You beg for beings like yourself to live with and populate the world with your kind.  Wodanaz became grateful, and held the raven in his hands, and she turned into the loveliest female of all time. So came the first woman. He named her Firgg and married her, she was a strong and intelligent companion. And so they bore many children most of which spread over the earth.  Yet some children were better companions to Wodanaz than others.  Over time a divide came between two factions those who loved Wodanaz and those whol had been seduced by a serpent into jealousy and anger. This was meet with swift action by Wodanaz knowing that disaster was in the horizon he created a system to test who were good followers and who were not. So that almost all men became mortal those who showed graciousness and gratitude returned to Wodanz's throne those who did not would enter into a Limo of nothingness. So began the age of men and the age of heroic deeds

EXCERPT FROM WORLD BOOK:
Norse Christianity as it became to be called was the successful attempt by German Paganism to save it's own life in a time where Christianity had been encroaching ion the last pagan foot holds in the far north in the early 11th century. Starting through the works of a few scribes, nobels and even trades men a whole movement grew in Scandinavia to compromise the old beliefs and Christianity. This new energy led to a revival of the viking age leading to a successful invasion of England in 1042, defeating the native Saxons.  though the practice was condemned as a heresy by the Papacy the denomination grew in Strength all over Northern Europe influence on the Celtic Lands, the Baltic Coast and even establishing a minority community in the Kieven Rus. Resisting numerous crusades in the 12-14th centuries. The North remained independent of Roman Influence for centuries. However over time the revival stagnated as Continental  Europe recovered from the 5th century collapse. By the late 15th century much of Jutland and Danelaw came under the influence of Western Christianity as the political Kalmar Union disintegrated. The Reformation has long been claimed as the savior of the faith as many Germans and Franks who wanted to break with Rome saw the north as the deficient inspiration. So that the ways of Wodanaz returned to places who had long forsaken old traditions.  The Reformation did not go without direct influence on Scandinavia and the British Isles, as one faction Sønner av Thor became disillusioned with the half millennium Monotheism and called for a complete restoration of old paganism.  Causing the Great Northern War that lasted for 80 years on and off between 1550 and 1630. It was only for similar wars in Southern Europe that save the North from complete absorption. The Treaty of Oslo proclaimed that an individual community would be allowed to choose either Norse Influenced Christianity and Norse Paganism as their Religion. Western Christianity was excluded from the treaty.

Being almost as influential as Christianity it;s self today Norse Christianity  is prominent in Northern Europe, and much of Markland (N. America) with 200 million followers

Okay the competition again begins right now and will continue for two weeks after that we will have a four day nomination process which will them be followed by a four day voting process

---Whew that was alot of words! Geek
NOTE: Your entry can be much smaller than this, I just fell in love with the idea and typed away..




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NEW PLAN
This contest needs a kick start..
Members of this forum can enter the competition by writing exactly 100 words (no more, no less)from the view point of a devoted follower of your religion When we have two contestants or when the hour reaches June 30th we will have a vote.
After that members will do the same thing only writing 200 words instead 100. We will contiune until we reach 600 words

Come on give me a late birthday present!
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My Article:

The winds had been shifting for eons in the Northern Lands. An era at the end.
The great seafaring age had exerted the homelands but in many ways it opened a door that shouldn't had been opened  To an entirely different world. and an unstoppable mingling between the warriors with the Francs, Juts, Blue men began. They brought degenerate ideas to our homes poisoning all that had been right in the eyes of Wodanz Yet fortunately there still time to act but it had be quickly before the tidal of the cross men stumped all traces of the heroic gods.





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May I join this contest?
And if so, do symbols, pictures, etc count as words?
 
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在財富的害處,而是一件好事永遠不持續。我在和平中仅居住在新的風下。 Wei Jia Hong No harm in wealth, but a good thing doesn't last forever. I live only among peace under
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One thing I forgot, is it the religion you have created or the religion you really practice?
在財富的害處,而是一件好事永遠不持續。我在和平中仅居住在新的風下。 Wei Jia Hong No harm in wealth, but a good thing doesn't last forever. I live only among peace under
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Originally posted by Lao Tse Lao Tse wrote:

May I join this contest?
And if so, do symbols, pictures, etc count as words?
 
P.S. HAPPY BIRTHDAY FU SONG!!!Party


No permission is required, consider your entrance a birthday gift to me

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You may add one Symbol to represent the religion, 

This contest is about creative writing and alternative history therefore make a religion up  of course it can certainly be a fantasy split off from a real religion.
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ok thanks, I'll get to thinking! Smile
在財富的害處,而是一件好事永遠不持續。我在和平中仅居住在新的風下。 Wei Jia Hong No harm in wealth, but a good thing doesn't last forever. I live only among peace under
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The winds of the south had once been a peaceful occurence, but now all it brought was unwilling change. The older lives of the gods had been blown away and trampled by the northern nomads. But over the thousands of years of this change had brought a new time of merging peoples. The people of the north who caused the south winds to be worthless, made a converged way. The old gods had returned as people, the northern people. As they enter towns, they bring gifts of fur and life to the quiet streets. The villages spring into happiness among change.
在財富的害處,而是一件好事永遠不持續。我在和平中仅居住在新的風下。 Wei Jia Hong No harm in wealth, but a good thing doesn't last forever. I live only among peace under
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