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"How typical of little beings to look for something outside themselves to praise."
Imperator Mar'gok's thoughts.[1]

Most races possess some sort of cultural faith that reflects their values, fears, and hopes. Races sometimes personify their faiths in the form of a god, but members of the race understand that their “god” is really just a symbol of their philosophical beliefs, not an actual being. Some, however, see actual beings as gods or demigods that do exist (either as a God, gods, or demigods is debatable among the races themselves), such as those who view Cenarius as a demigod. Others, such as the titans, are seen as beings that actually exist, not symbolism for philosophic beliefs. Others, such as Firelord Ragnaros, are seen by some to have achieved a god-like status. Most racial faiths include the concept of an afterlife, along with cultural mores and taboos to indicate the correct path to the afterlife. Spiritual leaders who guide their race along the proper philosophical path tend to be shaman or druids. Few races revere an actual deity to whom they can dedicate their lives as priests.[2] In the quest The Formation of Felbane, the quest giver, Loramus Thalipedes, mentions the concept of a singular god as a blessing; "May your determination and faith, carry you through this ordeal. Should you fail, know that your God smiles down upon you, mortal." Strangly enough, in the first two Warcraft games (including expansions), humans referred to a singular God behind the Holy Light.

Faiths

The following are the currently known religions in the Warcraft universe:

The Light and the Shadow

The Light

The Shadow

Arcane and Fel

Religions or ideologies that study arcane magic and it's corrupted version the Fel magic

Arcane

Fel and Demonology

Nature Worship

Religions that worship nature and feel the need to take care of it.

Shamanism

Druidism

Geomancy

Major Deities and Religions

The Major deities and religions worshipped by the races.

Elune/Mu'sha

The Worship of the Moon White Lady as a divine entity, by the tauren and the nigh elves.[3]

Earth Mother

The worship of Nature as a singular Deity.

Sky Father

A mysterious deity of the Tauren.

An'she

The worship of the Sun as a deity.

Old Gods

The worship of the Old god, mysterious, godlike and great malefic horrors

Loas and Voodoo

Dragon worship

The worship of Dragons, reptilian creatures, usually winged, with magical or unusual abilities

Mystery of the Makers (The titans)

The Study of the Titans, metallic giants that travel across the cosmos bringing order to worlds.

Cult of the Damned

A necromantic cult that studies necromancy and worships the Lich King as the God of death/undeath.

Minor Deities

Arkkoroc

Worship of the Arkkoroc a Sea Giant god.

Borrok the Devourer

An immense lava worm found in a pit in Frostfire Ridge, worshipped by the nearby Grimfrost ogres of Grimfrost Hill.

Nath

  • Nath is the ogre war god revered by both ogres and half-ogres. The term mok'nathal means the "sons of nath".
  • Members: Ogres and Half-Ogres

Tuskarr Deities

Assortment of deities that might be Loas and/or Ancient Guardians

A mysterious spirit that guided the ancestors of the Tuskarr to Kaskala.

Is a spirit to watch over the dead, according to what Tuskarr claim he might be the Lich King.

A spirit of war depicted as a silver eagle.

A sea goddess that the Tuskarr contact to know their destiny

Arakkoan Deities

Terokk was the greatest hero of the arakkoa, closely associated with their god Rukhmar. He left his people when worship of Rukhmar began to wane, leading to speculation that he was Rukhmar in mortal form. It is unknown if they are the same being, or are separate beings that were combined in stories as the legends of Terokk were retold throughout the years.

Anzu is a god of the Grishnath arakkoa. The Oracles of the Raven prophesied that the Raven God would soon rise again.

Murloc Deities

A belief similar to the belief of the Earthmother only applied to the oceans

A deity worshipped by murlocs, it's speculated he's either Neptulon or an Old God

A mysterious goddess, and powerful naga spellcaster.

Murmur

Murmur is a being from a dimension of the cosmos unfathomable to mortal minds. Its very entrance into existence shattered all reality around it. Murmur is a god that, when summoned by a mortal possessed of arcane and dark knowledge, eventually destroyed the world of the summoner. The Shadow Council is now trying to bring forth this entity into Outland.

See also

References

  1. ^ Code of Rule
  2. ^ Johnson, Luke. Dark Factions, 88. ISBN 9781588464460. 
  3. ^ Conversation between Aponi Brightmane and Tahu Sagewind