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There is no One True Religion in The Elder Throne. In fact, the opposite is true. The Fae, as a race, accept all religions as equally viable because, as Myrtle Yarrow (Madam of the Binding Circle) explains, “they are all just different ways of seeing the world.”
Of course, individual faeries don’t believe all religions at once, so there is some separation. Typically, the faeries of the Seelie Court – being largely from the British Isles – worship two main deities: the Dagda and the Morrigan.
The Dagda is an old Celtic god, known as “The Good God” and is associated with fertility, agriculture, manliness and strength, as well as magic, druidry and wisdom. Those who follow the Dagda are called Dagdites and they are typically faeries belonging to the Grower Circle, the Knowledge Circle and the Law Circle, although some Seelie Warriors pay homage to him too.
The Morrigan, who is a triple goddess, comprising of Badb, Macha and the Phantom Queen, is both more complicated and slightly more controversial. The faeries who follow her, named Morrignas, believe she is the guardian of territory, the protector of land and its people, as well as of livestock, crops and prosperity. However, the ‘flip-side’ of the Morrigan is warcraft. Being a ‘guardian of territory’, she is also known as a war goddess.
Both Dagdites and Morrignas are peaceful by nature. They are more about worshipping and protecting the ways of nature instead of following any specific dogma. However, as mentioned in The Elder Throne, there is an extreme faction of Morrignas called ‘Red Manes’, who specifically celebrate the more violent side of the Morrigan and delight in warfare and bloodshed. They do not feature heavily in The Elder Throne but may crop up again in later books (**gasp** spoilers!). Continue reading