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The religion of Granite Paganism, also known commonly as the worship of the Great Stone Face, is a religion centered around the worship and appreciation of nature native to the former United States state of New Hampshire. The religion was formed in the early twentieth century, following the destructive chaos during which the religion's foundations were created on the basis of paganism beliefs. The beliefs and culture of followers of the faith vary, with many different variants present, leading to the religion's many names and customs, but the central aspect of the religion is the worship of the Old Man of the Mountain, also known as the Great Stone Face or the Profile, as a deity and protector of the region. The religion is practiced in New Hampshire almost exclusively, centered around the White Mountains which run through the state.
Like many other native and pagan religions, practitioners did not have a name for its beliefs before the introduction of contact with outside groups. Because of this several different terms have been applied to the religion, including Granitism and Profilism, with terms like heathen and pagan being used as overreaching terms that can apply to Granite Paganism beliefs.
Centers of Worship
The followers of Granite Paganism have very few centers of worship or temples, given the spread out nature of their people. In large towns areas are often set aside into Sacred Groves; areas of the woods set aside for religious practices. Here worship and prayer occurs as a group, while prayers are also said in the home.
Several holy sites exist, with large temples constructed for important pilgrimages and festivals. The largest temple is at the site of the Great Stone Face, where a large fort-like cathedral is built unto the side of the mountain and the surrounding area, guarding entrance to the deity.