Culture can largely be defined by religion. Therefore, understanding of any geopolitical situations relies on understanding of religion. This page aims to describe major religions of the Principia Moderni IV universe, as well as elaborating notable trends and changes that differ from OTL.
World Map of State Religions
- Roman Catholicism is yellow
- Bulgarian Rite Catholicism is light yellow
- Northern Rite Catholicism is dark yellow
- Eastern Orthodoxy is orange-brown
- Oriental Orthodoxy is brown
- Sunni Islam is green
- Shia Islam is light green
- Ibadiyya Islam is dark green
- Hinduism is neon blue
- Mongolian Buddhism is blue
- Buddhism is orange
- Confucianism is pink-purple
- Shintoism is red.
- Gunterism is dark blue
- Kuzirism is pale blue
- "Pagan" Religions are dark red
The main difference between ATL Roman Catholicism and OTL Roman Catholicism is that it has been altered by the Adelphinian Reforms to promote charitable endeavours, emphasise strict monastic discipline and eliminate corruption.
Although Hinduism once ruled over the entire Indian Subcontinent and beyond, the rise of Gunturism and the conquests of the Delhi and Bahmani Sultanates have resulted in the conquest or vassalization of every non-Gunturist Hindu state. Nonetheless, every state in India has a majority Hindu population, and the Muslim states of the subcontinent have given them a wide range of concessions. Most Subcontinental Hindus, especially in the south, consider Gunturists as dangerous heretics, and a front for Majapahit agression.
KuzirismKuzirism (Kụziiri, "taught" or "instructed") is a monotheistic religious ideology which encompasses a series philosophical, economical, and sociopolitical ideals as well as articulated by the Iwe ti Iwo, the religious text revered by its adherents as the word of God as transmitted by Oba Ewuare, the former ruler of the Benin Empire and founder of the religion. Because of the wide-reaching teachings of Kurizism, the religion is often considered to be more than a typical faith, but a way of life which touches upon all aspects of an adherent's livelihood. The faith teaches that god, known as Oghodua, created man with an inescapable desire to learn and expand his understanding of the universe and its inner-workings, a desire driven by the fact that Oghodua hid himself within the mechanics of the universe. Oghodua promised to reveal himself to his followers and humanity as a whole once they discovered all there was to know about the universe, and could definitively prove that Oghodua was their god, upon which all of humanity would be blessed in his presence and follow him into the afterlife.