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Religious affiliation in Courelli (2018)
Affiliation % of population
Dalinian 58 58
Holy Dalinian 33 33
Luecerian Orthodox 11 11
Reformate 6 6
Southern Servile 4 4
United Church 3 3
Zeo-Dalinian 1 1
Unaffiliated 31 31
Atheist 14 14
Agnostic 10 10
Nothing in particular 7 7
Atlian Paganism 9 9
Other faiths 1 1
Refused answer 1 1
Total 100 100



Dalinism is a monotheistic (sometimes pantheistic) religion based upon the teachings of the Great Prophet Dalin. It is centered on the belief of a single divine entity, called God or the One God, that created the world and oversees the operation of the universe through human Intercessors.

The religion arose in the late Iron Age. As written sources do not exist before the Atlian Kingdom, an exact date is impossible to ascertain, but it is certain that the religion was practiced in several parts of Atlia during the conquest of King Jaspus, and was later adopted by Jaspus' son, Bengar, as the religion of the Atlian Kingdom. Today, Dalinism is the largest religion in Courelli.

The basic tenets and beliefs of Dalinism are expressed through a series of Creeds, which express belief in the One God, in his servants on Earth and in Heaven, who have lived, served and died in intercession for the sins of mankind. Belief, service, and dedication to the teachings of the Intercessors is said to allow for the remission of sin. The teachings of Dalin and the revelations given to him by God are expressed in the Dalinian Scrolls, although there have been many other Addendatory texts since Dalin's death.


There are many important differences of interpretation and opinion of the Dalinian Scrolls, especially since the text wasn't put to paper until some time after its genesis as an oral tradition. Because of these irreconcilable differences in theology and a lack of consensus on the core tenets of what defines Dalinism, different sects and theologians often deny that members of other branches are Dalinian.


Concise doctrinal statements or confessions of religious beliefs are known as Creeds (from Latin credo, meaning "I believe"). Some Dalinians reject definitive creeds as an admission of faith, and have referred to this use of creeds as "contractual faith", focused on outward expression as opposed to inward acceptance.

A traditional artistic rendering of the text of the Intercessory Creed.


Avus Gustavson described 1st-century Dalinian liturgy in his letter to King Villim, and his description remains relevant to the basic structure of Dalinian liturgical worship:

"Ond an þe day hight saturday, al who live in cities or in þe country gaþer togeþer to that oone place, ond þe lives off þe saints art recounted, or þe prophecies spoken, als long als time permits; þen, when þe reader has ceased, he exhorts to þe imitation off þese good þings. Þen we al rise togeþer ond pray, ond, als we er seyde, when our prayer sy ended, bread ond ale ond water art brought, ond þe reader in as manere offers prayers ond þanksgivings, accord'ng to his ability, ond þe people assent; ond þere sy āc distribution to ech, ond āc participation off þat over which þanks hath been given, ond to þose who art absent āc portion sy sent by þe deacons. Ond þey who art well to dōn, ond willing, give hwæt ech þinks fit; ond hwæt sy collect'd sy deposit'd wiþ þe priest, who succors þe orphans ond widows ond þose who, þrough sickness or hwelc oþer cause, art in want, ond þose who art in bonds ond þe strangers sojourn'ng amonge us, ond in āc word takes rekke off al who art in ne'd."

Thus, as Gustavson described, Dalinians assemble for communal worship on Saturday, though other liturgical practices often occur outside this setting. Scripture readings are drawn from the Dalinian Scrolls or the Biographies. Instruction is given based on these readings, called a sermon. There are a variety of congregational prayers, including thanksgiving and intercession, which occur throughout the service and take a variety of forms including recited, responsive, silent, or sung. Creeds are regularly spoken or sung.

11th century art depicting worship in the Holy Dalinian Church.

Some groups depart from this traditional liturgical structure. A division is often made between "High" church services, characterized by greater solemnity and ritual, and "Low" services, but even within these two categories there is great diversity in forms of worship.

Some services resemble concerts with rock and pop music, dancing, and use of multimedia. For groups which do not recognize priesthood distinct from ordinary believers, the services are generally led by a minister, preacher, or pastor. Still others may lack any formal leaders, either in principle or by local necessity. Some churches use only a cappella music, either on principle or by tradition.

Worship can be varied for special events like baptisms or weddings in the service or significant feast days. In many churches today, adults and children will separate for all or some of the service to receive age-appropriate teaching.


Ancient Atlian Mythology

Atlian mythology is the body of mythology of the Ancient Atlian people stemming from pre-Dalinian paganism, and continuing after the Dalinization of the culture and into the Courellian folklore of the modern period. These include myths in Atli and other languages, as transmitted by Ancient Atlian people, as well as other ancient ethnic groups, such as early Afafanuans. Atlian mythology consists of tales of various deities, beings, and heroes derived from numerous sources from both before and after the pagan period, including medieval manuscripts, archaeological representations, and folk tradition. Atlian mythology is primarily attested in dialects of Ancient Atli, both spoken before and during the First Kingdom. As in many cultures' mythologies, Atlian mythology has in the past been believed to be, at least in part, a factual recording of history. Thus, in the study of historical Atlian culture, many of the stories that have been told regarding characters and events which have been written or told of the distant past have a double tradition: one which presents a more historicized and one which presents a more mythological version.

Most of the surviving mythology centers on the plights of the Gods, their home Heilagrvegr (ˈhe͜ilawɣɾ̥vɛgɾ̥), and their interaction with various other beings, such as Humans in Menskrvegr (ˈmɛnskɾ̥vɛgɾ̥) , the Hynaldin (ˈçinal̥dɪn) in Dyrvegr (ˈdyɾvɛgɾ̥), and friends, lovers, or foes of the Gods. The cosmos in Atlian mythology consists of a dichotomy of order and chaos, with a swirling elemental vortex that flanks a central cosmological tree, Rutwoltrigg.

The Realms

The Pantheon

Atlian Pagan Pantheon.png

Other Creatures

Rutwoltrigg, the Great Tree of Life, is occupied by dozens of kinds of creatures, spirits, monsters and entities within Atlian Mythology. Roughly, these creatures can be divided into the counterbalancing forces of Order and Chaos. Creatures of Order support the Tree, life and existence. Creatures of Chaos seek to return the Tree to elemental chaos, from which the cycle of the universe will begin anew. While forces of Order are generally portrayed as the protagonists of the stories, due to the gods being representative of Order in general, neither side is truly good or evil, but are seen as necessary counterbalancing forces to one another within the cycle of the universe. Good creatures and evil creatures can be found on both sides, and thus questions of morality are explored less in terms of opposing cosmic forces and more in terms of personal application of social order.