Sunday, January 24, 2010
While I usually watch shows in the Star Trek genre my boyfriend has always been into shows like Battlestar Galatica and Stargate. He owns the first season of Battlestar Galactica so I suggested we watch some, in the interest of better educating me for this class. We ended up watching the first episode which was really a 4 hr miniseries, and wow, it was great. For most of it I wasn't really thinking about religion. The super short version of the plot for those who don't know is that 40yrs ago the people of the 12 colonies ended a war with the Cylons which were a race of artifically intelligent beings created by humans who then turned against us. No one has even heard from them since the end of the war until they launch an attack and essentally destroy the planets. The story follows survivors on board a small caravan of space ships. However at the end of the episode it gives a tantalizing hint of thier religion. A priestess is holding a ceremony for all of the dead and we learn that they believe in 12 gods which lead them to the 12 colonies. There is also a myth that there was a 13th colony called Earth. I plan on watching the rest of the second season in the next week or so but this first episode really peaked my interest. I was almost suprised when it suddenly got all religious at the end because there was no sign that they held any sort of religious beliefs before the last few scenes. The fact that their religion was polythestic suprised me. I think that we often think that the most sofisticated religions are monothestic and that having multiple gods is somehow primative. So my question to you all is this; do you think that it is possible or probale that a polythestic religion will gain overwhelming popularity either in the near or distant future?
Posted by Alamara at 10:51 AM