The Loas

Though the Church of Ezra claims the
dominant path among the people of
Souragne, the worship of the loa remains
prevalent, even among certain of the
affluent. It is seldom seen as blasphemous
for a devotee to attend Ezran services in the
morning and then participate in a voodan
ceremony in the afternoon. For a small fee, a
simple farmer could pray to Ezra for a
bountiful harvest, then easily go to a nearby
voodan “witch doctor” to ask a loa to destroy
a rival farmer’s crops. The mere fact that the
vast majority of the populace participates in
two spiritual paths shatters the rather
romanticized belief that loish worship is an
“underground religion” practiced only by a
secretive few.
As anchorites open the way to Ezra’s Grand Scheme,
voodan priests, given the
mandate to be the negotiators between the
spirits and the world of men, lead the rites to
placate the loa. Loish worship is first and
foremost a communal affair and almost
every known ritual involves the participation
of at least five individuals (the fact that the
voodan frequently choose the number five is
an example of how worship of the loa
borrows sparingly from Ezran worship, as
would be stated below).

The Loas

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