So you spent your adolescence in India? I never knew that! I always imagined you as growing up in Texas. So you didn't have, say, two Italian Catholics nor two Mexican Catholics nor two American Baptists? Sounds very diverse, much like those sets of characters in kids' media that have one Caucasian, one African-American, one Hispanic, and one Asian.eldin raigmore wrote: ↑30 Jun 2018 13:44When I began my conworld Adpihi/Reptigan I was a believer. My parents were medical missionaries sent in 1959 by the Methodist* Board of Global Missions to the CMCH** in Vellore in the state of Madras*** in southern India. My father taught at the Medical College and practiced at the Hospital.
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The medical compound was both international and inter-denominational. No two families from the same country were from the same denomination; no two families from the same denomination were from the same foreign country. In fact I met my first Yankees there!
So those Indian surnames like Thomas, Philip, and Matthew are used by Christian families? That would make sense.Except for our Principal, all of the teachers were Christians. AFAIK all the foreigner teachers had been born into Christian families. Some of the Indian teachers were born into families with multi-generation Christian traditions; some were the first Christian converts in their families and were therefore estranged. (You could make a good guess from their names. Mrs. Gudjapudthee was born Buddhist, but Mrs. Thomas was born Christian.)
I have two nerd/Aspie housemates who are strong Christians. Both try to avoid profanity because of their Christianity and things like that, but their Christianity is quite separate from their nerdiness. Both have problems with social skills (even though both are friendly and not shy), one loves AdventureQuest-type games while the other is crazy about video games in general and Pokémon in particular, and both will bend your ear about their interests. The AdventureQuest guy was good academically while the Pokémon guy has problems with things like spelling and math. (He also seems to have problems with verbal comprehension. For example, once when he told me he went camping, I asked him, "Did you get your lunch eaten by a grizzly bear?" He told me, "Sure, James, you can bring your teddy bear or any stuffed animal you want!" I repeated, "No, I asked, 'Did you get your lunch eaten by a grizzly bear?'" He said, "No, James, you bring your OWN lunch!")Beginning at that age I already thought deeply about theology. I say this without feeling as boastful as that might sound; it’s just that I was already a nerd, and religion (especially Christianity, and especially theology) was one of the things I was nerdy about. I read the Books of Narnia while visiting our neighbors’ houses. My family read C.S. Lewis’s nonfiction on road trips. We also read Wm. Barclay. Elton Trueblood and E. Stanley Jones were friends of ours. And so on.
And you got it from letters your little sister srew.So I started thinking about Adpihi. The first word in the Adpihi language was (prepare yourself for a shock) “Adpihi”. I decided it meant “hi, LORD”. I had no idea I was already committing myself to vocative case, familiar vs. socially-distant, and high upward-honorific; and now that I think about it, fusional.
Did you know any languages other than English at the time? If you didn't, that's pretty impressive! A lot of conlangers start off with ciphers of their own language (and even cipherbets to go with them).
I can understand this. You believe that God is not real in our world, but within the fictional world of the Adpihi, God is a real entity, so they can believe in God and even be scientifically accurate.I also started working on the conculture. My first problem was, how could it be simultaneously both an absolute monarchy (God being the monarch) and a perfect libertarian democracy?
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I didn’t and don’t think that because I’m no longer a believer, the citizens of Adpihi should change their beliefs (or, rather, have their beliefs changed by me).
Belief in a monotheistic God is pervasive in Adpihi. If I adopt the manner of speaking that elemtilas employs when describing the Daines of his “the World”; the Adpihi don’t have to “believe in” God because they know He/She/It exists. Every aspect of each inhabitant’s life is heavily influenced by his/her personal relationship with God; and they all just assume the same is true of everyone else.
AFMCL, there is a word "scientotheist" in LIE (vephlellekhi in Kankonian), which describes someone who believes in God for scientific reasons. Eric Metaxas, for instance.
Maybe use "temple"? That's what I call the religious buildings of the Kankonian religions.If an immigrant needs one of these benefits they’ll be told they can get them through their (is “church” the right word?).
They all worship the same (real) God, so their religions indeed seem related. But on Earth, Rastafarians have a relationship with Jesus Christ but people don't usually think of Rastafarians as Christians, so I could understand calling their divergent paths different religions. After all, the Abrahamic religions seem to worship the same God too.The Adpihi all worship (if that’s the word) the same God. So in their minds they all belong to just a few closely similar religions. In my own mind, however, I think there are as many Adpihi religions as there are nuclear families or households.