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Game of Thrones Religions Worth Believing In

Updated November 6, 2017 386 votes 110 voters 3.2k views8 items

List RulesVote up the Game of Thrones religions you could see yourself practicing if you lived in Westeros

Have you ever been watching Game of Thrones and heard a character spout some weird one-liner and everyone seems to understand but you're clueless? Or has a character made a weird gesture, or, say, burned another character at the stake for reasons that simply aren't clear to you?

Chances are they're practicing one of the many fictional religions of the world of George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire. While Westeros and King's Landing are dominated by The Faith, Essos is crawling with too any localized micro-religions to even list. The fractured relationship between Northern and Southern Westeros comes in part because the Northerners worship a whole different set of Gods. Religiously speaking, Ned Stark and the people of Winterfell have more in common with wildlings than they have with the Targaryan, Baratheon, or (who are we kidding) Lannister lineages.

So, to understand the world, you need to understand its religions. There are eight religions practiced by major characters, so let's focus on those, but there are many smaller ones throughout the known world. There are divisions within each religion (just ask Cersei after she's imprisoned by her own choice of High Septon), but to keep things clear, we'll just focus on the overriding doctrines. That should make it easy for you to decide which religion in Game of Thrones is most worth following!
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    The Old Gods of the Forest

    Motto: "By the Old Gods and the New" 

    Clergy:
    None

    Pantheon: 
    Innumerable nature gods

    Geographic Area:
     Northern Westeros and Beyond the Wall

    Notable Followers: 
    Ned Stark, Santa Stark, Roose Bolton, Jorah Mormont

    Weirdest Ritual:
     Northerners pray in front of weirwoods, which are special kinds of trees with weird faces that appear to bleed.
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    R'Hllor

    Motto: "For the night is dark and full of terrors."

    Clergy:
    Red Priests and Red Priestesses

    Pantheon:
    R'Hllor, a.k.a. The Lord of Light

    Geographic Area:
     Essos

    Notable Followers: 
    Melisandre, Beric Dondarrion, Thoros of Myr

    Weirdest Ritual:
     Melisandre can predict the future using the blood of kings. She also likes sacrificing people to the flames for what is essentially "good luck" in war.
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    The Many-Faced God of Death

    Motto: "Valar morghulis," meaning "All men must die"

    Clergy:
    Faceless Men

    Pantheon: 
    The faceless men consider all other gods to be disguises worn by their Many-Faced God

    Geographic Area:
     Bravos

    Notable Followers: 
    Jaqen H'ghar

    Weirdest Ritual:
     People who have had enough simply walk into the House of Black and White, poison themselves, and die on the floor.
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    Ghiscari Religion

    Motto: None

    Clergy: 
    Graces

    Pantheon: 
    Unknown

    Geographic Area:
     Slaver's Bay

    Notable Followers: 
    Hizdahr zo Loraq

    Weirdest Ritual:
     While most of the Graces are celibate, the Red Graces serve as prostitute-priestesses.
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