Temple Dedication

OK, I imagine many of the readers here would be mostly tied to the Lovers' Temple, but not nessesarily everyone. What Temple speaks most heavily to some of you and why? Or are you like me in feeling split between more than one?

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MeiLin's picture

Most High

But I feel closer to the Mother's Temple than any of the others. Smile

Kaisar Ryu's picture

Petitioner

OK, and this is based on the small bit of info we have so far, but I actualy feel some leaning towards 4 different temples. The Lovers', The Wise One's, The Warrior's and the Bloddy One's.
The last two would probably be an either/or situation based on what they actualy teach. I do have strong militaristic leanings, but would probably be a war criminal based on my personal belifs about apropriate battlefeild behavior. (Plus, I've always been more atracted to the night and darkness, while personaly disagreing with Farr's amourous persuits, possibly leaning me towards Harla)
For the Wise One's side, I am incredibly curious about the workings of everything, especialy people and their minds. learning in general has always been as natural as breathing and books/novels a hobby since age 5 (thats right, what would be concidered Young adult novels today at age 5.)
For my attraction to the Lover's temple, well didn't I just say I was insanely curious about the workings physicaly and mentaly of people? If the lovers' temple doesn't qualify for learning in that reguard than it doesn't deserve its name, and I think we have seen in the story so far that it does.

OK, thats enough insight into my own psyke. Let us see how some of you think in this reguards, and please, be as honest as is possible in these annonamous web days.

sarianna's picture

Devotee

I'm fairly torn between the Lovers' and the Sister's Temples. As much as I live in a big 'mo hippeh area (c'mon, kids, let's sing to the Pirates tune... "Noho, Noho, as queer as it can be!"), and self-identify as a dyke who doesn't mind dating the right man, I have a keen and sometimes overpowering desire to have control over my situation. I'm incredibly anal when it comes to keeping my household organized as best I can (I'm one of those crazy people who keeps every credit/debit receipt, though they are in a big bag rather than sorted in a folder). I'm only as nurturing as the situation requires, and it generally takes a lot out of me; I'd rather people take only what assistance they need than have their hands held through an entire experience. Not that I'm heartless; my sweet little guinea pig Muffin was adopted from an abusive situation and he gets a lot of attention and snuggles as he readjusts to being safe. It's just not my usual MO. Much like Venna, I prefer women and would only bear children if coerced into doing so with no alternatives available. Also similarly, I tend to go for the nerdy guys when the het attraction does show up.

When I put aside more of my Catholic upbringing (shout-out to the other recovering Catholics here!) and control-freak tendencies, I think I'd be comfortable in the Lovers' Temple. I tried majoring in psychology a few years ago but couldn't get past all the psychobabble bullshit; I'm attracted to the emotional healing aspect of the LT that addresses the issues at a much deeper level. Sure, there's danger in using kinky play to mend emotional hurts, but I would assume that the Temple would provide ample training that we in RL don't always have available. I think the LT does admirable work and provides necessary services to the community--like the hot baths, too.

edited to add: the lyrics I've used in the subject are from Rachael Sage's "Leah." It also includes the line "she says that she loves her just like a lover," so it seemed more than appropriate. Smile (song on last.fm)

Trystia's picture

I feel I would have rather quite a bit of difficulty selecting a specific dedication and would more likely hop around from one to the other a lot without settling on any one specific temple. That's likely because I feel that the best path to learning is breadth, not depth. Yes, they pointed out how you can apply learning in one subject to other things, but I feel it is better to learn about a lot of things than to learn a whole lot about one thing. But that's me.

MeiLin's picture

Most High

Nominally one dedicates for life. But that doesn't mean people actually follow that path faithfully, or at all.

BCT's picture

Devotee

I'd like to join the Sister's Temple to learn to heal, and join the Wise One's Temple to satisfy all my myriad intellectual curiosities. (Japanese culinary anthropology, anyone?)

While I could do with the education the Lovers's Temple provides Wink I get a little freaked out at the idea of sharing my body with strangers, and of performing sexual acts without a whole lot of affection behind them. I imagine the in-depth education we see Temmin receiving is for Supplicants only, and perhaps for wealthy (noble?) patrons like Ellika.

SkyRider's picture

Devotee

This is a very interesting thread actually, because since I have started reading, I have pictured myself as a devotee of the Lovers’ Temple. It was not always like that however, I am the oldest of three kids and I was raised strictly Roman Catholic (k-12th grade - 13 years of private, catholic school education), which means that I was taught basically this: no sex before marriage, no sex or physical intimacy with anyone other than your spouse, and it’s sinful to be associating sexually with people of your same gender. I was raised with this mindset and had no idea that the world could be any different until I was 16 and had the most amazing summer job EVER. I was invited by some friends of the family (who I didn’t really know) to come work at their lodge in the Canadian Rocky Mountains the summer I turned 16. I was thrilled by the prospect - it was thousands of miles from home, in the mountains, and away from anyone I really knew, including my parents. Let me just say that in several ways it blew my mind! Nothing against the folks I was working with – I love them to death – but they did not at all follow the “catholic lifestyle” I had been taught to observe. It was a real eye-opener for me to how the rest of the world actually operates, outside the little bubble I had been taught, and actually it was extremely refreshing. I spent the next couple of years thinking about and analyzing the ideas and experiences I had gotten from Canada. It took me a while to integrate those notions into my own because it was extremely difficult to alter the concepts that had been pounded into my head for so long. I have come a long way from the taboo ideas I initially learned about sex (having a boyfriend for 3 years helped with that), and now I am extremely comfortable talking about sex with others, and even swapping naughty ideas and tricks. Blum 3 Also, while I still believe that sex should be saved for a committed partner (married), I am not opposed to the idea that other people want to and will have sex with a partner in a close relationship. I also believe that passion for one’s partner can be expressed sexually without having vaginal intercourse. I have told my friends (who were also raised strictly catholic) that I believe a bit of experimentation is not a bad thing (even with same sex), and that if intercourse were a more casually regarded action, I would have, to put it crudely, “tried several of them out by now.” With that open mindset and the very caring, compassionate attitude I try to bring to everything, I believe I would make an excellent devotee of the Lovers’ Temple, perhaps even a Beloved.

Oddfish's picture

Postulant

I've thought about it, and I don't think I know enough about anything save the Lovers' Temple to decide. I know I wouldn't be a follower of Venna or Farr, but apart from that I've got nothing. The LT is something I wish we had in real life for the emotional healing, but I'm not sure I'm really suited to it myself-- at least not as a devotee.

MissCrys's picture

But I think I would need to be put through a lot of their emotional healing first.

Much like Mei Lin, I've always identified strongest as a Mother, honestly. While I have no children, I have always mothered everyone.

MeiLin's picture

Most High

I haz it! yes! Biggrin

MissCrys's picture

If you would like, I can mail it to you. I made it myself. Smile

MeiLin's picture

Most High

You uploaded a copy here, which means I have it for one, and for seconds, it's yours! Smile

TheBoy's picture

Embodiment

Home of justice and the Law.

-shock- and -horror-.

GreenGlass's picture

Supplicant

Shocked and horrified!

lol Smile

Davik's picture

Embodiment

I'd probably go for the Wise Ones first (I am on my seventh year of college...), but part of me also feels I could identify with Farr given the amount of time I've spent practicing everything from martial arts to marksmanship to archery.

Laureril's picture

Supplicant

I most often identify with the artistic/sensual side of me, so I guess that would fall smack dab in the middle of the Lover's temple. I've been exploring my sexuality a little more lately and trying to figure out exactly what makes me tick. I'm generally pretty perceptive about others and fairly empathic, but empathy doesn't work on myself unfortunately. xD

MeiLin's picture

Most High

Eddin is a combination of Apollo, Loki, Odin and Coyote. Smile

Laureril's picture

Supplicant

Good to know -
I figured they were counted in with all the pleasurable things that seem to be the domain of the Lovers. (Although I guess art is more permanent than transient)

Although Eddin's temple is looking better, I think I'd still go with the Lovers.

The Vixen's picture

Devotee

Hmm good topic...

Speaking for Slagar (which I know you hate it when I do, mostly I'm hoping I'll encourage you to post :sticks-tongue-out:) he has debated between Lovers and Warriors. He definitely loves women too much for the Brother's to respect, but he also loves battle. As for Lovers, I think he was just messing around, cause he'd be a horrible devotee to the Lovers. He's good at physical pleasure, but I can't see him visiting the hospitals and sitting with the sick.

Honestly, I'd probably fit very well with the Lovers, but I am really not that interested in sex (gasp-shock-noway!). I like as much as, say pastries and candy, but I don't spend every waking moment preoccupied with it. I may fit will with Eddin's temple, because I love learning, and I am all about art and literature. Though I could also see myself fitting quite well with the Mother's temple, because I do have a real talent with kids (if I got credit for every time someone said "you should work with children" I'd have the degree already. It's not kids that ruin working with kids, its their parents...). Another odd thought is that I would probably fit pretty well with Harla's temple. I'm not grossed out by dead bodies (it's the living one's that make me uncomfortable, I hate seeing people in pain), and I am good at comforting people, but I might get burned out really easily...

So... yeah, definitely not Pagg's, Farr's, Venna's or really the Lover's temples, but other than that, not entirely sure.

MeiLin's picture

Most High

If Slagar won't give up da wimmins, he could be in the secular army, or the cavalry. You'd still train with the Brothers, but probably not at the Temple, at least all the time. Officers in the army usually spend at least a little time every year at the Temple--a sort of retreat. Sex is not the issue at the Brother's Temple; you get respect more for how well you can beat someone down than who you sleep with. But you'll get more respect the less you have to do with women, who are viewed with condescension at best and deep contempt at worst. Paradoxically, one of the vows Brothers take is to protect the women and children of Tremont who cannot protect themselves, and they take that vow very seriously.

The Brothers aren't vowed to gay relationships. They just can't have a permanent attachment outside the Temple; if they want a life companion, they have to choose someone from within the Temple, preferably someone in their unit or station. So you will find many bonded pairs within the Temple, one or both of whom will make the occasional discreet visit to a brothel or a Lovers' Temple.

GreenGlass's picture

Supplicant

Starting at the parents, I have a lot of sympathy for what the Mother's Temple seems to be about, and a lot of respect for the Father's Temple. But I don't think that at this point I could be a devotee of Pagg or Amma.

The Wise One's appeal to me, especially Eddin. Healing is a helping type thing, and learning is a passion of mine. But from what I know so far, I can't say I'm ready to jump in.

The Dark One's... I can't stand Farr most of the time, but everything we've heard about Harla resonates with me.

Th Lover's... appealing, but not me.

So I guess I think I'd be a devotee of Harla, but I'm still reserving judgment because I want to know more about Sedra's experience. And Eddin would be a strong second choice. If those options didn't exist, I'd go to either the Mother's Temple, or the Sister's.

seia's picture

Devotee

I think I'd dedicate to Harla, but a part of me wants to choose Farr.
There's the somewhat philosophical side of me that wants to dedicate to Harla to learn about death (and maybe what comes after) and there's the more practical side of me that's intrested in tactical & combat stuff.
If I really had to choose just one I think I'd choose Harla.

There's also the more anarchistic bit of me that would go to whichever temple has the best authority-kicking-opportunities, but I guess that's not really an option Blum 3

Requiem's picture

Petitioner

I suppose the Mother's temple, though I'm not much for any of them.

Taslin's picture

Postulant

Amma or Eddin for me, most likely. I don't think I'm quite comfortable around the dead just yet to think about Harla (though what I've seen of her Temple is fascinating), I'm not secure enough with my own emotions to declare for the Lovers anytime soon, the Brother's Temple is not my thing at all, and I don't know enough about Pagg or Venna to form an opinion of them one way or the other.

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