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Most races possess some sort of cultural faith that reflects their values, fears, and hopes. Some worship gods or demigods as actual beings (either as a God, gods, or demigods is debatable among the races themselves), while some races personify their faiths in the form of a god, but understand that their “god” is really just a symbol of their philosophical beliefs, not an actual being. Others, such as Firelord Ragnaros, are seen by some to have achieved a god-like status. The Warcraft universe does in fact have powerful, immortal beings (such as Elune), the Old Gods, and Azeroth was greatly affected by the Titans.
Most racial faiths include the concept of an afterlife, along with cultural mores and taboos to indicate the correct path to the afterlife. Spiritual leaders who guide their race along the proper philosophical path tend to be shaman or druids. Few races revere an actual deity to whom they can dedicate their lives as priests. In the quest N  (removed from game in Cataclysm), the quest giver, Loramus Thalipedes, mentions the concept of a singular god as a blessing; "May your determination and faith, carry you through this ordeal. Should you fail, know that your God smiles down upon you, mortal." Strangely enough, in the first two Warcraft games (including expansions), humans referred to a singular God behind the Holy Light.
Notable faiths Edit
The following are the currently known religions in the Warcraft Universe:
The Holy Light Edit
- Members: Humans, Ironforge dwarves, Wildhammer dwarves, high elves, naaru, draenei, half-elves, blood elves, worgen
- Organizations: The Church of the Holy Light, The Silver Hand, The Argent Dawn, The Argent Crusade, The Scarlet Crusade, The Brotherhood of the Light, The Sha'tar, The Aldor, The Scryers, The Hand of Argus, The Blood Knights
- Members: Orcs, trolls, tauren, draenei, furbolgs, Wildhammer dwarves, tuskarr, quilboar, goblins, and ogres
- Organizations: The Earthen Ring, The Mag'har, The Kurenai
- Members: Night elves, tauren, half-elves, Wildhammer dwarves, furbolgs (debated),worgen, high elves (somewhat)
- Organizations: The Cenarion Circle, The Cenarion Expedition
Mystery of the Makers (The titans) Edit
Shadow and Necromancy Edit
- Members: Undead beings, living followers
- Organizations: The Cult of the Damned, The Scourge, The Cult of the Forgotten Shadow, The Knights of the Ebon Blade
Fel and Demonology Edit
- Members: Warlocks, demons, satyr, fel orcs, fel-corrupted races
- Organizations: The Burning Legion, The Illidari, The Shadow Council
- Members: Naga, elementals (prior to the ordering), qiraji, nerubians
- Organizations: The Twilight's Hammer
Voodoo and Loa-worship Edit
- Members: Trolls
- Members: Humans, high elves, naga, gnomes, blood elves, draenei, undead, trolls,
- Organizations: The Kirin Tor, The Echo of Life
- Members: Humans, orcs, draenei, night elves, dragonspawn
- Organizations: The Wyrmcult, The Sect of the Dragons
Miscellaneous faiths Edit
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Furbolg culture Edit
Night elves in other cultural beliefs Edit
In the early histories of dwarves and humans, the Kaldorei are shadowy figures of dark perfection wielding incredible god-like powers. Tauren sometimes view night elves with awe and fear. Tauren have long seen the Kaldorei as a mythic race of demigods, possessed of great magic and steeped in natural powers.
Ogre culture Edit
- Among ogres, bone crushers are seen as the living avatars of Nath. In a society that prize strength above anything else, a bone crusher is as close to a god as an ogre can get.
- Nath is the ogre war god revered by both ogres and half-ogres. The term mok'nathal means the "sons of nath".
Tuskarr culture Edit
Outland faiths Edit
- Terokk was the greatest hero of the arakkoa, closely associated with their god Rukhmar. He left his people when worship of Rukhmar began to wane, leading to speculation that he was Rukhmar in mortal form. It is unknown if they are the same being, or are separate beings that were combined in stories as the legends of Terokk were retold throughout the years.
- Murmur is a being from a dimension of the cosmos unfathomable to mortal minds. Its very entrance into existence shattered all reality around it. Murmur is a god that, when summoned by a mortal possessed of arcane and dark knowledge, eventually destroyed the world of the summoner. The Shadow Council is now trying to bring forth this entity into Outland.
Murloc culture Edit
See also Edit
- Shamanism and nature worship
- Religions category for a list of other categories or articles on religions.