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Mand'o

Mand'o is the polytheistic religion most common in Mandalore. It is a cross between Hellenistic and Nordic religions that was adopted by the warrior Mandalorians.
In ancient times the mandalorians would build temples to honor the gods. Depending on the area and the importance of the gods to the one specific group some gods would have their own temple, whereas some would be brought together where the people could all pray and make sacrifices to the gods at the same place, but pray to the specific god of their choosing. Temples are usually very Spartan in their accommodations as Mans'o is originally a warrior tradition that was not really focused on the ornate. However, there are several instances of large elaborate temples such as the Grand Pantheon in Jeddha, and the Royal Sanctium in Starkhold. In ancient times sacrifices or offerings were common, however in the modern era most people simply pray to the gods, but offerings are still sometimes used in services, (although rarely animal sacrifices now). In some cases where there is not enough space or resources for a full temple, Totem Poles would be used in place of a temple. There is usually a fire lit in the center of the temple, or in front of the totem pole. This was used as a spot for sacrifices, offerings, or simply a place for people to concentrate on their prayers. In some places even a simple Godswood Tree with a face carved into it, called a Heart Tree is used as a temple.
Mand'o is a very traditional religion, as a result there is not real hierarchy to the leaders of the faith, however, "holy men" are called shaman. However, shaman are not really necessary for prayers or daily functions in the religion, and are only really required or used for special services such as marriages or coronations, or used as consultants by everyday people.
The most frequently fostered morals are strength, cunning, personal achievement, loyalty and oaths.However, due to the polytheistic nature some deities focus on more morals than others. Because of the lack of a Hierarchy, there is a lack of long, structured doctrine or dogma, and instead there are a few simple tenants that are seen as general guidelines for how to live ones life.
The holiest city for Mando's is considered to be Jeddha, located at the base of Mt. Olympus.

Holidays:
Thurseblot: A feast honoring Thor during the first full moon of January. During this feast, Thor's power is called upon to drive back the winter and allow the spring to come in.
Summer Solstice
Winter Solstice
Einjhar: On May 30th, it is a holiday to honor warriors who have died in battle and have ascended into Valhalla. Coincides with Memorial Day.

Gods:
Odin (Royalty/Fatherhood): King of the Gods. His animal is a raven.
Zeus (Sky): His animal is an eagle.
Thor (thunder/lightning): He is also seen as being one of Earths main protectors.
Ares (war): His animal is a wild boar.
Artemis (hunt/moon): Her animal is a deer.
Apollo (poets/sun):
Poseidon (sea):
Aphrodite (love): Her animal is the dove.
Athena (wisdom): Her animal is the owl.
Hephaestus (Forge/blacksmith):
Hermes (messenger):
Dionysus (wine): His animal is the leopard.
Nike (victory):
Hades (underworld):
Demester (harvest/fertility):
Frigg (motherhood): Wife of Odin: Her animal is the swan.
Kratos (strength):
Heimdall (protection):
Calypso (ocean goddess):
Amphitrite (sea goddess): wife of Poseidon
Achelous (river god):
Cymopelia (goddess of giant waves):
Galene (goddess of calm seas):
Glaucus (god of fishermen):
Psamathe (goddess of sandy beaches):
Proteus (herdsman of Poseidon, god of the oceans bounty):
Pan (god of the wild):
Nereus (old man of the sea, god of the fish):

The gods are said to live in Valhalla. Where they look over the realm of men and await the coming of Ragnarok. Ragnarok is the end of the world where all of the gods and men and all that is good will fight against all of the forces of evil in a final battle to the death. Unlike other religions, the Mando gods are actually killable. This makes their frequent battles and defense of humanity all the more brave.

Other Deities:
Moder: Bastard son of the god Loki and is one of the Jötnar, a race of supernatural beings in Mand'o mythology. He appears as an enormous, elk-like monster with bright yellow eyes, skeletal head antlers and a pair of human-like hands on its head. It takes travelers in the forest who have suffered great pain and offers them a chance between worshipping it and immortality or death.

Fenrir: Fenrir is a giant wolf that is said to be bound by a chain made of impossible things. They are: The stomping of cats, The beards of women, The roots of mountains, The spit of birds., The breath of fishes, The nerves (ie nervousness) of bears. Fenrir will join in the forces of evil during Ragnarok.

Mythical Animals: There are several mythical animals that come up in Mando mythology
Minotaur
Centaur
Mermaid
Giants
Cyclops
Griffins
Harpys
Satyr
Pegasus
Unicorn
Werewolf
dragon

Spirits:
Nymphs

Animal Symbolism:
Many animals are seen as having many characteristics.
Ravens: Cunning
Owls: Wisdom
Wolves: Loyalty, Destruction
Bears: Power, Wisdom, Protection, Fortitude
Lion: Strength, Bravery

7) What holidays exist and why? Who celebrates them and how?
Most holidays are based off of the turning of the seasons.

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