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No Religion to Divide by humon No Religion to Divide by humon
The four deities that are seen in my Witch Hunter story. On the left, the Goddess and God from the Wiccan religion, and on the right an angel and the Devil from Christianity.

People seemed to assume the story was either pro-pagan or pro-Christianity, but one of the themes of the story was actually that humans have no way of controlling the gods, no matter how many religious rituals they preformed.
Therefore the godsí interactions with humans seem very random to the characters. The Wiccan god saves a witch hunter, and the Christian angel makes the witch hunter help the witches. Because they cannot be concerned by silly things like human rules (aka religion) to decide who they will help.

Ironically the only deity who honestly cares about the human rules is the Devil, which is why he is the only one looking straight as us in the picture. :devil:
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VickichanMiku Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2014   Artist
I love your art style and your coloring as well I also love how yo picture each deities but the devil one is very creepy mostly the fact that its looks like its daring me to do something.
The piece is still beautifully made.  
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BloodyHeadMonster Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love, love, LOVE that devil. It's like, he looks creepy enough, and also looks evil, and the thing of watching at the viewer is really cool too! I just love it.
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purplegc Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
0.o  I'm not sure why you would have included Christianity in this then, considering your description. Don't get me wrong, I'm not trying to be rude, but the concept is kind of off. Christianity (unless it's Roman Catholic or similar) doesn't revolve around rituals. It's a saving relationship with God who cares about you and works in you, not you working to get God to love you or do what you want. 
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LadyColdWinter Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014
What about Prayer? Baptism? Holy Communion? Sunday Mass?

They count as rituals, I'm not sure if all Christians follow along those lines of worship but I'm pretty sure such is done in more than simply the Roman Catholic Church.
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purplegc Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Prayer is a way for the believer to fellowship and talk to God, ask for forgiveness of sins, give thanks, and pray for other people or for guidance on something. Baptism, I believe, is a symbolic sign for the believer and a public commitment that they have died to themselves and risen to a new life in Christ. Communion is, again, symbolic, and done to remember and reflect on what Christ did for us and give thanks, and we do it knowing he is coming again soon. Mass is Roman Catholic, and my theology is protestant. We gather to worship, however, because it is fellowship with both God and other Christian people. We hear and learn from the bible there as well. It's a time for thanksgiving and edification of the body of Christ. None of it has to do with doing rituals to gain God's favor or get Him to scratch our back if we scratch His. The point of Christianity is that we as believers become servants to God and to other people that we may spread the good news so others may come to salvation. God does not become a servant to us. It's the other way around. 
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LadyColdWinter Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014
To summarise, I truly wish I could clean up this comment problem, anything with a prescribed order, such as baptism always anointing people with water/oil and Communion symbolically consuming the body and blood of christ in the form of bread and wine, which is the predetermined event of these ceremonies, makes it eligible for categorization as a Ritual.
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LadyColdWinter Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014
ritual
ˈrɪtʃʊəl/
noun
noun: ritual; plural noun: rituals
1.
a religious or solemn ceremony consisting of a series of actions performed according to a prescribed order.
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LadyColdWinter Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014
Ugh, sorry about the whole separated comments thing, this comment thing seems to be having a problem putting everything in one, basically, anything that can be considered a religious ceremony, regardless of symbolism, whether it's pledging service to a god or invoking them for blessings etc. Counts as a ritual.
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purplegc Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Well, ok. But my main point is that the rituals aren't focused on to get something from God. The description above indicates rituals in religion are used to 'control' God. We don't do those things to get God to do something for us in return. We don't do good works to get God's approval, and we don't do rituals to get on his good side or to invoke Him to do something for us. We may ask prayerfully for something if it's within His will, but that's for Him to decide and us to be obedient to.
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LadyColdWinter Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2014
I don't see how that veers from what was in the picture's description, he says that one of the themes in his story is that humans have no way to control the gods. There's no difference between "asking prayerfully" the Abrahamic Christian god or doing the same to one of the Gods of an Ancient Pantheon, if gods could be so easily controlled by anyone who performs a ceremonial set of acts then they'd be fairly poor gods.

Personally, I just perceive all gods as inhumanly powerful tyrants.
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LadyColdWinter Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014
Though, I admit, prayer itself may be exempt, as it's more of a dialogue (monologue, really) that can be done anywhere without any specific procedure to follow.
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LadyColdWinter Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014
The point being, that Communion and Baptism are symbolic signs, traditions, procedures, which classify them as rituals.
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JayCookie1997 Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
<3, thank goodness your one that acknowledges them differently!~
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sampea Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2013
I love this
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Primalis-VII Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I wanna cover his eyes =-=
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Mysteriumhex Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013
Magic and ritual are not about controlling Gods.It is about becoming closer to them.Religion is not based in mere human rules but is based in divine natural laws which can be misinterpreted by humans who try their best to understand their nature without realizing the limitations of human vision.
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ToonSage Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Interesting look into human religions and it actually makes a lot of sense.
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orangezookeeper Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013
I find the whole religion concept to be misleading to most people. Religion is 'how you vote or protest' and rarely 'what you practice'. If people would just be more honest with what they believe, rather than join the group with the most money I think religions would simply be filled with people who actually believe and there would be less 'guilt-inspired behavior'. I don't mind if someone disagrees with me, as long as it is honestly and not some misquoted text.
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Neruchan96 Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
when i read the last part of the description, i looked up to check and kinda got creeped out lol
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NixKat Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Cool.
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HankonKage Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Student General Artist
I absolutely love the way you drew the Great Goddess and the Horned God! They look wonderful! O.O
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dweebzilla Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I love your portrayal of my God and Goddess, and your story is absolutely brilliantly thought out.
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BlackberryFinn Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2012
When is the comic of this going to come? I love this story!
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IvyAzimuth Featured By Owner May 22, 2012  Student Artist
Awa I love this! <3
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AsetNuit Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012
I liked the description for this!
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EdgeofFear Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
So lovely! I'm going to go stalk your gallery and try to find this story, but just in case, I'll prolly be back asking where it is!
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Spinnradler Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012
Really a fantastic concept and interesting story! :)
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Sarafan206 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012  Student General Artist
the devil scared the crap out of me when i cliked on this; it looks like it plans on eating my soul o.O
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valkasar Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012
That's because he is planning so
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Sarafan206 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012  Student General Artist
most likely O.O
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asiahthewolf Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2012
so what story is this?
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domine90kira Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012
Awesome Devil and Awesome Goddess
By "Atheist that love deity of Wicca" XD
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Sightseeer Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012
You made me remember the last explanation of a nvoel by William Peter Blatty: that perhaps the human beings are the shattered pieces of the Devil after his fall from the sky, and evolution is the porcess of the Devil of putting himself back togheter.

Where can I see the Witch Hunter Story? I seem to be lost in your main gallery unable to find strips of it.

Have a nice week :).
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Ginger-Bunneh Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
this is so cool. im actually looking into converting to wicca ^_^
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Ginger-Bunneh Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
also, great job on the devil. im pretty sure he's gonna haunt my dreams now ^^;
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RadenWA Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2011  Student General Artist
Cross-religion art are awesome. Reminds us that at the end, we all originate from one.
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TheSevenColorsOfMars Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Oh, woooo, this ia the first time ive seen a devil drawing and actually was creeped out by it. good job!
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JonnaJacobsen Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2011
The Devil staring at my soul!! O.O
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mewtata Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I've seen art on this in your profile, but no actual comic. Is there one? Or is it just a vague story-ish shape? Either way, this is awesome.
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ORDinaryDreamer Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2011  Student Digital Artist
true dat about the devil, man if people weren't around he'd just be sad and bored
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yaoi-yaoi-love Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2011
the devil looks creepy....
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maggiethemay Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2011
WHERE THE HELL IS THIS STORY!?! HOW DO YOU GET TO STORIES ON DEVIANTART?!? I AM A GIANT SQUID OF FRUSTRATION!!!
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LOVEandSIN Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2011
I love this idea so much. Thank you for making something like this and this seems like something I would definitely read.
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PrincessAngst Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
What book series? ;o; I must read!
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animelover08831 Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2011
Have you ever watched the anime Witch Hunter Robin? I only bring it up because of the similarity of your titles lol. and that I will shortly start watching it after I finish looking at your pages of backlogged pictures
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EwokLuv Featured By Owner May 15, 2011  Student Photographer
I love it :)
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Muse-of-Chaos Featured By Owner May 2, 2011
I don't know WHY, but I've alway loved your design of the Devil. You just make him so awesome looking.
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sleepyowlet Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
As an animist/shaman I really like the concept behind this picture - in the end all religions are the same. The names and places change, but the stories remain the same.

And your devil looks huggable. :D
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Manga-Pine Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Weirdly symbolic . . .
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Allumai-Burns Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2011  Hobbyist
LOVE all your pics, esp. the witch hunter ones^^ is there anywhere i can read this story? Its sounds awesome but I can't find the full thing in your gallery:/
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