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With one exception, all Andorian religions view marriage as a secular social contract, honored but not promoted by the religious hierarchy. However, some fringe sects of Borvaism, a semi-idolatrous, philosophical warrior-religion referred to colloquially by some wags as ‘Andorian Buddhism’, promote ‘hexes’, or 6-person marriage for odd religious reasons. Most of these folks are considered ‘fruitcakes’ by other Andorians, as respected as Borvaism itself is.
Other Andorian religions include Eila Clahd, a back-to-nature faith decrying technological advancement; Emasha Yul, a polytheistic faith which is to Borvaism what Hinduism is to Buddhism; Hastra Bei Hastra, a very common non- idolatrous faith combining beliefs in reincarnation, purification of the soul, and strict scholasticism, with one wild high holiday a year to allow for a break from its relative asceticism; and Umarinism, a popular modern religious construct advocating the duty of Andorians to keep their passionate warrior nature alive and strong to set a holy example for the less passionate races of the Federation.
Andorian religion is simple, practical and utterly without theological speculation. Andorian ‘gods’ are deified spirits of heroic ancestors or personifications of natural and psychological forces – or both. They have straightforward and practical functions (guiding their descendants, promoting fertility, protecting herds, etc.), and seen as having the attributes and limitations of their worshipers. For example, the war-goddess Larashkail is depicted as armed, embattled, enraged, and pregnant – the epitome of a fierce Andorian warrior.
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