Has anyone else wondered what kind of religion they used in the EF because I have thought about it a lot. Here's some of the information we're given on religion that I can remember:
-In season 1 Baelfire exclaims "gods, no", implying that Misthaven, or that region of Misthaven anyway, is a polytheistic religion
-Eric held a ball in honour of Ursula, a sea goddess, and Ursula (season 4) was named after her
-We see the existence of actual gods, such as Poseidon, Zeus and Hades, and demigods like Ursula and Hercules.
-There is an afterlife, roughly like the idea of Heaven and Hell and the idea of your souls being judged (one could even argue the Underworld acted as a sort of purgatory). On that point, the Underworld exists, which is found in many religions.
-The name Killian is a Christian name, coming from St Kilian and one of its meanings is "little church". Likewise, the name David is a Hebrew name and comes from the Old Testament and James derives from the New Testament. So could there be at least some version of Christianity and Judiasm in the Enchanted Forest?
I know the names are probably irrelevant but it could be fun to speculate. I find it fun anyways.
I think all realms of story have religions that would fit that realm. Since EF is mixed with Greek Mythology, but also contains fairy tales (mostly written or at least recorded by Christians), those are the promenent religions to the EF.
When Merlin and Adda find the Holy Grail, they refer to divine beings as gods. Seen the surroundings, they live in the desert and possibly believe in polytheism. Possible religions for Camelot could be Christianity, since in King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table, Guinevere is sent to an abbey after her affairs with Lancelot. There could also be Egyptian mythology, since the episode scene about the Holy Grail features a desert, or Celtic mythology, since it is near DunBroch and in The Bear King, they have the Ale of Seonaidh, which is a Celtic myth. ("Nimue"), ("The Bear King")
Ursula seems to be an original goddess and a part of her own pantheon. I believe that Maritime believes in both Christianity and has their own pantheon. ("Ariel")
Norse, since Arendelle is a very Norse place and possibly has people who believe in the Norse polytheistic faith, and Gerda shares a name with a Norse frost giant goddess. ("The Snow Queen")
List of Real-Life Pantheons
Native American belief has not been shown, but is commonly associated with forests and people who live there. So Red Riding Hood, Baelfire, and other characters who live in the heart of the forest might believe in Native American belief, but is not that likely, since Red is shown to have belief in Christianity a little. But it could be possible.
Those are real-life pantheons. So far, there is Greek/Roman and Celtic. Possibly Egyptian, Roman, Norse, and Chinese/Japanese (Mulan's Village must believe in Chinese or Japanese faith, since they have the symbols over their village.) Hinduism and African mythology has not been seen. There is also Christianity. So, basically, different parts of the Enchanted Forest believe in different gods. There is no official religion, but most people in the Enchanted Forest believe in Christianity.
Please note that Ursula the goddess is a totally original goddess and a part of a bigger pantheon. Maybe there are original religions with new deities and stuff, because in "Ariel", Ursula is not a part of a particular pantheon. ("Ariel")
When I saw Merlin's Origin, I knew that they were not attempting to give some sort of in-universe account of his journey (not like we think of it, conventionally), but rather the story of Alchemy.
What's interesting to me is that all Magic in the OUAT universe originated from the Holy Grail, the most Sacred Cup IRL. Why on Earth would they throw that in there if they beleived in Polytheism? And it's not like a passing object, it's the only Item that can control the Dark One/Dark Magic(k). In a sense, Light Magic(k) was Born from Will (Merlin's Holy Quest), and Dark Magic(k) is born from Light Magic(k). Which if that makes sense, then look at the relationship of: Light Magick is born from Will (a Man's Will), and Dark Magic(k) is born from Light Magic(k), which becomes Female (the Mother). So: you have Merlin (Man) as Light Magic(k), revealing Dark Magic(k) in Niumbe (Female): the interplay of the Dualisms: Father being overthrown by his Children, Son's taking their father's place, Male and Female, True Love's Kiss (male/female) breaking all Magic(k)..
I think to really appreciate the subtext of OUAT means to understand some Esoericism, which is really interesting to me
Snow's marriage was realized by a bishop , James fights a man named Behemoth, there is a cross on Daniel's grave , in Skin Deep Regina lies and say that clerics had to clean Belle's soul with scourges and flaying after she come back home from Rumple, Lancelot's nickname is Leviathan, there is a picture of an angel in the marketplace, Mr. Gold mentions fire and brimstone, that are classical simbols of God's wrath in the bible, in the episode Mother Regina mentions a church, Arthur mentions the burning bush, Violet's horse name is Nicodemus, Hades mentions the Devil, and there's the Holy Grail.
But still there reference to multiple gods, primarily, the Greek ones.
I believe that the religion of Fairy Tale Land, or at least of the Enchanted Forest is a polytheistic version of Christianity.
"In the beggining Kronos created the Heaven and the Earth" "And Zeus, Hades and Poseidon decided to created the man in their holy image." "And then Poseidon opened the Red Sea to the israelites pass by." "And Zeus came down from the Heavens and take the form of a mortal man, Jesus Christ" etc.