PS, you must understand that heresy doesn't have to belong in the ''same religious stream'' in Hyboria.
I don’t know that.
An encyclopedic definition of “Heresy” in religious (Christian) context would help us here. Also the context this word is used in tHotD. Or maybe REH definition of religious heresy.
Again, who told you that historically the dominant churches and their followers considered the heretics as branches of the ''mainstream'' Christianity? The ''Errores Gazariorum'' conflates the heresy of the Cathars with the perceived diabolism of witchcraft. Hardly a part of the ''same religious stream''. And there are many more examples.
When the first Christians started to use the word “heresy” it was to attack other Christians (namely Gnostics), not the pagans in the Roman Empire.
Are you implying that the Cathar Heresy was about diabolism and not about Christians diverging from the orthodoxy/main stream/Roman Catholic Church? Diabolism was the reason they were declared a heresy?
In any case, Howard in his most medievalist tale was probably inspired from medieval examples.
I am not sure it is his most medievalist tale but I do agree that there are a lot of medieval references there.
In the Hyborian kingdoms the religion of Mitra is dominant. The faithful may recognize the existence of other gods, but not accord them an equal position with Mitra. Further, they do not wish these faiths expanding in the Mitra-worshipping lands. The non-Mitraist cults may be labeled heretic, especially if they are believed to be connected with the Stygian religion
Set is a “demon” so I think it is natural his cult was banished. No need to get historical here.
King Conan is a “pagan” and I don’t remember any serious religious excuse to get rid of him.
Kalanthes (a Hyborian name?) seem to live in peace in Hanumar (in Nemedia?) even being a priest of Ibis. The same is not applicable to the cult o Asura in Aquilonia even when the cultists or the main priest are ethnically Hyborian.
To me the general population dislikes that cult because their ways are strange, secretive and they think it is associated with “demon” worship and cannibalism. Not because they are misinterpreting the "Mitraistic teachings".
If a cult from India reached medieval France and was embraced by some French people it wouldn’t be a case of “heresy” but “apostasy”. Even if a southern French noble called the cult leader a “heretic”.
If some French were reinterpreting the scriptures differently from the “main stream religion” AKA The Roman Catholic Church it would be called heresy. The end wouldn’t be much different for the apostate and the heretic though.
And the term heresy HAS been used by historians to describe Atenism
I know. Some did use the term, some didn't.
Edited by Pictish Scout, 14 March 2012 - 02:40 AM.