Further to my last post on the religions of Game of Thrones, I spotted a couple of academic takes on the world Martin has shown us. Although my blog is about religion, and specifically New Religious Movements, I’ve decided to collate them here as they are very interesting:
So, again, there’s my take on the genealogy of religions I think Martin is tracing for us:
“All men must die, but we are not men” – Daenerys Targeryen. Thoughts on a Game of Thrones and Religion
The there is Peter Antonioni’s view of the technological development (or not) of Westeros, here:
Dr Antonioni is Senior Teaching Fellow and resident non-linear thinker in the department of Management Science.
I would like to ask Dr Antonioni whether the lack of a Protestant Ethic in Westoros could be one reason for this lack of development, but that’s because I’m a Weber-head 😛
Finally, and from a field I know NOTHING about, some Stanford boffins have considered the geology of Westeros and the surrounding countries:
As a colleague and friend of mine, Dr David Robertson, has pointed out, there is a fictional precedent for a project of imagination like this. He cites Jorge Luis Borges’ short story, “Tlön, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius” where there is a conspiracy by intellectuals to imagine, and therefore create, a fictional world. Here are some more details from the Oracle, Wikipedia.
Now, I’m not suggesting a conspiracy to bring Westeros into reality like some kind of tulpa, (although there are some parts of it I would like to visit on my Hols.), but I think a book bringing together these serious academics considering Game of Thrones seriously might be a lot of fun 🙂