Poll: Best religion for Medieval Lithuania to adopt

Discussion in 'Alternate History Discussion: Before 1900' started by Augenis, Aug 8, 2018.

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Best religion for Lithuania to adopt

  1. Catholicism from Poland

    32 vote(s)
    18.9%
  2. Catholicism from the Knights

    14 vote(s)
    8.3%
  3. Orthodoxy

    64 vote(s)
    37.9%
  4. Islam

    22 vote(s)
    13.0%
  5. Judaism

    11 vote(s)
    6.5%
  6. Remain pagan

    25 vote(s)
    14.8%
  7. Other

    1 vote(s)
    0.6%
  1. fasquardon Cosmonaut

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    So you are working your way south from Estonia?

    I wonder how long it would take to get to an alternate history of Great Zimbabwe...

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  2. Jan Olbracht Well-Known Member

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    Christianization of Pagan Europe was mostly top-down: ruler baptized himself and enforced new religion on their subjects. So for early Christianization there is need of existence of a state, with ruler interested in converting and strong enough to enforce it.
     
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  3. WilliamOfOckham Destroyer of Butterfly Nets

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    I like Jewish just because of what a crackpot decision that would be. It verges on ASB, but if it somehow happens then pretty much everything about Judaism is totally unrecognisable ITTL.
     
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  4. Changundramon Well-Known Member

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    My mind is struggling to wrap around traditional Lithuanian naming patterns combined with Muslim names. It's interesting, but also...weird.
     
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  5. Rridgway Space Physicist in Training

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    It's quite a ways off, but what about going "straight" to Protestantism?
     
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  6. Augenis Latvia isn't real

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    Adopting Protestantism kinda implies a previous Catholic period.
     
  7. RGB Unqueering the Academia

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    Otherwise what's there to protest about :p

    EDIT: Lithuania being ignorant of Catholicism is impossible, so the direct conversion by protestant missionaries is very very unlikely.
     
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  8. SealTheRealDeal Well-Known Member

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    Were the chieftains of the area too powerless at the time?
     
  9. Analytical Engine Monarchist Collectivist Federalist

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    What's "best" depends on what the elites of Lithuania want to achieve.

    So we have Catholicism (as OTL), or:

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  10. Augenis Latvia isn't real

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    Saint Bruno converted one Baltic (unsure whether Prussian, Lithuanian or other) duke to Christianity and we later never heard of him again, and Baltic religion a few hundreds later show no traces of Christian influence.

    So yes.
     
  11. Orko Well-Known Member

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    Catholicism from the Teutonic knights is the technically correct answer, but my preferred Lithuania will always be Pagan.
     
  12. alexmilman Well-Known Member

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    The chieftains are, by definition, numerous, quarreling with each other and not having power beyond their clan/tribe. If you are talking about conversion of a whole big country, a reasonably powerful supreme <whoever> makes things much easier. Especially if you keep in mind that he may claim that his country is baptized without getting into the trifles like some of the <entities> still being pagans. ;)
     
  13. Byzantion Well-Known Member

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    Maybe similiar like Muslim Serbo-Croatian names evolve ? If you are fluent in Baltic language and know Something about linguistic the developement of the languages, then maybe itbis possible to come up with some accurate naming patterns.
     
  14. Wendell Wendell

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    Orthodoxy
     
  15. Lautréamont Eurabian Witchdoctor

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    Has anyone suggested Bogomilism yet?
     
  16. Byzantion Well-Known Member

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    It would habe also hard stance with surrounding Catholic and Orthodox Christian neighbors ( who conider It a heresy) , but maybe it becomes sort of Bogomill Bosnia until Tartars arrive. Maybe Tartar's Islam gains influence among Lithunia's Bogomills