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A strong influence of the Koryo culture pervades Seogism and makes it a fatalistic faith that strongly believes the gods are enemies of humans and other mortal races. Most rituals within Seogism are aimed towards appeasing, distracting or tricking the gods, or hiding from their gaze.
There are three main gods in Seogism and seven or nine minor ones. The northern Seogism knowns nine minor gods, while the southern Seogism acknowledges only seven of them.
The minor gods are less aggressive or less persistent in their actions.
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The priests and monks of Seogism see it as their purpose to placate and distract the gods. Where in other religions, important events cause the priests to make offerings and sacrifices to ensure the gods are watching and blessing whatever is going on, in Seogism for important events there will be prayers and sacrifices done some distance away from the event location, with the intent to draw the eyes of the gods away from it.
The holy men of Seogism also study the ways of the gods in order to understand them at least a bit, so to better avoid their wrath.
There are no full-size temples in Seogism as nobody sane would intentionally draw the attention of the gods upon himself or his town. Instead, there are small shrines on many street corners, where the faithful make small offerings to appease the gods. All such offerings are small and indistinct - a few berries, a fruit, a small piece of meat, some herbs or a few drops of wine or oil. Never anything that would stand out or point to a particular person. While the offerings are small, they are constant. A Seogist will make a dozen or so offerings during a day, often at different shrines, depending on where he is and what he is doing.
There are, however, monasteries - places where the priests and monks study the gods in order to discover better ways of pleasing them, or hiding from them. Seogist monasteries are simple to the extreme, unadorned and plain buildings which can seem as if they are not entirely finished because the walls have not been plastered up and show raw bricks or wood. No splendor or large banners indicate their purpose, often a small and simple sign near the entrance is the only outward indication that the building is a monastery.
- "Oh evil gods!" - A common exclamation over a calamity or something seriously bad happening.
- "praying to false gods" - Doing something utterly and completely stupid. Seogists believe that the gods are evil and hate humans, and the last thing you want to do is actively offend them, for example by worshipping different/false gods.