What kind of religion would a hive mind have?
Any, really. Imagine how much prestige it would be to convert a hive mind to your religion, the missionaries would be lining up for miles.If they fail, they'll just provide more biomass for the hive, if they succeed, suddenly space vatican has a billion fearless crusaders.
>>60272130Are we talking true psychic hive mind, or real hive minds where pheromones and instincts control them? Either way the only system I can see them following is probably ancestor worship of their queens or equivalent, even then I imagine it would be more about honour and preservation of history than anything else. A species with no value for the individual has little reason to care for an afterlife.
A true psychic hive mind would be just like another person. With a different perspective on life, sure, but if your setting has immortal elves and shit it wouldn't even be that outlandish. If it's intelligent in a way similar to humans, it can have a religion and be pretty dang devout. And now I want to see some kind of a cyberpunk self-aware AI who's a dirty papist. That would be cool af.
>>60272158>real hive minds where pheromones and instincts control themThis, imagine an ant colony or bee hive. >>60272154The missionaries would probably be trying to convert the queen most of all, since if you convert the queen you'd likely convert the rest of the hive. Failing that though, it is possible that you might be able to convince the more independent members of the hive to convert to your religion, which would likely result in the converted drone treating God as their new "queen".
The hive mind itself
>>60272130a pantheon with hundreds, if not thousands of individual gods. a single individual needs to only study two or three, and the collective will remember the rest.
>>60273309That's actually a pretty good and original idea anon. 10/10, using this in my next setting.
>>60273691something unexplainable by modern science or religious cues? congratulations, you've entered the domain of another new godling. time to study it and how it affects the rest of the pantheon and the physical world as a result of their interacting lessons. :D
>>60272130One that doesn't recognize any gods but rather every sentient thing is a part of a greater consciousness. That like every member of the Hive Mind is one, so to is every creature one with a greater whole if they realize it or not. The concept of individuality or gods will make no sense to them as individual beings that have no external parts to them to make a single mind look so...incomplete.Different colonies will probably have different aspects of this faith, some believing that work brings them closer to this divine truth, others thinking assimilation is necessary and may try to develop ways to induct outsiders into the colony(through complex mind control or simply adding their biomass to the collective by eating them)
>>60272222Converting Royalty to your religion has been the modus operandi for the major religions IRL.
>>60272130>What kind of religion would a hive mind have?Ask /pol/
>>60272130worship the queen
>>60272130nonea hivemind doesn't need a religion
>>60272130Well, the Hive-Mind is an ageless, immortal gestalt conciousness that's been with the species since its inception. Chances are that, if it developed spirituality, it would be relatively primitive, since it remembers each and every tradition. A pantheon of great spirits: The hunger its drones feel, a trickster spirit that animates the strange things not of its mind, a great god of order that created them, that sort of thing.
>>60272130Whatever the hive mind believes in.You know, since its a singular mind rather than a group of people.So maybe its a christian.
>>60273691>tfw no qt ant gf to carry you
>>60272130The Djnar do not fear death, not as individuals, at least. Since the earliest recordings, they have deeply feared the death of the mothers, and the End Of All; a deep awareness and dread of total extinction drove them along history. If was this philosophy by which the first Nest-cities put aside competition over resources and the ego's of the Mothers, and pooled their efforts towards a more secure future.It was this philosophy that led the Djnar to first question, and then gradually, gently extricate political responsibility from the mothers, keeping them loved and sacred, but no longer imperious autocratsIt was this philosophy that had them look to the stars, and find them unknown and thus terrifying, and so band together to explore them, gather what was needed to survive whatever could be out there.In Djnar philosophy, the threat of unknown existential threats are represented by The Sea. In ancient times, flooding of the nests where catastrophic disasters, and the vast and unknown depths held many imagined horrors for early Djnar. Although these days space is a more present, and more vast source of existential dread, the ancient metaphors survive, and so the cultural concept of the 'Deep Things' carries an almost religious philosophical place. It is every Djnars duty to do whatever they can to strengthen their people, because "Deep Things" theoretically, might exist.
>>60276307However, for all thier individual fearlessness, the Djnar like many other species still struggle with the concept of death. Whilst sacrifices are necessary, and Djnar are individually willing to make them, the whole feels the loss of the parts. When a corpse is held, it is not "Us" any more, and yet, and yet.Even into the modern Era, many Djnar practise a form of suprisingly simplistic and primitive ancestor worship. When a Djnar dies, the funeral ceremony is simple; if it is not considered dangerous, the dead Djnar is cooked and eaten by those who knew them in life. This ties to broad cultural ideas of 'efficiency' and 'wastelessness'. In order to survive the "Deep Things" the hive needs every bit of strength. Some Djnar sheepishly admit that their is a spiritual element as well; a last gift of the dead to the living, a last push of effort.Beyond this, many often keep the bones of the dead, particularly the skulls and use them for decoration. On Djadjrunga, in the Hive city of Secsectsi this is shown in its perhaps most dramatic way in the Promenade of Sacrifice, an expanded public transport hub where all the walls, to the horror of many visitors, are covered with Djnar skulls, often intriacately carved. No memorial message is written; the carvings are artworks and of aesthetic and spiritual meaning, not literature. Whilst the Individual Djnar, their names and deeds are lost to memory, their contribution nonetheless 'happened' and its factuality is more important than its remembrance, in the Djnar mindset. These hive members now have no remembered name, but they were, and to many still 'are' 'Us' in an important way, and so join Djnar in their day to day lives even in death.
>>60276113> Tips fedora