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Hylian Religion Concept by TheWhiteMaiden Hylian Religion Concept by TheWhiteMaiden
I started this on a whim as I worked on rounding out the details of the Hylian religion in my Zelda fic (The Last of Us) and it ended up becoming the precursor to two different projects. One was a continuation of the medallion idea and is already completed. The other is a full symbolic diagram of the Hylian Religion (much more expansive than this one) and is still in progress.

If you have any questions or comments, I'd love to hear them!
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TheHylianMetalhead Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2016   Digital Artist
Is it ok if I use this for something?
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TheWhiteMaiden Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I'd prefer you didn't use this one, just because so much of it is my personal brain child and has specific reasons for its design elements that are directly connected to my fanfiction.

What did you want to use it for? I might be able to dig up another version of it that I wouldn't mind you using that could suit your purposes better.
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TheHylianMetalhead Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2016   Digital Artist
I'm planning on forming the band I will be vocals, guitar, ocarina, and looking for someone who plays both bass and drums.
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TheWhiteMaiden Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh! What will the band be called? I might be able to get together a version that better expresses what you're going for, without the convoluted invented theology that I have written on this one.
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TheHylianMetalhead Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2016   Digital Artist
My bands name will be Ganon Crusher.
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TheHylianMetalhead Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2016   Digital Artist
I might wanna use it for a Folk Metal band with lyrics based on Zelda
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Bailey-Thomas Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014
What do the 3 added symbols(the spiral,the parentheses+dot,and the 3 triangles+dot) mean?
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TheWhiteMaiden Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Earth, Time and Wind, respectively. There are Sages for these elements in the games, but they aren't given proper symbols like the six from which you receive medallions in Ocarina of Time. So I extrapolated, pulling these symbols from pertinent places in various games.
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Bentenny10 Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013
Terminian Symbols?
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TheWhiteMaiden Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
What? Where?
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lunarrainbow13 Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012
what dose it say in hylianin ? it's cool looking
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Bentenny10 Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2012
the adicional sage symbols are from wind sage and earth sage?, whats is the five element?
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TheWhiteMaiden Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
The additional sage symbols are for Wind, Earth and Time. The fifth element is Aether, Void, or Conciousness, depending on your own interpretation. :)
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Bentenny10 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2012
aps the sage of time is Zelda(leader of sages) and the Earth and wind sages are Medli and Makar, and the elements are the magical item infunded in the Picori blade to transform into Four Sword.
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bbculture Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2012
which of the new symbols is which?
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TheWhiteMaiden Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
There are three new temple medallions: Time, Wind and Earth. They are the three that you wouldn't recognise from Ocarina of Time. Time looks rather like the lids and pupil of an eye; Wind is directly next to it and looks somewhat like the head, wings and body of an angel; and Earth looks like a curled up worm.

There are two new Essences (from the Oracle games), one of which I named Unwavering Passion (a heart with a crown surrounded by a ring) in my notes. To tell you the truth, I've completely forgotten what the other one (it looks like an eclipsed sun) was supposed to be; I threw it out of the concept so long ago, I can't even remember where I wrote it down.

There is a single new symbol among the Elements (from the Four Swords games) and it represents Aether or Void. It can be found at the very top and looks like an eye gazing downward.
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bbculture Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012
i would change the time one to the swirly one because its the most different from any other of the emblems, and time is the most different element of any of the other elements the emblems represent
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TheWhiteMaiden Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
The symbol for Time is based on the symbol found over the entrance to the Clock Tower in Majora's Mask. Earth is based on a symbol found throughout the Earth Temple in Wind Waker, and Wind is based on the symbol found on the Wind God's Monuments in that same game. It would cause problems if I shifted them, although I do see your point. Do you think that the symbol for Earth is too markedly different from the rest?
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bbculture Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012
yeah it does, because all the rest use pretty solid shapes, and then randomly earth is curvy. Its just a little distracting
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TheWhiteMaiden Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Hmm. I'll have to see what I can do about that. Thank you for your input.
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bbculture Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012
sure thing! I am a designer so I nitpick things like that :p
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AcidCastform Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
What is the FSS?
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TheWhiteMaiden Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Four Swords Series. As in, Four Swords and Four Swords Adventure.
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AcidCastform Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Aaah, that makes sense xD
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l33tn3rdz Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Somebody ought to craft this.
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Serendipitous-Way Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
From one Zelda nut to another: "Awesome work!"
I've been putting off doing the topic of religion myself: mostly because the symbolism in Zelda is -like most things- rather convoluted, but you've managed, and brought in a number of symbols I hadn't actually considered (namely squinting at the inset ring of little symbols). The only thing I might suggest is to check out the ALttP spells - one of which is aether.
From a more design perspective it's very well laid out. The basic pattern is very simple - ideal in most religious symbolism - and I like the inclusion of the lotus: as you said, there are definitely some strong parallels with Samara and similar world views.
Compositionally the only thing I would suggest is to either lose the colour on the outer elements and use texture for contrast, or full go colour, simply because those ones start looking a little incongruous - and heavily painted icons, especially medallions, are fairly common. But that's just a (very) small thought.
Overall, c'est chic.
Serendipitous

(And thank for reminding me to finish When Plants Attack. As soon as midterms are done! I hope.)
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tonyb500 Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2011
Okay. I recognize the three inner symbols and six of the outer symbols (light, forest, fire, water, shadow, and spirit), but I don't know the other three. I'm guessing two of them mean earth and wind, and the third, I'm just guessing here, means time? I'm probably wrong though.
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TheWhiteMaiden Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Yep! You got it. It's all explained in the description. Basically, there are six symbols for the Sages in Ocarina of Time and yet there are three other sages mentioned: Earth, Wind and Time. So I extrapolated their symbols from various places in the games.
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tonyb500 Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2011
Oh, it is in the description. I didn't even bother reading it. I also noticed you used the symbols from The Minish Cap in the outer corners, and the elements of nature and time from oracle of Seasons and Ages in the third ring. And I understand Hylain (I'm a huge Zelda geek), and think I can translate the larger Hylian text in the inner ring that symbolize the guardians of each element. Give me a sec here...

Fire/DRAGON
Shadow/DEMON
Spirit/COBRA
Forest/TREE
Time/FROG
Earth/GIANT
Water/FISH
Light/SPIRIT
Wind/TURTLE
(I might've mixed up FROG and TURTLE, but I'm pretty sure that I'm right.)

The innermost Hylian text obviously reads "Courage", "Power", and "Wisdom" respectively, but it may take some time to translate the smaller text.
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ZeldaTGstudio Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
could you please tell me what the outer petles say i am not good at reading small print DX
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TheWhiteMaiden Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Sure! :)

The outermost ring reads (in Hylian):

To Din we lift our praise, to whom we owe the whole Earth. In the strength of your Power we are safe.

To Nayru we lift our praise, to whom we owe the Order of All Things. In the depth of your Wisdom we are made worthy.

To Farore we lift our praise, to whom we owe our Life and Sustenance. In the glory of your Courage we are strong.
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ZeldaTGstudio Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you very much.
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ViridianRain Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2011
You have given a lot of thought to this, I really like it. Will you be posting your fanfic here or somewhere else in the future? I'm interested in reading it :)
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TheWhiteMaiden Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
The fanfic will eventually be posted here, yes. I've been working on it in great detail for over a year now, so there's quite a bit of content. If you want to check out the first few chapters (unedited) you can head over to [url=[link] fanfiction.net posting[/url]. You're the first one to hear it, but the next chapter plus a big long author's note will be posted within the next few days. ^^
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ViridianRain Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2011
Sweet, I definitely will go check it out and review! As a fellow Zelda fanfic writer, I'm always excited to read other artists' works!
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TheWhiteMaiden Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Is your fanfic here on DA?
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ViridianRain Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2011
No, mine is also on FF.net. [link] Crowns of Deception is the story, others are just one-shots.
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TheWhiteMaiden Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Will read! It looks very interesting.
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ViridianRain Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2011
Haha, thanks ^^
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PoeSheiky Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2011
Epic :O
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zeldalegends4525 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
LOVE IT!!!!!!
KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK ;)
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TheWhiteMaiden Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Yay! Thank you very much. ^^
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