Of course, but if you want even historians to take your novel seriously, you should not change the spirit of that epoch too much at your own discretion, but place it in a balanced relationship with your innovative ideas (fact-fiction). And the spirit of that epoch was very religious. By omitting Christianity (for which, as I said, you should find a historically plausible explanation), the religiosity of that epoch does not disappear, it still exists in the form of numerous cults, such as the Mithras cult, the Isis cult and the Cybelic cult. If you ignore this, historically knowledgeable readers will quickly jump out of your story. And the book critics will also take a negative view of this and say you made it too easy for yourself.as i see the church as the CAUSE of the dark ages... yeah... christianity is a non-issue in the story... science and rationality prevail.
The consumption of hallucinogens was also part of ancient Mediterranian culture, keyword Eleusinian mysteries and other mystery cults, as well as in the Orient and in the Far East. You don't necessarily have to add Indian drugs to the story for this purpose, even if it's an interesting and, in my opinion, constructive idea.the "righteous" chose mind opening hallucinogens which makes people mellower and more empathetic as well as less depressed. it won't go as far as the summer of love... but same idea.
i don't know if the mithra cult is the same one i was talking about as the documentary i saw that mentioned them showed outdoor ruins, though i'll look into them to see if i can fit them into the story somehow, though they'd only be a side note, or part of the roman empire's legendary decadence. i wouldn't delve deeply into their mythology, just concentrate on their orgies.The Mithras cult has two central myths: the rock birth of Mithras and the Tauroctony. Here is some info about the rock birth (part of a still unfinished study of mine): ...
it's important to me to establish native americans as the rightful owners of america in the story and that they are integral to the story in a thumbing of my nose against "the white devil". i have a keen interest in peyote and long to go on a vision quest myself. i have agendas with my ideas. i myself am half greek from my father and 37.5% euro mutt, but am proud that my great grandmother was native american as a tree hugger. it's also a way for me to thumb my nose at eurocentric victorian era steam punk.The consumption of hallucinogens was also part of ancient Mediterranian culture, keyword Eleusinian mysteries and other mystery cults, as well as in the Orient and in the Far East. You don't necessarily have to add Indian drugs to the story for this purpose, even if it's an interesting and, in my opinion, constructive idea.
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