Of Prayers and Churches

I’ve always wondered how churches and religions worked in Narnia, especially because the Pevensies were coming from a place where religion was a highly contested issue and Christianity was still fairly traditional. I know that Calormen has temples to Tash (or maybe that’s just a headcanon some writers have), so I thought that some place to pray in Narnia wasn’t a far off idea. I especially like the idea of Susan being the one to bring up the idea of a church, being as she is so focused on the logic and practicality of life; thus, it makes the most sense for me to have her want a church, to have a physical place to be reminded of your faith. This is also why I believe Edmund will also support her, unlike Peter and Lucy, who see no need for a physical reminder of Aslan. Hope you enjoy this!

The first Sunday after the battle at Beruna, Susan Pevensie woke up—as she always did—at dawn before she realized she had nowhere to be. She had gone over to her armoire and began looking through her jewelry box, filled with the few baubles she had been gifted in the past week. Back home, in England, she kept her cross in a tin box by her bedside table; of course, she was in Narnia now, and there was no tin box and, thus, no cross.

When she realized there would be no Sunday mass because, well, there was no church, Susan sat back down on her bed in her white nightgown. She was still a Christian even if it was war time; her mother made her and her siblings go every Sunday. Even though she wasn’t in England anymore, that didn’t mean she had to give up her faith. But, of course, there were no priests here and no churches and no communion and no mass.

So, she decided she would have her own private prayer, even if it did feel a little strange to miss Sunday mass, and knelt by her bed and began to pray. However, she hit another obstacle. Susan believed in God, as all boys and girls do: in the way that you believed in Santa because you didn’t understand faith and religion and the universe. Of course, she was no ordinary girl; while she still had no understanding of how the universe worked—she did travel to a new world a mere week before—she knew that it was far more complex than adults made it out to be, and certainly much different than the priests at church said it was. By this point, all she knew was that there was Aslan; God, like Santa, felt like a fairy tale to her, but Aslan seemed to be more than magic, more than everything really. He radiated power and love and life, as if he is the only thing that ever will be. So, because she felt more comfortable praying to Aslan than she did God, that is exactly what she did.

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Rituals and Traditions of Narnia

Anon asked: I’ve always wondered what kind of rituals or celebrations do you think they would have in Narnia? What do you think would they be celebrating? What would their rituals include? I’ve just always been intrigued by Narnian culture.

So, I’ve decided to make a mini list. Please feel free to add to it! I’ll be tracking this post and reblogging some favourite additions.

-Every Spring, they had a large feast celebrating the victory of Beruna. Their story of the first coming was always told. This lasted even to the time of the Telmarines.

-In the Fall, there was an old royal tradition called “Harvest Day.” In this time, the royals and the Knights would work amongst the people for a week, helping wherever they could. At the end of the week, the families helped would be invited to the castle for a small ball.

-Mistletoe was a huge tradition in Cair Paravel. Many believed it was magical, and caused people to fall in love. While this isn’t true, most Narnians told their children this as part of their list of Christmas tales.

-The classic and common “Narnian” breakfast consisted of toast with Marmalade, tea, and porridge. Anything else was a special occasion.

-Before winter, the Pevensies sectioned out 10% of the taxes to be allocated to personal construction for any Narnians, and another 20% for public constructions. Edmund, especially, kept up with the roads.