Anakin Skywalker / Darth Vader was seen not only as the Chosen One but also as a god or various mythical creatures (angry ghost on Tatooine, Ghost Hand on Nelvaan or the one to slay three snake kill Jedi & Sith and bring chaos)
So, pictures here we have Queen Midna (ruler of the Twili, slayer of the usurper, destroyer of castles, and wielder of the Fused Shadows) with Prince Link (hero of the realms, chosen of the gods, sacred beast, and royal arm candy consort of the Twilight Queen).
conception of the afterlife that developed over time and was maintained by some Greek religious and philosophical sects and cults. Initially separate from the realm of Hades, admission was reserved for mortals related to the gods and other heroes. Later, it expanded to include those chosen by the gods, the righteous, and the heroic, where they would remain after death, to live a blessed and happy life, and indulging in whatever employment they had enjoyed in life.
Opinion on religion in Hyrule? The Three Goddesses and Hylia? Any other deities that may be present in the land as well?
from what we see in ocarina of time, only those connected to the royal family or those who lived through the hyrulean civil war are particularly religious. even the old, superstitious stories about the triforce, the master sword and the ocarina of time seem to have dwindled to nothing in this time period. although link has surely met with some of the priests that tend to the Temple of Time, as well as its builder, Rauru, he is not a religious man.
he is a hero chosen by the gods. he acknowledges their existence and ‘believes’ in them, so to speak, but he does not WORSHIP a particular god. not in my portrayal, at least. in my last meta-post, i talked about the links to a god of death, which zelda sadly lacks any sort of posting about. but in almost any pagan religion, you will have someone who acts as a caretaker for the dead. i’m sure that the hylian gods have some sort of hierarchy. perhaps the ones we’ve heard of so far are considered god-rulers, like zeus and hera. but i believe there would be others. a god of death, a goddess of fertility (perhaps this title goes to farore as well?) a god or goddess of war. in this pantheon, we see mentioned only those who, in some fashion, helped create the land and hyliansas well. but it is not mentioned whether hyrule is a country or a world. however, i would assume that it is a vast territory on a planet elsewhere, since the gods (golden trio) are mentioned to have come from a neighboring nebula. this would mean that hyrule could also be directly influenced by other religions from other lands, including the religion and or culture of the gerudo, which they seem particularly xenophobic/opposed toward, despite men often fetishizing gerudo women in game-text.
hylia is not mentioned anywhere in ocarina of time, save for the lake for which she is named. i think that she is still a MAJOR DEITY of the hyrulean people at this point. and is probably regarded as the ‘patron deity’ of the country itself. we see mentioned in majora’s mask an entirely different goddess; THE GODDESS OF TIME. this means that this goddess is solely responsible for the magicks seen in MM and OOT… not Hylia, who’s line continued into what is now the royal family.
since almost all mention of the gods seems to have vanished in a link to the past and twilight princess, etc ( again, save for those who are particularly religious, are part of the royal family or guard them ) i think its safe to assume that ocarina of time is when the religious rituals we see practiced in Skyword Sword really starts to die out. the sacred flames are no longer active and the temples seen in OoT are moreso made as ruins or prisons than temples to the gods, SAVE for the temple of light. because of this theory, i do not think that link is a particularly religious man at all. he simply believes what he knows to be true. but he does not worship any particular deity. if anything, considering how his spirit was bound by his own regrets to the husk of a spiritual stalfos, part of me wonders if link never came to hate the gods. imagine how many of his descendants he had to watch die or suffer in that time period. only until finally, the link we see in TP is granted the knowledge of the hero’s shade.