August 21st, 2010

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Death of gods/religion/belief

Hi! I've posted here before regarding this short story, and here I am again!

I'm looking for information on what happens when god (notice the lack of capitalization) dies. That is, what happens when a heartfelt, all-important belief system is shattered. I'd like information from both a sociological perspective (i.e., how does an entire society, as an organism itself, respond) and from an psychological perspective (how does an individual react, etc.). Any type of insight into this would be good -- firsthand accounts, historical examples, theoretical surmisings, etc.

The basic jist of the story, which takes place on a ringed planet I've yet to create, is that this culture has deified the planetary rings, turning them literally into their god, and what happens to that culture when those rings suddenly vanish. I'm intending to get at this through the stories of a few different people, like the priest-king who wants to retain control over his people, a couple whose love was proscribed by the religion, and a priest who truly believed everything.

The culture is primitive. I mean, they believe rings are gods, of course! But not too primitive, you know? I'm thinking something along the lines of ancient Egypt or Mesopotamia, something like that. (Please, don't let this turn into a discussion about whether or not we can call those cultures 'primitive.')

I live in a very small town with a library that's lucky to get in the new bestsellers, so print books are hard to come by. So I've done some simple searching online -- searching various pair-ups of words like 'death' or 'disintegration' and 'god' or 'religion' or 'belief' -- but most things come up relate to Nietzsche or other such things centered in our modern world, which obviously doesn't apply. As I said, any insight would be appreciated.

I do realize the individual reaction to something like this would be very nuanced, but I'm sure there are categories or common reactions, etc. That's the sort of things I'm looking for... but again, any advice would be great!
Of Legend

Abandoned Factory Shopping in West Yorkshire

First of all: thank you all for your help in my previous posts. This community is fantastic.

Secondly, I need help finding an abandoned factory.

The scenario is this: a group of my protagonistic characters are looking for people who are involved in Nasty Business: kidnapping and drug production, which in the universe I'm working in are crimes which go hand-in-hand. The good guys are staying at the Holiday Inn Express Hotel in Bradford; what I'm having trouble with are finding places for the bad guys to be set up in.

Ideally, they would be in an abandoned industrial site; something which has a large open area as well as a few smaller rooms. They would also, ideally, be no more than an hour away from the good guys by car. The place in question has to have a place for the bad guys to hole up, a large open area for storing people, a quasi-scientific room, a storage area, and an office, but since it's sort of a given that the bad guys would have bought the place out and sunk some money into making it serviceable for the past year or so, I'm not too picky about floorplans. Shortly after it's discovered, there's going to be a prolonged shoot-out.

So, where is this place?

Search terms use: various combinations of: "abandoned"+"building complex", "warehouse", "factory", "industrial site"+ "bradford", "west yorkshire". I also browsed through Derelict Places.

I'd considered High Royds Asylum, but the architecture is a bit too nice to me, and the fact that there are developing plans in action for it also makes me think that it isn't isolated enough for my purposes. I'd also thought about using ROF Thorpe Arch, which has the right feel to it but is currently in use by various interests, rather than abandoned completely.