Originally Posted by Flambe
I guess I'm confused. I was under the impression from the show that power is only newly stirring (the White Walkers rising, power coming from the gods, etc.). So even if the religion is old, actually wielding power from them is something that's only happened relatively recently (within the current generation basically). I assumed that power from the gods waxed and waned over time, and we're in a new phase in the show, now.
Side question: is the Lord of Light an old god or a new one? I assumed a new one but I could be wrong (and doesn't really matter I guess: even the old gods didn't have any power again until recently).
It's not clear how long red priests may have been actually wielding power from the Lord of Light. While it's been hinted at that the rise of White Walkers and Dragons have given rise to magic in the world, there are other hints that there was still power that was being used prior to that occurence.
As far as being old/new, the practitioners of the faith would say R'Hllor (the god) is the only true god. I would imagine that would mean he is old. The ages of the faiths aren't always clear though. But in Westeros (with King's Landing, Dorne, Winterfell, The Wall, etc.) it is not a widely practiced religion. The primary religion there is that of the Seven (those who imprisoned Cersei & Margerie) and in the North the "old gods". The "old gods" are old in terms of Westeros, not necessarily the world. In Essos (Pentos, Braavos - to a lesser extent, Asshai, Volantis,
Lys, Myr, etc.) the Lord of Light religion is the most prominent. There are many other religions as well that are less popular.
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