Religion is deliberately open-ended (a choice of the game designers). Most Sims believe in a Creator or Overseer. In my SimWorld/ universe, there are many religions, worldviews, and belief systems.
Jacoban and Peteran
There are two inter-related religions similar to Catholicism and Protestantism – Jacoban and Peteran. There are many branches of Peteran, including Angelican.
- A Jacoban priest was introduced in The Sims: Medieval, but does not actually make an appearance in the regular Sims world. In my SimWorld, religion does play a part in some Sims lives. The Jacobans believe fear is a mighty tool, and place a high emphasis on conversion, confession, repentance, and following the law. They also lead an ostentatious lifestyle, believing that following the law and tradition makes one healthy and wealthy. Jacobans worship the Creator and their relationship with him is based on fear, order, and laws. Jacobans have priests.
- The Loyoleans are a branch of the Jacoban faith, and are responsible for the Simspani missions across the SimNation. They founded Starlight Shores, and set up the wishing well in Lucky Palms. They specifically set up fountains in each town they placed a mission. They are a play on the Spanish missions of California.
- A Devoutarian is a branch of the Jacoban faith, and is my SimWorld version of the Orthodox church.
- A Peteran is also introduced in The Sims: Medieval, but similarly, doesn’t make an appearance in the regular Sims world. In my SimWorld, Peteran is a religion just like Jacoban. They believe in living simply, loving the followers, and place a high emphasis on evangelism, prayer, community, peace, and relationship with God. Peterans worship the Almighty Father, whom they affectionately call Padre. Their relationship with him is based on love and acceptance. Peterans have ministers.
- An Angelican is a type of Peteran, though closely related to the Jacobans. Angelicanism is closest to Anglican and Episcopalian. They broke away from the Jacoban church because they didn’t like the mandated state religion and wanted a separation of church and state in the Sim Union.
- Both the Creator and Padre are one in the same God, different aspects and interpretations of God.
- In both the Jacoban and Peteran faiths, they believe the first two created people in the world were Simdon and Eve (like Adam and Eve in the Simlish language).
A Jacoban or Jacobanite is a follower of the Jacoban faith. Both the Jacoban and Peteran faiths existed on Earth in a primitive state. Admiral Leonardo Landgrabb was among one of the devout followers of the Jacoban faith who brought his priest to Simterra. After Admiral Landgrabb left Deutchsim, he traveled the world bringing with him various high level Jacoban priests. The holy city of Yacothia was established in Championne.
*This information is inspired/influenced heavily by the Jacoban faith in The Sims Medieval game.
Jacobans worship the Creator or Watcher, and their relationship is based on fear, order, and laws. Jacobans believe the Creator/Watcher created them, and continues to watch and guide them, but they fear retribution if they stray from their strict morality.
Jacobans believe that Jacob was the first to speak with their Creator/Watcher. He translated the Sacred Word (scriptures) into Simlish.
In more recent years, the Jacoban church has lost its dramatic influence over the population, and many practice “in name only” or are considered lapsed. Those who practice the Jacoban faith often lead an ostentatious lifestyle, believing that following the law and tradition makes one healthy and wealthy. Some devout Jacobans believe their religion to be superior to others. Typical Jacoban churches require a 20% income donation or tithe.
Devout Jacobans go to daily convocation and some go twice a day (early morning and mid to late evening). Weekly convocation is required. Various spiritual leaders from history have been given sainthood, meaning they lived a lifestyle to be emulated.
The Jacoban priests believe fear is a mighty tool and place a high emphasis on conversion, confession, repentance, and following the law.
Jacoban priests give lecturns (sermons), convert nonbelievers, speak on theological matters with others, offer absolution of sins via the Watcher’s Absolution, consecrate water and rooms, post proclamations, collect taxes in the form of tithes, and share prayers of protection, healing, and blessing via the Watcher’s Touch.
Jacoban priests practice reflection and mediation in order to achieve the Watcher’s Gaze (seeing things through the eyes of the Watcher) and the Watcher’s Blessing (protection against and healing from fatigue, injury, and illness). They may also study at the Holy Archives, the library of the Proxy, and write teachings. They may also sit in contemplation in nature.
- Santa María de la Purísima is based on a real life saint from Spain named María de la Purísima Salvat Romero.
- Saint Patrick
- Saint Valentine
Yacothia, the Holy City
The holy city of Yacothia is an autonomous city state, ruled by Guardian, the High Priest or Priestess. The Guardian is the keeper of the keys to the city, literally, the spiritual leader of the Jacobans, and the political leader of Yacothia. The Guardian is said to speak for the Watcher and interprets the Sacred Word.
The city is an absolute elective monarchy. The Proxy are the ruling elite, spiritual and political advisors to the Guardian. Those who are among the Proxy live in the Proxyhood. The members of the Proxy include the Great Convincer (managing conversions and membership in the church), the High Priest(ess) (manages politics and diplomacy on behalf of the Guardian), Treasurer (manages taxes), Eyes of Jacob (high ranking priests and can also serve as inquisitors if necessary), and Clerical Priest (low-level local priests that do not necessarily need to live in the city itself). There are also attendants of various kinds (housekeeping, cooks, writers of religious documents, census takers, and religious ceremony assistants).
The borders are protected by the elite Yacothian paladins known as Jacob’s Sword. The Jacob’s Sword carry watcher’s blades and the tooth of Jacob, a specially forged sword. The Justicers are an elite militant force who primarily specialize in covert ops to protect the city and the church from its most dangerous enemies. The Sacred Vault is in an unknown location in the forest, storing the wealth of Yacothia and is only known to the Guardian, High Priest(ess), and a few Jacob’s Swords.
Yacothia is known for its wealth and culture and enjoys a large number of artists in residence and artistic benefactors. The original ‘Thinking Head of Davius’ is located in St. Iames Square. Replicas are available for purchase and are often found in homes. Yacothia also boasts of a healthy tourism culture, many making pilgrimages to the holy city and wearing the traditional Jacob’s Knot (neckerchiefs) in reverence.
Yacothia’s main exports are art, print materials, and pharmaceutical drugs. Watched Water is also a vial of water that has been blessed by a high ranking member of the Proxyhood, and is incapable of boiling.
Another religion is the worshippers of the Maker, also known as Al-Sim. They worship at a temple known as the House of Al-Sim. Children of Al-Sim have strict rules for living. Women and children must have no outer adornments, dress in extreme modesty, adhere to curfew, and be submissive. Their religion teaches separation from mainstream culture, high respect for elders, dominant male authority, and arranged marriages.
Simdui Spirituality or Simduism (as it is known to most of the world) is another religion, practiced most prominently in Simbai, some of the Osimceana islands, and some of the Simirribbean Islands. Those who follow Simdui Spirituality worship a pantheon of gods and goddesses. Simdu Spirituality teaches the principles of balance, harmony, meditation, self-restraint, family, peace, forbearance, compassion, and charity. Those who follow Simdui allow the principles to guide their code of ethics, concepts of prosperity, work, freedom, and liberation, how to channel their emotions and sexuality, and their beliefs about actions, intentions, and consequences. Some followers choose to live as monastics in a life of prayer, meditation, solitude, reflection, chastity, and poverty.
Anima is the religious practices, philosophies, and beliefs of the Nativians. Those who practice Anima believe that there is no distinction between the spiritual and physical world and everything has a ‘spirit’ or an ‘animan.’ There is a mother goddess or an world caretaker called Nokoina, and she is believed to be the caretaker of natural world and a goddess of life, love, and animals. Anima teaches high respect of nature, simple lifestyle, balance, harmony, and finding inner sanctuary and peace. They do not have an organized church, but often gather in communities for celebrations and rituals. The highest spiritual healer and leader of a community or village is called an Olos, meaning ‘one who makes whole,’ and can only be a female.
Cult of Veni
Some SimNatives still worship the goddess, Veni (a.k.a. Venus) from their old days on Venusia. This is extremely rare and there are only a few known cults today.
As an aside, the Grim Reaper is the closest version of the devil or personification of death in the SimWorld. He only comes when a Sim is dying, of course. Some Sims believe he is an ancient god of the underworld and some believe he is an alien from another planet.