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. I strive to be respectful of religions and cultures. Though they may be loosely based on a real-world religion, the following religions are fictional, and therefore, should be approached as such.
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. Their religion teaches separation from mainstream culture, high respect for elders, and dominant male authority. It is based loosely on a variety of Middle Eastern religions.
Anima is one of 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.
Cult of Veni
Some SimNatives still worship the goddess, Venivea, more commonly known as Veni (a.k.a. Venus), the goddess of love. 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. Some Sims believe he is an ancient god of the underworld (like in Veni, they believe the Grim Reaper is the god, Morsim) and some believe he is an alien from another planet. Others know him as the king of the Titanav (more accurately the Kr’v).
Jacoban and Peteran
There are two inter-related religions similar to Catholicism and Protestantism – Jacoban and Peteran. There are branches of Peteran, including Angelican and Editarian. The branches of Jacoban include Devoutarian and Loyolean.
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.
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.
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).
More to come…
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.