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"I'm a Mandalorian. Weapons are part of my religion!"
Din Djarin[src]

A religion described an organized belief system held by many beings in the galaxy. Some religions were labeled as cults.


"Like me, they are all that remains of the Jedi religion."
Luke Skywalker, to Rey[src]
Jedha city

Jedha City: a pilgrimage place for many religious traditions.

Religion usually referred to a being's spiritual beliefs and might include some belief in an afterlife.[1] They also might include the belief in a god or the Force, though this was not always the case.[2] For instance, Mandalorian adherents to the Way of the Mandalore appeared not to show any reverence towards a god or the Force, and instead cherished weaponry, honor, and their armor.[3] The Central Isopter, on the other hand, worshiped death.[4] Many religions followed some form of creed or code.[5] The Jedi Order adhered to its Jedi Code,[6] while their enemies, the Sith, followed the Code of the Sith.[7] Likewise, many religions followed a foundational set of scriptures,[8] such as the sacred Jedi texts observed by members of the Jedi Order.[9] The Order of the Esoteric Pulsar followed the Book of Stars.[2]

Central Isopter cultists - Topps

Central Isopter cultists

Whenever a religion fell outside the mainstream, it was often referred to as a "cult." Many of the known cults in the galaxy adhered to the dark side of the Force, making following them even more stigmatized. In the aftermath of the Battle of Endor, multiple Sith cults emerged to worship the deposed and presumed deceased Sith Lord Darth Sidious and his apprentice Darth Vader. Among these were the the Acolytes of the Beyond, Alazmec of Winsit, and the Sith Eternal.[8] Similarly, it was possible for splinter groups to form within religions who disagreed with the orthodox members of their orders. An example of this was the Ordu Aspectu, a Jedi heresy, who disagreed with the violence perpetrated by the Jedi Order.[10] However, the orthodox Jedi eventually destroyed the sect.[11]

Many religions had sites scattered throughout the galaxy that were holy or sacred to them. Jedha City was a gathering place for a plethora of the galaxy's Force-based religions up until its destruction by the first Death Star.[2] Ilum was a sacred planet for the Jedi Order, where they would harvest kyber crystals for their lightsabers;[12] and Moraband was a dark but sacred world to the Sith and was home to their burial grounds.[13]


Ancient past


Darth Bane carried on the Sith religion after it was thought to be eradicated by the Jedi.

At some point in the ancient past, the Prime Jedi created the Jedi Order on Ahch-To.[14] The sacred Jedi texts, written at the dawn of the Jedi Order, contained some of the earliest religious texts to reference the Force. The Rammahgon in particular contained a number of conflicting origin stories for both the universe and the Force.[8]

Their ancient dark side enemies, the Sith, were later born from a schism in the Order led by an unidentified rogue Jedi during the Hundred-Year Darkness.[15] Conflict between these two Force religions would lead to countless wars that resulted in the theocratic Sith Empire in control of the galaxy. However, ultimately, the Jedi defeated their enemies and thought them to be extinct.[16] Afterwards, the Galactic Republic sought to scrub history clean of all mentions of the Sith religion,[8] even forbidding protocol droids from translating their runic language.[17] However, the Sith Lord Darth Bane carried on the Sith religion in the form of the Rule of Two, allowing it to survive its supposed extinction.[13]

The ancient Jedi also fought a religious civil war with a splinter group, the Ordu Aspectu, who disagreed with the orthodox members of the Order over the violence they perceived was perpetrated by the Jedi. Galactic historians differ on what ultimately caused the conflict between the two sects of the Jedi Order, but, in the end, the rogue Jedi Rur and his followers were wiped out by the orthodox Jedi.[10]

Temple of the Whills - RO trailer

The Temple of the Kyber: a holy site in the Holy City on Jedha.

Around the same time, more than 5000 years before the Galactic Civil War, the holy city of NiJedha was built on the moon of Jedha.[18] The city hosted the Temple of the Kyber and came to be a site of pilgrimage for a plethora of Force religions. The Jedi Order eventually established itself on Jedha, as well, taking up in the Temple of the Kyber.[2] Despite its religious pluralism, the moon became so associated with the Jedi that it was proposed by historians as a possible location for the first Jedi temple.[14]

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