Sacred Mandalorian texts
- "I hear the Mandalorians have been wanderers, too, and that they were conquerors like us, and their god was war itself. And now—now they are not, and their worship of war itself has vanished because one of their leaders wanted things to be more civilized."
- ―Nom Anor
The Mandalorian religion was the accumulated spiritual and mythological beliefs of the Mandalorian warrior culture. Like the Mandalorians themselves, their religion saw numerous changes throughout the course of history, with several concepts evolving or falling out of popular practice over time. The ancient Mandalorians and the culture's Taung founders were intensely devout in their beliefs, forming a deeply religious society. Creation myths such as the Akaanati'kar'oya—the "War of Life and Death"—were viewed literally, and ritual combat was waged in worship of Kad Ha'rangir the destroyer god, who the Mandalorians believed represented change and was opposed by Arasuum, the stagnant sloth-god. This obsession with battle reached it's pinnacle when the Mandalorians came to deify war itself, and believed that to wage war was to be divine.
However, this zealotry did not last. Over time, the Mandalorians grew disillusioned with their former fanaticism and war-worshiping ways. Mandalorian beliefs became more secular and pragmatic: their ancient myths of warring gods and stories of the fallen rulers of Mandalore portrayed as the night stars were viewed as philosophical parables, and modern Mandalorians sought to derive allegorical insight from these tales rather than fact. The belief in a literal afterlife waned in favor of a belief in the manda, a collective oversoul described as the very essence of being Mandalorian. A Mandalorian ignorant of their heritage and culture was considered to be dar'manda—soulless—and would have no place in the manda after death; to be dar'manda was considered a terrible fate by Mandalorians, and a great importance was placed upon knowing and living their culture as defined by the Resol'nare, the culture's six tenets.
- "We're nomadic. We have no country. All we have to hold us together is what we are, what we do, and without that we're... dar'manda. I don't know how to explain it... we have no soul, no afterlife, no identity. We're eternally dead."
- ―Kal Skirata
One of the first notable changes to the Mandalorian religion came circa 4000 BBY. Legend claimed that the reigning leader of the Mandalorians, Mandalore the Indomitable, journeyed to the planet Shogun, and there he received a vision that inspired a revelation. Returning to the clans, Mandalore the Indomitable led his people to cease their worship of gods such as Kad Ha'rangir, Arasuum, and Hod Ha'ran, instead elevated war itself to the heart of their religion. War was revered, and to wage war was to be divine. It was from that point that the Mandalorians became infamous as Crusaders, a reflection of their view that the making of war was a holy crusade. Mandalore the Indomitable was not the last of the Mandalorian leaders to receive a vision on Shogun. Following his ascent to the role after Indomitable's death, Mandalore the Ultimate was shown a new vision on Shogun, one that led him to allow members of other species who proved themselves in combat and upheld the tenets of the Resol'nare, to be treated as equal members of the Mandalorian clans. Under his rule, the Mandalorians were certain of the approach of the mythic Ani'la Akaan, the "Great Last Battle," and found it at Malachor V, where the Mandalorian Neo-Crusaders engaged the Jedi-led forces of the Galactic Republic, only to be defeated.
As time passed, the Mandalorians became disillusioned with the religious fanaticism of their ancestors and their war-worshiping ways. Their belief system moved further away from the supernatural, and a greater importance was placed on secular pragmatism. Where creation myths such as the Akaanati'kar'oya had once been regarded literally, later generations viewed these stories instead as allegory, seeking to glean philosophical insight from them rather than truth. The ancient gods were largely forgotten in contemporary times; common wisdom suggested divine masters were to be tolerated only if they were able to pull their own weight in the culture. The concept of a literal afterlife waned, in favor of a belief in the manda. The manda was described as an oversoul, a collective consciousness, and the very essence of being Mandalorian. To join with the manda after death, a Mandalorian was required to be knowledgeable of their culture, and practice its tenets in their daily lives. For a Mandalorian to be ignorant of their heritage was to be dar'manda—without a soul—and to be without a place in the collective afterlife. The concept of being dar'manda was feared in the Mandalorian culture, and was considered a terrible fate.
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- Star Wars: The Old Republic Template:Imo
- Republic Commando: Triple Zero (Mentioned only)
- Republic Commando: True Colors (Mentioned only)
- Order 66: A Republic Commando Novel (Mentioned only)
- Imperial Commando: 501st (Mentioned only)
- Boba Fett: A Practical Man (Mentioned only)
- Legacy of the Force: Bloodlines (Mentioned only)
- Legacy of the Force: Sacrifice (Mentioned only)
- Legacy of the Force: Revelation (Mentioned only)
- The Essential Guide to Warfare
- The Bounty Hunter Code: From the Files of Boba Fett