Pandaren Ideology

The race I have chosen to analyze is the Pandaren.  The Pandaren are nature-loving humanoid pandas that in the lore were virtually sealed off from the rest of Azeroth up until the Cataclysm.  This isolation made them a race of peaceful people, but they are also warriors that are characterized by their ferocity in battle.  They are a neutral race, not allied with the Horde or the Alliance.  Their values seem to be living in the moment.  Everything they do is full of enthusiasm and they live in the moment.  Their religion was based on the worship of the “August Celestials,” but this was outlawed later.  They seem to not have a central religion but revere their ancestors.  In their culture, the Pandaren seem to value wisdom above all other values, whether this takes form in moral conviction in the Tushui way, taking action no matter the cost in the Huojin way, or taking things as they come in the Wanderer’s Way, all of these philosophies share the same core that is pervasive in the Race’s lore and culture.  The clothing, culture, and mythology of the Pandaren seems to be highly influenced by Asian cultures.  The clothing is the most obvious parallel, as it is heavily eastern inspired.  The idea of a society isolated from the outside seems to also be a parallel to the real world. The mountainous region of Pandria, along with the values of the culture and the predominantly Eastern influence seems to be a parallel of the cultures within the Nepal and Bhutan.  These are also cultures that share similar values to the Pandaren such as: wisdom, pacifism, and even honoring the dead with incense.

 

Sources:

https://wow.gamepedia.com/Pandaria#Geography

 

World of Warcraft

 

https://www.jstor.org/stable/3023521?seq=1#metadata_info_tab_contents

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