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See also: Agnosticism

Atheism is the rejection of deities. Rather than outright disbelieving in deities whose existence is a matter of hard fact, atheists in Golarion instead deny that deities are truly divine and thus not deserving of worship or blind faith.1 Thus, atheists may be classed as dystheists or misotheists.2

On Golarion

The symbol of the Prophets of Kalistrade, an atheistic organization.

Atheism is looked down upon in many parts of Golarion, but is enforced on a state level in the nations of Rahadoum in Garund3 and Touvette in the River Kingdoms.45 Followers of the Prophecies of Kalistrade, which is practically the state religion in Druma, are predominantly atheists.6

Some atheists have learned to heal themselves via mind-over-matter mental techniques in the absence of divine magic.7

In the Great Beyond

The devils known as deimaviggas believe that atheism is a tool to be used to lead mortals away from the gods and into Hell's embrace.8

The fate of atheists

Despite their lack of faith, atheists' souls are still judged by Pharasma. Some become bodiless spirits in the Astral Plane or are reincarnated, but most find their fate in the Graveyard of Souls.9 Phlegyas, the Consoler of Atheists, is the psychopomp usher of atheists who offers care to atheists when they arrive in the Boneyard, and may even train some of those souls to become psychopomps.10


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  1. James Jacobs, et al. The Inner Sea World Guide, 236. Paizo Inc., 2011
  2. Savannah Broadway, et al. “Atheism” in Faiths & Philosophies, 6. Paizo Inc., 2013
  3. James Jacobs, et al. The Inner Sea World Guide, 154. Paizo Inc., 2011
  4. James Jacobs, et al. The Inner Sea World Guide, 165. Paizo Inc., 2011
  5. Bachuan is described as a state-enforced atheist nation in Dragon Empires Gazetteer 19. These restrictions, along with other authoritarian dictates of the Pei philosophy, were loosened due to the in-universe actions of Shui Jing ca. 4715 AR, per Tian Xia World Guide 53, 56.
  6. Saif Ansari, et al. Prophecies of Kalistrade” in Disciple's Doctrine, 18. Paizo Inc., 2018
  7. James Jacobs, et al. The Inner Sea World Guide, 287. Paizo Inc., 2011
  8. F. Wesley Schneider. “Diablerie” in Princes of Darkness, Book of the Damned Volume 1, 57. Paizo Inc., 2009
  9. Amber Stewart. “The Outer Sphere” in The Great Beyond, A Guide to the Multiverse, 33. Paizo Inc., 2009
  10. John Compton, et al. “Auditors of the Absolute” in Concordance of Rivals, 16. Paizo Inc., 2019