The Bajoran religion was centered around the Prophets, the Bajoran name for the aliens residing inside the Bajoran wormhole, which the Bajorans believed was the Celestial Temple. Bajorans thought of these aliens as gods and often prayed to them for guidance. They also believed that everything happened for a reason, as it was the will of the Prophets and that starships were guided by the hands of the prophets while passing the Bajoran wormhole. (DS9: "In the Hands of the Prophets")
The word of the Prophets guided Bajor for tens of thousands of years, and over the years, ten orbs, or "tears of the Prophets," had emerged from the wormhole.
CommanderBenjamin Sisko was the first man to fly through the newly-opened wormhole. While flying through, he encountered the wormhole aliens which the Bajorans believed to be the Prophets. They spoke to him in enigmatic ways that seemed strangely wise and even prophetic. When the Bajorans learned about Sisko's experience, they identified him with their religion's Emissary. For a long time, Sisko remained skeptical of who the aliens were. (DS9: "Emissary")
The Prophets continued to talk to Sisko and guided him through the Dominion War. They were able to reach him even when he was outside of the wormhole. Eventually, Sisko learned that his mother was a Prophet. He also joined the Prophets. (DS9: "Image in the Sand", "What You Leave Behind")
Charity, humility, and faith were seen as the keys to enlightenment in the Bajoran faith. (DS9: "Covenant")
Winn actress Louise Fletcher commented, "The definition of their religion was handed down by mortals to the Bajorans [....] In the hands of a ruthless leader, the will or the words of the Prophets can be perverted or twisted. The people don't have a bible. There's no written word; everything is very hi-tech." (Star Trek Monthly issue 34, p. 50)
Much to the surprise of Ira Steven Behr, Bajoran religious aspects of DS9 Season 5 outing "Rapture" proved popular with fans. "They really seemed to take to this, to the spirituality, the faith," Behr related. "There's such a lack of faith in today's society. We're all so desperate to find something to believe in. This is the episode that made me realize just what we had created, in terms of the Bajoran faith and the Emissary. I knew that it was going to become a more and more important part of the show, and that a part of the audience was going to love it." (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Companion, p. 405)
Predictions made by Sisko in "Rapture" were thoroughly planned out. "We pretty much knew what those prophecies were going to be [....] We don't work everything out in advance, but that was something we knew about," remarked Robert Hewitt Wolfe. (Cinefantastique, Vol. 29, Nos. 6/7, pp. 46 & 47)
Over the centuries, a stratified system had developed by which the Bajoran faith was organized. Although the Emissary took precedence above all others, the Kai was the spiritual leader of Bajor, elected from and by the vedeks in the Vedek Assembly. The Assembly ruled alongside the provisional government and its Chamber of Ministers. Vedeks normally presided over religious ceremonies, assisted by ranjens.
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