This article is about a non-fiction entity related to the Astronist belief system or the Astronic tradition.
Any article relating to a fictional entity will be clearly marked as being part of the Spacefaring World.
Popular Astronism, also known as pop Astronism, is a post-omnidoxical form of Astronism encompassing all manifestations of Astronism in popular culture, namely in entertainment, sports, news, fashion, technology, and politics.
Such manifestations are often referential to some aspect of Astronism, often one that is stereotypical of Astronism or of Astronists and isn't necessarily the most accurate representation of the religion, its beliefs or its followers. A result of the influence of Popular Astronism came with the development of Cultural Astronism which is synonymous with Popular Astronism, but as especially distinct from Religious Astronism or Philosophical Astronism.
Cultural Astronism is perhaps most accurately described as a form of Astronism that non-Astronists and non-academics are able to understand and interact with. Examples of Cultural Astronism are Astronist sophariums, Starlight Festivals, Astronist renditions, and other physical or practical manifestations of the religion that are interactive for the masses rather than for the learned few.
Opinions of a significant variance exist regarding the positive effects of a religion's interactions with the popular culture of a society. Some critics have stated that allowing a religion to be entangled with the popular culture lowers the solemnity and "sacredness" of that religion and forces it to become another facet of distraction, entertainment, or vicarious interaction rather than a solemn, personal, and earnest path of self-discovery.
Others have stated that the more a religion interacts with the vernacular of the popular culture, the more likely it is to be considered a religion rather than a cult or sect. In this regard, a religion is seen as inextricably integrated with societal identity and so the greater a religion's integration into popular culture demonstrates the greater success and widespread adherence or acceptance of that religion, whether that be in a practicing or non-practicing manner.
From its inception, Astronism has experienced a lengthy history of interaction with the popular culture of different nations, initially as a result of the exportation of its own forms of entertainment into the popular culture sphere, e.g. Spacefaring World, thus demonstrating a more controlled form of popular culture interaction.
However, later on in its history, aspects of Astronism were used by others in their own facets of popular culture that did not necessarily represent the religion in the most accurate light.
Another significant element to Astronism's interaction with popular culture was the celebrity of Cometan and his role just as much a public figure as it was a religious figure.