What is Glie?
The city of Glie was created with a large number of influences, at least a couple of which should be very obvious. I do want to start by contradicting two of the most popular claims I've seen so far.
First is the Garden of Eden. This one is pretty obviously not correct. Man was thrown out of the Garden of Eden after eating fruit from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil (the full name of this tree is, for some reason, rarely used). The haibane and the other inhabitants certainly already know about good and evil. The whole series would not be possible if they didn't. I'm not too clear on how this one even came up as an option.
The second, Purgatory, is harder to contradict, because
it certainly was a large influence on the setting. However, I don't
think it was the main one.
Instead, the main theme seems to be Limbo. It's not
as well known as Purgatory, but it fits the setting much better. There
are two key points about it to make note of.
In fact, ABe seems to have combined Purgatory and Limbo into one place. Between the two, they cover all the major aspects.
However, there are certainly some Eastern influences
on the setting as well.
Other Eastern influences will have to wait, as I'm not particularly familiar with the religions. If anyone recognizes anything, please let me know.
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