Exactly Bill, what is your point? we don't even know whether the God of Phalanx has any church dedicated to It...he was not exactly specific about it. Anyway, I see the bowing thing as a matter of custom, i.e. cultural tradition. Now, to refuse that is to show the lack of respect. Something as if refusing to take your shoes off when entering peoples' houses (where it is customary) or take off one's hat when entering a church etc. I really don't see any difference between bowing to someone (provided they bow back to you) and simply crossing your sticks like at the beginning of DB matches, as long as it is a genuine show of respect and courtesy, in line with the habits of the specific group.