Playing on emperor. I usually start with a shrine, then monument and then worker. Exceptions include: 1. If I have a good amount of mining/trapping resource, I go worker first while researching the appropriate tech. 2. Guaranteed faith (India/Ethiopia/Spain) 3. Good early unique like Aztec jaguars I go shrine first because I'm paranoid about losing a good pantheon (and hence a religion, with all the benefits it provides). But I recently read in a couple of fairly old threads that shrine first is suboptimal. Is this true? Are there advantages to going monument first?