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On the Gods - the acknowledgement of Divinity

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Theories and narratives about, and modes of worship of, gods are largely a matter of religion. At present, the vast majority of humans
are adherents of some religion, and this has been true for at least thousands of years. Human burials from between 50,000 and 30,000 B.C. provide evidence of human belief in an afterlife and possibly in gods, although it is not clear when human belief in deities became the dominant view.

Some deities are thought to be invisible or inaccessible to humans—to dwell mainly in otherworldly, remote or secluded and holy places, such as Heaven, Hell, the sky, the under-world, under the sea, in the high mountains or deep forests, or in a supernatural plane or celestial sphere. They typically rarely reveal or manifest themselves to humans, and make themselves known mainly through their effects. Monotheistic gods are often thought of as being omnipresent, though invisible.

Often people feel an obligation to their god/gods. There are others however that treat their god/gods as something that serves them.

Folk religions usually contain active and worldly deities.

In polytheism, gods are conceived of as a counterpart to humans. In the reconstructed and hypothetical Proto-Indo-European, humans were described as chthonian ("earthly") as opposed to the gods which were deivos ("celestial"). This almost symbiotic relationship is present in many later cultures: humans are defined by their station subject to the gods, nourishing them with sacrifices, and gods are defined by their sovereignty over humans, punishing and rewarding them, but also dependent on their worship. The boundary between human and divine in most cultures is by no means absolute. Demigods are the offspring from a union of a human with a deity, and most royal houses in Antiquity claimed divine ancestors. Beginning with Djedefra (26th century BC), the Egyptian Pharaohs called themselves "Son of Ra". Some human rulers, such as the Pharaohs of the New Kingdom, the Japanese Tennos and some Roman Emperors, have been worshipped by their subjects as deities while still alive. The earliest ruler known to have claimed divinity is Naram-Sin (22nd century BC). In many cultures rulers and other prominent or holy persons may be thought to become deities upon death (see Osiris, ancestor worship, canonization).

Some of us view the Gods as completely independent from Humans and some believe that Gods dwell inside of us. Some other conciliate the two views and some say that Gods are only a creation of Man, they are but Engregores created by countless centuries of worship...

To me, the Gods are a mixture of all of this, but they are also independent divine beings that have a will of their own. We can call them engregores made by many different cultures and in some cases a mixture of cultures. Does a God or Goddess can be referred to as simply as an engregore? Do we forge the Gods as we go along history? Do the Gods need us to survive? Or do we survived without the presence of the Gods?

Is duotheism a form of monotheism? When we think of polytheism can we really include duotheism in there?

Paganism in the past few decades and even more recently was accused of being duotheistic on behalf of the God and Goddess duality. I agree in part on the statement that all the Gods are but one God and all the Goddesses are but one Goddess. I agree with it on the anthropological point of view, meaning, each culture created a Goddess and a God upon their perception of the Divine forces around them on that particular culture and on that particular society. That's why we have similar Gods and Goddesses, with almost the same attributes, but with different names and some different characteristics on different cultures. I don't agree with it when it is looked literally. I do believe that although a part of it inclusive, another part have their own independence and they really are different, not aspects, but clearly different entities.

What do you think?

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Comment by Isis Anderson on February 20, 2008 at 7:45pm
There is the One out of which all emanate..Gods and Men and all Beings.. us included.. are we thought forms in the mind of God? Yes and more.. There is the God within ..the Higher Self..True Self.. Aakhu (Khu) in old Egyptian.. we are each a divine flame from the Great Flame ..the Big Bang... The Egregores may exist but I look to the Reality behind them and The Gods are real Beings... with Individuality...they may represent Aspects of the One but they each have their own existence. That is my experience of them.. I have met Beings from Greek, Roman, British, Egyptian, Akkadian, Hebrew traditions and encountered an Aztec Deity. I have found in my own tradition the Deities to be helpful in ways that make it clear they are real..they made this universe. They made us. We did not make them. If one wishes sincere contact anyone can have it. We do not own them..they are part of our universal family.

In encountering Atum one touches the beginning....does He have different names in different cultures? Yes. Are all Gods the One ..yes and no..again they are individual.. this is my experience.. not my belief. One can only experience this so I cannot prove it..but once experienced it needs no proof.

If one holds the belief that the Gods are this or that they cannot get to the place of knowing what they are..(not that I am saying I do...but I know they are real and Great Beings based on my own effort to sort out these very questions).

I was once very confused about this subject... so I worked on knowing.. clearing myself.. praying..asking for guidance..and over time the help, the contacts, the information came. So all need to sort this out and also to keep an open mind. That will open the way.

Bright Blessings,
Isis Anderson


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