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(Hard Paganism Question) If many different individual gods and goddesses exist throughout the world…

If a hard pagan believes many different individual gods exist throughout the world, then why are Apollo of the Greeks, Alanaus of the Celts, Sol of the Romans, Ra of the Egyptians, Tonatiuh of the Aztecs and Inti of the Incans are all gods of the sun?

Why do the many different gods exist for the one sun?

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Asked by flatlanderjenn at 5:09 PM on Nov. 12, 2010 in Religion & Beliefs

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  • Because each culture assigned those names to their deities based on their own personal language, cultural context, social structure, and understanding of the natural order.

    Although I have read fictional work regarding the deities (I really recommend American Gods by Neil Gaiman to explain this one) that the deities came to existence out of the beliefs of their people and gained their power from their worship.

    So when you take two (or more) extremely divergent groups and have them envision the deity of whatever, they are naturally going to envision something to which they can relate and thus, two divergent deities would come to be.

    Answer by geminilove at 5:37 PM on Nov. 12, 2010

  • Here is how I see things, however not all will agree with me.

    I believe in a Great God & Goddess (who are now nameless) who "parented" the Gods. As creation progressed and Gods were needed by the different civilizations the different "God Families" adopted different civilizations here on earth as their own... THIS is where the different pantheons come from. Each Pantheon or "Family" would have a God who represented the Sun or the Water or the Hunt or whatever... Because each civilization on earth would need someone with that aspect. So there would be no ultimate SUN GOD or anything like that because each group would need their own. These Gods then work together to give the people what they need...

    Today, these Pantheons have become less defined as the cultures have become less defined, and so they tend to simply work together to guide their individual cultures as well as the rest of us & nature in general.

    Answer by SabrinaMBowen at 6:00 PM on Nov. 12, 2010

  • Why do the many different gods exist for the one sun?

    That's oversimplifying it. That's like saying every solar powered device on the planet must be the same device because they all draw power from the same sun. For example, "Ra" refers to a god that pulls his power from a specific point in time each day when the sun is in a specific position. Apollo is a god of light and truth, as contrasted to darkness and deception.

    Answer by NotPanicking at 6:26 PM on Nov. 12, 2010

  • And, of course, in christianity, Jesus is the "sun" of god or "god's sun". The Israelites knew a good thing when they heard it!

    Answer by witchqueen at 8:16 PM on Nov. 12, 2010

  • Hard Polytheism not Hard Paganism.

    As a pp said, it is over simplifying it. Religious scholars are the one who have determined the classification of what makes a Sun God, not the religions themselves. Even the designation "Sun God" is deceptive. Many of those Gods are not personifications of the Sun nor in control of the Sun but identified with the Sun, being like the Sun. But there is for me an undeniable aspect in that human nature does shape the way we see the Gods perhaps to the point of creating the Gods or in creating their form. We are very cyclic and we as a species reflect this aspect.

    Answer by isabellalecour at 9:33 PM on Nov. 12, 2010

  • Because Paganism isn't limited to one culture.

    Some Native American religions believed in only one God, but that doesn't mean their God was the same as the Christian God.

    Answer by xxhazeldovexx at 10:13 PM on Nov. 13, 2010

  • Many gods of the sun = many aspects of the god in different cultures.

    Answer by IndigoRose at 11:48 AM on Nov. 16, 2010

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