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If Thor controls the thunder in Scandinavia...

If Thor controls the thunder in Scandinavia, why would a neo-pagan in the United States worship him? Would it make more sense to worship a Native American god who controls thunder? Why/why not?

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flatlanderjenn

Asked by flatlanderjenn at 3:27 PM on Jan. 2, 2011 in Religion & Beliefs

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  • Scandinavia is accepted as the region in which the god Thor orignated(or at least the stories of Thor), not that he only "rules" that region.
    KristiS11384

    Answer by KristiS11384 at 3:36 PM on Jan. 2, 2011

  • If Thor controls the thunder in Scandinavia...


    Wow. What an incredibly oversimplified and inaccurate statement. If you're actually curious (which I seriously doubt you are), you can read more here. And here. And here.  But if you really want to go there - why do so many Americans worship the god who originated with a few isolated tribes in the middle east instead of the gods of the Native Americans or their ancestors who originated in Europe, Africa, South America and/or Asia?

    NotPanicking

    Answer by NotPanicking at 4:51 PM on Jan. 2, 2011

  • I like Not Panicking's answer....
    Kaelansmom

    Answer by Kaelansmom at 5:26 PM on Jan. 2, 2011

  • Why is it that Christian religion can be question all the time, but someone asks a question (that isn't even worded in a hostile or mean spirited way) isn't considered not a real question.

    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 6:45 PM on Jan. 2, 2011

  • Just because Pagans had most of their historical documents DISTROYED by those who demanded conversion, doesn't mean our path is ANY less valid than yours. OK You really want to go toe to toe with the whys and the hows?

    pnwmom

    Answer by pnwmom at 7:36 PM on Jan. 2, 2011

  • I don't think she said it wasn't valid. It's an interesting question as to why, especially for someone like me who isn't as familiar with many of these gods or Native American gods. 


    Also there was a lot of persecution of christians and documents destroyed during the first several centuries.  Jews have been persecuted and Muslims also.  I don't think she was trying to go toe to toe. 

    RyansMom001

    Answer by RyansMom001 at 7:52 PM on Jan. 2, 2011

  • I am guessing you did not read the question below this one RyansMom. The one where it WAS a very demeaning and insulting post about Greek Gods.
    pnwmom

    Answer by pnwmom at 8:15 PM on Jan. 2, 2011

  • What an incredibly oversimplified and inaccurate statement.


    This isn't the first time you said I've oversimplified something.  In this question I asked in November, you mentioned the sun god Ra  pulls his power from a specific point in time each day when the sun is in a specific position.  So he is not in complete control of the sun all over the world 24/7, just at a certain time of the day.  It makes sense to compare this to other natural elements, such as thunder....

    flatlanderjenn

    Comment by flatlanderjenn (original poster) at 8:21 PM on Jan. 2, 2011

  • ...(continued)...Thunder is not in control of a single god all over the world, but of different gods of different regions, right? So if Thor is in control of thunder in Scandanavia, then why would a US resident pray to him and worship him?
    flatlanderjenn

    Comment by flatlanderjenn (original poster) at 8:22 PM on Jan. 2, 2011

  • why do so many Americans worship the god who originated with a few isolated tribes in the middle east instead of the gods of the Native Americans...


    If you are refering to the God of Abraham, then it's because the God of Abraham is not the god of a single element or a single group of people, but the Lord of all creation.  Thor, and Ra, are only gods of a single element, one geographic region, a certain tribe of people, right?

    flatlanderjenn

    Comment by flatlanderjenn (original poster) at 8:25 PM on Jan. 2, 2011

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