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POLYTHEISM (from Greek πολυθεϊσμός, polytheismos) is the worship of or belief in multiple deities , which are usually assembled into a pantheon of gods and goddesses , along with their own religions and rituals . In most religions which accept polytheism, the different gods and goddesses are representations of forces of nature or ancestral principles , and can be viewed either as autonomous or as aspects or emanations of a creator God
God
or transcendental absolute principle (monistic theologies), which manifests immanently in nature (panentheistic and pantheistic theologies). Most of the polytheistic deities of ancient religions, with the notable exceptions of the Ancient Egyptian and Hindu deities, were conceived as having physical bodies.

Polytheism
Polytheism
is a type of theism . Within theism, it contrasts with monotheism , the belief in a singular God
God
, in most cases transcendent. Polytheists do not always worship all the gods equally, but they can be henotheists , specializing in the worship of one particular deity. Other polytheists can be kathenotheists , worshiping different deities at different times.

Polytheism
Polytheism
was the typical form of religion during the Bronze Age
Bronze Age
and Iron Age
Iron Age
up to the Axial Age and the development of Abrahamic religions , the latter of which enforced strict monotheism . It is well documented in historical religions of Classical antiquity
Classical antiquity
, especially ancient Greek religion and ancient Roman religion , and after the decline of Greco-Roman polytheism in tribal religions such as Germanic paganism or Slavic paganism .

Important polytheistic religions practiced today include Chinese traditional religion , Hinduism
Hinduism
, Japanese Shinto
Shinto
, and various neopagan faiths.

CONTENTS

* 1 Terminology * 2 Soft polytheism versus hard polytheism * 3 Gods and divinity * 4 Types of deities * 5 Mythology and religion

* 6 Historical polytheism

* 6.1 Ancient Greece
Ancient Greece

* 7 Folk religion
Folk religion

* 8 Contemporary world religions

* 8.1 Buddhism
Buddhism
and Shinto
Shinto

* 8.2 Christianity

* 8.2.1 Mormonism

* 8.3 Hinduism
Hinduism
* 8.4 Reconstructionism * 8.5 Serer religion

* 9 Neopaganism

* 9.1 Wicca

* 10 Use as a term of abuse * 11 See also * 12 References * 13 Further reading * 14 External links

TERMINOLOGY

The term comes from the Greek πολύ poly ("many") and θεός theos ("god") and was first invented by the Jewish writer Philo of Alexandria to argue with the Greeks. When Christianity spread throughout Europe and the Mediterranean, non-Christians were just called Gentiles (a term originally used by Jews to refer to non-Jews) or pagans (locals) or by the clearly pejorative term idolaters (worshiping "false" gods). The modern usage of the term is first revived in French through Jean Bodin in 1580, followed by Samuel Purchas 's usage in English in 1614.

SOFT POLYTHEISM VERSUS HARD POLYTHEISM

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A central, main division in polytheism is between soft polytheism and hard polytheism.

"Hard" polytheism is the belief that gods are distinct, separate, real divine beings, rather than psychological archetypes or personifications of natural forces. Hard polytheists reject the idea that "all gods are one god." "Hard" polytheists do not necessarily consider the gods of all cultures as being equally real, a theological position formally known as integrational polytheism or omnitheism .

This is contrasted with "soft" polytheism, which holds that gods may be aspects of only one god, that the pantheons of other cultures are representative of one single pantheon, psychological archetypes or personifications of natural forces.

GODS AND DIVINITY

Main articles: Deity
Deity
, God
God
(male deity) , and Goddess

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The deities of polytheism are often portrayed as complex personages of greater or lesser status, with individual skills, needs, desires and histories; in many ways similar to humans (anthropomorphic ) in their personality traits, but with additional individual powers, abilities, knowledge or perceptions. Polytheism
Polytheism
cannot be cleanly separated from the animist beliefs prevalent in most folk religions . The gods of polytheism are in many cases the highest order of a continuum of supernatural beings or spirits , which may include ancestors , demons , wights and others. In some cases these spirits are divided into celestial or chthonic classes, and belief in the existence of all these beings does not imply that all are worshipped.

TYPES OF DEITIES

Further information: List of deities

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Types of deities often found in polytheism may include

* Creator deity * Culture hero * Death deity (chthonic ) * Life-death-rebirth deity * Love goddess * Mother goddess
Mother goddess
* Political deity (such as a king or emperor) * Sky deity (celestial ) * Solar deity * Trickster deity * Water deity * Gods of music, arts, science, farming or other endeavors.

MYTHOLOGY AND RELIGION

Main article: Mythology and religion

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In the Classical era, Sallustius (4th century AD) categorised mythology into five types:

* Theological * Physical * Psychological * Material * Mixed

The theological are those myths which use no bodily form but contemplate the very essence of the gods: e.g., Cronus
Cronus
swallowing his children. Since divinity is intellectual, and all intellect returns into itself, this myth expresses in allegory the essence of divinity.

Myths may be regarded physically when they express the activities of gods in the world.

The psychological way is to regard (myths as allegories of) the activities of the soul itself and or the soul's acts of thought.

The material is to regard material objects to actually be gods, for example: to call the earth Gaia, ocean Okeanos, or heat Typhon.

HISTORICAL POLYTHEISM

Some well-known historical polytheistic pantheons include the Sumerian gods and the Egyptian gods, and the classical-attested pantheon which includes the ancient Greek religion and Roman religion . Post-classical polytheistic religions include Norse Æsir and Vanir, the Yoruba Orisha, the Aztec gods, and many others. Today, most historical polytheistic religions are referred to as "mythology ", though the stories cultures tell about their gods should be distinguished from their worship or religious practice. For instance deities portrayed in conflict in mythology would still be worshipped sometimes in the same temple side by side, illustrating the distinction in the devotees mind between the myth and the reality. Scholars such as Jaan Puhvel , J. P. Mallory , and Douglas Q. Adams have reconstructed aspects of the ancient Proto-Indo-European religion , from which the religions of the various Indo-European peoples derive, and that this religion was an essentially naturalist numenistic religion. An example of a religious notion from this shared past is the concept of *dyēus , which is attested in several distinct religious systems.

In many civilizations, pantheons tended to grow over time. Deities first worshipped as the patrons of cities or places came to be collected together as empires extended over larger territories. Conquests could lead to the subordination of the elder culture's pantheon to a newer one, as in the Greek Titanomachia , and possibly also the case of the Æsir and Vanir in the Norse mythos . Cultural exchange could lead to "the same" deity being renowned in two places under different names, as seen with the Greeks, Etruscans, and Romans, and also to the cultural transmission of elements of an extraneous religion into a local cult, as with worship of the ancient Egyptian deity Osiris
Osiris
, which was later followed in ancient Greece .

Most ancient belief systems held that gods influenced human lives. However, the Greek philosopher Epicurus held that the gods were living, incorruptible, blissful beings who did not trouble themselves with the affairs of mortals, but who could be perceived by the mind, especially during sleep. Epicurus believed that these gods were material, human-like, and that they inhabited the empty spaces between worlds.

Hellenistic religion
Hellenistic religion
may still be regarded as polytheistic, but with strong monistic components, and monotheism finally emerges from Hellenistic traditions in Late Antiquity
Late Antiquity
in the form of Neoplatonism and Christian theology . Neolithic
Neolithic
Era

* Serer religion

Bronze Age
Bronze Age
to Classical Antiquity

* Religions of the Ancient Near East

* Ancient Egyptian religion
Ancient Egyptian religion
* Ancient Semitic religion

* Historical Vedic religion * Ancient Greek
Ancient Greek
religion * Ancient Roman religion
Ancient Roman religion
* Celtic polytheism
Celtic polytheism

Late Antiquity
Late Antiquity
to High Middle Ages
High Middle Ages

* Germanic paganism * Slavic paganism * Baltic paganism * Finnish paganism

ANCIENT GREECE

Main article: Religion
Religion
in ancient Greece

The classical scheme in Ancient Greece
Ancient Greece
of the Twelve Olympians
Twelve Olympians
(the Canonical Twelve of art and poetry) were: Zeus
Zeus
, Hera
Hera
, Poseidon
Poseidon
, Athena
Athena
, Ares
Ares
, Demeter
Demeter
, Apollo
Apollo
, Artemis
Artemis
, Hephaestus
Hephaestus
, Aphrodite
Aphrodite
, Hermes
Hermes
, and Hestia
Hestia
. Though it is suggested that Hestia
Hestia
stepped down when Dionysus
Dionysus
was invited to Mount Olympus
Mount Olympus
, this is a matter of controversy. Robert Graves' The Greek Myths cites two sources that obviously do not suggest Hestia
Hestia
surrendered her seat, though he suggests she did. Hades
Hades
was often excluded because he dwelt in the underworld. All of the gods had a power. There was, however, a great deal of fluidity as to whom was counted among their number in antiquity. Different cities often worshipped the same deities, sometimes with epithets that distinguished them and specified their local nature.

The Hellenic Polytheism
Polytheism
extended beyond mainland Greece, to the islands and coasts of Ionia in Asia Minor
Asia Minor
, to Magna Graecia (Sicily and southern Italy), and to scattered Greek colonies in the Western Mediterranean, such as Massalia (Marseille). Greek religion tempered Etruscan cult and belief to form much of the later Roman religion .

FOLK RELIGION

Main article: Folk religion
Folk religion
Further information: Saint
Saint
, Angel
Angel
, Folk Catholicism , and Shamanism

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The animistic nature of folk beliefs is an anthropological cultural universal . The belief in ghosts and spirits animating the natural world and the practice of ancestor worship is universally present in the world's cultures and re-emerges in monotheistic or materialistic societies as "superstition ", belief in demons , tutelary saints , fairies or extraterrestrials .

The presence of a full polytheistic religion, complete with a ritual cult conducted by a priestly caste, requires a higher level of organization and is not present in every culture. In Eurasia, the Kalash are one of very few instances of surviving polytheism. Also, a large number of polytheistic folk traditions are subsumed in contemporary Hinduism
Hinduism
, although Hinduism
Hinduism
is doctrinally dominated by monist or monotheist theology ( Bhakti
Bhakti
, Advaita
Advaita
). Historical Vedic polytheist ritualism survives as a minor current in Hinduism, known as Shrauta . More widespread is folk Hinduism
Hinduism
, with rituals dedicated to various local or regional deities.

CONTEMPORARY WORLD RELIGIONS

BUDDHISM AND SHINTO

Further information: God
God
in Buddhism
Buddhism
, Deva (Buddhism)
Deva (Buddhism)
, and Nontheism in Buddhism
Buddhism

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In Buddhism
Buddhism
, there are higher beings commonly designed (or designated) as gods, Devas ; however, Buddhism, at its core (the original Pali canon), does not teach the notion of praying nor worship to the Devas or any god(s).

However, in Buddhism, the core leader 'Buddha', who pioneered the path to enlightenment is not worshiped in meditation, but simply reflected upon. Statues or images of the Buddha (Buddharupas) are worshiped in front of to reflect and contemplate on qualities that the particular position of that rupa represents. In Buddhism, there is no creator and the Buddha rejected the idea that a permanent, personal, fixed, omniscient deity can exist, linking into the core concept of impermanence (anicca).

Devas, in general, are beings who have had more positive karma in their past lives than humans. Their lifespan eventually ends. When their lives end, they will be reborn as devas or as other beings. When they accumulate negative karma, they are reborn as either human or any of the other lower beings. Humans and other beings could also be reborn as a deva in their next rebirth , if they accumulate enough positive karma ; however, it is not recommended.

Buddhism
Buddhism
flourished in different countries, and some of those countries have polytheistic folk religions . Buddhism
Buddhism
syncretizes easily with other religions. Thus, Buddhism
Buddhism
has mixed with the folk religions and emerged in polytheistic variants as well as non-theistic variants. For example, in Japan
Japan
, Buddhism, mixed with Shinto
Shinto
, which worships deities called kami , created a tradition which prays to the deities of Shinto
Shinto
as a form of Buddha. Thus, there may be elements of worship of gods in some forms of later Buddhism.

The concepts of Adi-Buddha
Adi-Buddha
and Dharmakaya are the closest to monotheism any form of Buddhism
Buddhism
comes. All famous sages and Bodhisattvas being considered as reflections of it. Adi-Buddha
Adi-Buddha
is not said to be the creator, but the originator of all things, being a deity in an Emanationist sense.

CHRISTIANITY

See also: God
God
in Christianity and Trinity
Trinity

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It is sometimes claimed that Christianity is not truly monotheistic because of its teaching about the Trinity. This is the position of some Jews and Muslims who contend that because of the adoption of a Triune conception of deity, Christianity is actually a form of Tritheism or Polytheism, for example see Shituf . However, the central doctrine of Christianity is that "one God
God
exists in Three Persons and One Substance". Strictly speaking, the doctrine is a revealed mystery which while above reason is not contrary to it. The word 'person' is an imperfect translation of the original term "hypostasis ". In everyday speech "person" denotes a separate rational and moral individual, possessed of self-consciousness, and aware of individual identity despite changes. A human person is a distinct individual essence in whom human nature is individualized. But in God
God
there are no three individuals alongside of, and separate from, one another, but only personal self distinctions within the divine essence, which is not only generically, but also numerically, one. Although the doctrine of the Trinity
Trinity
was not definitely formulated before the First Council of Constantinople in 381, the doctrine of one God, inherited from Judaism was always the indubitable premiss of the Church's faith.

Jordan Paper, a Western scholar and self-described polytheist, considers polytheism to be the normal state in human culture. He argues that "Even the Catholic Church shows polytheistic aspects with the 'worshipping' of the saints." On the other hand, he complains, monotheistic missionaries and scholars were eager to see a proto-monotheism or at least henotheism in polytheistic religions, for example, when taking from the Chinese pair of Sky and Earth only one part and calling it the King of Heaven, as Matteo Ricci did.

Mormonism

Further information: God
God
in Mormonism

Joseph Smith , the founder of the Latter Day Saint
Saint
movement , believed in "the plurality of Gods", saying "I have always declared God
God
to be a distinct personage, Jesus Christ a separate and distinct personage from God
God
the Father, and that the Holy Ghost
Ghost
was a distinct personage and a Spirit: and these three constitute three distinct personages and three Gods". Mormonism also affirms the existence of a Heavenly Mother , as well as exaltation , the idea that people can become like god in the afterlife, and the prevailing view among Mormons is that God
God
the Father was once a man who lived on a planet with his own higher God, and who became perfect after following this higher God. Some critics of Mormonism argue that statements in the Book of Mormon
Book of Mormon
describe a trinitarian conception of God
God
(e.g. 2 Nephi 31:21; Alma 11:44), but were superseded by later revelations .

Mormons teach that scriptural statements on the unity of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost
Ghost
represent a oneness of purpose, not of substance. They believe that the early Christian church did not characterize divinity in terms of an immaterial, formless shared substance until post-apostolic theologians began to incorporate Greek metaphysical philosophies (such as Neoplatonism ) into Christian doctrine. Mormons believe that the truth about God's nature was restored through modern day revelation, which reinstated the original Judeo-Christian concept of a natural, corporeal, immortal God, who is the literal Father of the spirits of humans. It is to this personage alone that Mormons pray, as He is and always will be their Heavenly Father, the supreme " God
God
of gods" (Deuteronomy 10:17). In the sense that Mormons worship only God
God
the Father, they consider themselves monotheists. Nevertheless, Mormons adhere to Christ's teaching that those who receive God's word can obtain the title of "gods" (John 10:33-36), because as literal children of God
God
they can take upon themselves His divine attributes. Mormons teach that "The glory of God
God
is intelligence" (Doctrine and Covenants 93:36), and that it is by sharing the Father's perfect comprehension of all things that both Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit
Spirit
are also divine.

HINDUISM

Further information: Hindu views on monotheism

Hinduism
Hinduism
is not a monolithic religion: many extremely varied religious traditions and practices are grouped together under this umbrella term and some modern scholars have questioned the legitimacy of unifying them artificially and suggest that one should speak of "Hinduisms" in the plural. Theistic Hinduism
Hinduism
encompasses both monotheistic and polytheistic tendencies and variations on or mixes of both structures.

Hindus venerate deities in the form of the murti , or idol. The Puja (worship) of the murti is like a way to communicate with the formless, abstract divinity ( Brahman
Brahman
in Hinduism) which creates, sustains and dissolves creation. However, there are sects who have advocated that there is no need of giving a shape to God
God
and it is omnipresent and beyond the things which human can see or feel tangibly. Specially the Arya Samaj
Arya Samaj
founded by Swami Dayananda Saraswati
Dayananda Saraswati
and Brahmo Samaj founder by Ram Mohan Roy
Ram Mohan Roy
(there are others also) do not worship deities. Arya Samaj
Arya Samaj
favours Vedic chants and Havan, Brahmo Samaj go for simple prayers.

Some Hindu philosophers and theologians argue for a transcendent metaphysical structure with a single divine essence. This divine essence is usually referred to as Brahman
Brahman
or Atman , but the understanding of the nature of this absolute divine essence is the line which defines many Hindu philosophical traditions such as Vedanta .

Among lay Hindus, some believe in different deities emanating from Brahman, while others practice more traditional polytheism and henotheism, focusing their worship on one or more personal deities, while granting the existence of others.

Academically speaking, the ancient Vedic scriptures, upon which Hinduism
Hinduism
is derived, describe four authorized disciplic lines of teaching coming down over thousands of years. (Padma Purana). Four of them propound that the Absolute Truth is Fully Personal, as in Judeo-Christian theology. That the Primal Original God
God
is Personal, both transcendent and immanent throughout creation. He can be, and is often approached through worship of Murtis, called "Archa-Vigraha", which are described in the Vedas as likenesses of His various dynamic, spiritual Forms. This is the Vaisnava theology.

The fifth disciplic line of Vedic spirituality, founded by Adi Shankaracharya , promotes the concept that the Absolute is Brahman, without clear differentiations, without will, without thought, without intelligence.

In the Smarta denomination of Hinduism, the philosophy of Advaita expounded by Shankara allows veneration of numerous deities with the understanding that all of them are but manifestations of one impersonal divine power, Brahman
Brahman
. Therefore, according to various schools of Vedanta
Vedanta
including Shankara, which is the most influential and important Hindu theological tradition, there are a great number of deities in Hinduism, such as Vishnu
Vishnu
, Shiva
Shiva
, Ganesha
Ganesha
, Hanuman
Hanuman
, Lakshmi
Lakshmi
, and Kali , but they are essentially different forms of the same "Being". However, many Vedantic philosophers also argue that all individuals were united by the same impersonal, divine power in the form of the Atman .

Many other Hindus, however, view polytheism as far preferable to monotheism. Ram Swarup , for example, points to the Vedas as being specifically polytheistic, and states that, "only some form of polytheism alone can do justice to this variety and richness." Sita Ram Goel , another 20th-century Hindu historian, wrote:

"I had an occasion to read the typescript of a book had finished writing in 1973. It was a profound study of Monotheism, the central dogma of both Islam and Christianity, as well as a powerful presentation of what the monotheists denounce as Hindu Polytheism. I had never read anything like it. It was a revelation to me that Monotheism
Monotheism
was not a religious concept but an imperialist idea. I must confess that I myself had been inclined towards Monotheism
Monotheism
till this time. I had never thought that a multiplicity of Gods was the natural and spontaneous expression of an evolved consciousness."

Some Hindus construe this notion of polytheism in the sense of polymorphism—one God
God
with many forms or names. The Rig Veda , the primary Hindu scripture, elucidates this as follows:

They call him Indra, Mitra, Varuna, Agni, and he is heavenly nobly-winged Garutman. To what is One, sages give many a title they call it Agni, Yama, Matarisvan. BOOK I, HYMN 164, VERSE 46 RIGVEDA

RECONSTRUCTIONISM

Main article: Polytheistic reconstructionism

Reconstructionist polytheists apply scholarly disciplines such as history , archaeology and language study to revive ancient, traditional religions that have been fragmented, damaged or even destroyed, such as Norse Paganism , Greek Paganism , Celtic polytheism and others. A reconstructionist endeavours to revive and reconstruct an authentic practice, based on the ways of the ancestors but workable in contemporary life. These polytheists sharply differ from neopagans in that they consider their religion not only inspired by the religions of antiquity but often as an actual continuation or revival of those religions.

SERER RELIGION

Main articles: Serer religion , Timeline of Serer history , and States headed by ancient Serer Lamanes

In Africa
Africa
, polytheism in Serer religion dates as far back to the Neolithic
Neolithic
Era (possibly earlier) when the ancient ancestors of the Serer people represented their Pangool on the Tassili n\'Ajjer . The supreme creator deity in Serer religion is Roog . However, there are many deities and Pangool (singular : Fangool, the interceders with the divine) in Serer religion. Each one has its own purpose and serves as Roog's agent on Earth. Amongst the Cangin speakers , a sub-group of the Serers , Roog is known as Koox .

NEOPAGANISM

Further information: Theology
Theology
, Pantheon (gods) , Euhemerism , Interpretatio graeca , Demigod
Demigod
, and Apotheosis
Apotheosis

NEOPAGANISM, also known as MODERN PAGANISM and CONTEMPORARY PAGANISM, is a group of contemporary religious movements influenced by or claiming to be derived from the various historical pagan beliefs of pre-modern Europe. Although they do share commonalities, contemporary Pagan religious movements are diverse and no single set of beliefs, practices, or texts are shared by them all.

English occultist Dion Fortune was a major populiser of soft polytheism. In her novel, The Sea Priestess , she wrote, "All gods are one god, and all goddesses are one goddess, and there is one initiator."

WICCA

Main article: Wicca

Wicca is a duotheistic faith created by Gerald Gardner that allows for polytheism. Wiccans specifically worship the Lord and Lady of the Isles (their names are oathbound). It is an orthopraxic mystery religion that requires initiation to the priesthood in order to consider oneself Wiccan. Wicca emphasizes duality and the cycle of nature.

USE AS A TERM OF ABUSE

The term 'polytheist' is sometimes used by Sunni Muslim groups such as Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant
Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant
(ISIL) as a derogatory reference to Shiite Muslims, whom they view as having "strayed from Islam’s monotheistic creed because of the reverence they show for historical figures, like Imam Ali ".

SEE ALSO

* Mythology
Mythology
portal

* Apotheosis
Apotheosis
* Henotheism * Hellenismos * Judgement of Paris * Monotheism
Monotheism

* Mythology
Mythology
* Paganism
Paganism
* Pantheism
Pantheism
* Polytheistic reconstructionism

* Shirk (polytheism) * Theism
Theism
* West African Vodun

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* Assmann, Jan, ' Monotheism
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and Polytheism' in: Sarah Iles Johnston (ed.), Religions of the Ancient World: A Guide, Harvard University Press (2004), ISBN 0-674-01517-7 , pp. 17–31. * Burkert, Walter , Greek Religion: Archaic and Classical, Blackwell (1985), ISBN 0-631-15624-0 . * Greer, John Michael; A World Full of Gods: An Inquiry Into Polytheism, ADF Publishing (2005), ISBN 0-9765681-0-1 * Iles Johnston, Sarah; Ancient Religions, Belknap Press (September 15, 2007), ISBN 0-674-02548-2 * Paper, Jordan; The Deities are Many: A Polytheistic Theology, State University of New York Press (March 3, 2005), ISBN 978-0-7914-6387-1 * Penchansky, David, Twilight of the Gods: Polytheism
Polytheism
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