Favorite Pantheon?

Posted by: PetersSmith

I find it interesting that most religions, pagans I mean, have like a personification of evil, death, and the underworld; as well as good, justice, and like an overall god. It's so weird how there's these vastly different cultures, cultures that didn't borrow anything from anyone else, who "invented", in a way, "similar" religions just "naturally"

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Greek pantheon

Greek mythology is the body of myths and teachings that belong to the ancient Greeks, concerning their gods and heroes, the nature of the world, and the origins and significance of their own cult and ritual practices. It was a part of the religion i... n ancient Greece. Modern scholars refer to and study the myths in an attempt to throw light on the religious and political institutions of Ancient Greece and its civilization, and to gain understanding of the nature of myth-making itself.Greek mythology is explicitly embodied in a large collection of narratives, and implicitly in Greek representational arts, such as vase-paintings and votive gifts. Greek myth attempts to explain the origins of the world, and details the lives and adventures of a wide variety of gods, goddesses, heroes, heroines and mythological creatures. These accounts initially were disseminated in an oral-poetic tradition; today the Greek myths are known primarily from Greek literature. The oldest known Greek literary sources, Homer's epic poems Iliad and Odyssey, focus on the Trojan War and its aftermath   more
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I don't like the Pantheons

Filthy heathens.
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Celtic pantheon

Celtic polytheism, commonly known as Celtic paganism, comprises the religious beliefs and practices adhered to by the Iron Age peoples of Western Europe now known as the Celts, roughly between 500 BCE and 500 CE, spanning the La Tène period and the ... Roman era, and in the case of the Insular Celts the British and Irish Iron Age.Celtic polytheism was one of a larger group of Iron Age polytheistic religions of the Indo-European family. It comprised a large degree of variation both geographically and chronologically, although "behind this variety, broad structural similarities can be detected" allowing there to be "a basic religious homogeneity" among the Celtic peoples.The Celtic pantheon consists of numerous recorded theonyms, both from Greco-Roman ethnography and from epigraphy. Among the most prominent ones are Teutatis, Taranis and Lugus. Figures from medieval Irish mythology have also been adduced by comparative mythology, interpreted as euhemerized versions of pre-Christian Insular deities. The most salient feature of Celtic religion as reflected in Roman historiography is their extensive practice of human sacrifice   more
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Egyptian pantheon

Egyptian mythology is the collection of myths from ancient Egypt, which describe the actions of the Egyptian gods as a means of understanding the world. The beliefs that these myths express are an important part of ancient Egyptian religion. Myths a... ppear frequently in Egyptian writings and art, particularly in short stories and in religious material such as hymns, ritual texts, funerary texts, and temple decoration. These sources rarely contain a complete account of a myth and often describe only brief fragments.Inspired by the cycles of nature, the Egyptians saw time in the present as a series of recurring patterns, whereas the earliest periods of time were linear. Myths are set in these earliest times, and myth sets the pattern for the cycles of the present. Present events repeat the events of myth, and in doing so renew maat, the fundamental order of the universe. Amongst the most important episodes from the mythic past are the creation myths, in which the gods form the universe out of primordial chaos; the stories of the reign of the sun god Ra upon the earth; and the Osiris myth, concerning the struggles of the gods Osiris, Isis, and Horus against the disruptive god Set   more
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Germanic pantheon

Germanic mythology is a comprehensive term for myths associated with historical Germanic paganism, including Norse mythology, Anglo-Saxon mythology, Continental Germanic mythology, and other versions of the mythologies of the Germanic peoples. Germa... nic mythology ultimately derives from Indo-European mythology, also known as Indo-Germanic mythology   more
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Slavic pantheon

Slavic mythology is the mythological aspect of the polytheistic religion that was practised by the Slavs before Christianisation. The religion possesses many common traits with other religions descended from the Proto-Indo-European religion. Old Sla... vic religion evolved for over a thousand years and some parts of it were from neolithic or possibly even mesolithic times   more
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Norse pantheon

Norse mythology, or Scandinavian mythology, is the body of mythology of the North Germanic people stemming from Norse paganism and continuing after the Christianization of Scandinavia and into the Scandinavian folklore of the modern period. The nort... hernmost extension of Germanic mythology, Norse mythology consists of tales of various deities, beings, and heroes derived from numerous sources from both before and after the pagan period, including medieval manuscripts, archaeological representations, and folk tradition   more
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Roman pantheon

Roman mythology is the body of traditional stories pertaining to ancient Rome's legendary origins and religious system, as represented in the literature and visual arts of the Romans. "Roman mythology" may also refer to the modern study of these rep... resentations, and to the subject matter as represented in the literature and art of other cultures in any period.The Romans usually treated their traditional narratives as historical, even when these have miraculous or supernatural elements. The stories are often concerned with politics and morality, and how an individual's personal integrity relates to his or her responsibility to the community or Roman state. Heroism is an important theme. When the stories illuminate Roman religious practices, they are more concerned with ritual, augury, and institutions than with theology or cosmogony.The study of Roman religion and myth is complicated by the early influence of Greek religion on the Italian peninsula during Rome's protohistory, and by the later artistic imitation of Greek literary models by Roman authors   more
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Chinese pantheon

Chinese mythology refers to those myths found in the historical geographic area of China: these include myths in Chinese and other languages, as transmitted by Han Chinese as well as other ethnic groups. Chinese mythology includes creation myths and...  legends, such as myths concerning the founding of Chinese culture and the Chinese state. As in many cultures' mythologies, Chinese mythology has in the past been believed to be, at least in part, a factual recording of history. Thus, in the study of historical Chinese culture, many of the stories that have been told regarding characters and events which have been written or told of the distant past have a double tradition: one which presents a more historicized and one which presents a more mythological version.The dozens of ethnic minority groups of the country of China have their own languages and their own folklore, and many have their own writing: much of which contains valuable historical and cultural information as well as many unique myths. Some myths are widely shared across multiple ethnic groups, but may exist as versions with some differences   more
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African pantheons

The traditional beliefs and practices of African peoples include various traditional religions. While generalizations of these religions are difficult, due to the diversity of African cultures, they do have some characteristics in common. Generally,...  they are oral rather than scriptural, include belief in a supreme creator, belief in spirits and other divinities, veneration of ancestors, use of magic, and traditional medicine. The role of humanity is generally seen as one of harmonizing nature with the supernatural.While adherence to traditional religion in Africa is hard to estimate, due to syncretism with Christianity, Islam, and Judaism, practitioners are estimated to number over 100 million, or at least 10 percent of the population of the continent. African diasporic religions are also practiced in the diaspora in the Americas, such as Candomble, Santeria, and Vodou   more
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Armenian pantheon

Armenian mythology began with Urartian origins, gradually incorporating Mesopotamian, Iranian, and Greek ideas and deities. There are signs which indicate that the ancient Armenians were initially nature worshipers and that this faith in time was tr... ansformed to the worship of national gods, many of which originated in neighboring cultures   more
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Aztec pantheon

Aztec mythology is the body or collection of myths of Aztec civilization of Central Mexico. The Aztecs were Nahuatl speaking groups living in central Mexico and much of their mythology is similar to that of other Mesoamerican cultures. According to ... legend, the various groups who were to become the Aztecs arrived from the north into the Anahuac valley around Lake Texcoco. The location of this valley and lake of destination is clear – it is the heart of modern Mexico City – but little can be known with certainty about the origin of the Aztec. There are different accounts of their origin. In the myth the ancestors of the Mexica/Aztec came from a place in the north called Aztlan, the last of seven nahuatlacas to make the journey southward, hence their name "Azteca." Other accounts cite their origin in Chicomoztoc, "the place of the seven caves," or at Tamoanchan.The Mexica/Aztec were said to be guided by their god Huitzilopochtli, meaning "Left-handed Hummingbird" or "Hummingbird from the South." At an island in Lake Texcoco, they saw an eagle holding a rattlesnake in its talons, perched on a nopal cactus   more
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Berber pantheon

The traditional Berber mythology is the ancient and native set of beliefs and deities developed by the Berber people in their historical land of North Africa. Many of Berber ancient beliefs were developed locally while some other ones were imported ... or influenced over time by contact from other African mythology such as the Egyptian religion along with external forces from Phoenician mythology, Judaism, Iberian mythology, and the Hellenistic religion during antiquity. The most recent influence came from Islam, and Arab mythology, during the medieval period. Some of the Berber ancient beliefs still exist today subtly within the Berber popular culture and tradition   more
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Canaanite pantheon

Canaanite religion is the name for the group of Ancient Semitic religions practiced by the Canaanites living in the ancient Levant from at least the early Bronze Age through the first centuries of the Common Era.Canaanite religion was polytheistic, ... and in some cases monolatristic   more
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Native American pantheons

The mythologies of the indigenous peoples of North America comprise many bodies of traditional narratives associated with religion from a mythographical perspective. Indigenous North American belief systems include many sacred narratives. Such spiri... tual stories are deeply based in Nature and are rich with the symbolism of seasons, weather, plants, animals, earth, water, sky and fire. The principle of an all embracing, universal and omniscient Great Spirit, a connection to the Earth, diverse creation narratives and collective memories of ancient ancestors are common. Traditional worship practices are often a part of tribal gatherings with dance, rhythm, songs and trance   more
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Sumerian pantheon

Sumerian religion is the mythology, pantheon, rites, and cosmology of the Sumerian civilization. The Sumerian religion influenced Mesopotamian mythology as a whole, surviving in the mythologies and religions of the Hurrians, Akkadians, Babylonians, ... Assyrians, and other culture groups   more
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Japanese Buddhist pantheon

The Japanese Buddhist Pantheon designates the multitude of various Buddhas, Bodhisattvas and lesser deities and eminent religious masters in Buddhism. A Buddhist Pantheon exists to a certain extent in Mahāyāna, but is especially characteristic of Va... jrayana Esoteric Buddhism, including Tibetan Buddhism and especially Japanese Shingon Buddhism, which formalized it to a great extent. In the ancient Japanese Buddhist Pantheon, more than 3,000 Buddhas or deities have been counted, although nowadays most temples focus on one Buddha and a few Bodhisattvas   more
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Rigvedic pantheon

There are 1028 hymns in the Rigveda, most of them dedicated to specific deities. Indra, a heroic god, slayer of Vritra and destroyer of the Vala, liberator of the cows and the rivers; Agni the sacrificial fire and messenger of the gods; and Soma, t... he ritual drink dedicated to Indra, are the most prominent deities. Invoked in groups are the Vishvedevas (the "all-gods"), the Maruts, violent storm gods in Indra's train and the Ashvins, the twin horsemen. There are two major groups of gods: the Devas and the Asuras. Unlike in later Vedic texts and in Hinduism, the Asuras are not yet demonized, Mitra and Varuna being their most prominent members. Aditi is the mother both of Agni and of the Adityas or Asuras, led by Mitra and Varuna, with Aryaman, Bhaga, Ansa and Daksha. Surya is the personification of the Sun, but Savitr, Vivasvant, the Ashvins and the Rbhus, semi-divine craftsmen, also have aspects of solar deities. Other natural phenomena deified include Vayu, (the wind), Dyaus and Prithivi (Heaven and Earth), Dyaus continuing Dyeus, the chief god of the Proto-Indo-European religion, and Ushas (the dawn), the most prominent goddess of the Rigveda, and Apas (the waters). Rivers play an important role, deified as goddesses, most prominently the Sapta Sindhu and the Sarasvati River. Yama is the first ancestor, also worshipped as a deity, and the god of the underworld and death. Vishnu and Rudra, the prominent deities of later Hinduism (Rudra being an early form of Shiva), are present as marginal gods. The names of Indra, Mitra, Varuna and the Nasatyas are also attested in a Mitanni treaty, suggesting that some of the religion of the Mitannis was very close to that of the Rigveda   more
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Mayan pantheon

Maya mythology is part of Mesoamerican mythology and comprises all of the Maya tales in which personified forces of nature, deities, and the heroes interacting with these play the main roles. Other parts of Maya oral tradition do not properly belong...  to the domain of mythology, but rather to legend and folk tale   more
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Guanche pantheon

Guanches are the aboriginal Berber inhabitants of the Canary Islands. It is believed that they migrated to the archipelago around 1000 BCE or perhaps earlier. While it is generally considered that the Guanches no longer exist as a distinct ethnicity... , traces of their culture can still be found intermixed within Canarian customs and traditions, such as Silbo, the whistled language of La Gomera Island. The Guanches were the only native people who lived in the Macaronesian region, as in the Azores, Cape Verde, Madeira and the Savage Islands, not been found in any native culture before the arrival of Europeans in these islands   more
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Hindu pantheon

Hindu mythology is a large body of traditional narratives related to Hinduism as contained in Sanskrit literature, Ancient Tamil literature, several other works, most notably the Bhagavata Purana, claiming the status of a Fifth Veda and other religi... ous regional literature of South Asia. As such, it is a subset of Indian and Nepali culture. Rather than one consistent, monolithic structure, it is a range of diverse traditions, developed by different sects, people and philosophical schools, in different regions and at different times, which are not necessarily held by all Hindus to be literal accounts of historical events, but are taken to have deeper, often symbolic, meaning, and which have been given a complex range of interpretations   more
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Incan Pantheon

Inca mythology includes many stories and legends that are mythological and to explain or symbolizes Inca beliefs.All those that followed the Spanish conquest of the Inca Empire by Francisco Pizarro burned the records of the Inca culture. There is cu... rrently a theory put forward by Gary Urton that the Quipus represented a binary system capable of recording phonological or logographic data. All information for what is known is based on what was recorded by priests, from the iconography on Incan pottery and architecture, and the myths and legends which survived amongst the native peoples   more
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Japanese pantheon

Japanese mythology embraces Shinto and Buddhist traditions as well as agriculturally based folk religion. The Shinto pantheon comprises innumerable kami. This article will discuss only the typical elements present in Asian mythology, such as cosmogo... ny, important deities, and the best known Japanese stories.Japanese myths, as generally recognized in the mainstream today, are based on the Kojiki, the Nihon Shoki, and some complementary books. The Kojiki, or "Record of Ancient Matters", is the oldest surviving account of Japan's myths, legends and history. The Shintōshū describes the origins of Japanese deities from a Buddhist perspective, while the Hotsuma Tsutae records a substantially different version of the mythology.One notable feature of Japanese mythology is its explanation of the origin of the imperial family which has been used historically to assign godhood to the imperial line. The Japanese title of the Emperor of Japan, tennō, means "heavenly sovereign".Note: Japanese is not transliterated consistently across all sources, see: #Spelling of proper noun   more
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PetersSmith says2015-07-09T20:06:14.2695965-05:00
Forthelulz: Why'd you click on this poll if you knew what it would be about?
Forthelulz says2015-07-09T20:20:19.5619205-05:00
Why did you put that option?
PetersSmith says2015-07-09T20:25:26.4782879-05:00
Forthelulz: To not be biased, now why did you click on the poll? What if that option wasn't there? How would have you even known if that option was there?
Dilara says2015-07-09T21:54:59.5053966-05:00
Germanic and Celtic since I've learned more about them than I have the other ones.
Forthelulz says2015-07-10T00:26:12.0467052-05:00
Why not?
PetersSmith says2015-07-10T00:37:26.4116755-05:00
Forthelulz: It's something you're not interested in. It's like watching a movie that you know you won't like.
o0jeannie0o says2015-07-10T12:33:42.6127363-05:00
@peterssmith: Just an FYI as per your description there aren no pagan gods (that i know about) that personify evil. The personification of evil is an abrahamic construct to oppose an "all good god". All deities in the pantheons possess both light and dark aspects just as humans do.
o0jeannie0o says2015-07-10T12:34:41.6599679-05:00
Aren't any*.... Ugh this ipad is ruining my credibility
PetersSmith says2015-07-10T13:00:02.7651694-05:00
I'm pretty sure gods like Hades and Anubis are seen as "evil".
PetersSmith says2015-07-10T13:05:54.1910111-05:00
And Hellenism has a primeval deity that is the literal form of chaos.
o0jeannie0o says2015-07-10T13:30:57.0065460-05:00
Oh nonono, Hadies is far from evil. Greeks did not like to say his name because they had a fear that it may bring an early death, true but that does not make him evil, just serious about his job. Hadies ruled the underworld which unlike hell; the underworld has sections, (greek): the elysium fields for the good, the asphodel meadows for the indifferent or ordinary, and tartarus for the evil. (roman): avernus for the good, inferno for the evil. In this way he is God in heaven and well, god in hell (the devil may or may not be in control in hell, but god would still have all the power) Death is leaving your loved ones and can be depressing, but is also nessisary for life, all pagans believe this. Anibus is very similar to Hadies and is definitally not evil. In fact he was the guide to the dead helping them find Osirus, a very important position.
o0jeannie0o says2015-07-10T13:54:22.4830769-05:00
Chaos is honoured to this day, without chaos there would never be order, many pagans believe that chaos is all that existed before the universe we know now was created, some believe it created deities because it is the only force that could create something from nothing, a universal law otherwise. Again, not evil.
PetersSmith says2015-07-10T18:49:49.7447135-05:00
O0jeannie0o: I think you're confusing my "evil" with "satanic I'm going to kill everyone" kind of evil. It's the necessary "evil", and it is still a form of the opposite of the "law". It's the necessary evil in order to keep balance, because someone has to do it.
PericIes says2015-07-11T01:52:35.0936025-05:00
The Roman pantheon shouldn't be on there. They took the Greek pantheon, changed SOME of the names, and then convinced themselves that they invented it. People will say stuff like "well, Mars was more respected than Ares," but no. They're the same thing.
o0jeannie0o says2015-07-11T13:41:42.1468467-05:00
Thnk i get what you are saying but i still beleive that vilifying a particular diety is going to get you in trubble with the pagans who love them. Personification of evil is incorrect, Although I agree that these dieties do bad things. Thing is Hadies for example is not evil any more than say Zeus is. Zeus raped alot of people, his picture of doing so is on the eruo (although he took bull form) . Even Persephone, who he hurt, came to love Hadies. Hera, The light mother an wife goddess hated Zues's bastards and even banished her own son because he was lame. Athena, goddess of wisdom, turned a lady into a spider because she was better at weaving than her. This is just the greeks, At best is a grey not black and white like abrahamic faith. Pagans dont view one diety as good and bad, just as needed personalities of humanity.
PetersSmith says2015-07-11T14:23:13.6867865-05:00
O0jeannie0o: I agree.

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