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  1. Brian Rush
    Brian Rush November 12, 2013 at 2:44 pm | | Reply

    I like what you’ve done with this. Actual, historical polytheistic pantheons didn’t always make sense or line up in neat categorical rows. This or that god or goddess had associations that accumulated over time like barnacles on a boat. Look at Athena. How does a war goddess come to be the goddess of wisdom, or vice-versa? Or consider Apollo. Sun god, god of art, god of mystical revelations, and advocate of a puritanical ethic. Huh?

    Sometimes they do make sense and tell an interesting story, like the myth of how Apollo lost medicine while gaining music in his domain. The story is that Hermes killed one of Apollo’s sacred tortoises and made a lyre from its shell. Apollo was furious, but entranced by the music and just HAD to have it. So Hermes offered to trade it to him in return for medicine. Thus music, which has mathematical and regular elements to it, became an art rather than a science, while medicine, which has subjective and aesthetic elements to it, became a science rather than an art.

    Erin, you might be interested to know that I wrote a post on this same subject more or less, from a bit of a different slant, some time back. Here’s a link to it: http://brianrushwriter.wordpress.com/2012/10/31/world-building-religion/

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