LiPaPo 2: Polytheism

Hello all~ this is the LiPaPo series, standing for Little Pagan Post. Every day I will post a short little post, exploring an aspect of my beliefs and practices. I hope you enjoy them ~ kitty hugs to all~ Joouna

My beliefs can be categorised as “hard polytheism”, which means that I believe in multiple deities, and I believe that they are separate beings, and not just different faces of the same entity. The reasoning behind this is that physical life also manifests itself in so many different forms… there are so many different birds, fish, reptiles, mammals… even within the same species there are many differences, a beautiful diversity. Why should spiritual beings be any different? I believe that the life energy, as well as the divine energy, all stem from a single source, but their forms are diverse, and numerous if not endless. We may encounter many deities, but also other spiritual beings such as angels, guardians, guides, messengers…

Worth to note, however, are cultural similarities. There is a possibility that the some same deities or other spiritual being was encountered by multiple cultures, who addressed them with different names appropriate to their language. This could explain striking similarities in some mythology across cultures. If that is the case, I do not believe it prompts the search for “who got it right?”. Instead, go with the name that resonates most. On the other hand, this is pure speculation. It is also possible that the deities of different cultures are indeed all different, each watching over their people. On this matter I am undecided as both options sound feasible.

2 thoughts on “LiPaPo 2: Polytheism

  1. I like that you allow for the possibility that different cultures may have interpreted locally-based gods or spirits differently. Regarding ‘hard’ polytheism, you might find this approach interesting, as it basically finds a way to resolve the debate between the two types of polytheism. Oddly enough, the post (there is only a single post in this blog) also concerns itself with the question of ‘who gets it right’ – essentially, it demonstrates that everyone can be right.

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