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« Reply #3: November 27, 2009, 03:42:58 pm »

Well since pantheons in Ireland dont predate christianity maybe you could justifiably leave the idea behind and do without one. For example looking at deities as ancestral, regional and high deities instead. Each person has deities around them, ones specific to them/trad kin group and their region as well as the handfull of deities that transcend kin groups and regional boundries. Ancestral deities are ones associated with the families traditional genealogy, usually the progenitor of the family. The regional are the fairies and deities attached to the local rivers, mountains, plains and man made sacred sites. Then the high deities are common to everyone.

Theres no higherarchy and no pantheon but youd still be relating to your deities in a traditional way. Im sure there are loads of other ways too that dont require you to take up artificial ways of looking at gods.

Um. I would argue that what you've just described is a pantheon. (And it actually looks pretty hierarchical to me, and I'm fairly sure several gods in Ireland predate Christianity, but that's kind of beyond the point.) I guess I've always thought of a pantheon kind of as just a group of gods--kind of like a family--that tends to stick with a certain culture/language group.

May I ask what you mean here by "pantheon"?
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