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Author Topic: Worshipping non-gods as gods?  (Read 8042 times)
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« Reply #2: February 15, 2010, 12:39:50 am »

If you honor as a deity a being/person who in the recorded mythology was not a deity, why do you feel that they are a god/dess? Is this because of UPG, or another interpretation of the tales that we have? Is it because conventional understanding is now that that being was in fact a deity, or became one at some point? (For instance, the Tuatha de Danaan aren't technically called gods in the mythology, but as far as I can tell it's pretty widely accepted that they were in fact, gods, and that those doing the recording of the stories were inaccurate.)

As an example of what I'm talking about, Morgan Le Fay springs to mind, but there are others. You may include demi-gods in this question, if you wish, and venerated ancestors if it can shed some light -- but in general, when people speak of that they are clear that they're honoring ancestors, where some seem to believe that Morgan Le Fay was a goddess. I was just curious about this!


Their tends to be a good deal of fluidity between the gods, ancestors and animistic/ nature spirits, at least in Gaelic sources. A few good examples would be Donn, who is considered a god of the dead, and is held to also be the "first" ancestor of the Gael. In some tellings he is a mortal man who after death (and because he is the first of his "race" to die) he becomes lord of the dead, and so is deified. Medb is actually this pattern in reverse; many hold her as being the sovereignty Goddess of Tehmair before, though she is better known from the Ulster cycle as Mebd of Connacht. Many goddess (like Boannd) have direct connections to specific geographic features, as she is the goddess of the river Boyne. The demarcation line between a nature spirit and a god/dess of place, does not seem to be fast and hard.
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