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Author Topic: Worshipping non-gods as gods?  (Read 7556 times)
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« Reply #15: March 03, 2010, 09:46:33 pm »

"Oh x, my ancestor/chosen hero, you great physician, I call you to assist me with y..."


This brought to mind Imhotep, the Egyptian architect/engineer/physician who was deified after his death. The line between God and non-God is blurrier than one might first imagine.
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« Reply #16: March 04, 2010, 12:29:04 pm »

I think it is helpful, all are attested to in sources. One can speak of the Aos sidhe or ones ancestors or the gods and understand how each group differs from the other. On a closer look though they tend to blend in many cases, bu t by no means all. Or rather, for example (and this could be argued to have more to do with contemporary politics than myth) but numerous clans traced their ancestry to mythologic figures, many of whom we identify as deities (like Lugh, Nuada, Manannan mac Lir, etc.), other still trace ancestry through the aos sidhe. So while I think that certainly a modern perspective tends to demarcate to some degree, that each group is referenced in texts leads me to believe that the demarcation is not merely a modern construct.

True, that's a good point!
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