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Author Topic: Syncretized Gods and the Mental Lock Up It Causes.  (Read 9769 times)
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« Reply #13: January 12, 2011, 01:38:45 pm »

I do have a question for you Darkhawk, about manifestations of a god. I see that as being different from syncretized, but I am having a hard time wrapping my head around it as someone who leans more towards hard polytheism. I have to admit I'm rather hopeful you'll be able to provide another brilliant explanation.

For instance, Re in particular is considered to have many manifestations, which largely appear as various animals. But how do these 'manifestations' relate back to Re himself and/or what sort of independence do they have from him and each other? Clearly they're not the same as each other or the same as Re himself either, but I'm not sure they're wholly considered their own independant deity either?

Let me see if I can come up with a useful metaphor, then. Wink

Ah, okay, got it.

Say you call your mother on the phone.  What you get out of that is your mother's voice, most directly, and it's also placed in the context of your particular relationship with your mother and her role as mother.  There is a specific, limited-focus, targetted manifestation there: mom's voice on the phone.  That defines a set of possible interactions, a set of possible experiences, and the nature of what's going on.

Your mother can be doing all kinds of other things when talking on the phone - making dinner, working on the computer, writing a letter, what have you.  All of those other things are also independent manifestations of your mother's existence.  If your mother sends you a fruitcake, that's also a manifestation, one that you relate to in a different way than her voice on the phone.  The fruitcake is an independent entity - in this metaphor, The Fruitcake God - which is also a manifestation of Your Mother.  YOu can relate to just the fruitcake, or your mother by means of the fruitcake, or various other ways of conceiving the relationship between them, but the fruitcake is undeniably something that manifests via your mother, and is a part of her effect on the world.

... I don't know if that makes any damn sense.

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