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« Reply #15: June 04, 2007, 09:59:15 pm »

I certainly have some favorite deity/mythology-related websites.  What I can't do is claim their accuracy.  The first one especially is just for fun (I hope it doesn't offend anyone.  I occasionally want to remind myself not to take things too seriously  Smiley).  The second is about Hindu deities and the third one is packed with information about Greek mythology.  I do recommend the third one for research. 

http://www.godchecker.com/
http://www.sanatansociety.org/hindu_gods_and_goddesses.htm
http://www.theoi.com/Pantheon.html

Theoi.com is highly recommended....back over the winter, the site was hacked or something and was down for a few days. The Hellenic community had a collective cow. (I admit, I was among them, This is the single best site I have ever seen for research of Hellenic deities, and I think it's sad that no one's tried to compile such a site- as far as I've been able to tell- for other pantheons. I know that many don't have the extensive primary material available that the Hellenics do, but smaller, comparable sites could conceivably be made.
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« Reply #16: June 05, 2007, 11:10:57 am »

I know there are some good general mythology sites and books wandering around out there, and every once in a while they get dug up and suggested to someone who's asked a question.  But there are also plenty of resources dedicated to the mythology and/or worship of just one or two deities, which I think (I would hope, at least) tend to go a little more in depth.  I also know that many of us have a particular interest in one or two or a small handful of deities, and thus have run across these resources concerning the deities we're interested in (or vice versa), so I thought...  Why not start a thread and see if we can collect some of those in one place instead of them just kind of showing up in bits and pieces as people express an interest in learning about particular deities?

Are there any deity-specific books or links you would recommend?

I'll go looking...YEAH!

One of my problems, though, and I'm sure everyone's run into this, is that, because of my path (Celtic/Scottish) I find a lot of conflicting info. on the same deities. Should you go by the writer's reputation when this happens? Sometimes I'll mull over the dif. info. and see what just "feels" right. With very little recorded history in these faiths, is that overall acceptable?

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« Reply #17: June 05, 2007, 12:07:17 pm »

One of my problems, though, and I'm sure everyone's run into this, is that, because of my path (Celtic/Scottish) I find a lot of conflicting info. on the same deities. Should you go by the writer's reputation when this happens? Sometimes I'll mull over the dif. info. and see what just "feels" right. With very little recorded history in these faiths, is that overall acceptable?

My personal feeling is that the authors with the most credibility get the most respect from me.  By crediblity, I mean they're the ones who have academic credentials, cite realistic sources, are respected by the experts in the CR community, and are themselves cited by other well-respected authors.

A big red flag for me is when an author says something like:  "All Celts believed X" or "All Celts did X ritual" or anything like that.  The Celts were a very mixed bag, and overgeneralizations like that are a sign of academic laziness, I think. 

Another big red flag is when an author presents Celtic religious/spiritual information (other than what is clearly documented by archeological work) as proven fact.  We just don't know what any of the Celts really believed or how they worshipped.  We have hints from archeology and possible modern survivals of ancient practices.  We have some observations from contemporaneous sources, like the Romans and Greeks who wrote about the Celts.  But all those writings need to be interpreted through the lens of the writer's culture and motivation.

I know that many CRs use information from other cultures to *help* fill in some of the blanks.  F'ex, some scholars have compared what we know of Celtic practices to the practices of peoples in India around the same time.  The theory is that both cultures are descended from a common Indo-European "ancestor culture", and therefore share some common elements.  Although I think that makes sense, at a practical level it doesn't work for me.  I barely have enough time to learn everything I'm trying to learn about the Celts, let alone ALSO trying to learn about Indian spirituality.

Where two well-respected authors conflict in their theories, I will make liberal use of my own UPG.  I don't think there's really any other way to go when so much is missing from the historical record.

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« Reply #18: June 21, 2007, 10:39:14 pm »

Theoi.com is highly recommended....back over the winter, the site was hacked or something and was down for a few days. The Hellenic community had a collective cow. (I admit, I was among them, This is the single best site I have ever seen for research of Hellenic deities, and I think it's sad that no one's tried to compile such a site- as far as I've been able to tell- for other pantheons. I know that many don't have the extensive primary material available that the Hellenics do, but smaller, comparable sites could conceivably be made.

For the Ancient Egyptian deities, there are contradictions, but most of them are due to different locations.  Sobek is the spouse of Hethert in the Faiyum area and their son is Khonsu.  In another area, (wow I forgot the city, though I'm thinking Kom Ombo for some reason), Sobek is the son of Nit and Set.  Aset's husband is Wesir, but her consort in Koptos is Min and their son is Heru-Sa-Aset.  There is another one where Aset and Wesir's son is Min.  This diversity is celebrated and could be seen as another layer of their mysteries to unravel as their relationships with eachother often do. 

Each city also had their own creation myths and thus creators.  All of these are viewed as "true" and an explaination of creation.  Nit, Amun, Ptah, Khnum (creates the ka on a potters wheel), Ra, Nefertem, Amun-Ra, Djehuty, etc. 

All the relevant material may not be readily available due to some things not being translated into English and it would take someone who knew multiple languages in order to do what theoi.com has done. 
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