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« Topic Start: October 28, 2008, 08:23:05 pm »

Does your pantheon have a hierarchy? Are some Gods considered 'lesser' Gods than others? Is there one God that is the head of all of the Gods? Or are your Gods all equals?

Why do you think that there is/isn't a hierarchy in your pantheon? Do you think the hierarchy is/isn't there due to the work of the Gods themselves, or due to the way humans perceive the Gods?

And of a slightly different tone: do you treat any of your Gods with more respect (or show more reverence to) than the others? If so, is this due to hierarchy, or purely because they are your patron?
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« Reply #1: October 28, 2008, 08:29:18 pm »

Does your pantheon have a hierarchy? Are some Gods considered 'lesser' Gods than others? Is there one God that is the head of all of the Gods? Or are your Gods all equals?

Yes.  There are the Twelve Olympian Gods with Zeus and Hera ruling them all. 

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I don't know, and to tell the truth it doesn't matter to me.  It is interesting to note that the list of gods considered to be Olympian differed from area to area, so it may be a human creation but again I can't say for sure.

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No, I tend to give all gods the same amount of respect regardless of any hierarchy.
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« Reply #2: October 28, 2008, 08:43:44 pm »

It is interesting to note that the list of gods considered to be Olympian differed from area to area, so it may be a human creation but again I can't say for sure.

I didn't know that. That's interesting.
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« Reply #3: October 30, 2008, 09:25:19 pm »

Does your pantheon have a hierarchy? Are some Gods considered 'lesser' Gods than others? Is there one God that is the head of all of the Gods? Or are your Gods all equals?

Well, the Irish Gods have a king. I think that cosmology reflects what the ancient Irish knew, since tribes were ruled by kings.

*I* don't relate to my gods any differently with regards to that. I treat Brigit a bit more special because I'm dedicated to her, but Morrighan is just as important to me as Nuada or Dagda (the father of many of the Irish gods).

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