World of gods

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The world of gods is understood as the totality of gods of a polytheistic religion or mythology . In most religions that believe in several or many gods, they "live" in their own, invisible world . In the imagination of many mythologies, the world of the gods is tied to one or more places reserved for the gods, for example the most important Greek gods reside on Olympus .

The religious studies term pantheon is not exactly congruent, as it is mostly associated with the idea of ​​a hierarchy among the gods. The German term “world of gods” is more general and means the totality of the gods of a cultural area , which was not necessarily thought of as an organized structure in ancient times .

Different worlds of gods can be found in the following religions and mythologies:

See also

Web links

Wiktionary: world of gods  - explanations of meanings, word origins, synonyms, translations

Individual evidence

  1. Reinhard Gregor Kratz , Hermann Spieckermann (Ed.): Images of Gods, Images of God, Images of the World: Egypt, Mesopotamia, Persia, Asia Minor, Syria, Palestine. Mohr Siebeck, Tübingen 2006, ISBN 978-3-16-148673-9 , p. 241 (footnote).