By Jordan D. Paper
The Deities Are Many is a full of life and realized creation to polytheism. Drawing from either his scholarly study and his own event, writer Jordan Paper is the perfect consultant into this milieu. Paper was once interested in polytheism via his love of nature, seeing it as a resource of the divine. during this publication he makes a speciality of chinese language and local American non secular traditions, in addition to West African, African-Brazilian, Hindu, Polynesian, and circum-Polar traditions, to explain the theology of polytheism. The publication presents a topology of polytheistic deities, targeting the cosmic couple, Father Sky and mom Earth; animal, plant, and mineral deities; ancestral spirits; divine ghosts; and tradition heroes and tricksters. Paper additionally exhibits how monotheists misunderstand polytheism and gives a polytheist point of view on what it ability to be human whilst the "deities are many." this can be a attention-grabbing, illuminating booklet, in particular for these raised in monotheistic societies.
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We needed plants and animals to sacrifice their own lives in support of our own. Why should they do this? We realized that to catch an unwilling animal was difficult; far better were it to offer itself. We learned to communicate with animals and plants, to ask them to share their lives with us. All we could offer in turn was respect and reverence for their sacrifice. We developed rituals in these regards: to speak to the animals or plants, point out our need and beg them to take pity on us, to offer token sacred substances to them as a gesture of reciprocity; to never waste their gift of their lives; to honor them in ceremonies, asking them to return to us again and again.
What they did not have, of course, was the Victorian era’s horror of the human body and its workings. Since we live between Earth and Sky, since our lives are utterly dependant on their conjoining, it is natural for us to conceive of Earth and Sky as our parents. It is equally natural, given their very natures and how they affect us, that most cultures understand Earth, or Sea for maritime peoples, as our mother and Sky as our father (exceptions include early Egypt, which reversed this sexual identification of Earth and Sky).
To do so violates one’s relationship, leading to loss of the power inherent in the vision. It is not that one keeps one’s relationships secret, but they are revealed indirectly through symbols, songs given by the spirits, stories, and so on. Those who understand and need to know will know. It is only Introduction ________________________________ 17 when one reaches my present age that it is considered proper for one who has some understanding to speak of these matters. Perhaps this is because with age and, hopefully, a modicum of wisdom, one has learned just what to reveal and the right reasons for revealing it.