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Gods, Groups of
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Gods, Groups of, in the history of religions. The assembly of individual gods into a group of gods serves to structure polytheistic panthea (Pantheon: I) and results from cosmological classification or priestly-theological speculation. Frequently, groups of gods are arranged binarily, triadically or according to some other simple number (dyads e.g.: heaven/earth; triads: heaven/earth/sea, sun/moon/morning star). Additional criteria for the assembly of gods include: (fictive) genealogies, local needs, altered political circumstances, overlappin…

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Hutter, Manfred, “Gods, Groups of”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 25 February 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_08802>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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