The Resemblance of Gods and Humans Throughout all religions, gods have always been seen as superior in every way possible. The division between humans and gods has always been prevalent and prominent. However, when the actions and motives of these gods are truly analyzed, it will become evident that the gods of Greek Mythology merely behave as humans with supernatural powers.
In the epic poem The Odyssey, Homer portrays Greek gods and goddesses as possessing human qualities and faults. Through their actions and emotions, Homer emphasizes the detrimental effects of lust, envy, wrath, and greed in ancient Grecian society. He also never fails to remind readers of the importance of respect for holy figures because of their powerful abilities to create chaos and wonder". Homer wants to prove that gods and humans share a variety of traits, and the only difference is that god don’t allow these flaws negatively to impact their society. To help further his argument, we can compare Greek gods and goddesses to that of Christianity.
Human beings have been baffled by existential questions and conflicts throughout history, and we humans attempt to answer these questions and reconcile these conflicts through various cultural depictions of gods and goddesses, religion, and spirituality. Homer’s The Odyssey and Sophocles’ Oedipus the King provide two interesting examples of how Ancient Greeks sought to define meaning in life, establish and enforce morality, justify social hierarchies, explain powerful forces, and especially to explore the age-old question of whether our lives are tied to fate or whether we exercise free will. In The Odyssey, Homer writes of numerous gods and goddesses, intimately known by his hero Odysseus and his Ancient Greek audience. The gods and goddesses
The God of the bible VS. the Gods of the Greeks In history there are many religions, some monotheistic Christianity, and some polytheistic like the Greek gods. Both religions influenced the people who worshiped them. The deities are well known but, how do the Greek gods differ from the God of the Bible?
For human’s deities are omnipotent, authoritative, dominant and immortal. If there is a need for supplication due to conflict or complication, humans turn towards the divine. Within the Iliad there are various gods who scheme a very significant role in the war of Trojan. The gods are very present, always observing, influencing guiding and most importantly, interfering in the actions of the humans. Athena, Apollo, and Zeus are three very influential divines and their interactions with human characters, along with interference towards the warfare is seen throughout the Iliad.
Their gods each had a certain role or reason for being worshiped. For example: Viracocha was the god of creation, but he wasn’t the most widely worshiped, nor was he the most powerful. The Incas believed that Inti, the Sun God was most powerful and mighty. Inti had created heat, light, life and fertility to the Incas crops. Below Inti was the Moon, the Sun's wife.
They associated each of their gods with a different aspect of life or nature. For example Zeus was the king of the gods, Athena was the goddess of wisdom, Dionysus was the god of wine, and the list goes on. The ancient Greeks erected massive temples to these gods for worship. Each god or goddess had his or her own temple for sacrifices or offerings. They Greeks believed sacrifice was necessary to appease the gods and keep everyday life fruitful and peaceful.
Hades: God of the Underworld Greek mythology is the stories of Gods and Heros and Monsters. It was used in Ancient Greece to explain the unknown why it rained,and why the earth shook. It also provides the Gods backstory and their powers. One of the Gods is Hades King of the dead whose parents are Cronus and Rhea. Hades brothers are Poseidon and Zeus,Hades powers were wealth and riches (“Hades”).
When comparing both Dumuzi and Osiris, the dying-rising divinities have an overlay of both similar and different effects on the myths they play part in. The Egyptian and Mesoptoamian mythical gods find comparison in their mutual deception. Dumuzi and Osiris were both deceived and murdered by people close to them. They both represent the divine body being plotted against out of hatred and jealousy. The need for power amongst the deities means that nobody is of more importance than themselves.
The story of Hercules is told from many different views and even more so told from different origins. Here is a compare and contrast of the original tale of Hercules v.s. the Walt Disney Pixar version. Some of the main differences include the villain being two completely different people, Hercules being set with challenges, and two different endings of the story’s main conflict.
‘Ancient Greeks’ of all periods have had a vast pantheon of gods for worship. The need to justify their emotions and to follow a moral code for their behaviour lead to anthropomorphism. While polytheism was created to concentrate each sphere of influence with its own deity. The Greeks experienced love, hate, anger, sadness and happiness among other emotions.
A key element of the relationship between the divine powers in the two religious systems and humanity was the way the divine powers were portrayed by mankind. In ancient Mesopotamia, the divine powers were described as “destructive storms and evil winds”, “seven gods of universal sway” and “seven evil gods”, this shows that the Mesopotamians used characteristics of nature to represent their gods. In addition, these descriptive features have quite negative connotations associated with them; they lead us to believe that these gods were extremely powerful, nefarious, and dominant, as a result, mankind would worship them out of great fear. In the Mesopotamian religious system humans referred to themselves as ‘servants’, “O lord, do not cast aside thy servant!” , this shows that
I think it is safe to say that even though Hinduism has many deities, however, they devote themselves to one god. Most people would say that it is contradictory. Therefore, it is reasonable to use that analogy when considering or understanding the 330 million deities of Hinduism. The rainbow of colors represent the 330 million deities and the one white light represent the single divine essence, in other words, “Brahman”. To better understand the analogy, according to the lesson it states, “These, gods, of course, are manifestations of Brahman…the gods permit a personal relationship between an individual worshipper and the divine via a particular deity” (Lesson 3, Page 15, Para. 5). In other words, all the gods are just different manifestation