Discussion in 'Comparative Religion' started by mathman, Feb 2, 2019.

  1. mathman Valued Senior Member

    Are there any current religions, except Christianity, which is based upon human deification? The ancient Greeks and Romans did it and I presume that's where Christians got the idea.
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  3. James R Just this guy, you know? Staff Member

    There are places in Papua New Guinea where Prince Philip is regarded as a kind of god.
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  5. spidergoat Liddle' Dick Tater Valued Senior Member

    Rastafarianism, based on the one god manifesting in the person of Haile Selassie.
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  7. sculptor Valued Senior Member

    It seems that many of the deities in mythology were the products of euhemerism/deification.

    and, most likely, a damned sloppy use of the language
    perhaps that is what we have with Odin's great grey horse Sleipnir.
    "that horse was so fast it was like he had 8(or 6) legs"
    and eventually we have a six/or eight legged horse---
    (of course Sleipnir's mother was Loki- a shapeshifter---so, who knows?)
  8. Hapsburg Hellenistic polytheist Valued Senior Member

    Depends on how "deified" we're talking here. Where's the line between an ancestor's spirit and a minor god?

    Yes and no. It's complicated.
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  9. DaveC426913 Valued Senior Member

    There are places in America where Trump is regarded as a kind of god.
  10. sideshowbob Sorry, wrong number. Valued Senior Member

    Once you've got spirits, there's no limit to how big and powerful you can make them.
  11. Truck Captain Stumpy The Right Honourable Reverend Truck Captain Valued Senior Member

    that really depends on your definition of human deification (or Apotheosis)

    there are some that consider Buddha deified, and there are always cults to consider (Sun Myung Moon immediately comes to mind here)

    Here is an article that is related to the topic: "Psychology of attraction to religious deities and super-heroes"

    the study is linked, or you can go here:

    You ain't kidding!

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