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Two writers who have produced 'global' hypotheses about the features of polytheism are Jean-Pierre Vernant and Walter Burkert. Vernant identifies the following features: A god is a power that represents a type of action, a kind of force. Within the framework of a pantheon, each of these powers is defined not in itself as an isolated object but by ...


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Part of the problem you are having lies in the way you are framing the issue, i.e., where you say: The worshiped gods [...] require the care of humans worshiping them at their "houses" (temples) on earth You've inverted the relationship. Gods do not need the care of humans on earth; humans want to appeal to the power that gods ostensibly have, and ...


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