Deification

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  1. mathman Valued Senior Member

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    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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    There are places in Papua New Guinea where Prince Philip is regarded as a kind of god.
     
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    Rastafarianism, based on the one god manifesting in the person of Haile Selassie.
     
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  7. sculptor Valued Senior Member

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    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

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    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

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

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

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    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"
    https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/09/190930101003.htm

    the study is linked, or you can go here: https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0220886


    You ain't kidding!
     

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