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    Numerous and various deities have become the unique and significant representations of Hinduism. Deities are also symbols, which not only suggest the diversity of the tradition, but also illustrate unity, tolerance, and acceptance that characterize the believers of this ancient tradition. A deity in Hinduism is a symbol of the tradition according to Paul Tillich’s description in his work Faith as Ultimate Concern. A deity satisfies the first characteristic of a symbol, which the symbol points beyond itself to sounds and meanings. (Tillich, 486) Deity is considered a concrete representation of God in Hinduism, for God is living in the universe, and each deity represents an aspect of the limitless God. (Rambachan, 7) For example, Ganesha, one…

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    Some of the most important deities in Mesopotamia were An (Anu) he was known as the Sky god, and the king of all the gods. All information about this god was translated from ancient texts. Then there was the god of fresh water Enki, known for his wisdom. You would think of him as a bearded man with water flowing around him. Some would say that was the most important of the female deities. Inanna the goddess of love, fertility, and war. Nanna God of the moon and he was the son of Enlil and…

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    analyze is, Head of a Male Deity (Deva), which it originates from Thailand, specifically in the Lamphun Province. This piece in particular was created during the Haripunjaya period, which makes it approximately from the 11th/12th century Terracotta. Although the description just beside the piece did not mention the composition, it is clear that the piece is made out of some form of clay-like structure. I am assuming this not only because I stared at the piece for quite some time but also…

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    The book of Genesis and the poem Enuma Elish both describe the story of creation, in their own ways. Initially we can see that there are very different beliefs of how creation came to be throughout the stories, but there are some underlying concepts that are the same. The relationship between Deity and humanity in Genesis 1 and 2 is one that resembles a father and son, where as in the Enuma Elish humanity is merely a tool for the gods the handle their menial work. The book of Genesis gives the…

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    The Role of Deities Deities throughout Greek, Egyptian and Roman texts have played a massive role in how stories should be told through the point of view of the deities. Humans have try to challenge the divine laws set by the deities and impose their human laws as superior to them. The stories of “The Epic of Gilgamesh” and “The Aeneid” have shown the consequences that may result if the divine laws of the deities are violated. Deities in the story of epic texts have roles which support the…

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    Shinto Deities Analysis

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    The object is the female and male Shinto deities. It is one of the art creations that stands out amongst the others in the Met Fifth Avenue of the 223 Gallery; as it is not only big but it is a clear depiction of a deity and it seems well maintained though one can tell that it has withstood the test of time. Its dimensions are 52.4 cm or H. 20 and 5/8 inches. It is classified as a sculpture and is made out of Japanese Cyprus and has traces of colour around it. The culture from which this…

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    Temples and Rituals opens chapter five. This chapter sever to inform Walton reader of the action and purpose of the temple. Temples primary design was for the residence of the deities, and not for places of worship. The temples represent a “shadow of a heavenly residence, therefore it served as a link or gateway to the heavens or cosmos.” The temples were distinct with an image of the deity. Many rituals were performed to guarantee that each deity approved of the symbol being placed on the…

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    Most religion has one God that they worship and pray to; however, many also believe in more than one god for guidance through life. Being monotheistic means praying to only one God to help guide someone through their difficulties in life and that God has a plan for them. Being polytheistic is praying to more than one god because many gods can represent many things in life and praying to that specific god can help someone through that specific obstacle. For Hindus, believing in more than one…

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    Another similarity between the two goddesses is that they are both daughters of gods. Both deities were daughters of Titans. Even though their parents were gods, it does not imply that they did not possess the chthonic attributes. Many of the heavenly deities such as Zeus and Hermes have such attributes (Guiley 42). However, humans did not fear them as much as they did the underground gods. In the case of Circe, her father was the god of the sun, Helios (Kristensen 65). This god also had the…

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    Ancient Greek Religion

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    Ancient civilisations and cultures displayed a strong belief in their chosen deities, they believed deities could lead them to success or give them power, especially between monarchs. Some monarchs used religion to establish and reinforce their political status and they built shrines and place cult status and held festivals to show people’s worship, these buildings were used for religious observance and they reflected the rituals that took place in them and through the unique structure elements…

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