The Divinity of Ancient Greece

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Humans have always held the notion of having supernatural beings that assist them spiritually through a divine power to guide their lives rightly. Beliefs, feelings, dogmas, and practices that define the relations between human beings and sacred or divinity is said to be called religion (“What is Religion?”). There are religions that practice monotheism, the belief that there is only one god, and polytheism, the belief that there is more than one god. Nowadays, one third of the world population is monotheistic (“World Religious Statistics”). Nonetheless, it was not like that at all in ancient times because the majority of cultures were polytheistic. Greece, a country located in southeast Europe, is well known today due to the Greek gods and goddesses, the divine power in which the Greeks believed. The Greek gods and goddesses were a group of twelve called the Olympians who ruled after the overthrow of the titans. All of the gods including the Primeval gods, the Titans, and the Olympians were immortal although any of them could be replaced by stronger gods. How the Olympians gods and goddesses were born, what characteristics made each of them unique, and the role that all of them played in religion are pretty interesting themes when analyzing the history of Greece, the native land of gods and goddesses who lived in Mount Olympus. The Ancient Greeks evolved the Greek creation myth in an attempt to explain how the universe and some of the major Greek gods and goddesses came into existence (“The Greek Creation Myth”). The birth of the Olympians was marked by a barbaric story between father and son generation after generation. Everything began with Chaos, the one considered the first god and, therefore, the origin of everything. Chaos ... ... middle of paper ... ...thmian-Games>. Lastarria, M., and F. Wessely."Festivals and Celebrations of the Greek Gods." Festivals and Celebrations.N.p., 21 Mar. 1998. Web. 05 Apr. 2014. . "Nemean Games." Encyclopaedia Britannica.Encyclopaedia Britannica Online.Encyclopædia Britannica Inc., 2014. Web. 05 Apr. 2014. . "Olympians." Mithological Universe. N.p., n.d. Web. 5 Apr. 2014. com/planet/mythguide/olympians.html>. "What Is Religion?" Religion and Beliefs.N.p., n.d. Web. 05 Apr. 2014.>. "World Religion Stats: Monotheist, Reincarnation, Etc. Bruce PhC." World Religion Stats: Monotheist, Reincarnation, Etc. Bruce PhC. N.p., 16 Apr. 2008. Web. 05 Apr. 2014. .

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