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polytheism

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The belief in, or worship of, many gods. It is not easy to count gods, and so not always obvious whether an apparently polytheistic religion, such as Hinduism, is really so, or whether the ...

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The Oxford Companion to World Mythology

... Polytheism is the belief in more than one...

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The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Archaeology (2 ed.)

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Current Version:
2009
Subject:
Archaeology, History
Length:
8 words

... [Ge] Belief in two or more...

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Dictionary of the Social Sciences

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Current Version:
2002
Subject:
Social sciences
Length:
127 words

... The worship of or belief in more than one god. Polytheism is generally contrasted to monotheism —the worship of one god—although the diversity of supernatural forces and beings in many monotheistic religions (such as Christianity) complicates this distinction. Polytheism was a key subject of nineteenth-century theories of religious and cultural evolution, and it figured prominently in the work of Edward Burnett Tylor , Herbert Spencer , and others. Most of these early social theorists described polytheism as an intermediate stage between primitive ...

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World Encyclopedia

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Current Version:
2004
Subject:
Encyclopedias
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41 words

... Belief in or worship of many gods and goddesses. The ancient Egyptian, Babylonian, Greek and Roman religions were all polytheistic, as were the religions of the Americas before European settlement. Hinduism is a modern polytheistic religion. See also animism ; ...

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The Encyclopedia of Religion and Nature

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Current Version:
2010
Subject:
Religion, Social sciences
Length:
2,266 words

... Polytheism is the consideration that there are many gods. It holds that divinity is numerically multiple. In its original or fundamental sense, polytheism represents a celebration of the plurality of nature. Also known as “multitheism,” it relates to “myriotheism” (belief in a countless number of gods) and “henotheism” (a term coined by Max Müller to denote either the belief in one god without excluding belief in others or, more precisely, the tendency among some peoples to make different gods in a pantheon supreme one after the other – attributing...

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The Oxford Dictionary of Philosophy (3 ed.)

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Current Version:
2016
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Philosophy
Length:
110 words

... The belief in, or worship of, many gods. It is not easy to count gods, and so not always obvious whether an apparently polytheistic religion, such as Hinduism, is really so, or whether the different apparent objects of worship are to be thought of as manifestations of the one God. Polytheistic cultures tend to be more relaxed about adding compatible gods, or in other words their deities are less jealous than those of monotheistic religions. Hence the historian Gibbon’s observation about the many religions of ancient Rome, ‘which were regarded by the...

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Oxford Dictionary of English (3 ed.)

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English Dictionary
Current Version:
2015
Subject:
English Dictionaries and Thesauri
Length:
70 words
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The New Zealand Oxford Dictionary

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English Dictionary
Current Version:
2005
Subject:
English Dictionaries and Thesauri
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39 words
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Australian Oxford Dictionary (2 ed.)

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English Dictionary
Current Version:
2004
Subject:
English Dictionaries and Thesauri
Length:
39 words
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New Oxford American Dictionary (3 ed.)

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Current Version:
2015
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58 words

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