Showing posts with label Zeus. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Zeus. Show all posts

19 October 2012




 noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)
Attempt to find a historical basis for mythical beings and events. It takes its name from Euhemerus (fl. 300 BC), a Greek scholar who examined popular mythology in his Sacred History and asserted that the gods originated as heroes or conquerors who were admired and later deified. Though modern scholars do not accept euhemerism as the sole explanation for the origin of gods, it is thought to be valid in some cases. (Merriam-Webster)

30 July 2012

Etymology of the Aryan Gods : Thor, Thunor, Jupiter, Zeus


Proto-Germanic: *þunra-z, *þunoraz
Meaning: thunder

Þunresstáinaz  Fiðurhamraz Þunres Gaulsh (Celtic) Tiranis
OldNorse (Western OldNorse): Þōrr, dat. Þōri m. (older. Þunarr) god-

15 July 2011

History of Ancient Greece, Mythology


Published by Kenneth S. Doig         

Greek Mythology, are the beliefs and ritual observances of the ancient Greeks, who became the first Western civilization about 2000 BC. It consists mainly of a body of diverse stories and legends about a variety of gods. Greek mythology had become fully developed by about the 700s BC. Three classic collections of myths—Theogony by the poet Hesiod and the Iliad and the Odyssey by the poet Homer—appeared at about that time.
Greek mythology has several distinguishing characteristics. The Greek gods resembled humans in form and showed human feelings. Unlike ancient religions such as Hinduism or Judaism, Greek mythology did not involve special revelations or spiritual teachings. It also varied widely in practice and belief, with no formal structure, such as a church government, and no written code, such as a sacred book.

21 April 2011

Proto-Indo-European religion

celtic deity
From Wikipedia (blog-editing and image-arrangement by Kenneth S. Doig) see my posting Mannus
Proto-Indo-European religion is the hypothesized religion of the Proto-Indo-European (PIE) peoples based on the existence of similarities among the deities, religious practices and mythologies of the Indo-European peoples. Reconstruction of the hypotheses below is based on linguistic evidence using the comparative method. Archaeological evidence is difficult to match to any specific culture in the period of early Indo-European culture in the Chalcolithic (Mallory, 1989). Other approaches to Indo-European mythology are possible, most notably the trifunctional hypothesis of Georges Dumézil.

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