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For polytheistic folk: pop culture deities

Discussion in 'Same Faith Debates' started by RayofLight, Apr 13, 2021.

  1. RayofLight

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    This is in the same faith debates... If you aren't polytheistic get out! Go on get!
    I read this article and found out that some people will work with beings from pop culture.
    Spirit work: Pop culture spirits, and deities
    Thoughts? I am curious to the different opinions as I just found it interesting and wish to learn more. However my knee jerk thoughts were this is not a legitimate practice. How could fictional characters be worshipped and worked with? Perhaps I am wrong tho and just dont understand it. I did hear some theories involving chaos magick can apply here but I dont know enough about chaos magick to know.

    Edited to just include polytheistic folk
     
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    I know y'all both polytheistic if y'all want to weigh in y'all don't have to...at first I was trying to include 3 different groups but have decided on just polytheistic folk.
     
  3. The Hammer

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    I'll weigh in later. Made a note to come back to this topic :)
     
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  4. RayofLight

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    Is there other polytheists I should call out? I know @Quintessence and @beenherebeforeagain are both pagans not sure if they are polytheistic or pantheistic or something else.
     
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    I'm not a polytheist, but wanted to say that I know a polytheist who has Freddie Mercury (deceased, of the rock band Queen) as his spirit entity. Can't say as I understand it, but there it is.
     
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    So at first glance this almost sounds like the creation of a Tulpa out of a Pop Icon.
    Tulpa - Wikipedia.

    Now, I have never done this myself, but have given thought to the worship of certain fictional deities, but have never gone so far as to put anything into practice.

    What I have done is use the various ways NPCs approach and interact with the Divine in the Elder Scrolls Series (3-5), as a basis for how I talk about and approach the Gods, Ancestors, and Spirits in real life. This isn't an external extension of a fictional world practice inasmuch as it is real practice colored by video game writing. There are not a lot of hard polytheistic cultures for one to model a practice off of, sometimes it is necessary to reach for the familiar.
     
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    Interesting reference. I was not aware of this.
     
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    Thank you for asking although I am still learning, literally all of my life still learning.

    I would certainly ask yourself does this entity from pop culture have significant meaning to me to become a focus of my path/religion. Even though we cannot define religion well, there are some things I think are important that religions do that are important for us. I would ask yourself if a deity from a pop culture can provide some of these aspects of religion. There is no correct or incorrect answer.

    1. Social connections and social bonds - Rituals, symbols, activities and in some religions beliefs create social bonds of feeling of consecutiveness. Important social events such as marriage, childbirth, honoring those who have died.

    2. Relationship to our world - Religion helps us see our connection with our world or in some with an otherworld or in some a heaven. Some religions create a negative connection with this world.

    3. Death - of all of the events of life it is death which is the most difficult contemplate. Religion can help with dealing with the idea of death whether there is an afterlife, reincarnation or nothing.

    I left Christianity and became pagan because I felt finally connected with this world as a pagan and never as a Christian. I finally found a comfort in death knowing I am connected to this world (ironically more than anticipating some heaven). I also found meaning in the rituals and symbolic understanding of our world that I have found. But that is me. Not sure if this helps at all but thank you for asking me.

    @The Hammer is a great resource as well as Quintessence and Beenherebeforeagain. I have learned much from them. I am sure we will learn from you.
     
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    I appreciate the recognition, thanks friend.
     
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    It is wonderful to find a kindred spirit in this world.
     
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