Gods of ancients

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Gods of ancients

  1. 1. Gods of Ancients
  2. 2. Learning Targets • I will be able to: • Give 2 Examples of Gods in ancient myths and outline the myths
  3. 3. The God of Ancients • The concept of God is common to all religions. • From the very beginning people had an idea of God/gods who created the world and were worshipped because of this. The concept of God developed and progressed as human beings developed and learned more about the world in which they lived. The idea of God moved from a mythical understanding to a more rational understanding.
  4. 4. Rational Understanding of God • In agricultural societies the images and understanding of God are linked to the land and the cycle of the seasons. Each generation in every culture faced the big questions of life: what is the meaning and purpose of life, why do people suffer, where have we come from, what is the ultimate destiny of humanity? Their experience of life and their knowledge shaped their understanding of God.
  5. 5. Theistic myths • myths about God. • The God’s of Northern and Western Europe were God’s of Thunder rain and wind. Perhaps this reflects the darker atmosphere of this part of the world. This shows how the culture effected their understanding of God.
  6. 6. “Pantheon” • refers to a particular recognised gods of a particular culture. The Greek Pantheon gives us insight into the values of that culture. While there are many gods and goddesses in the Greek pantheon, twelve principal gods emerge as the most important.
  7. 7. The Gods of Greek Pantheon • The Twelve Olympians, in Greek mythology, were the principal gods of the Greek pantheon, residing atop Mount Olympus. The Twelve Olympians gained their supremacy in the world of gods after Zeus led his siblings to victory in war with the Titans.
  8. 8. The 12 Gods of Greek Pantheon • Zeus, Hera, Poseidon, Demeter, Athena, Apollo, Artemis, Ares, Aphrodite, Hephaestus, Hermes Dionysus • http://www.smashinglists.com/olympiangreek-gods/
  9. 9. Greek myth: Zeus
  10. 10. Nordic myth: Thor

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