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I believe in the existence of many gods. While not all of these deities are thought to have physical bodies or even be worthy of worship, some certainly are. Like humans, these deities are seen as having their own personality traits, needs, desires, etc, but with additional powers and, in some cases, supernatural attributes. Many of us worship gods associated with particular objects (Sun, Moon, water, etc,) events (birth, death, etc,) or character types (hero, trickster, muse, etc.) Animists talk of gods inhabiting special places. For them nature is alive, with spirits animating both living and non-living things.

More Information About This Worldview Theme--note this table is under construction, last update: April 2022

a diamond WV Theme...

...individual <---> knowledge

the theme is paired with: #7A   Mysticism   to make Choice #6   in the Choices We Make cards 

this theme as presented in older version of theme structure:        is this theme new to version 4?--YES

click to look at the Project Worldview Cultural Literacy Encyclopedia Related Words, Beliefs, Background articles for the above choice 

 Project Worldview authored discussion, Worldview Watch related issues, songs, etc.  


Wikipedia articles related to this theme:

Polytheism Modern Paganism Animism
Paganism Wicca magic and religion 
New Age Earth-centered religion  nature worship 
pantheon--religion Dualism in Cosmology (some worldviews built around two opposites--evil vs. good, yin & yang, goddess & god, etc) traditional African religions

 worldview internal inconsistency related: Strongly valuing this theme and any of the themes in the list below is a contradiction:

#5A   Scientific Materialism #6A Orderly & Explicable #6B   Scientific Method #8A   Monotheistic Deism
#8B   Belief in a Personal God #9A   Religious Fundamentalism #9B  Simply In God's Hands: Apocalypticism #13  In Human/Computer Hands:  Dancing With Systems       
#14A  Salvation & Moralistic God    #37B Global Citizen #104A  Human-Centered #201A Evidence-Based     

More to Explore --Worldview Theme #12A:  POLYTHEISM, ANIMISM, PAGAN

What is Paganism?  (from Pagan
What is Pagan Anarchism? (from
Earth Centered Spirituality Collection of  34 ideas by First Unitarian Universalist Church of San Diego
Pagans and Other Unitarian Universalists Inspired by Nature
The Witchipedia (an online encyclopedia of witchcraft, magick and the occult)
We Moon Astrological Calendar and Planner 
Guide to Nature Spirituality Terms by Selena Fox (from Circle Sanctuary)
"The Return of Paganism" by Ross Douthat (NY Times opinion piece Dec 12 2018)
Confessions of a Born Again Pagan  by Anthony Kronman  (book review by David Brooks, The New York Times Oct 14 2016)



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"As you shop in "The Reality Marketplace" avoid spending your "reality cash" too early,  before you have seen everything. " 
from Coming of Age in the Global Village,  by Stephen P. Cook,  with Donella H. Meadows