- Pantheon (gods)
A pantheon (from Greek ' [http://www.perseus.tufts.edu/cgi-bin/ptext?doc=Perseus%3Atext%3A1999.04.0057%3Aentry%3D%2377433] - "pantheion", literally "a temple of all gods", neut. of "πανθείος" - "pantheios", "of or common to all gods", from ' - "pan", "all" + " " - "theios", "of or for the gods", from "" - "theos", "god") is a set of all the gods of a particular
polytheistic religionor mythology. Max Weber's 1922 opus, " Economy and Society" discusses the link between a pantheon of gods and the development of monotheism.
"Pantheon" can also refer to a
templeor sacred building dedicated to all the gods of a particular religion. The most famous such structure is the Pantheon of Rome, built in the year 27 BCto honor the Roman gods. It was later renovated for use as a Christian churchafter the fall of the Roman empire.
*Native American pantheon
16th centurythe word has also been used in a secular sense, meaning a set of exalted people. This meaning, in modern parlance, is often used to describe the rise of a person into that exalted group, e.g., " Mick Jaggerhas joined the pantheon of rock megastars."
The term has more recently been used in fictional universes, such as
H. P. Lovecraft's Cthulhu Mythos, the Marvel universeand DC universe, and in numerous role-playing games, particularly the Dungeons & Dragons multiverse. In each, different pantheons of gods from classical literature and religious systems co-exist alongside more recent fictional creations of game writers. Such a system was the basis of the AD&D tome, " Deities & Demigods". In the Cosmology of Warcraft, in the first chapter "the Pantheon" is a group of metallic like gods who begin creating order, life and crafting the worlds. [http://www.worldofwarcraft.com]
In the "Kingdom Come" comic series by
Mark Waidand Alex RossPantheon Gods are seen discussing the fate of mankind while Spectre, Norman Mccay and Deadmanintervene.
Hyde School Reunion, an episode of the television show Charmed, the word is used in a High School yearbookto describe the popular kids.
*Wrigley, Richard & Craske, Matthew (2004), "Pantheons transformations of a monumental idea". Ashgate Publishing, Ltd., ISBN 0754608085.
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