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    Modern Attributes for Gods

    I was reading a thread on Reddit this morning, and it made me want to bring the discussion here.

    We have gods of the hunt, of love, and sex, and desire. Gods of fertility, growth, the sun, the sea, and the winds. But what about...say, gods of science? Gods of technology, and cell phones, and Facebook? Gods of firearms, gods of vehicles, gods of radio, reality television, celebrity gossip?

    Which gods do you think would adapt to some of our more modern practices?
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    Re: Modern Attributes for Gods

    I imagine it would depend on their realm? Like, Apollo would probably be for modern music production, Sarasvati would watch over informational technology, gods of travel and protecting travelers, like Hermes, for cars, guns might fall under war....

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    Re: Modern Attributes for Gods

    I could see Hermes being the god of all things Social Media and tech communication.

    I could see Athena getting behind the sciences and STEM.

    Ares will always be the god of war, so modern weaponry, strategy, etc would probably fall under him.

    I could see Anansi and the other tricksters meddling with all the tech, all those "glitches" you know.

    And the healer archetype would still play into health as we see it now, with all of our modern medical equipment and practices, so a doctor might pray to Brigid of Hygieia. An OBGYN might pray to Epona, Hera, or Mesenet just as any midwife would have in ancient times.

    Someone playing the lottery might pray to Fortuna, Tyche, or Ganesha.
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    Re: Modern Attributes for Gods

    Just for a slightly off the wall connection, I could see a host of intelligence agencies wishing for Heimdall's support. Sure spy and sentinel at the gate are decidedly not the same archetype but Heimdall's got extra-ordinary senses and his role isn't to singlehandedly stop an invasion of Asgard but to see it coming in time to alert the gods so that they can rally for war. Spotting a threat before it's kicking your door down and generally screwing over your life is what an intelligence service is supposed to do for a nation. They do other things on the side but one of if not the defining role of an intelligence service is to identify the threat in time to act.
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    Re: Modern Attributes for Gods

    I follow a tumblr blog called modern day gods, and they have some beautiful descriptions. I think that Hermes is definitely a social media god.
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    Re: Modern Attributes for Gods

    Heimdall, god of Firewall.

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    Re: Modern Attributes for Gods

    Quote Originally Posted by faye_cat View Post
    I follow a tumblr blog called modern day gods, and they have some beautiful descriptions. I think that Hermes is definitely a social media god.
    Ooh, will you send me the ink for that?
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    Re: Modern Attributes for Gods

    I think also Thoth would love technology. I actually don't see a problem updating the gods. We still rely on the natural world for our survival, and things like wisdom and fertility haven't gone away just because we have computers now. I think we can see Themis marching with protesters, Dionysus binge-watching Netflix, and Apollo steering Elon Musk's Tesla out there in space. The Big Picture concerns that the gods presided over in the old days are still present, we as mortals just have different tools now to deal with them, and I think the gods can very easily adapt to them.
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    I wanna ride this ride!


    ....Seshat, I think, gets the internet.

    OR, we can claim a new deity, Googazon.


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    Re: Modern Attributes for Gods

    I really like Googazon,I can picture an image in my mind

    Someone did make a googazon
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