Ask AI3: What is gods?
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He explains that his citizens must not be corrupted by any of the misrepresentations of the gods or heroes that one finds in much poetry, and he observes that all `` these pantomimic gentlemen '' will be sent to another state.
While Plato finally allows a few acceptable hymns to the gods and famous men, still he clearly leaves the way open for further discussion of the issue.
I refer to the notion that the structure of society is a microcosm of the cosmic design and that history conforms to patterns of justice and chastisement as if it were a morality play set in motion by the gods for our instruction.
All false gods resemble Moloch, at least in the early phases of their careers, so it would be unreasonable to expect any form of idol-worship to become widespread without the accompaniment of human sacrifice.
The road leading south along the river was shaded with old trees, and in the moonlight the silvery landscape was like a setting for trolls and wood gods rather than the Hudson River Valley of his boyhood memories.
Now, you probably share the widespread Western belief that the Lord Buddha is the most compassionate of the gods, much more so than Jehovah and Allah and the rest.
Science is mocked for wishing to know nothing of Nothing, in a last ditch effort to save the gods at the expense of men.
the gods who protected the Greek countryside were only now putting on their sharply anthropomorphic dress.
His power was so great that he even promoted and demoted gods according to whether they had given ear or been deaf to petitions.
Mahayana had gods, and magic, a pantheon, heavens and hells, and gorgeously appareled priests, monks, and nuns, all of whom wielded power over souls in the other world.
For the Greeks, Apollo was all the Gods in one and through the centuries he acquired different functions which could originate from different gods.
The Greeks created the legalism, the supervision of the orders of the gods, and the demand for moderation and harmony.
In the Iliad, Apollo is the healer under the gods, but he is also the bringer of disease and death with his arrows, similar to the function of the terrible Vedic god of disease Rudra.
Such songs were originally addressed to Apollo, and afterwards to other gods: to Dionysus, to Apollo Helios, to Apollo's son Asclepius the healer.
Homer interprets Apollo as a terrible god ( δεινός θεός ) who brings death and disease with his arrows, but who can also heal, possessing a magic art that separates him from the other Greek gods.
The other gods tricked Hera into letting her go by offering her a necklace, nine yards ( 8 m ) long, of amber.
Zeus had turned all the people of Thebes to stone and so no one buried the Niobids until the ninth day after their death, when the gods themselves entombed them.