The Logistics of Godhood

In this, as in other mythological stories, we must not suppose that the idea is based on a fact, but the idea gave rise to the tale, and thus received, as it were, a concrete body.

-Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology, (entry on Hermaphroditos)

primordial-sea-wally-boggusI find this quote fascinating, not only because Hermaphroditos is a fascinating and complex god, but also because it seems a loose thread to pull in the tangled knot of the big, big question: How does a god become a god?

It is food for thought: Are we god-creators? Have we, by our ideas through tales becoming concrete bodies, given them their forms? Has their evolution from primordial Truth been tandem to ours, or even tied to it as we are to theirs? Are gods static or dynamic?

We know human conceptions of a god’s purview change over time, but could this be indicative of an actual change in the god? Did Hermes, for example, in his youth hold dominion mostly over flocks, herds, fertility, and boundaries, but as he grew and developed into maturity, add to that dominion the finer points of language, writing, astronomy, mathematics, gymnastics, etc., just as the people over whom he is a god, also developed in these areas?

I am a dyed-in-wool hard polytheist who is deeply enthralled by what I call the “logistics of godhood”. These questions are my meat and my milk.

Oh, the mind-churning pleasure!

-winks and exits dramatically stage left-


About M. Ashley

Essayist and poet, my work has been rejected by some of the finest journals in America. Fortunately, it also gets accepted from time to time and has appeared in equally fine journals such as Word Riot, Inlandia, Brew City Magazine, and SageWoman among others.. In 2002, I was awarded the Academy of American Poets Prize for Vanderbilt University. For no good reason, I possess an unnecessarily dark humor which is why being third generation California Inland Empirian delights me so. My gods are weird. I once received $350 for writing a smartassed essay on “why the wise use of water is important in my daily life”. I am undoubtedly the Greek god Hermes’ special snowflake. I’m pretty sure I got into college via a series of fortuitous clerical errors. When I had to grow up and get a real job, I decided against it and stayed a writer. I have worked many odd—and I mean odd—jobs to support my habit: Commercial writer for country music hopefuls, resume massager, WalMart fitting room attendant and switchboard operator, telephone psychic.
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