jay042 wrote:I don't know why, but I keep imagining Moses as this pompous windbag. Acting more holy and full of Fire and Brimestone than God ever bothers to be.
Metrobius wrote:Shakespeare's a joke, though, because people are so nutty about him. I haven't seen people dashing about praising Moses, just acknowledging that there was once this useful bloke called Moses that did stuff. But Shakespeare wasn't just a guy that did stuff, he was the Greatest Writer That Ever Lived.
Metrobius wrote:Except that Azazel's name I took from an apocryphal (I believe) book of the Bible where a bunch of angels got thrown out of Heaven for lusting after mortal women. So he's already a minor unimportant demon in my universe. Is he important elsewhere? I thought that was Azrael.
jay042 wrote:In that vein, maybe Elvis has acquired deity status. I'd say he doesn't have fans as much as he has a cult anyway:)
ripvanwormer wrote:Oh, here's something interesting. Maurice Bouisson says that Azazel was an ancient Semitic god of the flocks later degraded to the level of demon. So he might be inflamed with jealousy for Jesus and Apollo.
Posted: Sun Jan 04, 2004 5:25 am Post subject:
Yes, it's a big pain in the bottom.
Basically what I do is decide as I go along who's separate and who's not, which probably isn't very scholarly, but it does make for a story that doesn't make people's heads hurt..
The idea originally was that gods were a certain way, and it was (sort-of) the way the general consensus of mortal belief thought it was. That's still the idea (and the "certain way" gets decided by me as I go along..), although gods may change under the force of 'believer imperative', probably because they'd go mad if they didn't.
Realistically, because myths are so influenced by others and mixed up and transient, you can't say *anything* is true about gods, because the blasted creatures quite manifestly don't exist. The only solution is to give the gods their own reality which is based as closely as possible on the myths. But when it comes down to it, you have to say "All right, *this* goddess is the real one, and she has a few different names," or "This god is not the same as that one, they're two separate people."
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