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08 July 2011 @ 01:47 pm
(Religion) Learned a new word  
Henotheistic: believing in one supreme deity and regarding other gods and goddesses as aspects, forms, or manifestations of the One God. Hinduism is either a henotheistic religion or a polytheistic one, depending on who you ask. Or a monotheistic one (one Supreme Entity, Brahman). Or a trinitarian one (Brahma the creator, Vishnu the protector, Shiva the destroyer).
Skye: bluebonnetspagawne on July 8th, 2011 06:20 pm (UTC)
Very interesting, thank you, Janet.
Naga di Kandangsir_bottom on July 8th, 2011 06:28 pm (UTC)
New one on me -- always a delight!
Lyn Thorne-Alder: LynLynaldersprig on July 8th, 2011 06:38 pm (UTC)
Neat word, thank you!
Tiger Lily the Ginger Cat: just me - Jewishtigerbright on July 8th, 2011 07:34 pm (UTC)
Neat! I think that's what I am.
pingback_botpingback_bot on July 9th, 2011 04:32 am (UTC)
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The Djao'Mor'Terra Collectivefayanora on July 9th, 2011 04:33 am (UTC)

Also, love your icon!
Janet Miles, CAP-OMjanetmiles on July 9th, 2011 06:53 pm (UTC)
I've been wearing that Pentacle / Star of David pendant for a few years now. When I needed a new icon for "religion," I went to the Honeck Sculpture and grabbed the pic.
Ace Lightning: Priestessacelightning on July 9th, 2011 04:48 am (UTC)
(following a link in fayanora's LJ)

I always heard it used to mean "believing in many gods, while choosing to worship only one of them". Many Hindus are henotheists - devotees of one particular deity who acknowledge that there are many others. When my former High Priest returned to Christianity, he described himself as a henotheist - he didn't deny any of the other goddesses and gods he'd known, he just chose to worship only Jesus.

zemhitchhiker on July 9th, 2011 04:57 am (UTC)
nice word!
Maggiesillymagpie on July 9th, 2011 06:11 am (UTC)
I'd always heard it used in this sense: "the worship of one deity (of several) as the special god of one's family, clan, or tribe." I've heard Judaism described as a henotheistic religion because there was a special covenant between God and the Hebrews--he was a "clan/tribe" god.
Tom the Alien Cattomtac on July 10th, 2011 11:18 am (UTC)
Very, very interesting. You're at the convention, right? Please, let us know any other neat words you get.