Since I am thinking about it right now and have no where relevant to post this I am gonna post it here and hope the mods will excuse my slight
off-topic foray into attempting to get a grip on things.
Now earlier above I began explaining reasons of why it is easy to get confused when reading about mythology.
I will add to that a little.
Early on in history we had more of what we can call a "city-state" paradigm, where each city or village would have it's own unique pantheon, often
times very closely related to it's neighbors in various aspects.
This is a result of the earlier exodus phases of civilization where exploding populations (thanks to agricultural and husbandry developments) were
forced to move into new areas and found their own new cities.
Good examples of this can be found under the keywords "Greek colonization map" and "Phoenician Colonization map", but these are merely examples of
various 'exodus phases', there are many more instances with different peoples.
The exodus paradigm led to the divergence and differentiation between pantheons over time, just as we can see with writing or art.
However, after time went on, empires began to arise which were powerful enough to control many city-states at one time under a larger "nation". This
new paradigm causes synchronization and assimilation between diverse cultures, and we can see this in the various periods of history.
Here under the cult of Jupiter Dolichenus
, we are shown an example how in Rome they
attempted to synchronize Jupiter with Baal.
This happened many times back and forth, where things would diverge than synchronize, repeat.
Contrary to common beliefs today, in antiquity it appears that it was widely known and accepted that most if not all religious pantheons were
originated from a parent source which they all shared in a history that was ancient to even them. In fact by pointing out and synchronizing them, it
was like an evidence or proof to them that their religion was indeed the true one because everyone else's actually agreed with it after painstakingly
translating it properly.
It is most interesting to realize how wrong almost all of our common day notions about people in antiquity really are when we go back and start
inspecting the artifacts and writings.
edit on 14-5-2013 by muzzleflash because: (no reason given)
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