Pantheons

If you were tasked with creating a pantheon for a new setting with gods from various real world cultures, which gods would you choose?

Do you think there are some gods that may as well be fused into one character?

  1. 3 months ago
    Anonymous

    Definitely including my boy Xipe Totec aka Our Lord The Flayed One, a life-death-rebirth deity of, among other things, agriculture, seasonal rejuvenation and war. He flayed himself to feed humanity, laying his flayed skin over the land to bring forth the germination of food. In return his statues and priests are ritually draped in the skin of flayed captives which they wear until they rot off.

    • 3 months ago
      Anonymous

      Don't forget household chores!

  2. 3 months ago
    Anonymous

    >which gods would you choose?

    Depends what kind of setting I'm making

    /thread

    • 3 months ago
      Anonymous

      You don't make settings.

  3. 3 months ago
    Anonymous

    Consider the "Interpretatio Gracea" method of pantheon-building:

    Common elements from various cultures have a similar pantheon-building idea (which adds to the theory of the PIE People being the progenitors of ancient societies), and make great building blocks on how the pantheon is to be run.

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Interpretatio_graeca

    >Father Sky, Mother Earth, Slayer-King and the Chaos Beast, Elements, Seasons...

    This also builds to the idea of syncretism. Hell, follow the Elder Scrolls' way of syncretising gods among the races of elf and men.

    • 3 months ago
      Anonymous

      >Common elements from various cultures have a similar pantheon-building idea (which adds to the theory of the PIE People being the progenitors of ancient societies),
      lol no

  4. 3 months ago
    Anonymous

    >a melting pot
    no thanks

  5. 3 months ago
    Anonymous

    thats a horrible way of crafting a pantheon.
    You have to uneerstand mythology

    • 3 months ago
      Anonymous

      "Right. Our Sky-Thunder god is of course the leader, but I'll take this city's wisdom god, that city's war god, the god of the oceans from that city there, our love goddess will be that war goddess of that inland empire if we put her through the wringer and adjust some details slightly..."

      It's basically the way several 'real world' pantheons were developed.

      • 3 months ago
        Anonymous

        retard take.

  6. 3 months ago
    Anonymous

    >Loki
    >Anansi
    >Hanuman the monkey trickster from Hindu mythology
    >Raven the trickster deity from pacific northwest native American tribes
    >etc
    Mortals better fucking learn how to laugh when they get pranked

    • 3 months ago
      Anonymous

      I actually put together a pantheon like this for an old worldbuilding project though I included some gods from fiction as well.

      This is incredibly funny to me for some reason.

      • 3 months ago
        Anonymous

        Making an entire pantheon out of trickster assholes is either the best or worst idea there could possibly be.

        https://i.imgur.com/OM8kJvS.jpg

        If you were tasked with creating a pantheon for a new setting with gods from various real world cultures, which gods would you choose?

        Do you think there are some gods that may as well be fused into one character?

        In a simmilar manner

        Venus
        Inanna
        Clíodhna
        Hathor
        Freyja
        Beiwe

        • 3 months ago
          Anonymous

          That's not a pantheon it's the cast of a fucking harem anime

          • 3 months ago
            Anonymous

            Big tiddy pantheon, make love not war. Or both in the case Inanna.

    • 3 months ago
      Anonymous

      >An entire pantheon of "me and the boys"
      Absolutely a horrible existence

    • 3 months ago
      Anonymous

      the monkey trickster from Hindu mythology

      Hanuman isn't a trickster in Hinduism. He is the very embodiment of restraint, devotion, loyalty, courage. He is an archetypal hero, not a trickster. He is Rama's most faithful devotee.

      You're thinking of Monkey from Journey to the West. That guy leapt from Buddha's hand to the pillars at the edge of the universe where he who pissed, or wrote his name, on the pillar, and then leapt back only to find the pillar was Buddha's finger.

  7. 3 months ago
    Anonymous

    I think the Asura and the Daeva should be friends again

  8. 3 months ago
    Anonymous

    Helios

  9. 3 months ago
    Anonymous

    I don't like pantheons. I prefer philosophical religions without gods, or, failing that, monotheism.

  10. 3 months ago
    Anonymous

    >If you were tasked with creating a pantheon for a new setting with gods from various real world cultures, which gods would you choose?
    Who gave me the task and what's the expected quality?
    Also my choices would probably depend on the setting but overall this sounds like a very boring idea since this seems like a purely cosmetic choice.
    Most IRL pantheons have cultural/historical origins so just copy pasting them into said new setting would feel off when it doesn't align with the present cultures and if it does then it's not a new setting but real life.
    Then again, this reeks of pure theory crafting bullshit for no particular game anyway.

  11. 3 months ago
    Anonymous

    What about creating new gods and pantheons from scratch? Or if you prefer to more loosely base your deities on IRL ones, how much do you tend to change and why? And what deities have you made this way?

  12. 3 months ago
    Anonymous

    My last setting was an alt-history Europe where Zoroastrianism became the predominant religion instead of Christianity.

    Praise Mithra!

  13. 3 months ago
    Anonymous

    >Do you think there are some gods that may as well be fused into one character
    Buddy, look into comparative mythology. Someone with enough time and autism could reasonably well create a pan-Eurasian universal religion. At the very least you could make one for all Indo-European derived cultures (pre-judeification).

  14. 3 months ago
    Anonymous

    Does anyone else like the Eberron method of religions? The Eberron method is more "realistic," for lack of a better term: different competing models of the divine, some of which are compatible with one another, some of which boil down to faith in gods whose existence can never be truly verified.

    A religion is more akin to a real-world religion in that it presents its own "rules of the divine," which may or may not be compatible with other religions. There is no one universal pantheon in Eberron that all gods get filed into.

    Do you like it when a fantasy setting uses this method for distinguishing its religions?

  15. 3 months ago
    Anonymous

    No gods, just like in real life. The players can make up whatever silly superstitions for their character to believe in that they wish.

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