RE: Hero Wars Questions (Hero Cults & Devotees)

From: Hibbs, Philip <philip.hibbs_at_...>
Date: Fri, 14 Apr 2000 08:37:42 +0100

>Does being a true devotee of a hero
>preclude being a devotee of a god or can a devotee
>of a god also be a devotee of a hero?

As I understand it, a "hero cult" is in many ways a sub-group that worship the god in the same way that the hero did. The hero benefits from this in that the worshippers are re-enacting the hero's actions as well as the god's actions, so both are reinforced. Therefore, I'd conclude that it is possible to be a devotee of a hero and a god. In fact, if you are a devotee of a hero, I'd say you pretty much have to be a devotee of the god - the hero certainly was, and you are emulating him, aren't you?

Philip Hibbs Opinions expressed may not even be my own, let alone those of any organisations, nations, species, or schools of thought to which I may be affiliated.

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