What does "polytheistic" mean?


"Polytheistic" is an adjective for a person, society or religion that worships many gods. The word comes from the Greek roots "poly-," which means "many," and "theos," which means "god."

Polytheistic societies were once the norm throughout the world, and many works of classic literature, including "The Odyssey," "The Aeneid," "The Prose Edda" and "The Epic of Gilgamesh" are infused with a polytheistic worldview. However, the great evangelistic religions Christianity and Islam are aggressively monotheistic; they call on followers to believe in not many gods, but one God. As these religions spread, they obliterated or subsumed polytheistic traditions. Today among the most common religions, Hinduism and some forms of Buddhism remain polytheistic.

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People who believe there is more than one god (e.g. ancient Greeks, Hindus, etc.
1. Examine polytheism in China and Japan. Many Chinese are Buddhists, Confucianists and Taoists, and many Japanese are Buddhists and Shintoists. Buddhism, Confucianism and Taoism
Polytheistic:1:worshipping or believing in more than one
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[pol-ee-thee-iz-uhm, pol-ee-thee-iz-uhm]
the doctrine of or belief in more than one god or in many gods.
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