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- Created 2012-02-23
In traditional belief, a
(ˈdiː.ɨti or ˈdeɪ.ɨti) is a
being, and who may be thought of as
believe that the deities in their religions are true, and often that they can communicate with the deities, who can respond supernaturally to their entreaties. Some
s have one supreme deity, others have multiple deities of various ranks.
C. Scott Littleton
Gods, Goddesses, and Mythology
defined a deity as "a being with powers greater than those of ordinary humans, but who interacts with humans, positively or negatively, in ways that carry humans to new levels of consciousness beyond the grounded preoccupations of ordinary life. "
Deities are depicted in a variety of forms, but are also frequently expressed as having human form. Some faiths and traditions consider it
to imagine or depict the deity as having any concrete form. Deities are often thought to be
, and are commonly assumed to have personalities and to possess consciousness, intellects, desires, and emotions comparable but usually superior to those of humans. A male deity is a
, while a female deity is a
Natural phenomena whose causes are not understood, such as
and catastrophes such as earthquakes and floods, are sometimes attributed to them. They may be thought to be able to work supernatural
s and to be the authorities and controllers of various aspects of human life (such as birth or an
). Some deities are asserted to be the directors of time and fate itself, to be the givers of human law and morality, to be the ultimate judges of human worth and behavior, and to be the designers and creators of everything (the
and all contents).
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