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Are there any other fictional "pagan deities" in addition to Moloch, Baphomet and Baal?

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Answer #1 | 29/12 2013 01:10
I know what you said, but Moloch and Baal aren't fictional, and there are doubts about Baphomet being fictional too. See: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moloch and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baal See also: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baphomet
Answer #2 | 29/12 2013 06:25
I don't know exactly what you mean by 'fictional', but as Sol has already said, Moloch and Baal were certainly worshipped as gods by the Phoenicians in particular. Baal and images like him are found all over the Eastern Mediterranean, there is plenty of textual and archaeological evidence for this, from sites such as Ugarit and Tyre. I think that if a deity is thought to exist, by it's very nature, it will be worshipped by someone, somewhere. There are examples of malevolent deities that aren't exactly worshipped, but are still respected and included in rituals, Greek mythological characters such as Eris or the Erinyes, for example. The only other example I can think of is a modern one, where modern 'druids' in the UK think that their religion somehow has to do with Stonehenge. This is an error based on comments by William Stukely in the 18th century, and archaeology has since proved that Stonehenge dates to much earlier (Neolithic to Bronze Age) and there is no evidence of use by ancient druids. There are several gods who's name is a derivation of the term 'Lord', including Jehovah. There are also lots of deities who appear in different guises in different regions (The Olympians are a good example, and many of these are derivations of near eastern deities). In that sense, and without getting into a deeply philosophical debate, Baal is a 'real' god.
Answer #3 | 29/12 2013 07:02
There is archeological evidence for Baal BTW.
Answer #4 | 29/12 2013 01:40
Most pagan civilisations would have one or - more likely - many deities specific to their own culture, meaning that there would literally be thousands. Given that these 1) mostly happened before written history in those areas began and 2) were often derided and therefore destroyed by civilisations afterward (e.g. for Britain: Romans, Anglo-Saxons, Vikings, Christianity); there would very little 'non-fictional' evidence.

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