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mark211What's your favourite deity from ancient mythology?2016-02-07 02:43:08
mark211Fantasy fiction in particular and for obvious reasons often has to invent references to real or imagined Gods. There are for instance the Seven in George R.R. Martin's "A Song of Ice and Fire" sequence consisting of Father, Mother, Warrior, Maiden, Smith, Crone and Stranger - although it's ambiguous as to how active they are in that world. Though certainly R'hllor, the Lord of Light, is capable of working wonders such as resurrection of the dead, immunity to poison and summoning murderous shadowy wraiths. 2016-02-07 02:47:30
mark211But what about all-time kick-ass inspiring deities from the myths and legends from this world? What about trickster Gods like Loki in Norse mythology, or Appollo, raining arrows of disease down onto the Argives or Athena entering the body of a warrior on the battlefield to sweep all before her/him? Which are the best or most intriguing of these ancient gods and godesses from mythology and why?2016-02-07 02:49:51
r.tornelloHow about Who is...not what is. The Greek gods and goddesses. they are a randy bunch of characters with all the flaws we have only on a greater scale.2016-02-07 05:58:17
mark211With respect to a fictional deity I think who / what may be a moot point." The Greek gods and goddesses" All of them?2016-02-08 04:22:02
rtRe Greek,pretty much all of them. I just pull the one that is specific to a situation and then use him or her.

Some asian types like the kitsune (fox generally goddesses). They all have special characteristics that I like to use.

Mythology in general modern and ancient is a great source of inspiration. My Flash A LOVE MANUFACTURED IN HEAVEN was a direct take from the Greek in modern dress. I expanded it a 3400 word version.

All joking aside, a friend of my step daughter and former road racer read it and told me it made her want to get back out onto the track. BTW I used to road race too.

It's one of my favorite stories. If you've ever melded with your machine and become one, you'll understand. It doesn't matter bike, car, gun, or zen, it's all the same.

Love and punches,


2016-02-08 08:36:59
micheledutcherPerhaps not ancient enough, but Shakespeare's Puck is a favorite of mine. In A Midsummer's nights Dream, he's trying to do the best he can for the god of the forest, but he keeps messing everything up. The god of the forest, Oberon, could get angry, but he just tries to fix things and is pleased when everything works out for the best. In fact, I used these characters in my novel, Outrunning the storm - they're charming Venusian tweaks - simple, angel-like characters in charge of getting planets ready for human inhabitants. 2016-02-08 12:43:28
IronspiderI'd like to proffer Herne the Hunter/Cernunnos/Kernunnos. Having an interest in folklore and reading far too many books (if that's actually possible) on the subject (most contradictory), I came to like the idea of a 'spirit of the forest' or even just a personification of the 'wilds', which we no longer have in the industrialised and over-developed UK. A vist to Carnac in France and a walk through some standing-stone infested woodland brought the idea back. I had constructed a few related stories which had Kernunnos as a background figure, who acts to influence the actions of the main characters, but the plotted narratives were a tad beyond my meagre writing abilities. However, the concept lives on (somewhat truncated) in the form of the elves who inhabit a setting I've developed and am currently exploring.2016-02-09 00:37:28
RTHow about the Hebrew and early Christian gods. The Christian is but a variation but underpinned by the Hebrew mythology. They have tons to work with.2016-02-09 12:01:08
CurtisPerhaps Bacchus the Roman god of agriculture and wine, who was copied from the Greek god Dionysus. He was the last god to join the twelve Olympians; Hestia gave up her seat for him. 2016-02-13 22:27:04

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