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Comparative Mythology (Guardians)

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Strictly speaking, Comparative Mythology is a much broader field of study than is presented here, incorporating many more comparisons between different religions than just pantheons of gods. There are other similarities between such cultures, such as the well known world flood myth that is found in stories around the world. For the purposes of this page, only the similarities of pantheons will be discussed here, as they are the most relevant as far as cultural development in the Mediterranean region is concerned. 

During the Classical Era, much cultural mixing occurred as the Hellenic and Roman empires stretched from the Celtic Isles all the way to the Persian Gulf. As a result, first Interpretatio Grecae (Greek Interpretation) and later Interpretatio Romana (Roman Interpretation) would occur as both cultures attempted to understand native cultures and religions by aligning native gods to their own. Native cultures did this as well, albeit in a reverse way, in order to better understand their new rulers and their foreign gods. 

It is important to note that while the below table equates gods to gods, it is not absolute and not all viewed them this way. Some cultures had goddesses performing the tasks of gods and vice versa and not all equivalents are exactly the same in what they may have been the head god of. Additionally, this does not mean that everyone believed in one pantheon known by many names. Some gods did not have equivalents; some individuals may have believed two or more pantheons to exist separately at the same time, even fulfilling the same function. 

During the late 2nd Century AD, the idea of Polytheistic Syncretism was popular amongst the Roman upper class, who viewed a universal pantheon of gods known by many names as the best means of combating rising monotheistic religions in the Empire such as Christianity, Zoroastrianism, and Mithraism. This ultimately failed, but represented the last instance of collective comparative mythology in the Classical Era and partly explains the many comparisons between the deities to this day. 

Field Greek Roman Anatolian Egyptian Mesopotamian Celtic Germanic
King of the Gods Zeus Jupiter Teshub Amun Enlil Taranis Odin
Queen of the Gods, Marriage, Motherhood Hera Juno Arinniti Mut Ninlil Matrona Frigg
Sun Helios Sol Istanu Ra Shamash Alaunus Sol
Water, Sea Poseidon Neptune Aruna Hapi Enki Arausio Njoror
Fertility, Life Demeter Ceres Cybele Isis Ninhursag Epona
Wisdom, Art Athena Minerva A'as Neith Nabu Belisama
War Ares Mars Zababa Sobek Ninurta Camulus
Lust, Sexual Desire Aphrodite Venus Ishara Hathor Ishtar Aine
Hunt, Virginity, Childbirth Artemis Diana Inara Bast Nanshe Iovantucarus
Fire, Forges, Smithing Hephaestus Vulcan Hasameli Ptah Nusku Belenus
Knowledge, Travel Hermes Mercury Kandaules Thoth Marduk Lugh
Prophecy, Healing, Order Apollo Apollo Ellel Horus Nintinugga Sirona
Underworld Hades Pluto Lelwani Osiris Ereshkigal Arawn
Death Thanatos Mors Sandas Anubis Nungal Donn
Chaos, Disorder Eris Discordia Jarri Set Nergal Erecura Loki

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