Jupiter on a household gods statuette

Polytheism is the belief in multiple gods. Most of Colonial society practices polytheism - it is their mainstream religious practice. The pantheon of the Colonial gods are known as the "Lords of Kobol."

Origins

Kobol is the birthplace of humanity. Prior to the exodus, humans lived there in peace with the Lords of Kobol. The residents of Kobol prayed to the Gods that befit their need, whether it be Zeus, the King of the Gods who lived on Mount Olympus; Athena, the Mother Goddess of Wisdom and War, or the others. [1]

Lords of Kobol

Major Deities

Earth drawing of Odin [2]

Other Deities

Titans

Atlas statue at Atlas Arena

History

Scriptures

The Sacred Scrolls are the texts upon which the Colonial's polytheistic religion is based.[3] One of the more prominent of the scrolls, the Pythian Prophecies, tells about Kobol (home of the gods and humanity), the exodus of the Twelve Tribes and the exodus of the Thirteenth Tribe before them. The prophet Pythia was named after the oracle-priestess of Apollo.

Practice

Criticism

A relatively new Monotheist belief system is practiced by a minority of the population. They are critical of polytheism and their military branch employs terrorism to draw attention to their cause.

Ben Stark and Zoe Graystone share their newfound Monotheist faith with Lacy Rand. Ben says the Gods are an apathetic cabal. People pray to them, but the Gods do not hear. They win Lacy over to their new faith by equating the moral decay and lawlessness of V-World with the polytheistic society in which they live. ("Pilot")

Portends

In New Cap City, Cerberus poses a riddle:

As the gods overthrew the Titans, so has man overthrown the gods. But when Man visits his sins upon his children, how shall he be repaid?

The riddle foreshadows the future. It alludes to the Cylon attack on the Twelve Colonies in 100YR, decades after humankind enslaved their sentient mechanical creations, and after the First Cylon War. ("Ghosts in the Machine") ("Apotheosis") ("Battlestar Galactica: Miniseries")

Known Polytheists

People

Organizations

Miscellaneous

Poly is a nickname for Polytheists.

Behind the Scenes

Notes

The majority of the names of these gods are drawn from our Greek and Roman pantheons, and, to a lesser extent, from the Norse pantheon.

Cultural References

Earth depiction of the Sphinx [4]

See Also

References

  1. Ruditis, Paul. "Battlestar Galactica Vault, The Complete History of the Series 1978-2012." Sterling New York, 2014, page 149 (edited).
  2. Photo: "Odin, der Göttervater" (Odin enthroned with weapons, wolves and ravens) by Carl Emil Doepler (1824-1905). Published in 1882. The signature seems to indicate it was made in 1880. Source: Wägner, Wilhelm. 1882. Nordisch-germanische Götter und Helden. Otto Spamer, Leipzig & Berlin. Page Seven, public domain.
  3. Pythia on Battlestar Galactica Wiki. Retrieved on May 17, 2019.
  4. Photo: Sphinx. Attic red-figure pyxis, second half of the fifth century BC. From Nola (Italy). Oppermann Collection, Cabinet des Médailles, Paris, France. Source: Marie-Lan Nguyen (2010), CC BY 2.5.
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