So, in my day to day life, publicly I like to tell people that gods are cultural representations and symbols of various aspects of life. For example, I like to describe the act of Odin killing Ymir and creating the world from his corpse to symbolize man’s conquest over nature, the first ordering of chaos. I think its a fair statement because we use symbols and symbolic meaning to interact with the world.
One Greek deity that society likes to portray is Aphrodite. Most forms of media like to uplift her as the symbol of love and romance. I instead use her to represent shallow beauty and glamour, often putting her down in favor of figures like Hecate or Hermes.
This seems to be a basic instinct in human nature, but I wanted to know if you’ve ever experienced gods and goddesses ever taking it personally. Or, do they just consider it part of the job, knowing that we mortals aren’t talking about them personally but using their likeness to represent something?