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Although Polytheism is a word that comes from the Greek Polus (many) theos (god) each god is usually a way of identifying a human need or or understanding, and most polytheistic religions still conceive of all gods conforming to an overarching spiritual force or primary god (‘Brahman’ in Hinduism).

See also: The video “The Story of God”

Subgroups of polytheism are religions such as Hinduism, Han Folk or Chinese Traditional Religion, Shintoism and Taoism. Believers account for about 17% of the world’s population.


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