from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An account of the origin and genealogy of the gods.
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- n. The origination of gods or a narrative describing the origin of gods.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The generation or genealogy of the gods; that branch of heathen theology which deals with the origin and descent of the deities; also, a poem treating of such genealogies.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. That branch of non-Christian theology which teaches the genealogy or origin of the deities; in a particular sense, one of a class of poems which treat of the generation and descent of the gods: as, the ancient Greek theogony of Hesiod.
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- n. the study of the origins and genealogy of the gods
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Now 'theogony' means 'origin of the divine'; and I use the associated adjective because the Pseudo-Dionysius thought of creation as destined to be 'divinized' through our theosis: a gift from the Father given through the Son and in the Holy Spirit.
I cannot recall the exact source offhand, Sumer I think but compound imagery was the mode of explaining cosmogenesis and theogony in pre-literate and pari-literate times and we find the residue of similar explicatory "myths" in subsequent sets of icons such as Anahita, whose personification of a complete cornucopia is evident in her titulary associations with "water" and all living things.
The Phœnicians had been long a powerful people, having a theogony of their own, before the Hebrews became possessed of a few cantons of land near their territory.
Each divine figure that arises is connected with a part of the physical universe, so his theogony is also a cosmogony (an account of the generation of the world).
Homer I suppose were four hundred years before my time and not more, and these are they who made a theogony for the Hellenes and gave the titles to the gods and distributed to them honours and arts, and set forth their forms: but the poets who are said to have been before these men were really in my opinion after them.
Oriental theogony, a whole cluster of faces, crowded together but on different surfaces so that one does not see them all at once.
But since, next to Homer, Hesiod wrote his Works and Days, who will believe his drivelling theogony?
It will do your cause no good to say so to men who know the poets; for they know how very ridiculous a theogony they have composed, -- as we can learn from Homer, your most distinguished and prince of poets.
Courting Tory disapproval, she has connected her afterlife with the theogony of the skeptic poets.
In Hemans's syncretism, these figures are both the immortal dead (in The Skeptic's "worlds of light,/Where severed souls, made perfect, reunite," 149) and the demigods of a Shelleyan theogony.