One of the most perplexing aspects of Pagan religions for someone who is coming from Christianity is the multiplicity of deities. How can we tell the difference between Odin, Zeus and Jupiter, when all of them do the same thing? How is Hera significantly different from Danu? How is Kali different from The Morrigan? Why should I, as a new Pagan, start worshiping deities that I have been told my whole life are inferior to my God? How do I pick a deity pair that I can feel comfortable with?
All these questions are important, and each will be addressed in this article.
One of the most important things to keep in mind is that despite what you may think you have read from James Frazier, Joseph Campbell or Robert Graves, these deities are NOT cardboard cutouts of each other. Just because you like the name Lillith, you cannot substitute Lillith for Tailtu. There is no divine “mosh pit” where all gods and goddesses get mixed up together and you can pull out a thoughtform here, an aspect there, a kami from this section, three from Column A, and five from Column B…. These deities have their own personality, their own life, their own interests and abilities. It may be that each mythology is based on universal concepts, but that is only applying analysis after the fact to something that already was.