Poseidon’s MDT – Day 9: Common Mistakes

Χαίρετε ἀναγνώστες!

I will discuss with you today the common mistakes in regards to Poseidon.

The biggest and most immediate one that I can think of is very simple. Our modern, monotheism-infested culture likes to pigeonhole things. We like to define things exclusively by their main (not necessarily actual but perceived!) traits. In regards to the Gods, this also happens a lot. Aphrodite is the Goddess of Love, Zeus is the God of Storms, Artemis is the Goddess of the Hunt, etc. All other aspects or parts of their domain usually get shoved out of the way in the reification of this singular trait or part of their domain. In regards to Poseidon, it’s that he is the God of the Sea. That he is THE God of the Sea. Which as King of the Seas he kind of is, but our modern culture tends to misunderstand this as being his only domain, if they recognise anything else it is usually just that he is also the God of Earthquakes. But people tend to forget that the Seas and Oceans and Waters of the world are a very greatly varied thing, even when talking about a single Sea.

In regards to Poseidon, it’s that he is the God of the Sea. That he is THE God of the Sea. Which as King of the Seas he kind of is, but our modern culture tends to misunderstand this as being his only domain, if they recognise anything else it is usually just that he is also the God of Earthquakes. But people tend to forget that the Seas and Oceans and Waters of the world are a very greatly varied thing, even when talking about a single Sea. They forget that there are a bunch of other Gods, Spirits, Nymphs, Beasts, etc., which are also connected to the Sea, some of which ARE the Sea (Thalassa, Okeanos, Pontos,…). Who forget that Poseidon isn’t the Sea itself but the King of the Seas, Ruler of the Waters of the World. He rules the various Gods and Spirits of the Seas and Oceans and Waters, but he is not the Sea himself, though he surely does command it.

This is particularly egregious because he is denied his other domains, with the exception perhaps of the aforementioned domain of Earthquakes. This attitude can persist even among those who turn away from monotheism into a pagan or polytheist path, and may lead them to have difficulty fully understanding Poseidon (as much as mortals can understand a God) and having difficulty worshipping him if they find no reason to, i.e. living far from the Sea and not living in a tectonically active area. Which is a pity, as there is much more to this God, much more he deserves to be honoured for.

I honestly can’t think of any other misunderstandings in regards to Poseidon, but if you do, please share them in the comments. It is always good to be aware of such things.

Ἔρρωσο.

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