momentary god

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

The concept comes from Hermann Usener in Gotternamen, in Bonn, 1896 in German, later translated into English.(1)

Noun[edit]

momentary god (plural momentary gods)

  1. A deity who exists for a specific purpose, and at a specific time at a special place. It has no existence except for such purpose, time, and place.(1)

Usage notes[edit]

Clear examples are the Greek figures of Euodos, Horophylax, and Myiagros, who chased away the flies during the sacrifices to Zeus and Athena.

References[edit]

(1) Hastings, James. Momentary Gods, in Encyclopedia of Religion and Ethics, Part 16. Kessinger Publishing, 2003. Pages 777-778. ISBN 0766136930.[1]