Most all of us are disbelievers, for the
most part

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in theism - 102500)

Commonly, most ascribe to a particular faith or
group of faiths and consider themselves theistic.

However, when it really comes right down to it,
most of us disbelieve in most Gods and Goddesses
and Devils and Demons, for reasons of culture,
logic, reason, family upbringing, and sanity.

Oh, really, you say?

Check it out ... consider the Gods and Goddesses
and Devils and Demons of the world, and ask
yourself, for each God or Goddess or Devil or
Demon, do you believe that particular entity exists
as a real entity worthy of worship, prayer, fear,
or avoidance?

If your answer is no, you're a disbeliever towards
that particular entity.

If your answer is yes, you're a believer in that
particular entity.

If your answer is you don't know, maybe, you're
not sure, you'd rather not say, or you're unable
to eliminate the possibility that the entity might
exist, you're an agnostic towards that particular
entity. Perhaps you should seek further information
on whatever entities you are agnostic about.

By the way, if you already accept that all gods are
imaginary beings created by primitive pre-scientific
humans without a clue, you need only peruse the
list for its value as a reflection on the wisdom of
your philosophy.

For the rest of you, you've got a lot of soul-searching,
contemplation, and research ahead of you. After all,
you wouldn't want to be worshipping, praying to, or
fearing the wrong deity or fearing and avoiding the
wrong devil, now would you?

Enjoy the journey and welcome to what I'm sure
will be a revelation of the depth of disbelief for most.
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Contents excerpted from "A Dictionary of Gods and
Goddesses, Devils and Demons", by Manfred Lurker
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0415039444
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Brief comments follow - for complete details, buy
"A Dictionary of Gods and Goddesses, Devils and
Demons"...

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Aaxtxe - Evil spirit in the shape of a bull.

Abaddon - Angel of hell, lord of the plague of locusts.

Abattur - Mandeans'/Persian 'bearer of the scales' who
weighs souls and/or their deeds.

Abellio - Gallic local deity, God of apple trees.

Abgal - Seven Sumerian spirits., some conceived as fish-men.

Abhiyoga - Servile Gods in Jainism who help the supreme
Gods to create rain and darkness.

Abora - Supreme being worshipped by Canary Islanders on
the island of Palma; sat in heaven and caused the stars to move.

Abraxas - Graeco-Oriental gnostic God with the torso and
arms of a man, the head of a cock, and serpent legs.

Abu - Sumerian God of vegetation.

Abundantia - Roman Goddess personifying abundance.

Acala - The Immovable, a divinity in Indian Buddhism who
has three eyes and six arms.

Acaviser - God-like female being in the Etruscan pantheon,
in the goddess of love.

Acheloos - Greek river-god.

Achilleus - Hero venerated throughout Greece; in the Black
Sea area he had divine status as Pontarchus, ruler of the sea.

Acoran - The supreme being, worshipped by inhabitants of
Gran Canaria in the Canary Islands.

Adad - Babylonian God of weather and rain.

Adam(m)as - Parental godhead of the Naasenes, a gnostic
movement in Phrygia.

Adam Kadmon - Per the Kabbala (a Jewish mystic movement),
the first man, androgynous, and partaking in or blending with
God.

Adam Kasia - God-like form of 'the first Adam', per the
Mandeans. A redeemer who is himself redeemed.

Adibuddha - Primeval or original creator who has created
the five Dhayani Buddhas.

Aditi - Indian Goddess (mother of the Adityas), a redeemer
who frees those who believe in her from sickness, need, and
the stain of sin.

Adityas - Vedic grouping of seven or eight Gods (progeny
of Aditi) offering salvation from all ills; post-Vedic portrays
twelve Sun-Gods, connected with the twelve months of the
year.

Adonis - Phoenician-Syrian God, lover of Aphrodite.

Adraste - Goddess of war in ancient Britain.

Adrasteia - Trojan-Phrygian mountain divinity.

Adro - God of the Lugbara people who live on the shores of
Lake Albert in East Africa.

Aegir - North Germanic sea-giant.

Aeneas - Son of the Goddess Aphrodite, a Greek hero,
embodiment of the Roman virtue of piety.

Aesculapius - The God of healing, introduced in Rome in
293 B.C.

Aesma Daeva - Parsee demon of lust and anger.

Aeternitas - Roman personification of eternity.

Afi - God of rain and thunderstorms among Abkhaz people
of the western Caucasus.

Agas - Demon of illness in Iranian religions.

Agathos Damon - Good Greek genius or guardian spirit.

Agdistis - Phrygian hermaphrodite being.

Aglaia - Splendor, one of the trinity of graces of Charites
who bring beauty and pleasure to mankind.

Aglibol - Moon-God of Palmyra (ancient Syria).

Agni - Vedic God of fire.

Agnostos Theos - The Greek Unknown God.

Ah Bolom Tzacab - Mayan God of agriculture.

Ahone - Supreme God of Indians who once lived in Virginia
area.

Ahriman - In Mithraism and Zervanism, venerated as a God.

Ahura Mazda - The one true God preached by Zarathustra.

Ahurani - An old Iranian water Goddess.

Aiakos - Greek God of the underworld.

Aiolos - Son of Poseidon.

Aion - The Lord of Time.

Airyaman - Old Aryan God of marriage.

Ai Tojon - Creator of light (among the Yakuts in Siberia).

Aitu - In Samoa, a word for the lower order of Gods.

Aitvaras - A Lithuanian household spirit, a creature of the
devil.

Aius Locutius - A Roman nonce God.

Akasagarbha - Whose origins is the ether, in Indian Buddhism
a Bohidsattva with characteristics of a celestial deity; appears
in Tibetan Books of the Dead; in Japan he is known as Kokuzo
and is a personification of supreme knowledge of the absolute
void.

Akephalos - A headless being regarded as a demon.

Aker - A God which is the embodiment of earth in ancient
Egyptian texts.

Akerbeltz - In 16th/17th centuries, venerated as a God by witches
and wizards.

Akongo - Supreme God of the Ngombe who live in the Congo area.

Aksobhya - One of the five Dhyani-Buddhas.

Ala - Earth Goddess of the Ibo people of Nigeria.

Alako - God of the Norwegian gypsies.

Alalu - First of heavenly kings of the Hurrians who lived in north
Syria in the 2nd millennium B.C.

Alardi - Per the Ossetians of the Central Caucasus, a spirit who
on the one hand causes smallpox and, on the other, protects
women.

Alaunus - Celtic name for the God Mercurius.

Albriorix - Gallic war God Teutates.

Alcis - Divine pair of brothers in the belief of the East Germanic
tribe of the Naharnavali.

Alisanos - Local God in Gaul.

Allah - In the pre-Islamic period, the supreme deity, creator of
the earth and giver of water. Interpreted by Muhammad as the
one true God.

Allat - The Goddess venerated in Central and North Arabia in
pre-Islamic times.

--- Time out --- There are over 1,800 Gods, Goddesses, Devils,
and Demons in this book. Heck, even giving a brief description
of 'em is taking me far too long. If you really want to play it safe,
just buy the book and, for further elaboration, check out the
following book.

Welcome to the crowd of disbelievers! (-:

Merriam-Webster's Encyclopedia of World Religions
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0877790442
Excerpt from the back cover: "All religions, all eras,
all cultures, all regions. 3,500 entries deliver compre-
hensive coverage of religious movements and concepts,
historical and legendary figures, divinities and super-
natural characters, and important religious places.
30 in-depth articles provide detailed discussions of
major religions, including Christianity, Judaism, Islam,
Hinduism, and Buddhism, as well as other important
religious topics."

... to be continued (maybe) sometime in the future ...

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