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Henotheism


Term describing the religious practice of worshipping one god, parallel to believing in the exitence of other gods, but without worshipping these.
One religion, or religious structure may well be both polytheistic and henotheistic, depending on the level of worship. In local communities, there may be the worship of one god, while in a royal court several gods are worshipped at the same time.
Sumerian religion, which was never centralized, is best considered are mainly henotheistic, whereas Egyptian religion often was henotheistic on the local level, but polytheistic at religious centres and with the royal court.




By Tore Kjeilen