Tuesday, 29 November 2016
An Offering To Indra
the omens were good;
the smoke rose properly to heaven;
the men might have felt better if the offering had been to a more familiar God like Teshub or Ishtar.
Raupasha, who had led the offering, replies:
both Teshub and Indara are ancestral deities;
Indrara may be an older name for Teshub;
both command the storm and thunder;
the kingdom was great when Indara was worshiped.
Her critic accepts this. Thus were religious differences settled in ancient times and in year 10 After the Event. Insistence on a single God, followed by disagreements about His will, generated greater intolerance?
SM Stirling, On The Oceans Of Eternity, Chapter Fourteen, p. 287.