Henotheism



[hen-uh-thee-iz-uh m] /ˈhɛn ə θiˌɪz əm/

noun
1.
the worship of a particular god, as by a family or tribe, without disbelieving in the existence of others.
2.
ascription of supreme divine attributes to whichever one of several gods is addressed at the time.
/ˈhɛnəʊθiːˌɪzəm/
noun
1.
the worship of one deity (of several) as the special god of one’s family, clan, or tribe
n.

1860, from Greek henos, neuter of eis “one” (from PIE *sem- “one, as one”) + theism. Devotion to a single god without asserting that he is the only god. Coined by (Friedrich) Max Müller (1823-1900), professor of comparative philology at Oxford. Related: Henotheist.

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