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  1. If you take the controversial reputation, and not the worst, then I would single out the trickster gods. The peculiarity of these gods is that they do not obey the general rules, they are usually liars, cunning and deceivers, that is, they often do various not very good things. But on the other hand, they often act as cultural heroes and improve or organize people's lives with their tricks.�

    Perhaps the most famous of these gods is the god Loki in Norse mythology.The Norse gods often used Loki's services when they needed to be cunning. Loki had the ability to change his appearance. So, in the form of a beautiful mare, he lured a horse named Svadilfari from Jotun, a stonemason who built Asgard, which saved the Aesir from having to give the latter the goddess Freya as a wife. At the same time, Loki became pregnant, after which he carried and gave birth to an eight-legged foal, Sleipnir, which he later rode Alone. Thanks to Loki, the Aces received such treasures as Thor's hammer Mjolnir, Odin's spear Gungnir, the ship Skidbladnir, the ring Draupnir and the boar Gullinbursti. At the same time, He is the progenitor of Hel (the goddess of the realm of the dead), the giant serpent Ermungand and the monstrous wolf Fenrir, as well as all witches. He organized the murder of Balder for which there is a punishment chained to a rock and when he breaks out, Ragnarok will come.�

    You can also remember Sun Wukong , the monkey king. He caused constant fights and riots in the Heavenly Emperor's Palace, stole immortality peaches, and was generally extremely defiant. For his behavior, he was imprisoned by the Buddha under a mountain and released by Сю Xuanzang, a monk going to the Western Paradise of Amitabha Buddha for the sacred Buddhist scriptures. Sun Wukong, in gratitude, became his disciple and protector, but during the Journey to the West, they constantly quarreled, but in the end, thanks to Sun Wukong's cunning and magic, everything ended well. As a result, at the end of the journey, as a reward for his diligence, the Buddha of Western Paradise appointed Sun Wukong as the All-conquering Buddha. (there are old Chinese films about Sun Wukong and cartoons that I really like and recommend them to watch).

  2. In general, in pre-Christian religions, it was customary to assign completely human traits to the gods: unreasonable anger, envy, fear, vanity, laziness, and even stupidity. Therefore, many gods had contradictory reputations, and everyone made mistakes. Perhaps this was due to the fact that each polis, state or tribe had its own patron, and, bringing good luck and glory to some, it inevitably brought chaos and destruction to others, such were the times (characteristic examples can be found in the Illiad).

    If we consider a well-known topic-one of the most controversial gods in ancient Greek mythology was Zeus and Hera, a husband and wife, whose internal family disputes brought a lot of trouble. Hera often, for example, in all the well-known adventures of Hercules (Hercules), acted as the demiurge of evil, but almost no one ever questioned her position on Olympus, which was equivalent to the position of a powerful Queen, the wife of the supreme ruler, and she had enough admirers (Hera was the patroness of marriage and the main defender of the mother during childbirth).

    Zeus was the eldest of the children of Kronos, who overthrew their father and established their rule over the world. That is, the beginning of the great path of Zeus was the war against his own father. Although Zeus had very good reasons for this behavior, in ancient times, rebellion against the elders was not approved by many. In the next, after the epic about Hercules, the most popular ancient Greek myth, about Prometheus, Zeus acts as an antagonist, a power-hungry tyrant who does not want to share benefits with the common people. He also sentences the first ever” Robin Hood”, a folk hero, to terrible torture for a period of eternity.

    And in general, the usual behavior of Zeus, very few people now can cause approval. There is a popular joke on the Internet: “The main cause of problems in Norse mythology – Loki is bored, in Ancient Greek-Zeus could not keep his boyfriend in his pants.” Starting from constant infidelities that cause the anger of his wife, ending with the attitude towards his numerous offspring, Zeus appears before us as an ancient Greek example of a terrible father, rich and influential, paying attention to the problems of his children only if At the same time, due to his position, Zeus constantly avoids consequences for himself.

  3. Certainly, the Indian Shiva deserves mention. In Sanskrit, his name means “good”. He is also known as “Bhairava”, which means” terrible ” (and in general he has 108 names, as, indeed, other Indian gods with developed cults). In some myths, he is fearsome and hot-tempered, in others-a yogi and ascetic. Shiva cut off the fifth head of Brahma, incinerated the god of love Kama with his third eye, killed the god of death Yama, beheaded his own son Ganesha. Shiva taught people yoga and smoking marijuana. At the same time, Shiva is the cosmic consciousness, the universal masculine principle.�

    Worshippers of Shiva are also controversial. Some are strict ascetics, while others, known as aghori, eat meat, including possibly human flesh, drink alcohol, and use other forbidden substances in their practices.

    Not inferior to Shiva and his consort Parvati, one of the forms of which is Kali. On the one hand, Kali is a fierce and destructive goddess, absolute darkness; on the other, she is the mother goddess, the conqueror of demons, the protector of those who worship her, and the destroyer of illusions and false knowledge.

    In general, in Hinduism, almost all mythological characters are characterized by some ambivalence and ambivalence. For example, some myths begin with the fact that a certain negative character (demon, asura, rakshasa) performs long-term austerities and spiritual practices and as a reward for this receives from the supreme deity (Brahma or the same Shiva) invulnerability or some other superpower, with which he begins to create outrages. So who's the bad guy?

  4. Talos is a deified human in the TES universe. Due to the fact that he was still an ordinary person, many people do not want to recognize his divinity. Despite this, it is quite proven during the Oblivion Crisis, when it was necessary to get the blood of the Deity, and the blood of Talos came up. But here's the catch, in the Scroll universe, everything works on the principle of a mythopoeia, that is, the more people believe in it, the truer its divinity. If there are no such believers left (as the Thalmor wants), then the divinity of Talos will also be lost.

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