Anthropomorphism


Definition

Anthropomorphism is the act of attributing human forms or qualities to entities which are not human. Specifically, it is the describing of gods or goddesses in human forms. Also possessing human characteristics such as jealousy, hatred, or love.

Gods and religions

Mythologies of ancient peoples were almost entirely concerned with anthropomorphic gods. The Greek gods such as Zeus and Apollo often were depicted in anthropomorphic forms. The avatars of the Hindu god Vishnu possessed human forms and qualities.

Current religious holds that is not logical to describe the Christian God, who is omnipotent and omnipresent, as a human. However, it is extremely difficult for the average person to picture or discuss God or the other gods without an anthropomorphic framework.

In art and literature, anthropomorphism frequently depicts deities in human or animal forms possessing the qualities of sentiment, speech and reasoning. A.G.H.


 Source:

Funk &Wagnalls New Encyclopedia, 1979, 2, 143