I have not really spent enough time in the otherkin community at large to pick up on the stereotypes and misconceptions people have about incarnate deities. So part of this is shooting in the dark. I also want to extend an open welcome to questions here, in case there is something more you would like to see my opinion on.
I am a goddess, and thus I should be treated like one! Bow down and worship me!
Yeah…no. The only way I expect to be treated is with the same level of respect everyone else deserves. Just because I believe myself to be a goddess, does not mean I expect people to treat me differently; I am not necessarily your deity.
That being said, I have had people tell me that they worship me, or pray to me in the past. It can feel very awkward, or very right, depending on the person and the situation. It is not something I ask others to do, that defeats the point. And the majority of the time I would prefer not to be treated like that. Honest, genuine emotions are one thing. But I feel that is rare, and I do not need the false airs or pomp and circumstance.
And if anyone is curious, appropriate offerings to me are artichokes, icons consisting of Pinkie Pie, and flavored marshmallows. :p
I am a goddess, I am perfect and capable and on top of everything!
This is one that I used to get a lot. Because of who/what I am, it is assumed that I must be highly functional and high up in society. After all, I am divine, right? Earthly life must be a piece of cake, and everything must bend to my will.
There used to be a game on a forum I frequented in the past targeted not at gods, but angels incarnate. “I am an Angel of the Lord, and…”, where people filled in the blanks. I am an angel of the lord and I just had to repair the dishwasher because it broke down spilling brown water on my clean floor. I am an angel of the lord and I just got chewed out by a customer at the service desk I work behind at the local Shop and Save. I am an angel of the lord and I cannot find my damn left shoe.
You get the idea.
I am an incarnate goddess, but I am not the whole of Britomartis expressed all at once in a human shell. Only a fraction of me shines through at any given time; sometimes more than others. Instead of being on top of the world, what usually happens when I start expressing more strongly than average, is a breakdown.
How can there be so many tin cans in the world, that are tossed away when metal is so precious? What are lawns and why do people keep them? What is this stuff in a strange thin metallic wrapper, am I supposed to eat it? Why are things sold in huge, ugly concrete buildings, in strange packages? Why do I have to cover my chest? (If you do not get this one, look up the famous Snake Goddess statue from Crete).
If it were not for Z and him going through highly similar things, I do not think I would be able to cope with the basics of life here that most people do not even notice. So there may be some areas of life that I am more on top of than the average human, but they are usually not practical, and most of the time are outweighed by the “WTF is a plastic jug, and why are we throwing away a perfectly good container?” factor.
You should really see me and my existential breakdowns over things like traffic lights and mass produced dishware. Mindblown.
Gods > Humans
The other thing I have witnessed is that people seem to think I claim to be who/what I am, because I want to be a special little snowflake and think I am better than others.
I spent most of my life wanting to be normal, and my self-esteem is total shit. So that is far from the case.
I do not think gods are greater than humans. Just different. And I tend to be a big, big fan of humanity as a general rule. Why else would I actually want to be in a body here?
Gods = Humans
That being said, gods and humans are not equal in all ways. The biggest thing that comes to mind is morality. I have read often with a sense of confusion, people’s encounters with deities and how there seems to be this disconnect in understanding. Gods seem mysterious, inscrutable, and fickle.
I do not think they are. I think they just operate on a different set of rules than humanity operates on. I think that is why I have never really had trouble understanding other deities, because I have an intuitive sense of this unwritten code, since I also operate in it. A lot of things modern society is against or sees as evil or wrong, is passable and even sacred to me. Not things I would necessarily engage in on a physical level, but on a more spirit level, definitely. (I believe I have written a post on cannibalism and the dying-reborn thing, for example).
Gods and goddesses are vending machines.
This is one I cannot get into a lot without triggering my Ranty Miss Ranty Pants mode. I am sure a longer post on it will make it here eventually. But suffice it to say that deities do not exist to fulfill every wish and whim of humanity. You cannot insert a coin and expect to get a product. Gods do not owe anyone anything like that. You would not expect another human to bow to your demands, why would you expect a god to?
“Indoor Plumbing; It’s gonna be big!”
This is not entirely related to the topic of this post, but is a constant irritation I run into when discussing my kintype and experiences. If anyone has seen the Disney movie Hercules, there is a scene where the Fates whisper slyly how big indoor plumbing will be in the future.
I really, really wish people would stop treating ancient civilizations as so much less than modern society, and as so primitive. There was a comment in “The Mycenean World”by Chadwick that said the writers of ancient texts may have even though to sharpen sticks or affix a thorn, in order to write.
The truth is, indoor plumbing was not only a thing in Crete, but cultures further back than that. Things like water and sewage systems have been around for thousands of years. This is just one example out of dozens. Like the people who want to do things only with the technologies that existed at the time as if that is the traditional way, when cultures back then were rapidly adopting the newest technologies available to them, just like we do today. I bet you money that if the Minoans had access to power tools, they would go out and buy them right then and there.
So, there are a couple for you. Once again, I am open for questions if there is something you want my opinion on!