The thing I don’t get about when there are “resource” posts that make big mistakes about deities, is like how do you even feel comfortable releasing information that you haven’t researched yourself or double checked.
I’m to the point where I basically believe nothing if it involves information on several pantheons, because I doubt that the person has adequate knowledge on all of them.
agree. to be honest, I don’t think I’ve ever seen a collection of deities ever end up being correct. there was one on hearth deities once, and half of them were like GOD OF THE SUN AND ALL CREATION and it’s like. the open-ended definition of one word does not permit mixing multiple paradigms for a huge resource post.
that’s where I feel like a lot of these kind of go awry.
Ugh I know this feeling, and obviously it happens with books too. For instance, there’s a series of books a lot of tumblr pagans recommend, Juika Illes’ encyclopedias of ___, I see them referenced a lot in informational posts and had a pretty good impression of them. I saw one in the store the other day though, the spirits one, and decided to take a look at the entries for some of the gods I’m familiar with to see how it held up. I was just kind of horrified. Pan-Celtic BS everywhere, random BS everywhere, and just general awful information. I think the worst part of Lugh’s entry was the description of Lughnasa:
"Lugh the sun and the Earth Mother renew their wedding vows annually during the full moon in August and invite all to gather and revel with them. Lughnasa celebrates the consumation of their sacred relationship."
I’m sure there’s a reason this series is so often recommended, I assume some of the information inside them is good, but in an effort to make a more comprehensive ‘encyclopedia,’ the author clearly reached into areas they weren’t familiar with. It’s just so painfully obvious they didn’t do any research on this subject beyond a cursory glance at what was already published in neo-pagan books.
And that’s what happens when people try to make these big informational directories whether in published books or online. They’re going to have issues because the authors can rarely take the time to research each one of their entries thoroughly.
Honestly, I’d love to see a book that utilized a team of authors who specialized in each pantheon. I think that’s the best solution to this sort of problem. I’d be more inclined to trust a directory like that if there were multiple names on it.