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She Left Me For A Demigod...😪💔
She Left Me For A Demigod...😪💔
Published: 2017/09/02
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1V1 AGAINST DEMIGOD GONE WRONG!
1V1 AGAINST DEMIGOD GONE WRONG!
Published: 2017/12/14
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Demigod - Slumber Of Sullen Eyes (Full Album)
Demigod - Slumber Of Sullen Eyes (Full Album)
Published: 2012/09/16
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VEST READY! Demigod I GOT BEAT UP PRANK ON BRO REACTION!
VEST READY! Demigod I GOT BEAT UP PRANK ON BRO REACTION!
Published: 2018/02/09
Channel: FlightReacts
DemiGod by: Yonas (Official Lyric Video)
DemiGod by: Yonas (Official Lyric Video)
Published: 2017/10/06
Channel: VisVibe Entertainment
VI Seconds - Demigod Rising (Official Music Video)
VI Seconds - Demigod Rising (Official Music Video)
Published: 2016/01/21
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Behemoth - Demigod (2004) [Full Album] (With Bonus Tracks) HQ
Behemoth - Demigod (2004) [Full Album] (With Bonus Tracks) HQ
Published: 2013/05/18
Channel: Adam Buzsko
Demigod DEFENDS Me Against Demigod!
Demigod DEFENDS Me Against Demigod!
Published: 2017/12/20
Channel: FlightReacts
VI Seconds - Demigod (Full Mixtape + Tracklist)
VI Seconds - Demigod (Full Mixtape + Tracklist)
Published: 2016/04/14
Channel: VI Seconds
REMATCH 1V1 AGAINST DEMIGOD!
REMATCH 1V1 AGAINST DEMIGOD!
Published: 2017/12/14
Channel: FlightReacts
Which Demigod Weapon Suits You?
Which Demigod Weapon Suits You?
Published: 2017/05/12
Channel: BuzzMoy
TWO 99 OVERALL DEMIGOD LEGEND TWINS ON NBA 2K17 MyPARK! • TWO DEVTAKEFLIGHTS ON THE SAME TEAM! 🍇🔥
TWO 99 OVERALL DEMIGOD LEGEND TWINS ON NBA 2K17 MyPARK! • TWO DEVTAKEFLIGHTS ON THE SAME TEAM! 🍇🔥
Published: 2017/08/14
Channel: DevTakeFlight
The girl that Left & played me For DEMIGOD GETS PLAYED BACK BY DEMIGOD!😂
The girl that Left & played me For DEMIGOD GETS PLAYED BACK BY DEMIGOD!😂
Published: 2017/09/15
Channel: FlightReacts
Demi Gods Greek Mythology
Demi Gods Greek Mythology
Published: 2015/10/25
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Demigod Gameplay
Demigod Gameplay
Published: 2014/07/09
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Behemoth-Demigod (HQ)
Behemoth-Demigod (HQ)
Published: 2010/11/05
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Moana: Maui the Demigod Movie Clip - Dwanye Johnson
Moana: Maui the Demigod Movie Clip - Dwanye Johnson
Published: 2016/10/18
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Behemoth - Demigod (Live Sweden Rock)
Behemoth - Demigod (Live Sweden Rock)
Published: 2012/01/14
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Demigod - Slumber of Sullen Eyes
Demigod - Slumber of Sullen Eyes
Published: 2008/06/13
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FULL DEMIGOD LINEUP! 7 FOOT 3 POINT CHEESE! NBA 2K17 MYTEAM ONLINE GAMEPLAY
FULL DEMIGOD LINEUP! 7 FOOT 3 POINT CHEESE! NBA 2K17 MYTEAM ONLINE GAMEPLAY
Published: 2017/06/30
Channel: Caldy
NOT ONE FREAKING COMPLIMENT! Demigod Reacts To My 1v1 Against DDG!
NOT ONE FREAKING COMPLIMENT! Demigod Reacts To My 1v1 Against DDG!
Published: 2018/02/02
Channel: FlightReacts
Nostalgia + Demigod
Nostalgia + Demigod
Published: 2016/03/14
Channel: OfficialStuffPlus
75 OVERALL DEMIGOD ALL STAR WEEKEND SPECIAL - NBA 2K18
75 OVERALL DEMIGOD ALL STAR WEEKEND SPECIAL - NBA 2K18
Published: 2018/02/17
Channel: Dat Boi
Welcome to a New Member: DEMIGOD DRAGON | Dragon City [Exclusive Dragon]
Welcome to a New Member: DEMIGOD DRAGON | Dragon City [Exclusive Dragon]
Published: 2018/02/11
Channel: Dragon City Fan
AMV - Demigods - Bestamvsofalltime Anime MV ♫
AMV - Demigods - Bestamvsofalltime Anime MV ♫
Published: 2011/10/16
Channel: TheBestAMVsOfAllTime
NBA 2K18 - ULTIMATE DEMIGOD BUILD • YOU CAN SHOOT LIKE A STRETCH, BREAK ANKLES, AND A SNAG GOD!
NBA 2K18 - ULTIMATE DEMIGOD BUILD • YOU CAN SHOOT LIKE A STRETCH, BREAK ANKLES, AND A SNAG GOD!
Published: 2018/02/15
Channel: Agholor
I
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Published: 2014/06/23
Channel: lxndr
THIS SS3 MASCOT IS A DEMIGOD LOOK HOW HE CHEATED SMFH *NOT CLICKBAIT* NBA 2K17
THIS SS3 MASCOT IS A DEMIGOD LOOK HOW HE CHEATED SMFH *NOT CLICKBAIT* NBA 2K17
Published: 2017/07/24
Channel: AnnoyingTV
Top 10 Demigods [Percy Jackson]
Top 10 Demigods [Percy Jackson]
Published: 2014/03/12
Channel: Flake2005
CashNasty Reaction To FlightReacts Getting Dunked On 1V1 AGAINST DEMIGOD GONE WRONG!
CashNasty Reaction To FlightReacts Getting Dunked On 1V1 AGAINST DEMIGOD GONE WRONG!
Published: 2017/12/14
Channel: CashNastyPlays
Обзор Demigod
Обзор Demigod
Published: 2014/04/14
Channel: Лосось Сергеевич
7ft2 Point Guard DEMIGOD - NBA 2K16
7ft2 Point Guard DEMIGOD - NBA 2K16
Published: 2016/07/02
Channel: SoLLUMINATI
NBA 2K18 - FATTEST ISO DEMIGOD BUILD EVER!! THE LIFE OF A FAT DRIBBLE GOD #6 (FAT PURE PLAYMAKER)
NBA 2K18 - FATTEST ISO DEMIGOD BUILD EVER!! THE LIFE OF A FAT DRIBBLE GOD #6 (FAT PURE PLAYMAKER)
Published: 2018/02/16
Channel: Brotha Jones
DEMIGOD BADGE GLITCH COMPLETE WALKTHROUGH 100% LEGIT
DEMIGOD BADGE GLITCH COMPLETE WALKTHROUGH 100% LEGIT
Published: 2017/07/19
Channel: Dat Boi
Необычные игры - Demigod Битва богов [Почти DOTA 2]
Необычные игры - Demigod Битва богов [Почти DOTA 2]
Published: 2014/11/26
Channel: Salvator G.C.
75 OVERALL DEMIGOD ENDING CAREERS IN NBA 2K18
75 OVERALL DEMIGOD ENDING CAREERS IN NBA 2K18
Published: 2018/02/16
Channel: Dat Boi
REQUIS THE DEMIGOD
REQUIS THE DEMIGOD
Published: 2016/05/31
Channel: FaZe Jev
GREENLIGHTS !!! | BACK ON 15 HOOPING !! | NBA 2K15 MyPark | DEMIGOD IS TOO LEGIT !!
GREENLIGHTS !!! | BACK ON 15 HOOPING !! | NBA 2K15 MyPark | DEMIGOD IS TOO LEGIT !!
Published: 2016/06/14
Channel: Prettyboii Ryan
ROH: "Demi-Gods" ► AJ Styles 7th Theme Song
ROH: "Demi-Gods" ► AJ Styles 7th Theme Song
Published: 2014/02/04
Channel: Saint
Demigod PC Games Trailer - First Trailer
Demigod PC Games Trailer - First Trailer
Published: 2011/05/19
Channel: IGN
Demigod - Cadas Pangeran (yeahmusikvideoparty)
Demigod - Cadas Pangeran (yeahmusikvideoparty)
Published: 2014/02/13
Channel: YEAH MUSIK
NBA 2K18 PURE DEMIGOD BUILD GLITCH AFTER PATCH 8 | OVERPOWERED ANKLE BREAKING SHARP SH00TING BUILD
NBA 2K18 PURE DEMIGOD BUILD GLITCH AFTER PATCH 8 | OVERPOWERED ANKLE BREAKING SHARP SH00TING BUILD
Published: 2017/12/30
Channel: AntCookin
DEMIGOD GLITCH IS BACK!! | NBA 2k18 Demigod Glitch!!
DEMIGOD GLITCH IS BACK!! | NBA 2k18 Demigod Glitch!!
Published: 2017/11/07
Channel: RedMamba
97 OVERALL SLASHING SHOT CREATOR DEMIGOD PULLS UP YOU WONT BELIEVE WHAT HAPPENED! MYCAREER VS PARK!
97 OVERALL SLASHING SHOT CREATOR DEMIGOD PULLS UP YOU WONT BELIEVE WHAT HAPPENED! MYCAREER VS PARK!
Published: 2018/02/14
Channel: PoorBoySin
SHOOTING WITH MY NBA 2K15 DEMIGOD
SHOOTING WITH MY NBA 2K15 DEMIGOD'S JUMPSHOT ON NBA 2K17 MyPARK!🔥BEST CUSTOM JUMPSHOT FOR GREENS!🍃
Published: 2017/06/23
Channel: DevTakeFlight
Übermensch - DEMIGOD
Übermensch - DEMIGOD
Published: 2016/10/01
Channel: Übermensch
Demigod Video Review
Demigod Video Review
Published: 2009/04/20
Channel: IGN
Demigod - Let Chaos Prevail (2007) - Full Album
Demigod - Let Chaos Prevail (2007) - Full Album
Published: 2012/10/07
Channel: Jali Nergal Darski
Nerd³ FW - Demigod
Nerd³ FW - Demigod
Published: 2015/01/19
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NBA 2K15 DEMIGOD GLITCH!! - Get All Badges in 15 mins, Make 7
NBA 2K15 DEMIGOD GLITCH!! - Get All Badges in 15 mins, Make 7'2" Point Guards & More!!
Published: 2015/06/01
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"Cuchulain Slays the Hound of Culain", illustration by Stephen Reid from Eleanor Hull's The Boys' Cuchulain, 1904

The term demigod or demi-god can refer to a minor deity, a mortal or immortal who is the offspring of a god and a human, or a figure who has attained divine status after death.

Etymology[edit]

The English term "demigod" is a calque of the Latin semideus, "half-god",[1] which was probably coined by the Roman poet Ovid in reference to less important gods, such as dryads.[2]

Classical[edit]

In the ancient Greek and Roman world, the word did not have a consistent definition and was rarely used.[3][4]

The earliest recorded use of the term is by the archaic Greek poets Homer and Hesiod. Both describe dead heroes as hemitheoi, or "half gods". In these cases, the word did not mean that these figures had one parent who was divine and one who was mortal.[5] Instead, those who demonstrated "strength, power, good family, and good behavior" were termed heroes, and after death they could be called hemitheoi, a process that has been referred to as "heroization".[6] Pindar also used the term frequently as a synonym for hero.[7]

According to the Roman author Cassius Dio, Julius Caesar was declared a demigod by the Roman Senate after his victory at Thapsus.[8] However, Dio was writing in the third century — centuries after the death of Caesar — and modern critics have cast doubt on whether the Senate really did this.[9]

The first Roman to employ the term demigod may have been the poet Ovid, who used the Latin semideus several times in reference to minor deities.[4] The poet Lucan also uses the term to speak of Pompey attaining divinity upon his death.[10] In later antiquity, the Roman writer Martianus Capella proposed a hierarchy of gods as follows: the gods proper, or major gods; the genii or daemones; the demigods or semones (who dwell in the upper atmosphere); the manes and ghosts of heroes (who dwell in the lower atmosphere); and the earth-dwelling gods like fauns and satyrs.[11]

Modern use[edit]

The term demigod first appeared in English in the late sixteenth or early seventeenth century, when it was used to render the Greek and Roman concepts of semideus and daemon.[1] Since then, it has frequently been applied figuratively to people of extraordinary ability.[12] John Milton states in Paradise Lost that angels are demigods.[13]

Demigods are important figures in Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson books, where many of the characters, including Percy Jackson himself, are demigods. In Riordan's work, a demigod is defined as an individual born of one human and one divine parent.[14]

Hinduism[edit]

In Hinduism, the term demigod is used to refer to deities who were once human and later became devas (gods). There are three very notable demigods in Vedic Scriptures: Hanuman, Nandi (the divine vehicle of Shiva), and Garuda (the divine steed of Vishnu). Examples of demigods worshiped in South India are Madurai Veeran and Karuppu Sami.

The heroes of the Hindu epic Mahabharata, the five Pandava brothers, fit the Western definition of demigods though they are generally not referred to as such. Queen Kunti, the wife of King Pandu, was given a mantra that, when recited, meant that one of the Gods would give her his child. When her husband was cursed to die if he ever engaged in sexual relations, Kunti used this mantra to provide her husband with children fathered by various deities. These children were Yudhishthira (child of Yama), Bhima (child of Vayu) and Arjuna (child of Indra). She taught this mantra to Madri, King Pandu's other wife, and she immaculately conceived twin boys named Nakula and Sahadeva (children of the Asvins). Queen Kunti had previously conceived another son, Karna, when she had tested the mantra out. Despite her protests, Surya the sun god was compelled by the mantra to impregnate her. Bhishma is another figures who fits the western definition of demigod, as he was the son of king Shantanu and Goddess Ganga.

The Vaishnavites (who often translate deva as "demigod") cite various verses that speak of the devas' subordinate status. For example, the Rig Veda (1.22.20) reads, "oṃ tad viṣṇoḥ paramam padam sadā paśyanti sūrayaḥ", which translates to, "All the suras [i.e., the devas] look always toward the feet of Lord Vishnu". Similarly, in the Vishnu Sahasranama, the concluding verses, read, "The Rishis [great sages], the ancestors, the devas, the great elements, in fact, all things moving and unmoving constituting this universe, have originated from Narayana," (i.e., Vishnu). Thus the Devas are stated to be subordinate to Vishnu, or God.

A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, the founder of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) translates the Sanskrit word "deva" as "demigod" in his literature when the term referred to a God other than the Supreme Lord. This is because the ISKCON tradition teaches that there is only one Supreme Lord and that all others are but His servants. In an effort to emphasize their subservience, Prabhupada uses the word "demigod" as a translation of deva. However, there are at least three occurrences in the eleventh chapter of Bhagavad-Gita where the word deva, used in reference to Lord Krishna, is translated as "Lord". The word deva can be used to refer to the Supreme Lord, celestial beings, and saintly souls depending on the context. This is similar to the word Bhagavan, which is translated according to different contexts.

China[edit]

Chinese demigods are demigods that are half human, half god in Chinese mythology. They were said to be the children of Chinese gods such as the Jade Emperor or Guan Di, god of war, for example. In some other Chinese folklore, Chinese demigods can be descendants of other important characters causing people/monsters to get confused of who they are. They were very good at combat.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Oxford English Dictionary. 3. UK: Oxford University Press. 1961. p. 180. 
  2. ^ Weinstock, Stefan (1971). Divus Julius (Reprinted ed.). Oxford: Clarendon Press. p. 53. ISBN 0198142870. 
  3. ^ Talbert, Charles H. (January 1, 1975). "The Concept of Immortals in Mediterranean Antiquity". Journal of Biblical Literature. 94 (3): 419–436. doi:10.2307/3265162. ISSN 0021-9231. Retrieved January 3, 2018. 
  4. ^ a b Lewis, Charlton T.; Short, Charles (1980). An Elementary Latin Dictionary (Revised ed.). Oxford: Clarendon Press. p. 767. ISBN 9780198642015. 
  5. ^ William, Hansen (2005). Classical Mythology: A Guide to the Mythical World of the Greeks and Romans. New York: Oxford University Press. p. 199. ISBN 0195300351. 
  6. ^ Price, Theodora Hadzisteliou (1 January 1973). "Hero-Cult and Homer". Historia: Zeitschrift für Alte Geschichte. 22 (2): 129–144. ISSN 0018-2311. 
  7. ^ Liddell, Henry George; Scott, Robert (1894). A Greek–English Lexicon (5th ed.). Oxford: Oxford University Press. p. 596. 
  8. ^ Dio, Cassius. Roman History. 43.21.2. 
  9. ^ Fishwick, Duncan (January 1, 1975). "The Name of the Demigod". Historia: Zeitschrift für Alte Geschichte. 24 (4): 624–628. ISSN 0018-2311. Retrieved January 3, 2018. 
  10. ^ Lucan. The Civil War. Book 9. 
  11. ^ Capella, Martianus. De nuptiis Philologiae et Mercurii. 2.156. 
  12. ^ "demigod". Collins English Dictionary. Collins. Retrieved 2 August 2013. 
  13. ^ Milton, John (1667). Paradise Lost. 9.937. 
  14. ^ Riordan, Rick (2010). Percy Jackson: The Demigod Diles. London: Puffin Books. p. 71. ISBN 0141329505. 

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