The legends of most ancient people tell of gods and goddesses visiting the earth. They come and go capriciously, sometimes showing favor, sometimes visiting disaster. They were of little comfort. More often than not their appearances were feared. It may not be unfair to say that people worshiped them, sacrificed to them, largely to keep them at bay. A god was much like a nasty landlord who, if you didn't pay your rent on time, would show up to give trouble. So you paid your rent.
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