164) Embodiment (function)

Embodiment (function) – The character embodies a function of the universe.

Generally, gods of mythology embody the functions of the universe as well abstract entities. This is the fundamental difference between gods and superheroes. Gods have bodies like superheroes. The bodies of gods may be superior to those of humans. For example, Asgardians (Marvel) have a body density that is three times denser than normal human beings, contributing to their superhuman strength and weight. Their superior physical vitality enables them to harness magic more easily than humans though both races possess some extent of mystical potential. Still some superheroes like Superman (DC) have bodies that are far stronger and durable than almost all gods. So what makes gods inherently superior to superheroes?

Sun Boy (DC), a superhero, may be able emit solar energy. Apollo can also emit solar energy. Apollo unlike Sun Boy is supposed to actually be the Sun and rides in a chariot to accomplish this function. If Apollo doesn’t get on his chariot and ride around then no sun rise! Gods served the cosmological function that scientific law now serves. Gods caused the universe to work. Science has supplanted mythology in the “real” world. However, in the speculative fiction world of comic books and other types of fiction, gods and scientific law coexist.

Finally, sometimes gods are defined in terms of domains. The domain approach towards gods misses what makes a god a god. A superpower of Sun Boy and Apollo can be defined as being in the domain of solar energy. However, a god also serves a function above and beyond the domain of their powers! This is a list of characters that embody functions not just domains!

As an embodiment of a function the characters powers operate in a manner similar to natural law i.e. minus volition. If Hela (Marvel) dies then beings stop dying as shown in Thor V1 #190. Death is treated in a similar manner in the Vertigo (DC) universe. I deal with the subject of the death of death in detail in Immortality (others). However, Hela shares her function with other death gods as shown in Annual Thor V1 #10.

 

Gods are not examples of Abstract Objectification which are abstract objects. Death is an example of abstract objectification as shown in both the Marvel and DC universe and is omnipresent like natural law and creates bodies as needed to interact with none abstract objects. Gods are not omnipresent like natural law. Unlike gods, abstract entities such as Eternity and Death in the Marvel universe are omnipresent within a universe of the multiverse but there are different versions of Eternity in different universes.  In one universe Eternity even dies (What If V1 #32).

The Endless (DC), which includes the DC version of Death and Dream, are also probably abstract entities that have been portrayed as omnipresent. However, while there is a Sandman in every planet with beings that dream, each Sandman is actually different and localized as shown The Sandman – Overture #2 (Vertigo).  Omnipresence is achieved in the DC universe via multiple selves of the same abstract entity.

Generally gods do not even function at a global level but can achieve their function with specific cultural groups on a specific dimensional plane and/or planet. Different planets have different gods or at least in the Marvel universe. In Incredible Hercules #119-120, the idea of war between pantheons from different planets is shown for the first time as the Skrull Pantheon (Marvel) fights the God Squad (Marvel) which consists of the best and the brightest of the Earth pantheons.

Below is a list of gods and abstract entities categorized by function.

Animal

Egypt – BastAD&D Legends & Lore 1984

India – GarudaAD&D Legends & Lore 1984

Native American – Snake-ManAD&D Legends & Lore 1984

Art

Artisan

Egypt – SekerAD&D Legends & Lore 1984

Greek – DionysusAD&D Legends & Lore 1984

India – TvashtriAD&D Legends & Lore 1984

Japan – Ama-Tsu-MaraAD&D Legends & Lore 1984

 

 

Balance

Equinox (DC) – Batman: The Brave and the Bold (TV Series) – Mystery in Space!

Living Tribunal (Marvel) – Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe V2 #7

Blacksmith

Celtic – Goibhnie – AD&D Legends & Lore 1984

Finland – IlmarinenAD&D Legends & Lore 1984

Greek – HephaestusAD&D Legends & Lore 1984

 

Chao & Order Relationship – DC vs Marvel

In the DC universe, Lords of Chaos and Order are described as being in a war across reality in Who’s Who Update ’88 #2.

Lords of Chaos and Order (DC) demonstrate wildly different cognition and communications styles in Sandman #3 (Vertigo).

In the Marvel universe chaos and order have similar communication styles and work together as shown in their first meeting below.

Lord Chaos and Master Order (Marvel) – Marvel Two-in-One Annual #2

Despite this good relationsip, the fact that chaos and order become one being Ultimates 2 #3 is still a shock!

Chaos

Lord Chaos (Marvel) – Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe V2 #7

Lords of Chaos – Sandman #5

Creator

Egypt – PtahAD&D Legends & Lore 1984

India – VishnuAD&D Legends & Lore 1984

Dawn

India – UshasAD&D Legends & Lore 1984

Death

Abstract Entity Death (DC) – Death Gallery

Abstract Entity – Death (Marvel) – Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe V2 #3

Celtic – ArawnAD&D Legends & Lore 1984

Central America – Mictlantecuhtli – AD&D Legends & Lore 1984

China – Yen-Wang-Yeh – AD&D Legends & Lore 1984

Egypt – AnubisAD&D Legends & Lore 1984

Egypt – Seth (Marvel) – Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe V3 #7

Finland – TuonetarAD&D Legends & Lore 1984

Greek – Hades – AD&D Legends & Lore 1984

Greek – Pluto (Marvel) – Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe V2 #10

India – KaliAD&D Legends & Lore 1984

India – YamaAD&D Legends & Lore 1984

Norse – HelAD&D Legends & Lore 1984

Norse – Hela (Marvel) – Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe V2 #5

 

Death (Marvel) – Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe V2 #3

Demi-God

Hercules (Marvel) – Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe V1 #5

 

Earth

Egypt – GebAD&D Legends & Lore 1984

Evil

Central America – TlazolteotlAD&D Legends & Lore 1984

China – Lu Yueh – AD&D Legends & Lore 1984

China – Ma Yuan – AD&D Legends & Lore 1984

China – No Cha – AD&D Legends & Lore 1984

Egypt – SethAD&D Legends & Lore 1984

Finland – HiisiAD&D Legends & Lore 1984

Finland – LouhiAD&D Legends & Lore 1984

Finland – LoviatarAD&D Legends & Lore 1984

Finland – Son of Pohjola – AD&D Legends & Lore 1984

Norse – Fenris WolfAD&D Legends & Lore 1984

Norse – Fenris (Marvel) – Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe V2 #4

Norse – Loki (Marvel)Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe V2 #7

Norse – ThrymAD&D Legends & Lore 1984

Fate

Norse – NornsAD&D Legends & Lore 1984

Father of the gods

Fear

Deimos & Phobos (DC) – Who’s Who Update ’87 #2

Fear Lords (Marvel) – Journey into Mystery #633 (2012)

Fertility

China – Kuan YinAD&D Legends & Lore 1984

Egypt – IsisAD&D Legends & Lore 1984

Fire

Central America – Huhueteotl – AD&D Legends & Lore 1984

India – AgniAD&D Legends & Lore 1984

Native American – HastseziniAD&D Legends & Lore 1984

Norse – SurturAD&D Legends & Lore 1984

Healing

Hero

Babylon – GilgameshAD&D Legends & Lore 1984

Finland – LemminkainenAD&D Legends & Lore 1984

Finland – VainamoinenAD&D Legends & Lore 1984

Greek – BellerophonAD&D Legends & Lore 1984

Greek – HeraclesAD&D Legends & Lore 1984

Greek – PerseusAD&D Legends & Lore 1984

Japan – Oh-Kuni-NushiAD&D Legends & Lore 1984

Japan – RaikoAD&D Legends & Lore 1984

Japan – Yamamoto – AD&D Legends & Lore 1984

Japan – Yoshi-Iye – AD&D Legends & Lore 1984

Native American – HiawathaAD&D Legends & Lore 1984

Hunting

Norse – UllerAD&D Legends & Lore 1984

Justice

Lady Justice

Lady Justice V1 #1 (Tekno Comix)

Norse – ForsetiAD&D Legends & Lore 1984

King of the Gods

Council of Godheads (Marvel) – Thor #300 (1980)

Norse – OdinAD&D Legends & Lore 1984

Sumer – EnlilAD&D Legends & Lore 1984

Liberty

Roman – LibertasStatue of Liberty

United States – Uncle Sam (DC) – DC Who’s Who V1 #24 (1987)

Light

Norse – BalderAD&D Legends & Lore 1984

Norse – BalderOfficial Handbook of the Marvel Universe V2 #1

Love

Abstract EntityMistress Love (Marvel)-All-New OHOTMU A to Z #7

Babylon – IshtarAD&D Legends & Lore 1984

Greek – AphroditeAD&D Legends & Lore 1984

Norse – FreyaAD&D Legends & Lore 1984

Sumer – InannaAD&D Legends & Lore 1984

Luck

Asia – Seven Lucky Gods

India – GaneshAD&D Legends & Lore 1984

Japan – DaikokuAD&D Legends & Lore 1984

Japan – EbisuAD&D Legends & Lore 1984

Japan – KishijotenAD&D Legends & Lore 1984

Japan – Kishijoten – Traditional Statue

Moon

Japan – TsukiyomiAD&D Legends & Lore 1984

Japan – Tsukiyomi – Chizuruotohime

Japan – Tsukuyomi -BT03-073EN-C

Sumer – Nanna-Sin – AD&D Legends & Lore 1984

Mother Earth

Gaea (Marvel) – Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe V2 #4

Mother of the Gods

Greek – HeraAD&D Legends & Lore 1984

Nature

Celtic – SilvanusAD&D Legends & Lore 1984

Finland – MielikkiAD&D Legends & Lore 1984

Greek – PanAD&D Legends & Lore 1984

Sumer –KiAD&D Legends & Lore 1984

Night

Order

Lords of Order (DC) – Sandman #5 (Vertigo)

Master Order (Marvel) – Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe V2 #8

Rain

Central America – TlalocAD&D Legends & Lore 1984

River – Sea

Celtic – Manannan Mac LirAD&D Legends & Lore 1984

Finland – AhtoAD&D Legends & Lore 1984

Greek – PoseidonAD&D Legends & Lore 1984

Sky

Babylon – AnuAD&D Legends & Lore 1984

China – Shang-TiAD&D Legends & Lore 1984

Egypt – HorusAD&D Legends & Lore 1984

Finland – UkkoAD&D Legends & Lore 1984

Greek – AtlasAD&D Legends & Lore 1984

Greek – ZeusAD&D Legends & Lore 1984

Sky-Father

Greek – Zeus (Marvel) – Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe V2 #15

Norse – Odin (Marvel) – Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe V2 #9

Star

China – Tou MuAD&D Legends & Lore 1984

Storm

Japan – SusanowoAD&D Legends & Lore 1984

Norse – AegirAD&D Legends & Lore 1984

Sun

Central America – TezcatlipocaAD&D Legends & Lore 1984

Egypt – RaAD&D Legends & Lore 1984

Greek – ApolloAD&D Legends & Lore 1984

India – SuryaAD&D Legends & Lore 1984

Japan – Amaterasu OmikamiAD&D Legends & Lore 1984

Norse – FreyAD&D Legends & Lore 1984

Sumer –UtuAD&D Legends & Lore 1984

Thresholds

Abstract EntityIn-Betweener (Marvel) – Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe V2 #6

Greek – Janus

Thunder

Babylon – MardrukAD&D Legends & Lore 1984

China – Lei KungAD&D Legends & Lore 1984

India – IndraAD&D Legends & Lore 1984

India – RudraAD&D Legends & Lore 1984

Japan – RaidenAD&D Legends & Lore 1984

Leir (Marvel) vs. Thor (Marvel) – Thor V1 #386 (1987)

Thor (Marvel) vs Zeus (Marvel) – Annual Thor V1 #8 (1979)

Native American – Thunder BirdAD&D Legends & Lore 1984

Norse – ThorAD&D Legends & Lore 1984

Trees and forests

Trickster

Greek – HermesAD&D Legends & Lore 1984

Greek – Odysseus (Marvel) & Loki (Marvel) – Annual Thor V1 #8 (1979)

Greek – OdysseusAD&D Legends & Lore 1984

Greek – PrometheusAD&D Legends & Lore 1984

Native American – CoyoteAD&D Legends & Lore 1984

Native American – RavenAD&D Legends & Lore 1984

Norse – LokiAD&D Legends & Lore 1984

Twin Gods

Underworld

Vegetation

Vengeance

China – Chih-Chiang Fyu-Ya – AD&D Legends & Lore 1984

Greek – FuriesAD&D Legends & Lore 1984

Victory

Greek – NikeAD&D Legends & Lore 1984

War

Celtic – MorriganAD&D Legends & Lore 1984

Celtic – NuadaAD&D Legends & Lore 1984

Central America – HuitzilopochtliAD&D Legends & Lore 1984

China – Chao Kung Ming – AD&D Legends & Lore 1984

China – Huan-Ti – AD&D Legends & Lore 1984

Egypt – AnhurAD&D Legends & Lore 1984

Greek – AresAD&D Legends & Lore 1984

Greek – Ares (DC) – Who’s Who Update ’87 #1

Greek – Ares (Marvel) – Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe V2 #1

India – KarttikeyaAD&D Legends & Lore 1984

Japan – HachimanAD&D Legends & Lore 1984

Norse – SifAD&D Legends & Lore 1984

Norse – TyrAD&D Legends & Lore 1984

Norse – ValkyriesAD&D Legends & Lore 1984

Water

Weather

Native American – Shakak – AD&D Legends & Lore 1984

Norse – FriggaAD&D Legends & Lore 1984

Wind

Central America – QuetzalcoatlAD&D Legends & Lore 1984

China – Shan Hai Ching – AD&D Legends & Lore 1984

Native American – Hotoru – AD&D Legends & Lore 1984

Wisdom

Egypt – ThothAD&D Legends & Lore 1984

Greek – AthenaAD&D Legends & Lore 1984

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