Talk:List of gods and goddesses

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I'm pretty sure Mercury is Odin and Thor is Jupiter as far as roots, planet and elemental associations go. The norse pantheon just had the planet mercury as the boss, that doesn't mean that Odin is Zeus.— Preceding unsigned comment added by (talkcontribs) 14:28, 5 April 2020 (UTC)

No, that is completely wrong. --Auntof6 (talk) 01:18, 6 April 2020 (UTC)
I think we should consider taking out the whole right column of the table. It's generally accepted that Jupiter and Zeus are two different names for more or less the same god, and there are probably sources that the Norse Odin and British Woden are the same god, but is there any reliable source that says that Odin is the same god as Zeus? Darkfrog24 (talk) 01:50, 6 April 2020 (UTC)
There's interpretatio germanica, but there seems to be few sources for it. Clarinetguy097 (talk) 03:15, 6 April 2020 (UTC)
The table is just a comparison. It doesn't say the deities listed are thought to be the same entity. Zeus and Odin are both the chief gods of their respective pantheons. --Auntof6 (talk) 06:42, 6 April 2020 (UTC)
I would support keeping the column if we can list its sources in the article. I feel this way because while Odin and Zeus are indeed both the chief gods of their respective pantheons, the choice of which characteristic matters can involve unconscious bias. You could also put Odin in the same row as Athena because they're both gods of wisdom or the same row as Ares because they're both gods of war. You could pair Zeus with Thor because they're both gods of thunder. It's less about whether it's true and more about whether it's the most important thing to mention. If an expert writing in a published source thinks "That Odin is a chief god is more important than being the god of magic, war, or wisdom" is important, then that's not us inserting bias; it's us following the sources.
I do not feel strongly about this and do not plan to delete anything from the table myself. Darkfrog24 (talk) 12:30, 6 April 2020 (UTC)
I believe that I have read somewhere that when the Romans wrote about the Germanic god Woden (Odin), they used the name Mercury to refer to him and wrote that he was the main god of the Germanic gods. Oddeivind (talk) 15:18, 2 May 2020 (UTC)
@Oddeivind: That would be strange, because Mercury wasn't the main god. In any case, we'd need better sourcing than something you think you read somewhere. --Auntof6 (talk) 15:27, 2 May 2020 (UTC)