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Introduction to Polytheism

Introduction to Polytheism

This Indica Course is an introduction to the Polytheistic religions of the world, both those which are continuous from antiquity, and those which, though interrupted, are being revived today.


Enroll now to gain an appreciation for the beauty and wisdom of these traditions, the threats and challenges they face, and their amazing adaptability.

15 Hours
Date & Time

2 September 2021 - 30 December 2021

7:30-8:30 PM IST (9:00-10:00 AM EST)

Every Thursday


Course Fee: $50
Enrollment Manual
Medium of Instruction
One year from the beginning of the course
Online through Indica Courses Learning Portal
Contact Details



Polytheisms may well be the most undervalued cultural resource in the world. We fail to grasp the nature of polytheism in thinking that it merely constitutes a division of divine labor among a number of limited demigods. Rather, fully functioning polytheisms embody multiple different fundamental accounts of the nature of reality nevertheless forming a stable matrix. Through hosting a plurality of Gods, polytheistic civilizations exhibit maximum diversity in maximum solidarity: each one is a multiverse. This course provides an overview of continuous and revived polytheistic traditions from every part of the world, offering the seeker a basis for further study and comparison.


  • To become broadly familiar with the polytheistic traditions of the world, past and present, continuous, new and revived.
  • To gain awareness of the threats and challenges facing polytheistic traditions.
  • To gain an appreciation of the value of polytheism itself as an intangible cultural asset.

Expected Outcomes

  • Have a basic understanding from which to investigate traditions further.
  • Become a critical consumer of information concerning these traditions and able to recognize biased presentations of them.
  • Acquire a grasp of the diversity among and within traditions sufficient to reject oversimplification.


  • Those desiring to pursue further work in religious studies
  • Those interested in comparing spiritual paths
  • Social justice activists interested in the intersection between repression of polytheism and related vectors of oppression.


  • Introduction & India
  • Mideast, Persia, Central Asia
  • Europe: Hellenic and Roman
  • Europe: Heathen, Celtic, Slavic, Baltic.
  • Africa: Egypt
  • Africa: Continuous African Traditional Religions
  • South America
  • African Diaspora Traditions
  • Mesoamerica
  • North America
  • Oceania
  • Australia and New Zealand
  • China, Tibet and Mongolia
  • Japan and Korea
  • Southeast Asia

Course Includes

  • 15 live, interactive Sessions
  • Access to recorded sessions
  • Suggested course readings
  • Certificate upon successful completion

Dr. Edward P Butler

Dr. Edward P Butler is the Director of INDICA Center for Polytheism Studies.

He received his doctorate in Philosophy from the New School for Social Research, New York City, for his dissertation “The Metaphysics of Polytheism in Proclus” (2004). Since then, he has pursued an ambitious research program in philosophy, theology, and the philosophy of religion, publishing regularly in academic journals, edited volumes and devotionals.

His areas of specialization include ancient Platonism, ancient Greek theology, ancient Egyptian theology, and the polytheistic philosophy of religion in general. In addition to his theoretical work on polytheism, he has been a practicing devotional polytheist his entire adult life, and is an advocate for the preservation, restoration and revival of polytheistic traditions around the globe.