The Greeks used anthropomorphic or humanlike gods to explain natural phenomena. The anthropomorphic Poseidon was imagined to be a huge man who could use his trident to stir up the sea or crash into the ground to cause earthquakes. His brother Zeus, the king of the gods, possessed an anthropomorphic, human-shaped body that was strong and muscular, easily capable of hurling thunderbolts across the sky. Often cultures will make their gods anthropomorphic or possessing human characteristics to make them more accessible to their human worshipers.
Quiz: What is an example of an anthropomorphic being?
- A monster that would like to be human—but is not.
- A creature that resembles a human.
- A goddess with a love for humanity.