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n. pl. the·og·o·nies
An account of the origin and genealogy of the gods.

the′o·gon′ic (-ə-gŏn′ĭk) adj.
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n, pl -nies
1. (Other Non-Christian Religions) the origin and descent of the gods
2. (Poetry) an account of this, often recited in epic poetry
[C17: from Greek theogonia; see theo-, -gony]
theogonic adj
theˈogonist n
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(θiˈɒg ə ni)

n., pl. -nies.
an account of the origin of a god, goddess, or divine pantheon.
[1605–15; < Greek theogonía. See theo-, -gony]
the`o•gon′ic (-əˈgɒn ɪk) adj.
the•og′o•nist, n.
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1. the origin of the gods.
2. a genealogical account of the origin of the gods. — theogonist, n.
See also: God and Gods
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Among his topics are bearing gods in mind and culture, excavating theogonies, whether theism can be defeated, theology after Pandora, and dis-integrating psychology and theology.
It is in this spirit that we must approach the various cosmogonies and theogonies, making room for competing instantiations as unique contributions rather than dismissing them severally or jointly as internal contradictions.
Such would seem to be the necessary consequence of the apparent progress of Milesian philosophy's demythologization of prephilosophical theogonies like Hesiod's.
Long after these "theogonies" began, theology came along.
Martin West identifies the original meaning of Zeus' epithet as 'riding on a goat', and relates this epithet to the tradition of Zeus riding a goat up to the heavens, found in a fragment of the Orphic theogonies (Orphica fr.
(37) Moreover, we know that the story of the Curetes and the concealment of the infant Zeus on Crete (an obviously theogonic story apparently unknown to Hesiod) was an important part of the Orphic theogonies, appearing in many of the various versions of the Orphic myth.
They narrate critical moments in the evolution of the Olympian order, she says, and thus fill the gap between the theogonies and epics.