Ice king face sculpt!
This is such a great Xena Post.
Xena: Warrior Princess 1x19 | Altared States
this is one of the reasons i think that the gods arent ‘real’ in xena. Why would they think a belief in one god was interesting if they flat out knew there were more than one? not to mention xena talks really atheistic a lot. Why if they literally met gods and know they are real?
This give the show a whole other layer thats quite fascinating.
Well they met Ares the God of War. I think is more like that for people who believe in many gods it is weird to think to one god only. That’s what Gabrielle says to David in the giant killer.
i’m pretty sure it’s proven time and time again that the gods in xena: warrior princess are “real” for a given definition of “real”: (1) they exist and (2) they are higher/more powerful than human mortals. i mean, for six seasons ares, god of war, is a recurring character and romantic interest, and season five is all about a war between xena and the olympian gods. but, the interesting thing about the way x: wp approaches it is that there is no one specific god or belief system that is more “real” than the others, because each religion has a very real power behind it (even if we never actually see the physical manifestation of said force). a large part of the cast of characters on x: wp are partially or entirely divine/supernatural: krishna, dahak, lucifer, michael, the entire greek pantheon, mephistopheles, odin and the valkyries, etc etc etc, or are touched by the divine/supernatural: lao ma, callisto, alti, cyane, caligula, livia/eve, eli, hope, naima, and even xena and gabrielle themselves. we see time and time again that many different gods are, in fact, even warring among themselves (for example: ares flip-flopping in the fight against dahak, krishna’s instrumental role in xena’s defeating indrajit, the entire twilight of the gods arc), meaning that both sides mutually acknowledge the power of the other.
i think when it comes down to it, it’s not so much an argument of whether the gods in x:wp are “real” or not, because they obviously are; it’s more along the lines of which gods the humans themselves decide to follow. because, in the end, it’s the believers that give any deity the power it has. no belief system portrayed in the show universe is the “one true religion” simply because they are all, in a way, true religions.
If I remember correctly Ares mentions in Deja Vu All Over Again that since the world no longer worships him, he has to get creative. Essentially the gods are immortal and powerful, but if people don’t care about them, then there’s not much they can do.