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Sky-Father

Zeus, one of the more well known King of the Gods.

The King of the Gods is a supreme leader of a population of deities, each a mighty power on his/her own right. They are also known as Sky-Fathers or All-Fathers as they are also regarded to be the parent of the ruling deities in their respective pantheon. This term can also apply to a level of power that is based mainly on showings by Odin, Zeus, or Indra. It is unknown to what extent other Sky-Fathers share this level of power. Some pantheons may have ruler ship divided among several gods resulting in multiple chief gods.

In polytheistic systems there is a tendency for one divinity, usually male, to achieve pre-eminence as King of the Gods. This tendency is paralleled with the growth of hierarchical systems of political power, in which a monarch eventually comes to assume ultimate authority for human affairs. Other gods come to serve in a Divine Council or pantheon, usually linked by family ties from union of a single husband or wife, or else from an androgynous divinity who is responsible for the creation.

Historically, subsequent social events, such as invasions or shifts in power structures sees the previous "King of the Gods" displaced by a new divinity, who assumes the previous God's attributes and functions. This is proven with Zeus dethroning the Titan Cronus who also overthrew his father Ouranos. Another example being Odin slaughtering Ymir the progenitor of giants and gods and assuming ruler ship over the cosmos instead of him. This shows that gods whom are elected as kings do not become rulers through a mere popular vote alone, they can be overcome by envy or wrath to the point where they would dethrone and even kill the former ruler of the gods. However, it is usually for a good reason as the former ruler is usually portrayed as a cruel and unforgiving tyrant god.

The King of the Gods holds the greatest power among their respective pantheon, and thus have no equal when compared to their kind. Although, when it comes to other Sky-Fathers who rule over a pantheon different from theirs, it can vary. Example being that Odin is equal in power to Zeus when it comes to power, but not in strength. Among the lesser gods, the Sky-Fathers are nearly equal in power to the archangels, but could never surpass them in terms of power and strength. However, given the right amount of power they wield they could potentially be on the same level as the archangels, while being superior to normal lesser angels.

When the gods of various pantheons assemble to hold a meeting known as the Council of Godheads, the Sky-Fathers are usually the ones who would be seated at the bottom or the first row of the assembly, signifying their importance as the first among their subordinates, while the less gods in question would be sat in various rings or rows of seats, each in a different height to show off their level of power when compared to other gods. The Sky-Fathers are also aware of the Supreme God, and are in total subservience to Him. This is most likely due to the fact that these chief gods were once fractions of the one true God in the past and spread them about from his being to rule over different sections of the universe.

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