The unacknowledged gods and goddesses of America

A problem I have with Neil Gaiman’s “American God’s” is that the book and TV series do not give nearly enough credit to the staying power of the old gods. Mars, the god of war, is still worshipped by many Americans, as is Hermes, the god of commerce and communication, and Vulcan, the god of technology. But the goddess Libertas, the goddess of freedom, she virtually reigns supreme, evidenced not least by the homage given to her enormous statue in New York and the daily invoking of her name in American discourse. We may not make the connections as automatically as in the past but they still persist.

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