Talk:The gods

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Would this work better as a category that's a subcategory of Category: Supernatural entities? Kellyterryjones 20:57, 22 December 2007 (CET)

It probably would. (likewise for Demons). --Sanity 13:30, 23 December 2007 (CET)

Are we sure Resonata, Bissonomy and especially Epidity are in Dunmanifestin? They don't sound like first-row deities. (Sure, Nuggan doesn't either, but he did command a whole country.) --Old Dickens 15:49, 24 December 2007 (CET)

According to the glimpse we get into Chaffinch's seminal work in Wintersmith, Bissonomy certainly ain't - she was turned into a shower of oysters after a fight, current location unknown, and has since been downgraded to a Virtue. (Who is to know the ways of gods, who we are assured move in mysterious ways...). So you're right, if she's in the wrong section I'll move her. But Epidity, God of Potatoes... remember the potato cult of which mr Pin was a believer, and which appears to be gaining ground in Ankh-Morpork? (mentioned in Making Money). I'd leave him be?

--AgProv 16:00, 24 December 2007 (CET)

Isn't is fate who always wins, not destiny. --Confusion (talk) 05:52, 9 March 2014 (UTC)

The God who was offered to the Librarian, with potentially disastrous consequences

OK... Hanuman is actually the Hindu monkey-god.

Sun-wukong is the Chinese equivalent, or one of them. In Japan he becomes Sungoku. Thought by scholars to be ultimately reflections of the Hindu God, according to Wiki.

However, the Librarian was not amused that the presumption was made that this was his God...--AgProv 22:40, 21 November 2009 (UTC)

Wonderful scholarship which could be included in a Monkey-god article, but it didn't fit on a single line. (Originally I was only offended by the layout; then It struck me that Hanuman was Indian as well.) --Old Dickens 00:14, 22 November 2009 (UTC)
Son Goku is the star of a modern Japanese animation called Dragon Ball and a multimedia Saiyuki character. Sun Wukong seems to have travelled from China to India and taken the form of Hanuman as he was wont to do. Definite confusion there. The Japanese remain divided between Shinto and Buddhism, neither of which they observe very closely and neither of which includes animal gods. --Old Dickens 01:02, 22 November 2009 (UTC)


Yeah, thaks TC01. Glad I made the effort to make it easier to read yesterday.--Knmatt 18:00, 24 November 2009 (UTC)

If you want to space it out a bit more, we could use level 3 headings instead of level 2 headings, as I've done below, or some of the spaces could be put back in as long as they don't cause empty bullet points to appear. TC01 18:21, 24 November 2009 (UTC)
That's an awful lot better, but I balked at it because there are so many other pages where this would be necessary if we decided to go for a generic format. I just thought an extra space would make it easier on the eye (and on my brain). Didn't I get rid of all the extra bullets? I thought I'd been pretty meticulous...--Knmatt 18:25, 24 November 2009 (UTC)
I was still seeing some between the headings ("God of Dunmanifesten", "Other Gods of the Main Continent") and the lists under those headings. Like this:
  • Title
    • Stuff
    • More stuff
Do you see the empty bullet point? Anyway, for now, I'll put the extra spaces that definitely don't create empty bullets back in. TC01 19:26, 24 November 2009 (UTC)

Gods of Dunmanifestin

  • Bibulous, god of wine and things on sticks. Resembles John Belushi.
  • Blind Io, chief of the gods. His eyeless face is blindfolded, while many all-seeing eyeballs swarm around his head.
  • Destiny, not popular around the games table; he always wins.
  • Errata, the goddess of misunderstandings; a trouble-maker.
  • Fate, not to be tempted.
  • Fedecks, messenger of the gods.
  • Flatulus, god of the winds.
  • The Lady, whose name is not spoken.
  • The Monkey-God, possibly based on Roundworld's Hanuman, mentioned as a member of the Dunmanifestin elite in The Last Hero.
  • Neoldian, smith of the gods.
  • Nuggan, state god of Borogravia: a twit. Lately reduced to small god status.
  • Offler of the Bird-Haunted Mouth: crocodile-headed and widely followed.
  • Pedestriana, Goddess of feet and pedal dexterity.
  • the Sea-Goddess who loves dolphins and takes revenge on seaborne dolphin-abusers.
  • Seven-Handed Sek, says Vengeance is His.

Compare the edit of 00:12 25 Nov with fewer bullets. It would be great to have a sort of standard layout for articles and lists: any thoughts? --Old Dickens 00:18, 25 November 2009 (UTC)

I definitely prefer it without the bullets for headings. Just having it for each item is better. I also like TC01's plan for a slightly larger font. And yes, it would be great to have a sort of standard layout, but who'd go looking for all of the pages where they may be? Kellyterryjones might have done, but even the doughty Aggers might find that a step too far...--Knmatt 11:17, 25 November 2009 (UTC)
I've made another attempt, using the larger font, extra spacing, and fewer bullets... TC01 00:10, 2 December 2009 (UTC)
Like it, TC, like it. There's about another fifty pages like this, so if you'd like to go searching for them and sort them all out with the same formatting we'd all be most grateful! No? Well, worth a try...--Knmatt 11:18, 2 December 2009 (UTC)

A complete Roundworld guide

Hex probably runs a version of this:

--Old Dickens (talk) 22:31, 8 January 2016 (UTC)

Interesting association

In The Science of Discworld IV: Judgement Day, which deals with religion and human perceptions therefrom, Jack Cohen and Ian Stewart introduce the musings of Roundworld comedian Ricky Gervaise, who illustrates the idea that atheism is relative by saying there are 2,780 counted gods on Earth. If a committed Christian, or indeed Muslim, says to Gervase that he only beleives in one God, the response is "Which one?" followed by Gervaise rattling off a list. The punchline is "Well, I believe in one less God than you do, in that case. You're practically an atheist!" But so near to the 3,000 ballpark figure quoted by Terry. AgProv (talk) 00:43, 10 January 2017 (UTC)


We thought Pedestriana was the goddess of football. ("Be the ball!" was from another movie.) --Old Dickens (talk) 04:24, 8 July 2018 (UTC)