Why did people create myths about dying and resurrecting gods? The idea of being immortal has always been fascinating to the humans and they have been on the death conquering quest since the early ages. Ponce de Leon was searching for the Fountain of Youth in Florida, Arthurian Knights were searching for the Holy Grail, Alexander the Great was looking for the Waters of Eternal Life and many-many others were trying to find a way of escaping death. Since people could not actually find any real solution they incorporated the ideas of immortality and rebirth in myths they created. In a lot of ways the world of gods is modeled after the world of humans. This is why some gods are mortal. Gods are actually in many ways humanlike: "For like men they were composed of body and soul, and like men were subject to all the passions and infirmities of the flesh. Their bodies, it is true, were fashioned of the more ethereal mould, and lasted longer than ours, but they could not hold out for ever against the siege of time" (Frazer, The Dying God, p.4).
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