One purpose of any god is to tell us who is important. The most important people in any society are those who stand closest to the gods and so are central. The least important are those who stand farthest away and so are marginal.
In this way the gods also tell us how important we are in relation to others. Some people are clearly our superiors, some are relatively our equals, and some are clearly our inferiors. We must show respect to those above us, we may show indifference toward those equal to us, and we can show contempt toward those below us.
Olympianity is the religion of power and Jupiter is the god of politics. Politics, to be clear, is the struggle between individuals for control of a group, the struggle between groups for control of society, and even the struggle between societies for control of the world.
Jupiter is clearly one of the most important gods of
Even locally, the mayor is politically most important. Local politicians come next. They are followed by smart energetic individuals who can organize interest groups and thereby gain greater political power than they would have alone.
At the bottom of all hierarchies come those without political power: people who are very young, very old, poor, sick, or imprisoned.
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