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Kathenotheism is a term coined by the philologist Max Müller to mean the worship of one god at a time. It is closely related to monolatrism and polytheism. Müller coined the term in reference to the Vedas; he argued there are different supreme gods at different times. Kathenotheism is sometimes distinguished as follows: a monolatrist worships only one God during their whole life (assuming they do not undergo a conversion); while they accept that other gods exist they do not worship them.


The term kathenotheism is more specific form of the parent term henotheism, and refers to the worship of a succession of single gods "one at a time," from the Greek kath' hena "one by one" + theism.[1]


  1. ^ Online Etymology Dictionary: kathenotheism


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