Just curious, is anyone aware of any religious tradition(s) wherein the deity in question doesn't harm or threaten to harm people who tick them off? ... Seriously, I want to know ... I'm giving a presentation that will touch on this and I would like to be able to provide an example for discussion.
The Hindu deity Avalokiteshvara comes to mind. The buddhist diety know as Kuan Yin in China, Kanon in Japan comes to mind. Kuan Yin is always a female diety, and embodies the buddhist concept of karuna, usually translated as compassion. In all the stories and references I have read of Kuan Yin, she has never behaved badly to anyone.
I don't know enough about other traditions outside the tradional ones here in the USA, to make a comment. The pagans (Wiccan) are earth loving, tree hugging, and extremely low key. That is all I can think of.
I guess they are all metaphors for pain and suffering consequences to life itself. The short stories that either ends as happily forever after or the latter follows scientific chronology among mythical beings.
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