I'm glad this forum exists cause I can ask questions and get decent answers. ( I think.) Today for about what seemed the 3000th time I was asked why Hindus worship so many Gods, and it occurred to me (that happens after you get the same question over and over) to give a snarky response of , "And why do some people only worship one God?" The Norse, the Romans, Egyptians, Shinto, many if not all First Nation (aboriginal, native, tribal, whatever you call it) peoples, Polynesians like Maori and Hawaiians, the Greeks, and of course we Hindus all worship (or worshiped) many Gods. Some of these cultures are absolutely ancient, before recorded history. Some also have intricate complex well defined philosophies and systems of thought. So my question is: "What happened? Was there a single turning point, or did this idea of monotheism slowly occur over time? Were certain individuals responsible, or was it many? What factors created the 'better than the old way' flow? Or is this whole idea mainly a mystery like my answer to the question I get. My answer is usually, "Nobody really knows why Hindus have so many Gods. It developed so long ago that its a bit like asking why we have a sun or a moon." Thanks in advance.