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Short description: Worshipping one god at once, while believing in other gods

Kathenotheism is a term coined by the philologist Max Müller who posed this term to describe an alternative to monotheism, worship of one god at a time. It is closely related to henotheism, the worship of one god while not rejecting the existence of other gods. Müller coined the term in reference to the Vedic religion, where more than one God exists, however, one Supreme God occupies the highest position of divine authority. A Kathenency describes a system of global rule where all existing Gods recognize one Supreme God in the highest position of authority with all other existing gods and goddesses ruling "one by one" or 'one at a time'. All gods in succession, support the unilateral decision-making authority of a Supreme God in the highest. A monarchy answers to the divine authority of the Kathenency. Kathenotheism, with the same root language related to henotheism, refers to the worship of a succession of supreme gods "one at a time", from the Greek kath' hena "one by one" + theism.[1]

Ancient Greece

The ancient Orphic religion had a polytheistic theology. The deities were each distinct individuals that were not equated with one another.


The Smarta Tradition of Hinduism worship the five major deities as supreme in turn and collectively.