Germans Love David Hasselhoff: Mythology & Religion


  • Older Than Feudalism: In Classical Mythology, being a Smug Snake and savage warrior, the god of war Ares is The Scrappy to the Greeks. He got much more respect as Mars by the Romans (who saw a little bit of their own character in him). It helped that the native Mars/Mavors was a patron of farmers (a sort of harvest protector) as well as warriors. In some of the Latin texts Mars seems almost irreconcilable with Homer's Ares.
    • In an inverted manner, Odysseus/Ulysses was praised by the Greeks for his cunning and guile and was a national hero to many of the Hellenic states; the Romans disliked him for being sneaky and dishonest. They respected the Trojans for their steadfast defence more than the Greeks; that's why Vergil embraced Aeneas the Trojan prince as the ancestor of Romulus and Remus in the Aeneid.
  • Considering how Buddhism originated in India, it's found more favour in the lands farther East than in its country of origin, mainly because many of its beliefs were absorbed into Hinduism in India, and also because Buddhists don't adhere to the Vedas.
  • Christianity: "Never Accepted in His Hometown" was applied quite literally — no thanks to various events in world history. (Although Middle Eastern and Palestinian Christians do still exist, they are minorities).
    • On the other hand, this wasn't always the case: much of the Middle East save the Arabian Peninsula and Iran were primarily Christian until that other thing came around. Even these two locations had a large number of Christians.
    • Modern Nazareth is full of Christians... Itís pretty fun to walk around there during Christmas.
    • Roman Catholicism is the primary religion in the Philippines; the biggest Christianity hotspot in South East Asia. How big? The last two Papal Visits drew about five to six million people in just one instance. And that is not even counting the throngs of people lining up to see the Pope during his stay in the country.
    • This trope is very much played straight with the fact that Jesus was a Jew in the Kingdom of Judah preaching to other Jews about Jewish issues. Then was claimed to be the Jewish Messiah and deified — by everybody else. Played with in that according to Christian beliefs, Jesus actually wanted everyone else to love him. He was just focusing on preaching to the Jews first before he can finish his mission on Earth.
  • Spiritism is largely forgotten in Europe since early 20th century, but retains a huge number of followers in Latin America, especially Brazil.
    • It's also a recognized denomination in Canada, with an "official Church" organized in the Province of Alberta. Which is Hilarious in Hindsight, considering former Prime Minister William Lyon Mackenzie King's obsession with spirits and mediums.
  • Hellenic reconstructionism is way more common in the U.S.A. and Australia than in Greece. The influence of the Greek Orthodox Church (and the lack of complete religious freedom) is responsible for that.
  • Most Zoroastrians today are not found in Iran, but in India, Africa and United States.
  • According to official LDS/Mormon sources there are more members of Mormonism outside the US. This is especially true in South Pacific countries such as Tonga or Samoa where they claim 30-40% of the national population.
  • Catholic Patron saints also can fall into this rule. The classic example is Saint George, patron saint of... well, almost everywhere.
  • Most of the Muslim population is outside the Middle East, namely places like subsaharan Africa & Southeast Asia.