Their myths are inhabited by the lusty trickster Coyote, and other primordial zoomorphic demigods.
Thus the ancient Greek religion was especially disposed to belief in heroes and demigods.
19 sqq.) comes the brief story of the demigods (vi.
But in the 4th century this puritanic zeal gave way; and this and other pagan feasts were taken over by the Church; a century earlier in Asia Minor Gregory the Thaumaturge was actively transforming into shrines and cult of martyrs the temples and idolatrous rites of heroes and demigods.