In a thing I'm writing, the plot revolves around 'shards' fragments of a divine power that attach themselves to a rare few humans at birth- one in some many million. When that human hits a massive stress point, the shard and their body fuse together to transform them into a God/dess, able to discorporate at will. The new diety's purviews are the most important things in their life at that time- for example hurricane Katrina triggered the birth of both a storm goddess and a disease god. The gods have massive power in their field- that storm goddess could swamp north america for days, the disease god could wipe out europe in a few weeks. Given that, my questions are:
- There is an equal spread between males and females who receive shards- how would that have impacted gender dynamics how and historically and what would medieval europeans have thought of war/destruction goddesses?
- How would Abrahamic religions explain this? What happens if a pope or priest ascends- especially if they become a god of sex or corruption etc.?
- Can you regulate beings of such power legally? What kind of laws would be needed to validate a new god's cult, or to stop divine wars?
Currently, about 200 gods exist, the 'old' gods- about 150 or so- only intervene at the behest of legally sanctioned high priests and otherwise just stay in 'heaven' or the underworld- humans get boring after a while and they find physical forms limiting. Younger ones tend to try and help the causes they supported in mortality. Human worship is equivalent to fancy foods- good to show off, makes them feel good- but not necessary. Pantheons are merely political alliances.