Of possible interest to at least a few of you: here’s an intelligent and insightful discussion of pop pantheons from HerSpeak (Molly Roberts) on YouTube. Although my own approach is more polytheistic and less strictly magick-oriented, it’s no secret that I see certain pop culture figures/characters as faces the gods can and do wear for Their own purposes. I especially love the points Molly makes here about cultural appropriation (is petitioning Ganesh for road opening magick really more appropriate than turning to Glinda if you’re not Hindu?) and the fact that even our most ancient and respected mythologies were new at one point.
Also, bonus points for mentioning American Gods by Neil Gaiman. (It’s even more ironic now than ever that this was the book that drew me to Odin in the first place.) A thinky thought of my own related to this: if you were one of the ancient gods and your temples lay in ruins, your rituals and lore were all but forgotten, and another religion had stolen your worshipers, would you not use all of the tools at your disposal to claim the hearts of new devotees? Reconstructionism is certainly one such tool, but we don’t live in the same world that existed 1,000 or 2,000 years ago. As a deity willing to grow and change with the times (as many–including Odin–are), wouldn’t pop culture masks be a tool worth exploring?