A few weeks ago, I was looking at the Sacred Source catalog and wondered if it could not be treated as a primary source for the extent and type of polytheistic worship in the West — or at least the Anglosphere? — today.
They sort their statuettes, etc., into categories, and I have further divided those categories by gender and also into an animal/other category for non-human representations. I did break their “Americas” category in North and Meso-South.
I double-count Great Rite/conjoined images, and I also count Buddha figures, for although Buddhas are originally human, they are effectively treated by gods by some.
New: 2 male, 13 female
Goddess/Pagan: 8 male, 43 female, 2 other
Celtic: 6 male, 22 female, 3 other
Norse: 7 male, 6 female
Greco-Roman: 19 male, 32 female, 1 other
Hindu & Buddhist: 34 male, 30 female
Native American 0 male, 5 female
African: 1 male, 3 female
Neolithic: 1 male, 3 female
Middle Eastern: 2 male, 10 female
Meso/South American: 2 male, 6 female
Gnostic: 8 male, 15 female
Egyptian: 2 male, 10 female, 5 other
As my title indicates, I am assuming that these numbers reflect sales, not theology. Slow-selling figures are dropped, which is why you do not, alas, find the Emperor Julian in the lineup anymore. (I should have bought several!)
What else do they tell us? Comments are open.