Is God one presence or several? If just one thing, does Yahweh manifest distinct personas, potentates, or personalities to mankind? That certainly accords with Hinduism, wherein the overlord Krishna has duly assigned some 33 million subordinates - in effect, a middle-management layer of deities - to keep the cogs of our world (the sun, the wind, motherhood, knowledge, cheese blintzes...it's quite a list) rotating as they ought.
Of course, Hinduism is avowedly polytheistic; don't monotheists sniff at such notions? Mormonism, an offshoot of Christianity, does not: its founding prophet unveiled God's scheme to establish an elaborate intergalactic network of mini-gods and goddesses, each couple assigned to bestride a particular planet. If you live a saintly Mormon life, the Almighty declares your deity and awards you a planet. In all, a sporting prospect.
Yet surely mainline Christianity, the Godzilla among monotheisms, sweeps aside false idols and will have no other gods before it (including you), right? But what about that inscrutable doctrine of the Trinity, whereby God consists of a Father, a Son, and a significant other called the Holy Ghost? Counsels Christianity.com, "No-one fully understands it... If you try to explain the Trinity, you will lose your mind. But if you deny it, you will lose your soul." That's some lousy Sophie's Choice. So, please, what's behind Door Number 3? Oh, the Holy Ghost, again.
TITLE - "Holy Ghosts"
WHERE - Lumbini, Nepal (2019)