deerhunter, on 04 January 2013 - 01:16 AM, said:
The Seven are the perfect example of Ludwig Feuerbach's idea of projection: what we describe as deities are actually ideal personifications of various facets of human nature.
The Seven aren't just ideal personifications of various facets of human nature, they are personifications of the main roles in Andal/Westerosi society.
Another cultures would include a Musician, a Horseman, a Healer, a Lover, a Sailor, a Hunter, a Child...etc. The Father and the Mother are quite universal archetypes, but, if you see the rest, the Maid and the Crone represent stages of the life of a woman, while the Warrior and the Smith represents social classes.
The men are defined by their job, and those are jobs that are very representative of a feudal society: the Warrior is a knight, and the Smith is a working peasant (the most respected kind of working commoner, by the way). The Father isn't just a father, he's a ruler and a judge, a lord.
As for the women, they could have used a Child as representative of innocence, but they use a Maid because of their cultural obsession with teenaged virgin girls. The Mother and the Crone represent the role of mothers and grandmothers; they aren't associated with professions like the Warrior or the Smith because the job of a woman is to care for the family.
Edited by Ser Lepus, 04 January 2013 - 09:28 PM.