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anthropomorphism
The interpretation of God in the likeness of man.
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anthropomorphism (s) (noun), anthropomorphisms (pl)
The portrayal or conception of a human form or a person's characteristics in a deity, an animal, or on an inanimate object: In religion and mythology, anthropomorphism refers to the symbolism of a human body or of human qualities generally to a divine being or beings.

In other words, anthropomorphism is meant to be a presentation of human characteristics to things that are not human; such as, inanimate objects, animals, or other natural phenomena.

Many mythologies are almost entirely concerned with anthropomorphisms about deities who express human characteristics; such as, jealousy, hatred, or love.

The Greek gods included anthropomorphisms; for example, Zeus and Apollo were often depicted in human form exhibiting both commendable and despicable human traits.

Anthropomorphism is a form of personification applying human or animal qualities to inanimate objects and similarly to adopting the persona of another person with human characteristics and qualities to nonhuman beings, objects, or natural phenomena.

What a strange monster is man; a curiosity, a prodigy, a chaos, a contradiction, judge of all things and a wretched earthworm, repository of truth and sewer of doubt and error, glory and dross of the universe.

—Blaise Pascal