The "powers" (numina, not dei), which thus become the objects of worship, are spirits specialized in function and limited in sphere.
Nor are the numina, not being anthropomorphic, capable of relation XXIII.
The primary attitude of man to the numina seems clearly to be one of fear, which survives prominently in the "impish" character of certain of the spirits of the countryside, such as Faunus and Inuus, and is always seen in the underlying conception of religio, a sense of awe in the presence of a superhuman power.
2 Accordingly, the baals are not to be regarded necessarily as local variations of one and the same god, like the many Virgins or Madonnas of Catholic lands, but as distinct numina.
The worship centres round certain numina, the spirits indwelling in the sacred places of the original round hut in which the family lived.