I am now reading Greek Divination A Study of its Methods and Principles by W.R. Halliday. So far I have seen ltos of Principles and few Methods but it still makes me think. Evidence I have come up with in that Apollo is a God of Medicine-Men, Shamans, Magicians and the likes (without much detail):
- The most obvious is that he is God of oracles;
- He often possesses and chases people, just like magical/divine/mana power;
- He requires purity and it is widely known that purity is also required to perform magical, healing and divining actions;
- He killed the serpent Python and goes through a series of tests, purifications and evolutions, just like shamans have to, like magicians do and like oracles were portrayed doing (the first that comes to mind is Tiresias);
- He is Hekatos, the far darter and the one who strikes from afar, an epithet often found in magicians who strike their enemies from afar;
- He has a magic wand, the laurel, which comes ready with a mythical story of its acquisition;
- He is God of music and poetry which have probably originated in magical incantations and are still a part of many rituals;
- Inscriptions regarding magic and oracles most often feature him and also his brother Hermes;
- He has a very dark side and a light side, just like the magical powers (mana) can be used for good and bad alike.
It is good that the book makes me think about this, but I wish it had more practices...