Guide to the Gods 1.0

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Hindu goddess, attendant of Siva.


Vedic Hindu god of prosperity, good luck and marriage. One of the Adityas, or sons of the goddess Aditi.


Name for the supreme god in the Indian Bhagavata sect.



Tutelary god of Bhils and other tribes of north and central India, taken over from the Bhagavan of the Indian Bhagavata sect.


Indian god considered an emanation of the god Shiva. He is depicted with a fierce visage, often riding on a dog, which is his sacred animal.


(Chinese Yao-xi; Japanese Yaku-shi)

Buddha of the art of healing.


(Sman-bla, Otaci, Yao-shih-fo, Chinese Yao-xi, Japanese Yakushi)

Buddhist-Lamaist (Tibet) physician god. Numbered among the Tibetan medicine buddhas known as sMan-bla.


Hindu goddess of misfortune. Daughter of Daksha and conosrt of Candra (Soma).

Bharat Mata

Modern Hindu mother goddess.


Minor Hindu goddess of sacrifices. Sometimes given as the consort of Ganesha.


Jain gods of the upper regions of the underworld.

Bhima (1)

Sky and weather god of certain aboriginal peoples of India.

Bhima (2)

Hindu warrior god. One of the heroes of the Mahabharata and a prince of the Pandu family. He is the son of the wind god Vayu, and a brother of Arjuna.

Bhima (3)

Buddhist (Mahayana) attendant of Buddakepala.


Hindu 'shining ones', born of flames; aerial storm gods who communicate between heaven and earth.


Buddhist female deity.


Buddhist-Lamaist mother goddess. A form of Tara (q.v.).


Buddhist (Varyana) deities: 12 personifications of spiritual spheres.

Bhumi Devata

Indian tribal vegetation goddess.


Hindu fertility goddess. The second wife of Vishnu (or of his avatara Krishna) and the mother of Naraka.


Hindu fertility god. Later regarded as a form of Vishnu.


Buddhist (Mahayana) demonic god. "Lord of the demons' whose role was to hold the other demons in check.


Hindu demon goddess. A form of Parvati.


Group of demons in Indian Hinduism.


Hindu goddess: 1 of 10 mahavidyas.


"Force". Greek goddess of force, daughter of the Titan Pallas and the underworld goddess Styx. She was the sister of Kratos, the god of strength, as well as of Nike and Zelos. Bia was the constant companion of Zeus. It was she who was made to bind Prometheus as punishment for stealing fire from the gods.


Lapp wind man. See Olmai.


Slavonic white god, representing the power of good.

Big Heads

Demonic deities of the Iroquois Indians.


Buddhist-Lamaist (Tibet) guardian deity who fends off demons.


Irish god of death, equivalent to the Celtic gods Bel and Belinos.



Originally a German nature spirit, later conceived as a magician or malevolent spirit.


Japanese god of poverty.


See Bunjil.


Babylonian-Akkadian chthonic underworld god. Consort of Manungal.



Japanese god of war. One of the Shinto gods of luck. See Shichi-Fukujin.

Blue Jay

Creator god of the Chinook people of the North American Pacific coast. He is something of a trickster figure similar to the figure of Coyote in California.


God of the Ewe people in Benin. He was a protector of warriors.


(Boand, Boannan)

"She of the white cattle". Irish goddess of the River Boyne. Wife of the water god Nechtan or of Elcmar, consort of the Dagda, by whom she was the mother of the god Aengus.



Culture hero of the Muisca (Muyscaya) people of Columbia. He taught them agriculture, building, law and the use of a calendar. After his death he became a god associated with Venus as the morning star.


Irish goddess of battle. She prophesied the doom of the Tuatha De Danann after the Battle of Magh Tuireadh (Moytura).

Bodb Dearg

'Bodb the Red', a son of the Dagda who succeeded him as ruler of the gods.


Buddhist monk worshipped as a god by Chinese.


(Chinese Pu-sa; Japanese Bosatsu)

In Buddhism, the Buddha to be. Literally, a being (sattva) intent on enlightenment (bodhi).


Son of Odin, avenged death of Baldur by killing Hoder in battle.


Slavonic mythological heroes.

Bo Hsian

Chinese (Taoist) counterpart of Buddhist Samantabhadra.


(Kisboldogasszony, Nagboldogasszony)

Hungarian virgin goddess, protector of women and children. Later became syncretized with the Virgin Mary after the advent of Christianity among the Hungarians.



In Albanian folklore, a demonic snake-like being.


(Bolon Ti Ku)

Mayan chthonic underworld gods.


Norse giant.


A name of Odin.


Ancestral deity of the Bushongo and other peoples of the Congo.

Bombay Kamayan

Hindu local disease goddess of Gaya.

Bona Dea

"The Good Goddess". Roman fertility goddess, otherwise known as Fauna (qv). Her festival was 4 December, when secret rites were held to which only women were admitted. Her consort was Faunus.


Pre-Islamic Berber god of northern Tunisia.

Bonus Eventus

Roman god of success in enterprise.

Boora Pennu

Khond (India) god of light.



Primordial Norse god; son of Buri, father of Odin, Vili and Ve.


Greek god of the north wind. According to Hesiod's Theogony, he was of Thracian origin, the son of Eos and Astraeos. He was the father of many famous horses, including those of Ares and Achilles. Boreas incurred the enmity of the Athenians when he abducted Oreithyia, the daughter of King Erechtheus of Athens, whom he made his wife. He was said to have atoned for this deed by sending a storm which destroyed a Persian fleet on its way to attack Athens. In gratitude, the Athenians built a temple dedicated to him, and held a festival in his honour, the Boreasmos.


(Bormanus, Bormo)

"To Boil". Gallic (Celtic France) god of mineral springs and healing. He was known as Bormanus in Provence and Bormanious in Portugal. The Romans identified him with their Apollo.


A malevolent Voodoo spirit.


Irish river deity. See Boann.


Norse god of poetry and eloquence, son of Odin and Gunlod, husband of Idun. Some scholars claim that Bragi was a pseudonym of Odin, others that he is identical with the ninth century Skald (poet) Bragi Boddason, later elevated to the status of a god. Oaths were sworn over the Bragarfull ('cup of Bragi'), and drinks were taken from it in honour of a dead king.


Hindu father of gods and men, creator of the universe and first god in the supreme Hindu triad: Brahma, Vishnu, Shiva. His consort is usally given as Sarasvati, the goddess of wisdom. His second consort is the milk maid Gayatri. Brahma is usually depicted with four heads facing in the four directions and four hands holding the four Vedas. The four heads are said to have resulted from his desire to see his beautiful daughter, the goddess Satarupa. To foil his incestuous desire, she circled about him, and his head split into four in his efforts to follow her. His sacred animal is the goose. Brahma is now less popular than Vishnu and Shiva, regarded now as the god of knowledge and the progenitor of the Brahmins.


Hindu mother goddess. Considered a Sakti at first, later an astamatara or mother.


Celtic (Irish and Welsh) hero god (perhaps also a god of poetry and of the underworld). He is the brother of the sea god known to the Irish as Manannan mac Lir and to the Welsh as Manawydan ap Llyr. The raven (or crow) was associated with him, and his name can be taken to mean 'raven', and some scholars take this to mean that he was a god of the underworld. In Irish myth, Bran was said to have sailed to the otherworld, from which voyage he and his men could not return without dying once they set foot on Irish soil, a great deal of time having passed in the world of the living. In Welsh myth, Bran was said to have been killed while leading an invasion of Ireland. Bran was said to have instructed his men to bury his head in the White Mount in London, where it would ward off invasion as long as it remained undisturbed. King Arthur is said to have had the head removed from the site, saying that Britain should be protected by the valour of its people rather than by supernatural means.


Welsh goddess (perhaps descended form an earlier Celtic goddess of love). She was the daughter of the sea god Llyr by Iweridd, sister of Bran, and wife of King Matholwch of England.


Minor Irish god -- a member of the Tuatha De Danann.


Seminole deity who taught men how to fish and dig wells.


Irish goddess, wife of the Dagda.



Irish (Celtic) god of fertility and agriculture, briefly a leader of the Tuatha De Danann and husband of the goddess Brigit. His mother was Eriu, a member of the Tuatha De Danaan, his father Elatha, a prince of the Fomore. He succeeded Nuada as king of Ireland after the former lost a hand at the first battle og Magh Tuireadh. But Bres proved an unworthy ruler, and he was deposed in favor of Nuada once the latter had a temporary silver hand replaced by a real one, making him fit to rule once more. Bres fled into exile and rallied the Fomore against the De Danaan, but the Fomore were defeated at the second battle of Magh Tuireadh. Bres was captured during the battle and his life was spared when he promised to instruct the De Danaan in the art of agriculture.


(Brihaspati, Bramanaspati)

Hindu Vedic god, intermediary between humans and the other gods, to whom he transmits the prayers of the humans. He is also an astral god associated with the planet Jupiter.



In Greek mythology, a giant with fifty head and a hundred hands.


Celtic (British) goddess of the rivers Braint and Brent, which were named after her, and a tutelary goddess of the Brigantes in Yorkshire. She was also a pastoral goddess associated with flocks and cattle. During the Roman occupation she was associated with the Roman goddess Caelestis as Caelestis Brigantia.


Name of the Celtic goddess Brigit in eastern France.


(Brigid, Brigindo)

Celtic goddess of healing, fertility, and patroness of smiths. In Ireland she was known as the daughter of the Dagda and wife of the god Bres. Also known in Gaul and Britain, her festival was that of Imbolc on February 1. Giraldus Cambrensis, a medieval Welsh chronicler, wrote that in his day a fire was maintained at her sanctuary at Kildare, Ireland. Her worship continued after Christianization in the form of St. Brigit or St. Bride.


Haitian goddess, protects graves in cemeteries marked with the cross.


Romano-Celtic (British) tutelary goddess.


"Sweet Maid". Virgin huntress goddess of Crete whose cult later merged with that of Artemis. Daughter of Zeus and Carme. King Minos fell in love with her and pursued her until she jumped from a cliff overlooking the sea. In some accounts she survived the fall and was rescued by fishermen, in others she died and it was her corpse that the fishermen retrieved in their nets. In either case she was made immortal by Artemis in reward for her chastity. She was also known as Dictynna (from diktyon = "net"), in token of her retrieval in the fishermen's nets. In Aegina she was associated with Aphaea, a goddess of local importance.


See Dionysus.


A benevolent Scottish goblin similar to continental elves and kobolds.


Gan (Ghana, West Africa) god of the wind.


Roman goddess of horses and cattle. She was the counterpart of the Celtic goddess Epona.


Egyptian holy bull of Hermonthis, the living image of the god Month. He had a white body and a black head.


(Chinese Fo; Japanese Butsu)

In Buddhism, the designation of one who has achieved enlightenment. Also the historical Buddha, Gautama Sakyamuni (or Siddhartha), who lived c. 563-479 BC. Three Buddhas are said to have preceded Sakyamuni, and the the future fifth Buddha is known as Maitreya. In Hinduism the Buddha is considered to be an avatara of Vishnu.


Buddhist goddess: 1 of 12 vasitas.


Buddhist (Mahayana) god: an emanation of Aksobhya.


Buddhist (Shingon) female buddha. See Locana.

Buddhi (1)

Hindu minor goddess.

Buddhi (2)

Jain minor goddess.

Budha (1)

Indian (Hindu) astral god associated with the planet Mercury. He was the son of Soma (Candra) and either Tara or Rohini.

Budha (2)

Buddhist astral god, the personification of the planet Mercury.


The supreme god of the Siberian Tungus people. He created the first two humans out of iron, fire, water and earth.

Bugid Y Aiba

God of war in Puerto Rico and Haiti.


Nuer (Sudan) river goddess.


West African sky-god.

Bukura e dheut

Beneficent fairy-like being of Albanian folklore.

Bukuri e qiellit

Albanian name for the Christian God.


Creator goddess of the the Karadjeri people of Australia.

Buluc Chabtan

(God F)

Mayan god of war. Associated with human sacrifice.



Supreme god and creator of the Andaman Islanders.


Supreme god and creator of the Boshongo, a Bantu people of southern Africa. Racked with stomach pain, he vomited up the earth, sun, moon and all living creatures, the last of whom was mankind.


Supreme god and creator of the Kulin amd Wurunjerri peoples of Australia. According to the Wurunjerri he created mankind, according to the Kulin he taught people the arts of life. Later he was said to have left the earth for an abode in the sky.


Melanesian culture god.



Primeval being of Germanic myth. Formed from a salty block of ice, Buri was the father of Bor, who in turn fathered the gods Odin, Vili and Ve.


(Burijash, Buriyas)

War god (storm god?) of the Iranian Kassites, who conquered Babylonia in the sixteenth century BC.


Buriat creator.


Continental Celtic god, identified with the Roman Jupiter.


Buddhist goddess.


(Edjo, Udjo, Wadjet, Wadjit)

Tutelary goddess of Lower Egypt.



Slavonic white god. See Bielbog.


"The white one". A Slavonic deity similar to Bielbog.

Byggvir and Beyla

Minor Norse god and goddess.