Guide to the Gods 1.0
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Lithuanian spirit of fire.
Lithuanian corn goddess.
"Fortune". North Arabian deity.
Supernatural creatures of Chiricahua Apaches.
Greek earth goddess and personification of the earth. She was said to be second in the order of existence after Chaos, or was said to be his daughter. She gave birth to Ouranos (heaven) and Pontos (sea). Ouranos then became her consort. Their children included Kronos, Okeanos, the Cyclops and the Titans. Later, when Ouranos was castrated by Kronos, his semen combined with Gaia to engender the Erinyes, the Giants, and perhaps Aphrodite as well. Similarly, when Hephaistos failed in his attempt to rape Athena, his semen fell to the earth and resulted in the birth of the Athenian serpent-king Erechtheus. By Tartarus she was the mother of the monster Typhon.
Gaia's cult was particularly prominent in Attica. She was also said to have had an oracle at Delphi that predated the oracle of Apollo. Her attributes included the fruits of the earth and the Cornucopia. According to Homer, Gaia was invoked in oaths along with Helios (sun).
Papuan primordial beings.
Greek Nereid of Sicily.
Sumerian demon of the underworld. See gallu-demons.
Iranian demon of Avesta.
Hindu gods of the air, the rain-clouds and the rain.
Elephant-headed Hindu god of wisdom, literature and worldly success. His mother is Parvati. It is said that Parvati whowed the chils to Shiva, whose mere glance destroyed his head, which was subsequently replaced with the head of an elephant. Ganesha was also the leader of Shiva's army.
Hindu goddess of the river Ganges, whose waters are believed to have great curative and purificatory powers. The river was believed to flow from the toe of Vishnu.
Iroquois god of the winds, a giant cannibal.
Chinese god of judgment.
Old Syrian god.
Garang and Abuk
First man and woman in Dinka mythology. Garang is also regarded as a divine influence on human lives.
Beneficent goddess of Germanic Suevi.
Sumerian mother goddess. A temple was built for her at Lagash by the Sumerian king Gudea.
Basque lord of darkness.
Good-hearted Indian goddess.
The first human in Zoroastrian tradition. He was slain by Ahriman, but his twin children, Mashya and Mashyane, went on to become the progenitors of the human race.
The chief deity or masked spirit of the Poro people of West Africa.
Moon god of Benin (Dahomey).
Egyptian earth god. Son of Shu and Tefnut. Brother and consort of the sky god Nut. Father of Osiris, Seth, Isis, and Nephthys. Geb was generally depicted lying on his back, often wearing the crown of Lower Egypt, with the naked body of Nut arched above him. In this context, he was often shown with an erect penis pointing upward toward Nut. Sometimes, however, the air god Shu was shown standing on the body of Geb, supporting Nut and perhaps separating her from Geb. His skin was often green, indicative of his role as a god of fertility and vegetation. The goose was his sacred animal and his symbol in Egyptian hieroglyphics. Geb was also said to imprison the souls of the dead, preventing them from passing on to the afterlife. The laughter of Geb was said to cause earthquakes.
Thracian thunder god.
Nordic goddess to whom virgins went after death.
Iroquois goddess of the morning star.
Etruscan/Roman protective spirits.
Roman protective god or spirit of individuals, clans, groups and the state.
Roman tutelary spirit of a particular place.
Old Iranian divine creator of cattle.
Old Iranian heavenly guardian of cattle.
Mayan agricultural god.
Haitian god of the dead.
(Nusku; Akkadian Girra or Girru)
Sumerian god of fire and light.
Moon god and totemic ancestor of the Australian Dreamtime.
(Gilgames; Hittite Gis.gam.mas, Hurrian Galgamis)
Sumerian hero, later deified.
Lithuanian goddess of death.
Algonquin creator, spirit of life.
Greek sea god. He was said to have been a fisherman who became a god when he ate a magic herb. He then leaped into the sea where he developed a tail and remained as a guardian deity of fishermen. His cult was very popular among fishermen and sailors. Glaukos was also reputed to have a gift for prophecy.
(Glooscap, Gluscap, Gluskabe)
Cultural hero of the North-east Algonquins of Canada. His twin brother was Maslum. After the death of their mother, Gluskap formed the cosmos and the human race out of her body. Gluskap benevolent disposition was in contrast to that of Maslum, who created many things that were hurtful to the human race. After many contests between the two, Gluskap finally defeated Maslum.