Guide to the Gods 1.0
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Chinese god of bowmen, often called the 'excellent archer'.
Minor Greek deity associated with the Eleusinian Mysteries. He was considered the son of Demeter or Persephone. Possibly the husband of Demeter. In the mysteries, his name was invoked in connection with those of Demeter and Persephone. Some believe Iakchos to be identical with Dionysos (as Bacchus) or Zagreus. He was depicted bearing a torch and leading the participants in the mysteries.
The first Gnostic Archon.
A Gnostic Archon; called 'serpent-faced'.
Islamic name for the devil.
Household gods of Caribbean Indians.
Sioux 'father of lies'. The son of the sun god, he was expelled from heaven for his deceit and trickery.
Hindu goddess of prayer and devotion.
Japanese Buddhist god of law and monasteries.
Islamic immortal prophet.
Norse goddess, wife of Bragi, guarded golden apples of youth.
Yoruba oracular demi-god.
Common name for all the great gods of Mesopotamia. They were the spirits of heaven, in contrast to the Anunnaki, who were the spirits of the earth.
Egyptian god of the sistrum.
Araucanian monster-spirit of volcanoes.
God of Ibo of Nigeria.
Sioux inventor of human speech.
A Semitic name for god, similar to El.
Ugaritic father god.
South Semitic moon god.
Aztec fertility or mother goddess. Also known as Citlalinicue ("Star Garment").
Basque name for feminine moon.
Inca god of lightning, thunder and rainstorms.
Hittite snake demon.
Finnish god of the air.
Finnic creator, sky, smith god.
Arab/Sabaean moon god.
Greek goddess of childbirth.
Creator god of Rwandans.
Australian mother-creatress and consort of Wuraka.
Mesopotamian demonic being in the form of a lion-headed eagle. Associated with Ningirsu.
Egyptian god of learning and medicine.
Egyptian protective deity of underworld.
Supreme god of Kafirstan in Hindu Kush.
Egyptian son of Horus.
(Inini; Akkadian Ishtar)
Sumerian goddess of love and war. Her consort was Dumuzi.
Aranda (Australia) pre-human shapeless creatures.
Tasmanian primordial beings.
Hittite goddess who destroyed a great serpent and its family.
Japanese god of rice cultivation, and god of prosperity.
Roman name for deified mortal heroes, such as Aeneas, Heracles and Romulus.
Chief Vedic god, Hindu god of war and of fertility. Indra fought many military campaigns, notably those in which he defeated the Asuras and the Adityas.
Indian wife of Indra.
Divine progenitor of Germanic Ingwaeones, title of god Frey.
Taiwanese god of generation.
Sky-god of Finno-Ugric Votyak (Udmurt) people.
Egyptian bearer of the heavens.
Greek heroine who raised the infant Dionysos while herself a child. Later, Hera drove Ino and her husband Athamas mad, and Ino leaped to her death in the sea, carrying her son Melicertes. She was elevated to the rank of sea goddess under the name of Leukothea, and Melicertes became Palaemon.
Principal Elamite god.
Inca sun god.
Old Latin god of herds.
Greek priestess of Hera.
Supreme being of the Maori and other Polynesian peoples.
Creator god of the Iroquois and Hurons.
Egyptian hippopotamus goddess.
"Rainbow". Greek goddess of the rainbow, and messenger of the gods. She was particularly the agent of Hera. According to Hesiod, she was the daughter of the Titan Thaumas and the nymph Electra. Also in Hesiod, it was her task to draw water from the River Styx which the gods used whenever declaring a solemn oath. She was depicted with wings and her attributes included a herald's staff and a water pitcher.
Old Germanic god associated with the tribe known as the Herminones.
Babylonian plague demon.
Chaga sun god of East Africa.
Egyptian 'lord of the west' and judge of the dead.
Isdustaya and Papaya
Proto-Hattic goddesses of fate in Asia Minor.
Hittite and Syro-Mesopotamian goddess.
Sumero-Akkadian god of rain and thunderstorms, equivalent of Hittite Addad.
Hittite sun god.
(Akkadian; Sumerian Inanna)
Babylonian great goddess, goddess of love and fertility. She is variously given as the consort of Marduk, Asshur and Tammuz. It was she who descended into Aralu, the Babylonian underworld, to retrieve Tammuz. All natural fertility on earth declined during her absence. The sun god Shamash ordered her release, whereupon the earth was restored to vitality.
A fallen god of the Mesopotamian Underworld.
(Akkadian Usmu or Usumu)
Mesopotamian Janus-headed god.
"Throne". Egyptian mother goddess. Daughter of Geb and Nut according to the Heliopolitan genealogy. Sister and wife of Osiris. Mother of Horus. She was depicted in human form, crowned either by a throne or by cow horns enclosing a sun disk. A vulture was also sometimes incorporated in her Crown. She is sometimes depicted as a kite above the mummified body of Osiris. As the personification of the throne, she was an important source of the pharaoh's power. Her cult was popular throughout Egypt, but the most important sanctuaries were at Giza and at Behbeit El-Hagar in the Nile delta. Isis later had an importan cult in the Greco-Roman world, with sanctuaries at Delos and Pompeii. Her Latin epithet was Stella Maris, or "star of the sea".
It was Isis who retrieved and reassembled the body of Osiris after his murder and dismemberment by Seth. In this connection she took on the role of a goddess of the dead and of funeral rites. Isis impregnated herself from the corpse and subsequently gave birth to Horus. She gave birth in secrecy at Khemmis in the Nile delta and hid the child from Seth in the papyrus swamps. Horus later defeated Seth and became the first ruler of a united Egypt. Isis, as mother of Horus, was by extension regarded as the mother and protectress of the pharaohs. The relationship between Isis and Horus may also have influenced the Christian conception of the relationship between Mary and the infant Jesus Christ. The depiction of the seated holding or suckling the child Horus is certainly reminiscent of the iconography of Mary and Jesus.
Buddhist protective deities.
(Hattic Estan, Luwian Tiwat, Hurrian Shimegi)
Hittite sun god.
Hungarian supreme god.
Akkadian herald of the gods.
Sanskrit designation for supreme world ruler.
Chinook name for the trickster/creator deity Coyote.
Chinese god of wine.
Mayan moon god and god of healing.
Mayan god of Lacandon.
Mexican god of darkness, biting cold, volcanic eruptions, disaster and destruction.
Aztec obsidian knife god.
Aztec stone knife god and god of sacrifice.
"Obsidian Knife Butterfly". Aztec agricultural goddess.
One of the four Mayan Bacabs, deities of the four cardinal directions. He represented the west and the colour black.
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Mayan goddess: patroness of weaving and wife of Itzamna.
Mayan moon goddess, patroness of womanly crafts.
Mayan goddess of the noose and the gallows, guardian of suicides.
Mayan water goddess, inventor of weaving.
Aztec of medicine and good health.
North American Sioux: embodiment of evil.
A Japanese creator god. With Izanami he formed part of the semi- divine first human couple in Japanese myth. Their children were the first gods and the ancestors of the human race.
Japanese divine mother. See Izanagi.