Guide to the Gods 1.0
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Egyptian name for the vital force of life.
Pre-Inca moon goddess worshipped in the area of Lake Titicaca.
The chief demon of the Ramayana. Indra eventually struck him down with a thunderbolt.
Greek fertility gods whose cult involved the celebration of mysteries typically associated with vegetation deities. They originated in Greek Anatolia, possibly in Phrygia, and subsequently spread to the islands of the Aegean, to Macedonia, and to northern and central Greece. In classical times they numbered two, though their numbers seem to have varied over time. They included the gods Axiocersus and his son Cadmilus. A female pair were also mentioned, Axierus and Axiocersa, although their role was of secondary importance. Their cult was particularly prominent on the islands of Lemnos and Samothrace, where their mysteries displayed an Orphic influence.
Canaanite goddess of love and sexuality.
Goddess of justice of Der.
Japanese fire god, alternate name of Ho-musubi. His mother Izanami died giving birth to him.
Pre-Islamic moon god of Arabia.
Demon of Papuans.
K'ai Lu Shen
Chinese deity who sweeps away evil spirits.
Hindu demon which tried to attack Brahma.
Funerary god of the tribes of the Volta area.
Indian personification of time as a cosmogonic force.
Finnish giant demonic beings.
(Kali Ma, Kalika)
Indian devouring, destructive black Earth mother; Hindu goddess of nature and time; ogress wife of Shiva.
Buddhist deity. See Lha-mo.
Indian 5-headed serpent king.
"Time". The future tenth and final avatar of Vishnu. He will appear in the sky riding a white horse.
'Chickenhawk', a totemic Australian deity.
Finnish goddess of death.
Goddess of Ugric people of Siberia.
Creator god of the Luba of Zaire.
Supreme being of Angolan Ndonga.
Heavenly Smith of Baltic religion.
Hindu god of love. The son of Lakshmi, husband of Rati.
Japanese gods of the hearth.
"Wanton-Eyed". In the Vedas, a benign aspect of the goddess Parvati.
Benign goddess of south India.
Polynesian hog man.
Melanesian sky god.
Kame and Kayuruke
Caingang (Brazil) creators of animals.
Japanese general name for divine beings.
Shinto objects of worship.
Japanese goddess, mother of Sukuna-Bikona.
Japanese god of rolling thunder.
Chief god of Moab.
Hittite goddess of healing.
Sky-god of Ainu people.
One of the four Mayan Bacabs, gods of the four cardinal directions. Kan was associated with the east and the colour yellow.
Forest deity of the modern Maya people.
Japanese form of the bodhisattva.
Maya god who recreated earth after destruction by Bacabs.
Japanese water demon.
The divine tricksters or mischief-makers of Hawaii.
Supreme being of Semang of Malaya.
Hittite and Luwian god.
Latvian goddess of fate and destiny.
Hindu (Vedic) god of war. Said to be the son either of Agni or Shiva. He led the forces of good against the demon Taraka, whom he defeated.
Old Syrian divinities taken over by the Hittites.
Proto-Hattic moon-god, taken over by Hittites.
Hindu (Vedic) deity, one of the seven great Rishis. Husband of Vinata and father of Garuda. According to other traditions, he is the husband of Diti and the father of the Daityas and Maruts.
One of the four great gods of Sri Lanka.
Demonic being of Nyamwezi in Tanzania.
Tamil supreme being.
God of the Wintun people of California. After the theft os his magic flute, he sent a great fire to burn up the earth, but the fire was quenched by a flood.
Supreme god of West African Senufo.
Lithuanian spirit-like being.
Polynesian trickster god.
Japanese gods of rivers.
Fire-demon of Yakuts.
Falcon-headed son of Horus.
An evil Eskimo earth spirit.
Ancient Finnish feast of fertility.
Chukchi demon of death.
Late Egyptian name for Amun.
Egyptian black bull.
(pl. Keres, Cer)
In Greek belief, a destructive or malevolent female spirit of the dead. Although some sources seem refer to a single Ker, the more common belief was in a host of Keres. They were said to be the daughters of Nyx and Erebos. In the Attic festival of the Anthesteria, the spirits of the dead, or Keres, were driven from the house.
Pelasgian solar god of ancient Syria.
Greek malevolent demons.
Son of the great god El; king of Sidon.
Keri and Kame
Primordial beings of South American peoples.
Lord of animals among the Taulipang of South America.
Indian form of the Bodhisattva.
Ewe god of lightning.
(Kheper, Khepera, Khepri, Chepre, Chepri)
Egyptian sun god in the form of a scarab, or dung beetle. A manifestation of the sun god Re rising in the east at dawn. The association reputedly resulted from the similarity between the scarab rolling a ball of dung along the ground and Re rolling the sun across the sky. It was Khepra who pushed the sun up from the underworld to be reborn at dawn. In the Heliopolitan cosmology he appeared as a primordial sun god who created himself out of the earth. His principal cult center was at Heliopolis.
"Lower One". Egyptian ram god of the underworld. In the Pyramid Texts Kherty was said to be a threat to the pharaoh, who had to be defended by Re himself. However, as an earth god Kherty also acts as a guardian of the pharaoh's tomb. Depicted in human form or as a human with the head of a ram. His main cult center was Letopolis, north-west of Memphis.
Egyptian ram god. Khnum was credited with creating life on a potter's wheel at the behest of the other gods. He was also said to control the annual inundation of the Nile, although the inundation is physically generated by the god Hapi. The goddesses Satis and Anuket assisted him in this supervisory role. His major cult center was on Elephantine Island near the first cataract of the Nile (near modern Aswan), where mummified rams sacred to Khnum have been found. He also had an important cult center at Esna, to the north of the first cataract. He was usually depicted in human form with a ram's head - the horns extending horizontally on either side of the head - often before a potter's wheel on which a naked human being was being fashioned.
Demon of the Basuto people of Lesotho.
Mythical monster of south-east African Sotho.
(Khons, Khensu, Chons)
"Wanderer". Egyptian moon god. Son of Amun and Mut, with whom he forms the triad of gods revered at Thebes. Depicted in human form, sometimes with the head of a hawk, clothed in a tight-fitting robe and wearing a skull cap topped by the crescent of the new moon subtending the disk of the full moon. His head was shaven except for the side-lock worn by Egyptian children, signifying his role as Khonsu-pa-khered ("Khonsu the child"), the divine child of Amun and Mut. His principal sanctuary was at Thebes, where he figured prominently as a member of the Theban triad. He also had a temple at Karnak. His sacred animal was the baboon, considered a lunar animal by the Egyptians.
Slavonic god of health and hunting.
Avestan: "Desirable Dominion". One of the Zoroastrian Beneficent Immortals. An Iranian god of metals.
A creator deity among the Lovedu, a Bantu people of the Transvaal.
Old Tibetan god.
"Earth". See An.
Baganda war god. Brother of Mukasa.
Japanese goddess of luck.
Buddhist deity. See Fudo Myo-o.
Supreme god among the people of the Tuamotu archipelago southeast of Tahiti.
Female household deity of the Slavs.
Oceanic trickster god.
Mayan sun deity.
Babylonian rebel god, consort of Tiamat. Tiamat placed him in command of forces of darkness in the battle against the forces of good led by Ea. After the defeat of the forces of darkness, Kingu was sacrificed and the first humans were made out of his blood and bone by Ea.
Creator god of Dusun of Borneo.
Mayan sun god.
Cypriot god of iron-smelting.
Finnish goddess of illness.
Elamite fertility goddess.
Egyptian god of Kusae.
Mesopotamian female principle. See Anshar.
Japanese goddess of luck. Sister of Bishamon.
Japanese demoness converted by Buddha.
Mayan earthquake god. See Cizin.
Supreme god of Algonkian people.
Supreme being of the Algonquins.
Greek muse of history.