Guide to the Gods 1.0
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Generic term for the demigods of Hawaii, as opposed to the Akua, the gods proper.
Mischievous household spirit in German folklore.
A deity of the Maidu people of California who, with Coyote, created mankind. The two later quarrelled, and Kodoyanpe was forced to flee to the east.
Melanesian snake goddess.
Guardian god who inhabits a cave on the shores of Lake Victoria.
Greco-Roman Egyptian god.
One of the Japanese guardians of the four cardinal directions. He was associated with south.
Moon goddess of the North American Blackfoot.
Finnish god of sowing and young crops.
Japanese Blossom Princess. Daughter of the mountain god O-Yama-Tsu-Mi. She married Ninigi, the grandson of Amaterasu.
Protective god of Georgian mountains.
"Girl". An epithet of Persephone (qv).
Tamil goddess of victory.
Tamil goddess of battle and victory.
Demonic companions of Phrygian Kybele.
(Kotar, Kautar, Kusor)
Canaanite craftsman god.
Ugaritic god of arts and crafts.
Semidivine beings who were believed to have been early inhabitants of Crete. It was the Kouretes who prevented Kronos from discovering the hidden infant Zeus by dancing and clashing their weapons to prevent his cries from being heard. They were often equated with the Korybantes. The Kouretes may have had their origin as worshippers of Zeus Kouros (Zeus as a young man), perhaps dating back to Minoan times.
Culture-hero of Apache and Navajo people.
"Power". Greek god of strength. Brother of Bia (force).
Eighth Hindu avatar of Vishnu. In the Vedas he was a Ksatriya warrior. It was only in later times that he came to be identified with Vishnu.
Buddhist terror-inspiring gods.
(Cronos, Chronos, Cronus)
Primeval Greek god of time and a former supreme god. One of the Titans. Son of Ouranos (heaven) and Gaia (earth). Consort of Rhea. Father of Zeus, Hera, Poseidon, Demeter, Hades and Hestia. Little worshipped by the Greeks, Kronos may represent the vestiges of a pre-Hellenic god. The worship that was accorded him was generally associated with agriculture, such as the Attican harvest festival of the Kronia.
Kronos overthrew his father Ouranos, castrating him with a sickle for good measure, perhaps as a symbolic separation of heaven and earth. Fearing that his own children might do the same to him, he proceeded to swallow them. Zeus, however, was saved Rhea, who hid him in Crete and tricked Kronos into swallowing a stone wrapped in infant's clothing. When Zeus reached maturity, he forced Kronos to disgorge his brothers and sisters, then hurled him into Tartaros. Subsequently, Kronos remained a prisoner in Tartaros, although some accounts make him the king of the Golden Age. He was generally depicted with a sickle and an hourglass. Known to the Romans as Saturn.
1 of the 8 great Bodhisattvas.
See Guan Di.
Chinese bodhisattva, goddess of mercy.
Chinese war god.
Luwian and Carchemish goddess.
Hindu god of wealth; alias Dhanapati, 'lord of riches'.
Supreme god of Quiche people of Guatemala.
Old Korean dark and evil principle]
Chinese god of examinations.
Deity of Japanese esoteric Buddhism.
Kuk and Kauket
Egyptian primeval gods.
Polynesian god of war.
In California, Kuksu was a culture hero among the Maidu people and a god of the Pomo people. He was the first man of the Maidus. In Pomo belief, he and his brother Marumda created the world, then tried to destroy it on two occasions, once by fire and once by flood. On both occasions, the world was saved by the mother goddess Ragno.
Maya storm god and supreme god. He was credited with inventing the calendar and was also a god of craftsmen. The Aztecs merged him with their Quetzalcoatl.
Albanian female demon of sickness.
Mayan serpent god, originally Toltec, equivalent to Quetzalcoatl.
Albanian demonic being.
Moon-goddess of Venezuelan Kuma people.
Chief Hurrian deity ("father of the gods"). He succeeded Anu, and in turn was overthrown by Teshub.
In the Vedas, one of the demonic aspects of Parvati.
Sky-god of Modoc people of North American Pacific coast.
An Australian ogress.
Chinese dragon god who caused the Deluge by toppling the pillars of heaven.
Japanese first god.
Name of Japanese gods of earth.
Chief god in Tibetan Bon pantheon.
Slavonic goddess of water, magic and herbs.
Japanese god of rain and snow.
Ossetian god of blacksmiths.
Greek, originlly Cretan demons.
A raven creator god of a Mongol tribe in Siberia. He created the earth and mankind, and introduced the arts of civilization.
Vedic cosmic tortoise. The second avatar of Vishnu or Brahma. After the Deluge, Kurma placed himself at the bottom of the sea so that a mountain might be placed on his back. From this mountain the gods churned the sea and retrieved the treasures of the Vedic tribes.
Tupinamba (Brazil) protector of animals, gnome of Amazonian forest.
Arawak creator god.
Phoenician god of many talents, controller of the seasons.
Beneficent spirit of Siberian Koryak people.
The moon in Finnish mythology.
Wisest of the Nordic gods. He was murdered by the dwarfs Fjalar and Galar. After his death his blood was drunk from a magic cauldron, giving wisdom and poetic inspiration to the drinker.
God of the Bushmen of south Central Africa.
Japanese version of the Chinese Kuan Yin bodhisattva, the Buddhist goddess of mercy.
Nuer word for 'god' or 'spirit'.
Creator god of the Nyakyusa of South West Tanzania.
(Kybebe, Latin Cybele)
Phrygian mother goddess. Also a goddess of fertility and of the mountains. Her son and/or consort was Attis. Known to the Romans as the Great Mother of the Gods.