Guide to the Gods 1.0

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Celtic river god of the Severn estuary in south-west Britain. May be equated with Nuada.


Australian giver of spirit children.


Mayan god of creation.


Algonquin goddess of the earth.


Primeval beings of Dogon people.


Roman goddess of birth. Her name means ninth month, an allusion to the term of pregnancy. She later became associated with the goddesses Decima and Morta as one of the Roman Fates.


Eskimo god of icebergs.


Nordic deities of fate. They were: Urd (Fate or Destiny); Verdandi (Being); and Skuld (Necessity).


Etruscan goddess of fate and fortune. In an Etruscan New Year rite, a nail was hammered into a block of wood at her temple at Volsini. This rite has been variously interpreted as a fertility rite or as an expiation rite for the year just past.



Greek god of the south wind. In Greece, the south wind blows mainly in the autumn. Son of Astraeus and Eos. Brother of the other Winds (qv). Known to the Romans as Auster.


"Night". Nordic personification of night. She was the mother of Dag (day).


See Nun.



Known as Nuada Argetlamh: "Nuada of the Silver Hand". An Irish god and one time leader of the Tuatha de Danaan. He lost a hand at the first Battle of Magh Tuireadh fighting against the Firbolgs. Due to this infirmity, he was forced to give up his position as king of the Tuatha De Danaan. Dian Cecht made him a silver hand (whence the epithet). However, Dian Cecht's son Miach later gave Nuada a new hand of flesh and blood which allowed him to regain the kingship. Nuada was killed in the second Battle of Magh Tuireadh by the Fomorii leader Balor.


Sumero-Akkadian Enki as creator god.


Melanesian crocodile god.

Nu Kua


Chinese creator goddess.


Sky-god and supreme deity of Samojedic people.


Australian sky gods, creators of men.

Number Eleven

>H3>(Dubiaku) Culture hero and ancestor of the lesser gods of the Ashanti of Ghana.



Spirit couple of the Dogon tribe of Mali.


Sky god of the Mansi (Vogul) people of the northern Urals.

Nun (Nu)

Egyptian god who personified the primeval waters from which the world was created. Partner of Naunet as one of the eight creator deities of the Ogdoad. He was referred to as the 'father of the gods', which referred to his primacy in time rather than any literal parentage. Nun played no part in Egyptian religiou rituals and had no temples dedicated to him. He was symbolized by the sacred lakes associated with some temples, such as Karnak and Dendara. Depicted in human form holding the solar barque of Re above his head.


Culture hero of the Australian Wiimbaio people. He created the land and brought law and order to the people living there.


A culture hero and supreme deity of certain Australian peoples. After creating all the things on the earth, he ascended to the sky.


Mesopotamian god of light and fire.


(Neuth, Nuit)

Egyptian goddess of the sky and of the heavens. Daughter of the air god Shu and Tefnut, the goddess of moisture, in the Heliopolitan genealogy. She was typically depicted as a woman with her elongated and naked body arching above Shu and the earth god Geb to form the heavens. Sometimes she appeared in the form of a cow whose body froms the sky and heavens. Nut was the barrier separating the forces of chaos from the ordered cosmos in this world. Her fingers and toes were believed to touch the four cardinal points or directions. The sun god Re was said to enter her mouth after setting in the evening and travel through her body during the night to be reborn from her vulva each morning. Nut was also a goddess of the dead, and the pharaoh was said to enter her body after death, from which he would later be resurrected. Her principal sanctuary was at Heliopolis.

Nu Wa

(Nu Kua)

Chinese creator of human beings, goddess of marriage.


Bantu name for animals with magic powers.


God of the Koko of Nigeria.



High god of the Barotse of Upper Zambesi.


The supreme creator god of the Akan of southern Ghana.



The Ashanti supreme god.

Nyamia Ama

God of storms, rain and lightning of Senegal.


Tibetan spirits of trees and stones.


(Nyankopon Kweku, Onyankopon)

Sky god of the Ashanti of Ghana.


God of the Maragoli people of Kenya.


In Greek mythology, a minor class of female nature deities. They were usually associated with the fertile aspects of nature and with water. They were believed to be long-lived but not immortal. They were generally considered to be beneficent rather than destructive, and well disposed toward humans. The nymphs were commonly grouped into an array of subtypes: Oceanids (nymphs of the ocean), Nereids (sea nymphs), Naiads (freshwater nymphs), Dryads or Hamadryads (associated with forests and trees, particularly oak trees), Oreads (mountain nymphs), Napaeae (nymphs of valleys), among others. See also the entries under the individual subtypes.


Finnish god.


Australian totemic ancestor, the pigeon.


(Nux, Nox)

"Night". Greek goddess of night. Often regarded as little more than a personification of the night, particularly in Greek cosmogony. Also regarded as a primordial goddess derived from Chaos. Her power was said to be great, overwhelming even Zeus. She was the mother of a number of primordial gods or entities, such as Hemera (day), Aither (light, or heaven), Hypnos (sleep), and Thanatos (death).


(Nzambi Mpungu)

Great goddess of the Bakongo people of the Congo.


High god of the Fan people of the Congo.