The Beauty of Different Deities

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Throughout our recorded history, we can account for roughly 8 000 to 12 000 gods and goddesses who have been worshipped in different civilizations. Anthropologists however estimate that the number should be closer to 18 000 different gods, goddesses, and various animals or objects that humans have worshipped since our species first appeared.

Below I decided to just showcase some interesting deities from different times, through art, statues, drawings, or ancient artifacts. The concept of deities, having someone or in some cases, something to worship can be a fascinating one to ponder.

Let’s take a look at a few great examples below.

Aboriginal Gods: Narahdarn, Julunggul, Gnowee, Marmoo, Mamaragan, Altjira, Baiame, Daramulum

Hawaii Gods: Pele, B’ngudja, Kanaloa, Namaka, Haumea, Kane, Papa, Lono, Ku, Poliahu, Whiro

Celtic Gods: Cernunnos, Leir, Gwynn, Caber, Nuada, The Dagda, morrigan, The red lord, Cuchulain, Taranis, Niamh

Persian Gods: Atar, Asha, Vohu Manah, Armaiti, Mithra, Ameretat, Ahriman

Chinese Gods: Lei gong, Tian-mu, Guan yu, Shou-hsing, Yu Huang, Xi wangmu, Nezha, Kui Xing, Yen-lo wang, Zhu Rong

African Gods: Oya, Legba, Eschu, Ogun, Shango, Nana Buluku/Buruku, Anansi, Ezili, Damballah, Baron Samedi, Gorilla God

Slavic/Russian Gods: Mazana, Veles, Svarozvich, Laima, Svantovit, Svarog, Lada, Dazbog, Perun, Saule, Stribog, Milda

Mesopotamian Gods: Ningal, Saja, Ba’al, Marduk, Aqhat, Anu, Dagon, Tammuz, Inanna, Ereshkigal, Nergal

Finnish Gods: Nyyrikki, Tapio, Ahti, Ukko, Surma, Tuoni

Aztech Gods: Xipe totec, Quetzalcoatl, Tlaloc, Ozomatli, Xolotl

Indian/Hindu Gods: Indra, Kali, Ganesha, Brahma, Maya, Shiva, Vishnu, Ratri, Yama

Mayan Gods: Chaac, Ixchel, Itzamna, Hunab Ku, Wayep, Camazotz, Ahpuch

Egyptian Gods: Egypt had one of the most complex pantheons of any civilization. We are talking about hundreds of different gods and goddesses that were worshipped. There are a few that stood the test of time and that seem to be favoured slightly more.

These are Khonshu, Sobek, Bastet, Sekhmet, Thoth, Osiris, isis, Bes, Horus, Anubis, Seth, Ptah, and also Re.

Thank you for reading… #TheSomethingGuy #SouthAfrica #Blog

Shaun Zietsman

Blogger and Content Creator from Johannesburg, South Africa.

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