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List of Gods : "Navaho"   (47 records)

NameOriginDescription

"Bikeh Hozho"
Navaho The personification of speech. Navaho
God name
"Dsahadoldza"
Navaho Fiery god of earth and water. Navaho
Deities name
"Dsahadoldza (fringe mouth)"
Navaho / USA Chthonic god of earth and water. A number of deities are known under this title. The priest impersonating the god has one side of his body painted red and the other side black. He wears a buckskin mask painted with a horizontal yellow band to represent the evening sky and eight vertical black stripes to represent Rain....
Goddess name
"Estsanatlehi"
Navaho Vegetative, fertility and creator sky goddess. Navaho
Goddess name
"Estsanatlehi (woman that changes)"
Navaho / USA Fertility goddess. Probably regarded as the most powerful deity in the Navaho pantheon, she has powers of endless self-rejuvenation. According to tradition, she was created from a small turquoise image into which life was infused through a ritual of the great gods and she is the sister of the goddess YOLKAI ESTAN. She is also the consort of the Sun god TSOHANOAI and the mother of the war god NAYENEZGANI. She is said to live in the west and is benevolent in nature, sending the gentle Rains of summer and the warm thawing winds of spring....
God name
"Ganaskidi"
Navaho God of harvest, plenty and mists Navaho
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"Ganaskidi (humpback)"
Navaho / USA God of harvests, plenty and of mists. He is said to live at Depehahatil, a canyon with many ruined cliff dwellings north of San Juan. According to tradition he is the apotheosis of a bighorn sheep. His priest wears a blue mask with no hair fringe but with a spruce crown and collar. He has a black bag on his back, filled out with a twig frame, that appears as a deformity, and he carries a staff....
Spirit name
"Glispa"
Navaho spirit who gave the healing chant to the people Navaho
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"Hastbaka"
Navaho Oldest male of the spirits Navaho
Spirit name
"Hastebaad"
Navaho Chief of the female spirits Navaho
Spirit name
"Hastehogan"
Navaho Chief male spirit of the house Navaho
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"Hastehogan"
Navaho / USA Chief house god. Also a god of farming identified with the west and the sky at Sunset. Regarded as a benevolent deity who aids mankind and cures disease. Believed to live in a cave system near San Juan. He also has a malevolent aspect in which he can cast evil spells. His priest wears a blue mask, at the bottom of which is a horizontal yellow band representing evening light, with eight vertical black strokes representing Rain. It is decorated with eagle and owl feathers....
God name
"Hastsbaka"
Navaho / USA Male elder of the gods. Otherwise of uncertain status. His priest wears a blue buckskin mask with a fringe of hair, a spruce collar and a scarlet loin cloth with a leather belt decorated with silver and with a fox pelt dangling from the back. He is otherwise naked and painted white. He holds a whitened gourd rattle, which may be decorated with spruce twigs, in his right hand, and a wand of spruce in his left hand. Also Yebaka....
Goddess name
"Hastsebaad"
Navaho / USA Chief of goddesses. She is involved in rites of exorcism and wields considerable influence. The six goddesses of the tribe all wear identical masks, and in ritual the part of the deity is played by a boy or small man wearing a mask which covers the entire head and neck, and who is almost naked but for an ornate scarf on the hips and a leather belt decorated with silver and with a fox pelt dangling behind. The skin is painted white....
Spirit name
"Hastseltsi"
Navaho Male spirit of racing. Navaho
God name
"Hastseltsi"
Navaho / USA God of racing. He organizes and oversees athletic races. The priest who impersonates him has to be a good runner and challenges others, using high-pitched squeaking calls. If the priest wins, the contender is whipped with a yucca scourge. If the contender wins, there is no penalty! A fastidious deity who avoids contact with any unclean objects. His ceremonial mask is a domino shape covering mouth and throat with white shells over the eyes and mouth....
Spirit name
"Hastseoltoi"
Navaho Female spirit of hunting Navaho
Goddess name
"Hastseoltoi"
Navaho / USA Goddess of hunting. She may be seen as the consort of the war god NAYENEZGANI. She carries two arrows, one in each hand, and wears a quiver and bow case. Navaho tradition dictates that no pictures are drawn of this deity.See also ARTEMIS....
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"Hastseyalti"
Navaho Talking God, God of the dawn and the eastern sky. Navaho
God name
"Hastseyalti (talking elder)"
Navaho / USA Chief of gods. Not regarded as a creator deity, but god of the dawn and the eastern sky. Also guardian of animals in the hunt and, possibly, of corn. Regarded as a benevolent deity who aids mankind and cures disease. He also has a malevolent aspect in which he can cast evil spells. His priest invokes him in a ceremonial dance wearing a white mask with a symbol consisting of a corn stalk with two ears. At the bottom is a horizontal yellow band representing evening light, with eight vertical black strokes representing Rain. Also Yebitsai....
Spirit name
"Hastsezini"
Navaho Male spirit of fire Navaho
Deities name
"Hastsezini"
Navaho / USA God of fire. A “black” god who is reclusive and generally apart from other deities. He is the inventor of fire and of the fire drill and board. His priest dresses in black and wears a black mask with white-bordered eye and mouth holes. The ceremonial fire drill is made from cedarwood....
Spirit name
"Hatdastsisi"
Navaho Benevolent male spirit who helps cure disease Navaho
God name
"Hatdastsisi"
Navaho / USA God. A benevolent deity, he cures disease through the medium of his priest, who flagellates the affected parts. His home is believed to be near Tsegihi in New Mexico. Sacrifices to Hatdastsisi are made up from reeds decorated with a design representing the blue yucca plant, which is buried in the earth to the east of the tribal lodge. His priest wears a buckskin mask decorated with owl feathers, and a spruce collar, but otherwise ordinary Navaho dress with white buckskin leggings....

"Iyatiku"
Pueblo / Navaho The mother of maize and humans. Pueblo / Navaho
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"Klehanoai (night-bearer)"
Navaho / USA moon god. According to tradition, he was created at the same primordial time as the dawn, from a crystal bordered with white shells. His face is said to be covered with sheet lightning and the sacred primeval waters. The moon disc is actually a shield behind which the god moves invisibly across the night sky. He is never impersonated or depicted. Also Tlehanoai....
Spirit name
"Koyote"
North American Indian Tutelary god. Recognized by several tribes, including the Navaho and Apache. He acts as a cult hero who intercedes with more remote creator spirits and teaches the Indian....
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"Koyote or Coyote"
Navaho At the time Coyote danced to make the corn grow, the story of the Great God Coyote commences. This is where Coyote first used his power given to him by the gods. At a Yeibache, ye'i·bicai, the people will dress up a poor man to look and act like Coyote. First Man told him to do many things. The other gods had the power, but they did not have the knowledge. First Man and First Woman were jealous of the others trying to grow corn and did not give them the knowledge to grow corn. They sent Coyote to go and make the corn grow. First Man and First Woman are themselves not to do such things, but they will have a hand in such things and send Coyote as their representative. Towards the end of the life of Coyote, he became almost mad with his power and it was taken from him because of this. Navaho
Goddess name
"Naeeeegaaei (slayer of alien gods)"
Navaho / USA God of war. The most powerful of the Navaho war gods. The son of the Sun god TSOHANOAI and the fertility goddess ESTSANATLEHI. According to tradition, he vanquished a race of giants who had nearly destroyed the human race. He is a benevolent god, ready to help mankind in times of trouble. He also cures diseases brought about through witchcraft. Said to live at the junction of two rivers in the San Juan valley, he is invoked by warriors preparing for battle. His priest wears a buckskin bag mask, painted black and adorned with five zigzag lightning streaks, the eye and mouth holes covered with white sea shells. He also wears a fox skin collar, a crimson cloth around the hips and a leather belt with silver ornamentation, but is otherwise naked. No depictions are made of this deity....
God name
"Nayenezgani"
Navaho The most powerful war god
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"Tienoltsodi"
Navaho He is the god of oceans & fresh water to, he controls all waters that fall on the earth but none of those in the heavens
God name
"Tienoltsodi"
Navaho / USA God of oceans and fresh water. He controls the waters which have fallen on earth, as distinct from those in the heavens, which are ruled by the Rain god TONENILI....
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"To'nenile"
Navaho God of Rain. Navaho
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"Tobadzistsini"
Navaho A Minor war god
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"Tobadzistsini"
Navaho God of war. Navaho
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"Tobadzistsini"
Navaho Child of water and son of Tsohanoai, the Sun god. Minor war god. Navaho
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"Tobadzistsini (child of the water)"
Navaho / USA war god. Considered younger and inferior to NAYENEZGANI, the chief war god of the Navaho. His mother conceived him through the magical power of a waterfall. His priest wears similar attire to that of Nayenezgani, but the mask is painted with red ocher except for a triangular black area bordered with white. It also has a fringe of yellow or red wool....
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"Toneili"
Navaho this is the Rain god in charge of all water from the skies
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"Tonenili"
Navaho Rain god the controls waters from the skies. Tonenili saved the people from the water monster Ticholtsodi. Navaho
God name
"Tonenili"
Navaho / USA Rain god. The so-called “lord of the celestial waters,” he controls the Rain from the skies as opposed to that of lakes, rivers and seas. He is said to scatter his waters to the four cardinal points and storm clouds begin to gather. He is also the water-carrier for the other gods in the pantheon. He wears a blue mask with a fringe of hair and a spruce collar, but is otherwise naked save for a scarlet loin-cloth and a leather belt with silver ornamentation and a fox skin dangling at the back. His attributes, in mythology only, are two wicker water-bottles, one blue and one black, whose strings are Rainbows....
God name
"Tsohanoai"
Navaho God of the Sun. Navaho
Supreme god name
"Tsohanoai (day bearer)"
Navaho / USA Sun god. Not regarded as a supreme god, Tsohanoai moves across the sky, invisible, behind the disc of the Sun, sa, which is his shield. His consort is the fertility goddess ESTSANATLEHI and he is the father of the war god NAYENEZGANI. He is also attributed with the creation of all the big game animals. He is thought to walk on a Rainbow and ride a blue steed. He is never depicted in art nor impersonated....
God name
"Yeba Ka"
Navaho Male leader of the gods Navaho
God name
"Yebaad"
Navaho Female leader of the gods Navaho

"Yeitso"
Navaho Child of the Sun, a giant in Navaho legend Navaho
Goddess name
"Yolkai Estan"
Navaho / USA Fertility goddess. The sister of the principal fertility goddess, ESTSANATLEHI, she was engendered by the gods, who gave life to an image made from white shells....
Goddess name
"Yolkai Estsan"
Navaho Goddess of war, the dawn, fire and the moon Navaho