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God name "A'ra" Pre - Islamic northern Arabian Local tutelary god. Known from inscriptions at Bostra [near Damascus]. The name implies an altar or holy place, but its Arabic root also means to dye, suggesting that the altars were stained with the blood of sacrifices, probably children....
God name "ADAD (wind)" Mesopotamian / Babylonian - Akkadian weather god. His father is the supreme sky god ANU. He is described as a benevolent giver of life in the fields but is also a more violent storm god. His name in Akkadian cuneiform means “wind.” His animal is the bull. In human form he is depicted wearing horned headdress and tiered skirt or robe decorated with astral symbolism. He may carry a scimitar embellished with a single panther head and his symbol is the lightning fork often fixed upon a pair of pincers....
Spirit name "AKSOBHYA (imperturbable)" Buddhist / India The second dbyani buddba or meditation buddha. One of five mystic spiritual counterparts of a human buddha in Vajrayana Buddhism. Emanations include HERUKA, MANJUSRI, VAJRAPANI and a large number of minor names. See also AMITABHA, AMOGHASIDDHI, RATNASAMBHAVA and VAIROCANA....
Spirit name "AMITABHA" Buddhist / India The fourth dhyani buddha or meditation buddha. One of five mystic spiritual counterparts of a human buddha in Vajrayana Buddhism. Color: red. Attributes: lock of hair, lotus, monk's robe and water jar. Amitabha is also taken as a tutelary god in Lamaism [Tibet] in which case his attributes include bell, jewel and three monkish robes. Emanations include PADMAPANI, MANJUSRI and many other minor names. See also AKSOBHYA, AMOGHASIDDHI, RATNASAMBHAVA and VAIROCANA....
Spirit name "AMOGHASIDDHI" Buddhist / India The fifth dhyanibuddha or meditation buddha. One of five mystic spiritual counterparts of a human buddha in Vajrayana Buddhism. Color: green. Attributes: staff and sometimes seven-headed snake. Amoghasiddhi is also taken as a tutelary deity in Lamaism [Tibet] in which case his attributes include bell, three monkish robes and prayer wheel. Emanations include Visvapani and many other minor names. See also AKSOBHYA, AMITABHA, RATNASAMBHAVA and VAIROCANA....
Goddess name "ASERAH" Amorite, Canaanite,Phoenician, Lebanon, Syria Mother goddess. Aserah is the great mother goddess of Canaan. Known as “Lady Aserah of the sea,” she seems to have lived close by the place of IL, the Canaanite creator god, and is said to have had many sons. She is described as the “creatress of the gods” and the matron of a number of other goddesses who oversee the natural world. She is also ambiguous in her attitude to BAAL. She intercedes with Il when Baal wishes to build a palace of his own yet, when he is vanquished, she attempts to place one of her own offspring on the throne....
God name "ATUM" Egypt Sun god and creator god. Atum is generally represented in human form and often wears a crown which combines those of Upper and Lower Egypt. He is represented as various animals including the bull, lion, snake and lizard. Atum was regarded as the progenitor of the Egyptian pharaohs. Both Atum and Re are represented by a Divine black bull, Mnevis or Mer-wer, wearing the Sun disc and uraeus or snake between its horns. It acts as an intercessor between the Sun god and his priests in Heliopolis....
Goddess name "AVALOKITESVARA (merciful lord)" Buddhist / India Bodhisattva or buddhadesignate. One of the most important deities of the Mahayana sect of Buddhism. In Lamaism he is the tutelary god of Tibet. He equates with VIS NU in Hinduism and bears links with PADMAPANI. In cosmic mythology he is a creator deity. Color: white or red. Attributes: blue lotus, image of Amitabha (topmost pyramidal head), lotus, rosary, sword and water jar. NOTE: in Chinese Buddhism he is represented by the goddess Kuan-Tin, and in Japanese by KWANNON....
Ghost name "Aatxe" Basque A Basque ghost. He is a cave-dwelling divinity who adopts the form of a young red bull, but sometimes in the shape of a man. At night, more so in stormy weather, he arises from the hollow which is his lair, also known as Euskal Herria. He attacks criminals and other mean people. He also protects people by making them stay home when danger is near.
God name "Abassi" Efik The creator god of the Nigerian Efik people. On the suggestion of his wife Atai Abassi created the first humans; to prevent them from exceed his wisdom, he ordered the first humans to neither procreate nor labor. This prohibition lasted some time, but eventually the first couple did have children and work, for which crime Abassi slew them and set their children against each other.
God name "Abhijnaraja" Buddhist / Tibet A physician god. He is accounted among a series of Medicine buddhas and typically depicted with stretched earlobes, and color is red. Buddhist / Tibet
God name "Abhijnaraja" Buddhist - Lamaist / Tibet Physician god. Accounted among a series of SMAN-BLA (medicine buddhas). Typically depicted with stretched earlobes. Color: red....
Goddess name "Abhimukhi (friendly disposed)" Buddhist / Vajrayana Minor goddess. One of twelve deified BHUMIS recognized as different spiritual spheres through which a disciple passes. Color: yellow. Attributes: Book and staff....
God name "Acala" India / Buddhism This god is protector of of the teaching & defends temples
Goddess name "Acala (immovable)" Buddhist / Vajrayana (1) Minor goddess. One of twelve deified BHUMIS recognized as different spiritual spheres through which a disciple passes. Color: white. Attributes: staff on a lotus.(2) Tutelary god. Buddhist (Mahayana). Also a dikpala or guardian of the northeastern quarter. Color: blue. Attributes: jewel, lotus, staff and sword....
King name "Acala aka Achala" Buddhist / India Acala, is the best known of the Five Wisdom kings of the Womb Realm. Acala means "The Immovable One" in Sanskrit. Acala is also the name of the eighth of the ten stages of the path to buddhahood. Acala is the destroyer of delusion and the protector of Buddhism. Buddhist / India
Ghost name "Acheri" Indian They are the ghosts of little girls, who live on the tops of mountains but descend at night to hold their revels in more convenient places. Indian
"Acrasia" Britain Self-indulgence. An enchantress who lived in the "Bower of Bliss," situate in "Wandering Island" She transformed her lovers into monstrous shapes, and kept them captives. Sir Guyon having crept up softly, threw a net over her, and bound her in chains of adamant; then broke down her bower and burnt it to ashes. Britain.
King name "Acrisius" Greek A mythical king of Argos, and a son of Abas and Ocalea (or Aglaea, depending on the author). He quarrelled constantly with his twin brother Proetus, inventing bucklers in the process, and in the end expelled him to Tiryns.
"Adam was buried" Arabia According to Arabian tradition, on Aboucais, a mountain of Arabia.
Goddess name "Adhimukticarya" Buddhist Minor goddess and deified Bhumis Buddhist / Vajrayana
Goddess name "Adhimukticarya" Buddhist / Vajrayana Minor goddess. One of twelve deified BHUMIS recognized as different spiritual spheres through which a disciple passes. Color: red. Attributes: red lotus and staff....
Goddess name "Adhimuktivasita (control of confidence)" Buddhist Minor goddess. One of a group of twelve VASITAS or goddesses personifying the disciplines of spiritual regeneration. Color: white. Attribute: flower bud....
"Adibuddha" Buddhist Primeval Buddha Buddhist
"Adibuddha" Buddhist The primeval buddha, is believed to be the primordial cosmic force from which the five dhyanibuddhas arose. This is the embodiment of the concept of emptiness.
Deities name "Adibuddha (the primeval buddha)" Buddhist The original BUDDHA. The primordial force in the cosmos from whom the five DHYANIBUDDHAS arose. The embodiment of the concept of emptiness. He is considered by some authorities to be identical with Vaharaja and Vajrasattva. His image, sitting on a lotus leaf, is often carried by other Buddhist deities. Epithets include Svabhava (self-creating), Svayambhu (self-enlightened)....
"Adidharma" Buddhist the primeval law Buddhist / Lamaist
Goddess name "Adidharma (the primeval law)" Buddhist - Lamaist / Tibet Primordial goddess. Particularly worshiped in Lamaism, she is the SAKTI of ADIBUDDHA. Attributes: cup and knife....
Goddess name "Aditya (descendant of Aditi)" Hindu / Vedic / Puranic Collective name for Sun gods. These numbered six in Vedic times but later increased to twelve. The sons of the primordial goddess ADITI. Also an epithet for SURYA. Attributes: two or more lotuses....
God name "Adonai aka Ehyeh-Asher-Ehyeh" Jewish El, Elohim, Shaddai, Shalom, Yah, YHWH / YHWH Tzevaot, God. YHWH is often transliterated "Jehovah" or "Yahweh", but only by people outside of Jewish tradition.
God name "Adrammelech" Assyria God of the people of Sepharvaim, to whom infants were burnt in sacrifice (Kings xvii, 31). Probably the Sun.
"Aegis" Greek In Homer, is the shield or buckler of Zeus, fashioned for him by Hephaestus, furnished with tassels and bearing the Gorgon's head in the centre. Originally symbolic of the storm-cloud, it is probably derived from aisso, signifying rapid, violent motion.
"Aegisthus" Greek A son of Thyestes, who unwittingly begot him by his own daughter Pelopia. Immediately after his birth he was exposed, by his mother, but was found and saved by shepherds and suckled by a goat.
"Aeolus" Greece In the mythical history of Greece there are three personages of this name, who are spoken of by ancient writers as connected with one another, but this connexion is so confused, that it is impossible to gain a clear view of them.
Demon name "Aerial Demons" Greek One of the six classes of demons identified by medieval theologians. They roam through the air but remain close to human beings.
King name "Aethra" Greek A daughter of king Pittheus of Troezen. Bellerophon sued for her hand, but was banished from Corinth before the nuptials took place.
"Agaliarept" Greek A Grand General of Hell, commander of the second legion and possessed of the power to discover all secrets. He commands Buer, Guseyn, and Botis.
Spirit name "Agathos Daimon (good demon)" Greco - Roman God of fortune. Known locally from Alexandria and depicted in the form of a snake. May have originated as an androgynous fertility spirit, but later becomes identified as the consort of Agathe Tyche (see TYCHE). Libations were made regularly to this deity after meals and he was regarded as a friendly household guardian....
God name "Ah Ciliz" Mayan / Mesoamerican / Mexico God of solar eclipses. He is said to eat the Sun during an eclipse, but at other times attends upon the Sun god, serving him meals....
God name "Ah Kin" Mayan God of the Sun, who brings drought but protects man from the powers of evil associated with darkness Mayan
Goddess name "Ah Kin (he of the sun)" Mayan / Mesoamerican / Mexico Sun god. A deity of ambivalent personality, the young suitor of the moon goddess Acna, also the aged Sun god in the sky. He is feared as the bringer of drought, but also protects mankind from the powers of evil associated with darkness. Said to be carried through the underworld at night on the shoulders of the god Sucunyum. Ah Kin is prayed to at Sunrise and rituals include the burning of incense. He is invoked to cure illness and to bring wives to bachelors. Attributes include a square third eye subtended by a loop, a strong Roman nose, a squint and incisor teeth filed to a T-shape. Also Acan Chob (Lacandon); Chi Chac Chob; Kinich Ahau; God G....
God name "Ahriman" Zoroastrian / Farsi Per sian Chthonic god of darkness. The antagonist of AHURA MAZDA, god of light, and his attendant, MITHRA. The name is a modern derivation of the original Avestan title ANGRU MAINYU. Ahriman is said to have tried to persuade his attendant animals, including the scor pion, ant and snake, to drink the blood of the bull slain by Mithra in the primeval legend of dualistic conflict (see Mithra); if he had succeeded he would have prevented life from forming on earth. In another legend he tried to thwart Ahura Mazda by sending a flood to destroy the world. Also recog nized in Roman Mithraism. Rituals included ani mal sacrifice. Also ARIMANIUS (Roman)....
Supreme god name "Ai Apaec" Mochica Indian / pre - Columbian South America / northern coast of Peru Supreme god. Probably originated as a jaguar god but came to rule the destinies of the world. He was thought to live like ordinary people and could reveal himself as man or god at will. He is depicted in anthropomorphic form, but with huge fangs and a cat-like wrinkled face with whiskers coming from his nose. He received sacrificial victims hurled from the top of a high cliff....
Goddess name "Aibell" Ireland Goddess of Munster whose legends were almost lost until she was 'demoted' to a faery queen. She had in her possession a magickal harp which did her bidding, but which human ears could not hear or else the eavesdropper would soon die. She was associated with stones and leaves. Ireland
Goddess name "Aife aka Aoife" Ireland / Scotland Goddess and queen of the Isle of Shadow. She ran a school for warriors, but her school was less successful than her sister, Scathach's, school. Aife was not vulnerable to magic, and commanded a legion of fierce horsewomen. She stole an alphabet of knowledge from the deities to give to humankind. For that infraction, she was transformed into a crane by the elder deities. Ireland / Scotland
Ghost name "Airi" Indian The ghost of someone who killed in hunting. Those who see him face to face are burnt by the flash of his eye, or are torn to pieces by his dogs, or have their livers extracted and eaten by the fairies who accompany him. Indian
God name "Aizen-Myo-o" Japan / Shinto The god of love and lust. Originally a Hindu deity, Ragaraja, Aizen Myo-o became part of Buddhism, and Kobo Daishi Kukai transmitted the teaching of him to Japan. Japan / Shinto
Goddess name "Ajaya" Buddhist Minor goddess Buddhist / Mahayana
Goddess name "Ajaya (invincible)" Buddhist / Mahayana Minor goddess. An attendant of BUDDHAKAPALA....
"Akasagarbha" Buddhist / India Bodhisattva one of the eight great bodhisattvas. His name can be translated as "boundless space treasury" or "void store" as his wisdom is said to be boundless as space itself. He is sometimes known as the twin brother of the "earth store" bodhisattva Ksitigarbha. In Japan he is known as Kokuzo. Buddhist / India
Spirit name "Akasagarbha (essence of tbe sky)" Buddhist / Mahayana / / Lamaist / Tibet Astral god. One of the BODHISATTVAS or spiritual meditation buddhas. He lives in the “womb of the sky.” Color: green. Attributes: Book, jewel, lotus and Sun disc. Also Khagarbha. In Japanese Buddhism this deity becomes the god Kokuzo....
God name "Akelos" Greek River god. The son of OKEANOS and TETHYS. According to mythology he was a rival suitor for Deianeira who became the wife of HERAKLES. He was the consort of Melpomene and his daughters were allegedly the sirenes. A river of the same name runs into the Ionian Sea. Attributes include bull horns. Also Achlae (Etrurian)....
"Aksayajnana-Karmanda" Buddhist 1 of the 12 Dharnis & the deification of literature
"Aksayajnana-Karmanda (undecaying knowledge of Karma)" Buddhist Deification of literature. One of a group of twelve DHARANIS. Color: red. Attributes: basket with jewels, and staff....
"Aksobhya" Buddhist 'immovable' or 'imperturbable' - is the name given to a Buddha who is said to reside in the eastern Paradise of Abhirati. Buddhist
"Alcidameia" Greek A wife of Hermes and mother to Bunus.
"Alcippe" Greek Daughter of Ares and Agraulos, the daughter of Cecrops. Halirrhothius, the son of Poseidon, intended to violate her, but was surprised by Ares, and killed, for which Poseidon bore a grudge against Ares. (Apollodorus iii.)
"Alcyoneus or Alcion" Argonautica Jupiter sent Hercules against him for stealing some of the Sun's oxen. But Hercules could not do anything, for immediately the giant touched the earth he received fresh strength. At length Pallas carried him beyond the moon. His seven daughters were metamorphosed into halcyons. Argonautica
"Aldebaran" Arabian The Sun in Arabian mythology. In astronomy, the star called the Bull's eye in the constellation Taurus.
God name "Almaqah" Pre - Islamic southern Arabian Tutelary astral god. Worshiped by the Saba tribe, his sacred animal is the bull. Attributes include lightning bolts and a sinuate weapon....
"Aloeidae" Greek Aloiadae, Aloadae, are patronymic forms from Aloeus, but are used to designate the two sons of his wife Iphimedeia by Poseidon: viz. Otus and Ephialtes.
Goddess name "Alpanu" Etruscan Chthonic underworld goddess. Depicted wearing jewels, a loose cloak and sandals but otherwise naked. Also arguably a goddess of sexual love....
God name "Aluelp" Greek An Indian nymph, who was passionately loved by Dionysus, but could not be induced to yield to his wishes, until the god changed himself into a tiger, and thus compelled her by fear to allow him to carry her across the river Sollax, which from this circumstance received the name of Tigris. Greek
Goddess name "Ama-arhus" Mesopotamian / BabylonianAkkadian Fertility goddess. Mentioned in texts as being among the pantheon at Uruk in Hellenistic times but also found as an earlier manifestation of the god GULA. Also Arad-Ama-arhus, Amat-Ama-arhus....
Goddess name "Amaunet (the hidden one)" Egypt / Upper Fertility goddess. Amaunet seems to have a taken a role as an early consort of AMUN, one of the eight deities of the OGDOAD and representing hidden power. In that context she is depicted anthropomorphically but with the head of a snake. She is shown in reliefs and as the subject of a notable statue from the Record Hall of Tuthmosis III at the Karnak complex of Thebes, where she was recognized as a benign protective deity especially called on at times of royal accession. As a fertility goddess she was largely eclipsed by the goddess MUT. She is sometimes equated with NEITH, the creator goddess of Sais, and her attributes may include the red crown of the Delta....
God name "Ambisagrus aka Bussumarus" Britain Originally from Gaul, where his Celtic identity was lost during the Roman takeover where he took all the characteristics of the Roman God Jupiter. weather deity who controlled the Rain, wind, hail and fog. Britain
Deity name "Ambisagrus/ Bussumarus" Britain The weather deity
God name "Ambrosia" Greek In ancient mythology, Ambrosia is sometimes the food, sometimes the drink, of the gods. The word has generally been derived from Greek a- ("not") and mbrotos ("mortal"); hence the food or drink of the immortals. Thetis anointed the infant Achilles with ambrosia and passed the child through the fire to make him immortal - a familiar Phoenician custom - but Peleus, appalled, stopped her.
"Amdusias" Greek Aka Amduscias, governs twenty-nine legions. His true form is as a unicorn, but appears as human form when summoned.
Deity name "Ame-No-Toko-Tachi-No-Kami" Japan heavenly deity, the fifth deity formed, who is interpreted as "Eternal Law, which is formless, but acts upon existing matter." Japan / Shinto
Deities name "Ame-No-Toko-Tachi-No-Kami" Shinto / Japan Primordial being. The fifth of the deities to emerge in the heavens, named in both the sacred texts of Shintoism, the Kojiki and Nihongi, but probably strongly influenced by Chinese religion. Born from a reed floating in the primeval waters. See also UMASHI-ASHI-KABI-HIKO-JI-NO-KAMI....
God name "Ame-Waka-Hiko (heavenly young prince)" Shinto / Japan God. According to tradition he was sent to earth on a vital mission but became preoccupied with a number of mortal women, forgot his purpose and did not report back to heaven. His punishment was to be slain by an arrow fired from the “heavenly true deer bow.”...
Deity name "Amida" Buddhist / Japan A primordial deity
Deity name "Amida" Buddhist / Japanese Primordial deity. The Japanese equivalent of AMITABHA recognized from the eleventh and twelfth centuries AD....
"Amida-Nyorai" Buddhist / Japan Presides over the Pure Land of the Western Paradise, the Japanese people turned to him at their moment of death. Buddhist / Japan
"Amitabha" Buddhist / India A celestial buddha described in the scriptures of the Mahayana school of Buddhism. According to these scriptures, Amitabha possesses infinite merits resulting from good deeds over countless past lives as a bodhisattva named Dharmakara. Buddhist / India
God name "Amithba" Buddhist / India The boddhisattva of 'infinite light'. Amithba represents the primordial, self-existent Buddha. This god was born from a lotus and ceaselessly stretches out aid to the weak and faltering. Amithba became a popular way of salvation for many Buddhists because he was the archetype of compassion, gentle and easygoing.
Goddess name "Amma (2)" Dogon / Mali, West Africa Creator god. He first created the Sun by baking a clay pot until it was white hot and coiling a band of copper around it eight times. He created the moon in similar fashion but used brass. Black people were created from Sunlight and white from moonlight. Later, having circumcised the earth goddess, whose clitoris was an anthill, he impregnated her and produced the first creature, a jackal. Next he fertilized her with Rain to engender plant life and finally became the father of mankind....
"Amogahasiddhi" Buddhist The fifth meditation Buddha
"Amoghapasa" Buddhist Brings believers hope and tranquility. Amoghapasa has four pairs of arms. One pair is held with palms together in a prayerful attitude. Some are raised, others are held slightly away from the body. The hands may be in symbolic positions called mudra or may hold symbolic articles like a lotus blossom, symbol of compassion; a monk's staff; a whisk representing the brushing away of earthly cares; and the lasso. Buddhist
God name "Amoghapasa" Buddhist God. A variety of AVALOKITESVARA, depicted with one head and six, eight or twenty hands. Attributes: arrow, bell, lotus, noose, prayer wheel, rosary, staff and tiger skin....
Spirit name "Amoghasiddhi" Buddhist Fifth meditation Buddha. He is one of five mystic spiritual counterparts of the human buddha in Vajrayana Buddhism; a product of Adibuddha who represents the branch of the cosmos concerned with consciousness. Buddhist
God name "Amotken" Salish Creator god of the Salish, a kind, elderly man who lives alone in heaven. He created five women from five hairs from his head and asked them what they wanted to be. Each gave him a different answer: wickedness and cruelty, goodness, mother of the earth, fire, water. Amotken did as they asked and declared that wickedness would rule earth for a time, but goodness would win in the end.
"Anantamukhi" Buddhist 1 of the 12 Dharnis
"Anantamukhi (with the face of Ananta)" Buddhist Deification of literature. One of a group of twelve DHARANIS. Color: green. Attributes: staff and water jar with treasure....
Goddess name "Anat in Mesopotamia" Akkadian In Akkadian the form one would expect ‘Anat to take would be Antu earlier Antum. This would also be the normal femanine form that would be taken by Anu, the Akkadian form of An 'Sky', the Sumerian god of heaven. Antu appears in Akkadian texts mostly as a rather colorless consort of Anu, the mother of Ishtar in the Gilgamesh story, but is also identified with the northwest Semitic goddess ‘Anat of essentially the same name. It is unknown whether this is an equation of two originally separate goddesses whose names happened to fall together or whether ‘Anat's cult spread to Mesopotamia where she came to be worshippped as Anu's spouse because the Mesopotamia form of her name suggested she was a counterpart to Anu.
Goddess name "Andjety" Egypt / Lower Chthonic underworld god. Minor deity in anthropomorphic form known from the Pyramid Texts. Identified with the ninth nome (district). Responsible for rebirth in the afterlife and regarded as a consort of several fertility goddesses. He was revered at Busiris where he clearly heralded the cult of Osiris. Attributes: high conical crown (similar to the atef crown of Osiris) decorated with two tall plumes, crook and flail. In early Pyramid Texts, the feathers are replaced by a bicornuate uterus.See also Osiris....
God name "Anextiomarus" Roman / Celtic / British Local tribal deity. God of uncertain affinities but linked with APOLLO....
Goddess name "Angerona" Roman Goddess of anguish, secrecy, silence and the Winter solstice. According to one class of passages she is the goddess of anguish and fear, that is, the goddess who not only produces this state of mind, but also relieves men from it. Roman
"Angurvadel" Norse Frithiof's sword, inscribed with Runic letters, which blazed in time of war, but gleamed with a dim light in time of peace. Norse
Spirit name "Anjea" Australasia Animistic fertility spirit. Known to tribesmen on the Pennefather River, queensland, Australia and believed to place mud babies in the wombs of pregnant women. The grandmother of a newly born infant buried the afterbirth, which was collected by Anjea and kept in a hollow tree or some such sanctuary until the time came to instill it into another child in the womb....
Goddess name "Anna Kuari" India / Oraon Local vegetation goddess who can give good crops and make a man rich, but to induce her to do so it is necessary to offer human sacrifices. India / Oraon
Goddess name "Anshur/ Ashur/ Asshur" Assyria Not only be goddess of the Sun, but it was the that killed the dragon of chaos during creation
"Anteros" Greek (Anterôs) was the son of Ares and Aphrodite, given to his brother Eros, who was lonely, as a playmate. He is the personification of unrequited love and punisher of those who scorn love, and is depicted as similar to Eros in every way, but with long hair and butterfly wings. The term was also used for the love which arises in the beloved boy in a pederastic relationship.
"Anteros" Greek / Etruscan The son of Ares and Aphrodite in Greek mythology, given to his brother Eros, who was lonely, as a playmate. He is the personification of unrequited love and punisher of those who scorn love, and is depicted as similar to Eros in every way, but with long hair and butterfly wings. Greek / Etruscan
"Antheia" Greek The blooming, or the friend of flowers, a surname of Hera, under which she had a temple at Argos. Before this temple was the mound under which the women were buried who had come with Dionysus from the Aegean islands, and had fallen in a contest with the Argives and Perseus. Antheia was used at Gnossus as a surname of Aphrodite. Greek
God name "Antiope" Greece A daughter of Nycteus and Polyxo or of the river god Asopus in Boeotia. She became by Zeus the mother of Amphion and Zethus, Dionysus threw her into a state of madness on account of the vengeance which her sons had taken on Dirce. In this condition she wandered about through Greece, until Phocus, the grandson of Sisyphus, cured and married her. She was buried with Phocus in one common tomb.
Goddess name "Anunnaki" Mesopotamian / Sumerian / Babylonian - Akkadian Children and courtiers of the god of heaven. Known from at least 2500 BC until circa 200BC (in Babylon). The Anunnaki originate as chthonic fertility deities but later feature as the seven fearsome judges of the underworld who answer to Kur and ERES KIGAL and who are responsible for passing sentences of death including that placed on the goddess INANA. They are often closely identified with the IGIGI....
God name "Anzety" Egypt God and king of Busiris. Egypt
Goddess name "Aparajita" Buddhist Minor god / goddess Buddhist / Mahayana
Goddess name "Aparajita" Buddhist / Mahayana A minor god / goddess
Goddess name "Aparajita (unconquered)" Hindu / Puranic (1) God. One of the eleven EKADASARUDRAS or forms of RUDRA. Attributes: bell, bowl, club, drum, hook, lance, lotus, prayer wheel, rod, rosary, shield, sword and trident.(2) Minor god. Buddhist (Mahayana). (3) Goddess. Hindu (Puranic). Form of DURGA. Her attendant animal is a lion. Attributes: arrow, shield, snake and sword. 4. Goddess. Buddhist (Mahayana). She stands or treads on the god GANESA. Color: yellow. Attributes: bell, hook, image of RATNASAMBHAVA, noose and staff....
God name "Apis" Egyptian Apis the Bull of Memphis, is called the greatest of gods, and the god of all nations, while others regard him more in the light of a symbol of some great divinity. Egyptian
King name "Apis" Greek A son of Phoroneus by the nymph Laodice, and brother of Niobe. He was king of Argos, established a tyrannical government and called Peloponnesus after his own name but he was killed in a conspiracy headed by Thelxion and Telchin. Greek
God name "Aplu" Etruscan weather god. No cult is identifiably addressed to this deity. He is depicted partly cloaked and wearing a laurel leaf, but otherwise naked. Attributes include a staff and laurel twig....
God name "Aqhat" Phonecian Mortal and hero, handsome and favoured of the gods, who gave him a Divine bow. Anat coveted it and had her henchman Yatpan kill him for it, but the bow was destroyed in the act. Phonecian
Goddess name "Arachne" Greek A Lydian maiden who challenged Athena to a weaving contest. Arachne produced a piece of cloth as and Athena could find no fault with it, she tore the work to pieces, and Arachne in despair hung herself. The goddess loosened the rope and saved her life, but the rope was changed into a cobweb and Arachne herself into a spider, the animal most odious to Athena. Greek
"Araethyrea" Greek A daughter of Aras, an autochthon who was believed to have built Arantea, the most ancient town in Phliasia. She had a brother called Aoris, and is said to have been fond of the chase and warlike pursuits. When she died, her brother called the country of Phliasia after her Araethyrea.
God name "Arapacana" Buddhist God. Buddhist
Deities name "Arapacana" Buddhist God. A BODHISATTVA or spiritual meditation buddha. Originally a DHARANI of MANJUSRI who became deified. Accompanied by four minor deities. Also a collective name for the five buddhas. Color: yellow or red. Attributes: standing wearing a monkish garment and carrying Book and sword....
Goddess name "Arcismati (brilliant)" Buddhist / Vajrayana Minor goddess. One of several deified BHUMIS recognized as different spiritual spheres through which a disciple passes. Color: green. Attributes: blue lotus and staff....
"Ardalus" Greek A son of Hephaestus who was said to have invented the flute, and to have built a sanctuary of the Muses at Troeze who derived from him the surname Ardalides Ardaliotides
God name "Ardhanari(svara) (the lord being half woman)" Hindu / Puranic God. The god SI IVA combined with his SAKTI as a single being. His attendant animal is the bull. In iconography the left side of the image is female and the right male. A tutelary deity of eunuchs in India. Attributes: (right side) blue lotus, cup, hatchet, lute, moon disc, pestle, skin, sword and trident; (left side) ax, mirror, noose, pitcher, rosary, sacred rope and trident. May appear as three-headed. Also Ammaiappan (Tamil); Naranari....
King name "Areithous" Greek king of Arne in Ioeotia, and husband of Philomedusa, is called in the Iliad vii the club, because he fought with no other weapon but a club. He fell by the hand of the Arcadian Lycurgus, who drove him into a narrow defile, where he could not make use of his club.
Hero name "Argus" Greek A beast and son of Arestor with a hundred eyes of which he could only close two at a time. He was placed by Juno to guard Io, whom Jupiter had changed into a heifer. But Mercury, who was sent to carry her off, managed to surprise and kill Argus whereupon Juno transfered his eyes to the tail of a peacock, her favourite bird. In Greek mythology, Argus was the name of the builder of the Argo, the ship that carried the hero Jason in his quest for the Golden Fleece.
Goddess name "Arinna (sun goddess)" Hittite / Hurrian Solar deity. May have taken androgynous form, but also identified as the consort of the weather god TESUB. Probably the head of the Hittite state pantheon. There is little detail because the religious center of Arinna is knownonly from texts. The Sun goddess was also perceived to be a paramount chthonic or earth goddess. She becomes largely syncretized with the Hurrian goddess HEBAT....
"Arishta" Hindu A Daitya, and a son of Bali, who attacked Krishna in the form of a savage bull and was slain by him. Hindu
"Aristaeus" Greece An ancient divinity worshipped in various parts of Greece, as in Thessaly, Ceos, and Boeotia, but especially in the islands of the Aegean, Ionian, and Adriatic seas, which had once been inhabited by Pelasgians. He is described either as a son of Uranus and Ge, or according to a more general tradition, as the son of Apollo by Cyrene, the grand-daughter of Peneius.
God name "Arjuna (silvery)" Hindu / Vedic, Epic / Puranic Heroic god. Arjuna appears in the Mahabharata epic. One of the princely sons of the mythical Pandu family, his father is INDRA. He generally appears with the warrior god BHIMA. Allegedly responsible for requesting VIS'NU to take his VISVARUPA form but also identified as a minor incarnation or avatara of Vis'nu. Attributes: usually depicted bearing a bow received from AGNI the fire god, but may also appear carrying a sword and shield. Also NARA....
Goddess name "Armkis [Greek]" Egypt / Upper Birth goddess. Minor deity with cult centers in lower Nubia and at Elephantine. She is variously the daughter of RE, and of KHNUM and SATIS. Anukis lives in the cataracts of the Lower Nile. Her portrait appears in the Temple of Rameses II at Beit-et-Wali where she suckles the pharaoh, suggesting that she is connected with birth and midwifery, but she also demonstrates a malignant aspect as a strangler (see HATHOR). Her sacred animal is the gazelle. Depicted anthropomorphically wearing a turban (modius) with ostrich feathers. Also Anuket (Egyptian)....
Goddess name "Arthapratisamvit" Buddhist Goddess of logical analysis. Buddhist
Goddess name "Arthapratisamvit" Buddhist / Vajrayana Goddess of logical analysis. One of a group of four. Color: green. Attributes: jewel and noose....
Goddess name "Arya-Tara" Buddhist The Noble Liberator Goddess Buddhist
Goddess name "Arya-Tara (the honorable Tara)" Buddhist Goddess. The SAKTI of AMOGHASIDDHI. Her name is often abbreviated to TARA and she originates from the TAM bija or seed. Color: green. Attributes: green lotus and staff. Also VASYA-TARA....
Deities name "Aryaman" Hindu One of the early Vedic deities (devas). His name literally means a bosom friend, but is often confused as "the protector of the Aryans" Hindu / Vedic
Goddess name "Asase Yaa" Ashanti / Ghana, West Africa Chthonic fertility goddess. A major deity revered over a wide area of Akanand Fante-speaking Ghana. She has no temples or priests but days (Thursdays) are set aside in her honor and no ploughing is permitted. By tradition a farmer sacrifices a cockerel to her each year to ensure a good harvest, sprinkling the blood on the ground. As the womb of the earth, she represents the goddess of the dead and she is also goddess of truth. Also Asase Efua (Fante)....
God name "Asclepius" Greek Or Aesculapius, the god of the medical art. In the Homeric poems Aesculapius does not appear to be considered as a divinity, but merely as a human being. No allusion is made to his descent, and he is merely mentioned as the the father of Machaon and Podaleirius.
"Asia" Greek 1. A surname of Athena in Colchis. Her worship was believed to have been brought from thence by Castor and Polydeuces to Laconia, where a temple was built to her at Las. 2. A daughter of Oceanus and Tethys, who became by Japetus the mother of Atlas, Prometheus, and Epimetheus. (Theogony of Hesiod 359.) According to some traditions the continent of Asia derived its name from her.
Goddess name "Asnan" Mesopotamian / Sumerian / Babylonian - Akkadian vegetation goddess. Minor deity probably known to the Sumerians from circa 3500BC or earlier. She is concerned with the abundance of grain in the fields, sent as its protectress by the gods ENLIL and ENKI. According to creation accounts, she and the cattle god LAHAR were first intended to serve the needs of the Annunaki, the celestial children of AN, but when the heavenly creatures were found unable to make use of their products, humankind was created to provide an outlet for their services. Attributes: ears of corn sprouting from her shoulders....
God name "Asokottamasri" Buddhist Physician god Buddhist / Tibet
God name "Asokottamasri (the great beauty of Asoka)" Buddhist - Lamaist / Tibet Physician god. Accounted among one of a series of Medicine buddhas or SMAN-BLA in Lamaism. Typically depicted with stretched earlobes. Color: red....
"Astraeus" Greek A Titan and son of Crius and Eurybia. By Eos he became the father of the winds Zephyrus, Boreas, and Notus, Eosphorus (the morning star), and all the stars of heaven. (Theogony 376) Ovid ( Metamorphoses xiv) calls the winds fratres Astraei, which does not mean that they were brothers of Astraeus, but brothers through Astraeus, their common father.
"Atabyrius" Greek A surname of Zeus derived from mount Atabyris or Atabyrion in the island of Rhodes, where the Cretan Althaemenes was said to have built a temple to him.
Goddess name "Atars'amain (morning star of heaven)" Pre - Islamic northern / central Arabian Astral deity of uncertain gender. Worshiped particularly by the Is”amme tribe, but revered widely among other Arabs. Known from circa 800 BC and identified in letters of the Assyrian kings Es”arhaddon and Assurbanipal. May be synonymous with the Arab goddess ALLAT whose cult was centered on Palmyra....
Goddess name "Atete" Kafa / Ethiopia, northeastern Africa Fertility goddess. She was assimilated into the Christian cult of the Virgin Mary, but is probably the subject of an ancient fertility rite performed by women who collect various sacred plants and throw them into the river. The festival is known as Astar yo Mariam (Epiphany of Mary)....
"Athena" Greek One of the great divinities of the Greeks. Homer calls her a daughter of Zeus, without any allusion to her mother or to the manner in which she was called into existence, while most of the later traditions agree in stating that she was born from the head of Zeus. According to the Theogony of Hesiod, Metis, the first wife of Zeus, was the mother of Athena, but when Metis was pregnant with her, Zeus, on the advice of Gaea and Uranus, swallowed Metis up, and afterwards gave birth himself to Athena, who sprang from his head.
God name "Attar" Western Semitic God of the morning star. In Canaanite legend, he attempts to usurp the dead BAAL but proves inadequate to fill the god's throne. In semi-arid regions of western Asia where irrigation is essential, he was sometimes worshiped as a Rain god. His female counterpart is the Phoenician ASTARTE. Also probably identified as Dhu-S amani in more southerly regions....
Goddess name "Atugan" Mongolia The goddess of earth & the source of all life whose power is beyond understanding but can be bestowed
"Auditors of Reality" Discworld Supernatural entities and celestial bureaucrats. They make sure that gravity works, file the appropriate paperwork for each chemical reaction, and so forth. Discworld
God name "Aura" Greek A daughter of Lelas and Periboea, was one of the swift-footed companions of Artemis. She was beloved by Dionysus, but fled from him, until Aphrodite, at the request of Dionysus, inspired her with love for the god.
"Avalokitesvara" Buddhist The Buddhist epitome of mercy and compassion. When Avalokitesvara attained to supreme consciousness, he chose not to pass into nirvana, but vowed to stay behind as the succor of the afflicted. He was filled with compassion, karuna, for the sufferings of the living, which he sought to bring to enlightenment. He was represented as a handsome young man holding a lotus flower in his hand who wore a picture of Amithaba in his hair. His female consort was Tara, also known as Pandaravasini, 'clad in white'.
Goddess name "Axo-Mama" South American Indian / Peru Goddess of potato crops. A model of this minor deity was made out of parts of the plant as a harvest fetish and kept for a year before being burned in a ritual to ensure a good potato harvest....
Goddess name "Ayaba" Fon / Benin, West Africa Hearth goddess. The sister of LOKO, god of the trees, whose wood is burned in the home to cook food....
Goddess name "Ayurvasita" Buddhist Minor goddess, one of twelve vasitas. Buddhist
Goddess name "Ayurvasita (control of life)" Buddhist Minor goddess. One of a group of twelve VASITAS or goddesses personifying the disciplines of spiritual regeneration. Color: whitish red. Attributes: image of Amidabuddha and jewel....
Spirit name "Azi" Buryat red headed earth spirits that like human company, they appreciate eloquence, musical talent, tobacco, tea, & of all & reward models that please them. Those that irritate them forfeit their souls
Spirit name "Azi" Buryat Red headed earth spirits who like human company, they appreciate eloquence, musical talent, tobacco, tea, and of all and reward models who please them. Those who irritate them forfeit their souls Buryat
God name "Azrael" Christian Also known as the Great Attractor and the death of Universes, is apparently not a worshipped god on the Discworld, but he exists nonetheless, and is an entity of enormously unthinkable scope and size.
Goddess name "BAAL (lord)" Western Semitic / Canaanite / northern Israel, Lebanon / later Egypt vegetation deity and national god. Baal may have originated in pre-agricultural times as god of storms and Rain. He is the son of DAGAN and in turn is the father of seven storm gods, the Baalim of the Vetus Testamentum, and seven midwife goddesses, the SASURATUM. He is considered to have been worshiped from at least the nineteenth century BC. Later he became a vegetation god concerned with fertility of the land. From the mid-sixteenth century BC in the Egyptian New kingdom, Baal enjoyed a significant cult following, but the legend of his demise and restoration was never equated with that of OSIRIS. In the Greco-Roman period, Baal became assimilated in the Palestine region with ZEUS and JUPITER, but as a Punic deity [Carthage] he was allied with SATURNUS, the god of seed-sowing....
Deity name "BES" Egypt Guardian deity of women in labor. A dwarfish and hideous, but essentially benign deity whose ugliness wards off evil. He is generally present at births exerting a protective influence. Bes appears with a large-bearded and barely human face, a thick body, short arms and short bandy legs....
God name "BUDDHA" Buddhist / India The founder of Buddhism. The deity is regarded as having been an historical figure, born at Kapilavastu near Gorakhpur. He died at Kusinagara in circa 486 BC. His father was SUDDHODANA of the Sakya clan, his mother was MAYA and his wife YASODHARA. Buddha is, in certain respects, the equal of the Hindu god VIS NU. H...
Spirit name "Ba (2)" Egypt / Lower Ram god. A fertility deity from early in Egyptian religion invoked particularly at Mendes. In a later cult, the name ba comes to represent the spirituality of a deity, often represented in an animal, e.g. the bull, or the mortal manifestation of a god as pharaoh....
Deities name "Baa! Samin (lord of heaven)" Western Semitic / Phoenician Head of the pantheon. Probably originated in Canaanite culture as a god of Rain and vegetation, but became extensively revered in places as far apart as Cyprus and Carthage. Epithets include “bearer of thunder.” Baal Samin is first mentioned in a fourteenth century BC treaty between the Hittite king Suppiluliuma and Nigmadu II of Ugarit. He had a major sanctuary at Byblos, according to inscription, “built by Yehemilk.” Josephus confirms that his cult existed at the time of Solomon. At Karatepe his name appears at the head of a list of national deities and on Seleucid coinage he is depicted wearing a half-moon crown and carrying a radiate Sun disc. Other epithets include “lord of eternity” and he may also have been god of storms at sea, a patron deity of mariners. By Hellenic times he equated with ZEUS in the Greek pantheon and the Romans identified him as Caelus (sky). Also Baal-Samem....
Goddess name "Baba" Mesopotamian / Sumerian / Babylonian - Akkadian Fertility goddess. Locally worshiped in Lagas, where Gudea built her a temple. Also Bau....
"Bacchis" Egyptian A sacred bull which changed its colour every hour of the day. Egyptian
God name "Bacchus" Greek The youthful, beautiful, but effeminate god of wine. He is also called both by Greeks and Romans Dionysus.
Supreme god name "Bagisht" Kafir / Afghanistan God of flood waters and prosperity. The son of the supreme goddess DISANI, conceived when she was raped from behind by an obscure demonic entity in the shape of a ram who violated her while she was milking cows by a lakeside. Bagisht is said to have been born in the current of the Prasun river whereupon the turbulent waters became smooth-flowing and parted to allow the infant to reach the bank. There seem to have been no elaborate sanctuaries but rather an abundance of simple shrines always placed close to water. The god was celebrated at the main festivals of the Kafir agricultural year and received sacrificial portions of meat. Also Opkulu....
"Baiamai" Australia He is considered by some to be the creator. Others believe he created his son, Burambin, who then created the world. Australia
Goddess name "Bala (girl)" Hindu (1) Mother goddess. (Epic and Puranic). Of vague affinity but generally of youthful appearance. Seated upon a lotus throne. Attributes: Book and rosary. 2. Messenger goddess. Jain [India]. One of the twenty-four SASANADEVATAS....
Spirit name "Balaparamita (perfection of strength)" Buddhist Philosophical deity. One of a group of twelve PARAMITAS. spiritual offspring of RATNASAMBHAVA. Color: red. Attributes: Book and banner with jewel....
Deity name "Balaparmita" Buddhist Philosophical deity. Buddhist
Goddess name "Balarama (strength of Rama)" Hindu / Epic / Puranic Incarnation of the god VIS'NU. May have originated in Vedic times as an agricultural fertility deity. He is the son of VASUDEVA and DEVAKI, though born from the womb of ROHINI. Jointly with KRSNA (his brother), he is identified as the eighth avatara (incarnation) of Vis'nu, or, with RAMA, as the seventh. Legend describes how Vis'nu impregnated the belly of the goddess Devaki with two hairs, one black, one white. To ensure their safety against a demon king, they were transferred before birth to Rohini. Krsna grew to be dark-skinned, and Balarama light. The latter enjoys similar characteristics to Krsna but fails to attract the same popularity. He is usually depicted on the right side of Krsna, rarely standing alone. The consort of Balarama is REVATI and his sons are Nisatha and Ulmuka. Epithets included Ananda (joy). In Jainism he is known as Baladeva. Attributes: arrow, club, drinking cup, fan palm, honey pot, lotus, pestle, pitcher, plough, prayer wheel, shield and sword....
God name "Bali" Hindu He was a Hindu god of the sky, but Vishnu took his power from him, casting him to the underworld where he would rule instead.
Spirit name "Bali Penyalong" Borneo The beneficent supreme being who is never addressed without the slaughter of one or more pigs, and also that no domestic pig is ever slaughtered without being charged beforehand with some message or prayer to him, which its spirit may carry up to him. But the most important function of the pig is the giving of information as to the future course of events by means of the markings on its liverHe is also god of war. The Kenyahs, Borneo
"Balmung or Gram" Scandinavian The sword of Siegfried, forged by Wieland, the Vulcan of the Scandinavians. Wieland, in a trial of merit, clove Amilias, a brother smith, through steel helmet and armour, down to the waist; but the cut was so fine that Amilias was not even aware that he was wounded till he attempted to move, when he fell into two pieces. Scandinavian
Angel name "Barbeliots" Greek A sect of Gnostics. Their first immortal son they called Barbeloth, omniscient, eternal, and incorruptible. He engendered light by the instrumentality of Christ, author of Wisdom. From Wisdom sprang Autogenes, and from Autogenes, Adam (male and female), and from Adam, matter. The first angel created was the Holy ghost, from whom sprang the first prince, named Protarchontes, who married Arrogance, whose offspring was Sin. Burnt by the Christians
Goddess name "Bariebdjedet" Egypt / Lower Ram god. Possibly concerned with arbitration, his consort is the fish goddess HATMEHYT. He is the father of HARPOKRATES. According to tradition (Chester Beatty I papyrus) he was called upon to intercede in the contest for the Egyptian kingdoms between HORUS and SETH. He is placed in some accounts in Upper Egypt on the island of Seheil at the first Nile cataract, but his cult is centered on Mendes in the Delta region of Lower Egypt [Tell et-Ruba] and is closely linked with the mother of Rameses III. He is generally depicted in anthropomorphic form, but with the head of a ram....
"Baron Samedi / Baron Saturday, Baron Samdi, Bawon Samedi, Bawon Sanmdi" Haiti / Vodun Baron Samedi aka Baron Saturday, Baron Samdi, Bawon Samedi, Bawon Sanmdi, a loa of the dead, along with Baron's other incarnations Baron Cimetiere, and Baron La Croix. Baron Samedi is usually depicted with a top hat, black tuxedo, dark glasses, and cotton plugs in the nostrils, as if to resemble a corpse dressed and prepared for burial in Haitian style. Haiti / Vodun
Goddess name "Bat" Egypt / Upper cow goddess of fertility. She was probably well known in the Old kingdom (circa 2700 BC onward). Associated principally with Upper Egypt, for a while she may have rivaled Hathor in Lower Egypt but by the time of the New kingdom (sixteenth century BC) her influence had waned. She may be represented on the Narmer Palette (Cairo Museum) which com memorates the unification of the two kingdoms. Bat is only rarely found in large sculptures and paintings, but is often the subject of Egyptian period jewelry, including amulets and ritual sistrum rattles. Depicted as a cow or anthropo morphically with bovine ears and horns. Also Bata....
Demon name "Bathym aka Bathim" Greek Bathin, Marthin. One of the three demons in the service of Fleuretty. Duke of the Infernal regions he has the appearance of a robust man but his body ends in a serpent's tail. He is well versed in the virtues of herbs and precious stones according to Wierius. He is able to transport men from one place to another with wondrous speed. He commands thirty legions. One of the 72 spirits of Solomon.
God name "Battus" Greek A shepherd of Neleus, who saw Hermes driving away the cattle he had stolen from Apollo. The god promised to reward him if he would not betray what he had seen. Battus promised on oath to keep the secret but as Hermes mistrusted him nevertheless, he assumed a different appearance, returned to Battus, and promised him a handsome present, if he would tell him who had stolen the cattle of Apollo. Greek
"Bayard" France A horse of incredible swiftness, belonging to the four sons of Aymon. If only one of the sons mounted, the horse was of the ordinary size; but if all four mounted, his body became elongated to the requisite length. The name is used for any valuable or wonderful horse, and means a "high-bay". France
King name "Befana" Italian The good fairy of Italian children, who is supposed to fill their stockings with toys when they go to bed on Twelfth night. Some one enters the children's bedroom for the purpose, and the wakeful youngsters cry out, "Ecco la Befana." According to legend, Befana was too busy with house affairs to look after the Magi when they went to offer their gifts, and said she would wait to see them on their return; but they went another way, and Befana, every Twelfth night, watches to see them. The name is a corruption of Epiphania.
God name "Beg-Tse" Buddhist God of war Buddhist / Tibet
God name "Beg-Tse (concealed coat of mail)" Buddhist / Lamaist / Tibet God of war. One of a group of eight DHARMAPALA with terrible appearance and royal attire. Stands with one foot on a horse and one on a man. Color: red. Attrib utes: banner, fire, skin and sword. May appear with three eyes. Also Cam srin....
Angel name "Behemoth" Islam When God created the earth, he realized that it was not secure. To stabilize it, he placed under it first an angel, then a huge rock made of ruby, then a bull with four thousand eyes, ears, nostrils, mouths, tongues, and feet. But even the bull did not stand firm. So below it God placed Behemoth, who rested on water which was surrounded by darkness. Islam
Goddess name "Bendis" Greece A Thracian divinity in whom the moon was worshipped. Hesychius says "that the poet Cratinus called this goddess Two Spears, either because she had to discharge two duties, one towards heaven and the other towards the earth, or because she bore two lances, or lastly, because she had two lights, the one her own and the other derived from the Sun. In Greece she was sometimes identified with Persephone, but more commonly with Artemis.
Goddess name "Benten-San" Shinto / Japan Goddess of luck. One of seven deities classed as gods of fortune and the only goddess in the group. A popular deity with many sanctuaries dedicated to her, she is a patron of music and holds a biwa instrument in her hand. Snakes, believed to stand for jealousy, are often coiled around her statues. Because of this, married couples are reluctant to visit her shrines together. Her priesthood is both Shinto and Buddhist and she is closely linked with the goddess SARASVATI....
God name "Benu" Egypt / Upper Transmuted bird-like form of a Sun god. A deity mentioned in Pyramid Texts (circa twenty-fifth century BC) and linked with the Sun god of Heliopolis, ATUM. He is also said to have been self-created from the primeval ocean and is sometimes a symbol of rebirth in the afterlife. Benu may have augmented the Greek classical tradition of the Phoenix. He appears in the Old kingdom as a yellow wagtail but later becomes a heron, wearing the conical white crown of Upper Egypt with two slender feathers pointing backwards from its crest....
Demon name "Beru" Brazil The butterfly demon who appears at the female puberty rites
"Bestla" Norse wife of Bur and mother of Odin. Norse
God name "Bhairava (terrible)" Hindu / Puranic / later Minor frightful form of the god SIVA. Guardian deity of doorways. A so-called ugra aspect, generally depicted in similar style to Siva but with up to five heads and ten arms and said to have been born from Siva's blood. Attributes: hook and noose. Aspects and epithets include Kalaratri, KSETRAPALA and MAHAKALA. Also Bhairon, linked with the cult of dogs and BHAIRAVA, one of a group of MAHAVIDYAS personifying the SAKTI of Siva....
"Bhaisajyaguru" Buddhist Medicine Buddha Buddhist / Tibet
God name "Bhaisajyaguru (supreme physician)" Buddhist - Lamaist / Tibet Physician god. Accounted among one of a series of Medicine buddhas known as a SMAN-BLA in Tibet. In Lamaism he is the fifth in a series of manusibud dhas. Typically depicted with stretched earlobes and a row of small curls fringing the forehead. Color: blue or gold. Attributes: fruit, sometimes with a bowl....
Hero name "Bhima" Buddhist A heroic warrior, son of Kunti by Vayu, but the acknowledged son of Pandu and the second eldest of the Pandava brothers Buddhist
Goddess name "Bhima (terrible)" Hindu / Epic / Puranic (1) warrior god. A prince of the mythical Pandu family and one of the heroes of the Mahabharata epic, Bhima is usually depicted wielding a sword and a club. He is a son of the god of the winds VAYU. He is perceived as a god of immense strength and great cruelty, which separates him from the heroic figure of ARJUNA, his brother, with whom he is linked in the epic. Attribute: a club. Also Bhimasena. 2. Minor goddess. Buddhist (Mahayana). An attendant of BUDDAKEPALA....
King name "Bhrkuti-Tara" Buddhist / Tibet The Nepalese queen of Tibet's first great religious king, songtsen Gambo and credited with the introduction of Buddhism to Tibet and China. In the Lamaeist Tradition, Bhrkuti-Tara is incarnate in all good women. Buddhist / Tibet
Goddess name "Bhrkuti-Tara (she who frowns)" Buddhist - Lamaist / Tibet Mother goddess. In Lamaism particularly, a cruel form of TARA, the mother of the BUDDHA. The so-called “yellow Tara.” An emanation of AMITABHA. Also identified as a female BODHISATTVA or buddha-designate. Color: yellow. Attribute: image of Amitabha, lotus, rosary, staff, trident and water jar. Threeeyed. Also JANGULI and VAJRATARA....
Deities name "Bhumi" Buddhist Collective name for a group of deities Buddhist / Vajrayana
"Bhumi" India The ten stages a Bodhisattva advances through in the path to become a Buddha. India
Deities name "Bhumi (the earth on which all things are formed)" Buddhist / Varyana Collective name for a group of deities. Twelve personifications of the spiritual spheres through which a BODHISATTVA or buddha-designate passes in his quest for perfection of knowledge. Common attribute: a staff....
Spirit name "Bhutadamara" Buddhist / Mahayana Turmoil of the spirits four-armed God. Buddhist / Mahayana
Goddess name "Bhutadamara (tumult of demons)" Buddhist / Mahayana God. May be depicted reclining on the Hindu goddess APARAJITA. Attributes: snakes in the hair, and staff. Three-eyed....
Demon name "Bi-har" Buddhist / Tibet A Guardian deity that protects against demons
Demon name "Bi-har" Buddhist - Lamaist / Tibet Guardian deity. One of the guardian maharajas protecting against demons. Attended by a lion. Color: white. Attributes: arrow, bow, knife, staff, sword and trident. Three-eyed....
Goddess name "Bia" Greek The goddess of force [& no, it does not stand for the bureau of idiotic affairs]
King name "Binzuru-Sonja" Japan One of the pupils of Buddha, the first of the sixteen Rakan. Rakan with grey hair and long eyebrows. Originally he was a retainer of the king, Uuten. He became a priest and attained miracle power by performing Arakan's vow. It is said that he was praised by Shaka for he used the miracle power for the world and that he didn't enter Nirvana and made efforts cultivating ordinary people. He was worshipped on the above in Theravada Buddhism, however, many are worshipped in restaurants in China. He is enshrined in front of a temple in Japan. It is believed that stroking him eliminates distresses. Japan
God name "Bishamon" Japan One of the seven gods of luck and the Buddhist patron of warriors. Japan
Deities name "Bishamon" Shinto / Japan God of luck. One of seven deities concerned with fortune, he appears as a warrior clad in full armor holding a spear in one hand and a toy pagoda, identified as a “tower of treasure” in the other. He has been linked with the Buddhist god Vaisravana (KUBERA)....
"Biston" Greek A son of Ares. Bistonians The Thracians; so called from Biston, son of Mars, who built Bistonia on the lake Bistonis. Greek