|Kafir / Afghanistan
|Goddess of animals. Locally revered, with the goddess DISANI, among Askun villages in the southwest of Kafiristan....
|A great teacher, according to the traditions of the Toltecs, who came to them from Tullan or Yucatan and dwelt for twenty years among the people, teaching them to follow a virtuous life, to cease all wars and violent deeds of any kind, to abolish human and animal sacrifices and instead to give offerings of bread and flowers. Aztec
|The astral shells or spooks of human beings and animals which are left in the lower strata after death. Similar to bhuta. Sanskrit
|Hindu / Vedic
|weather god. An early deity, largely superseded by SIVA, who controls the gales and storms. Often linked with the fire god AGNI and the Rain god INDRA. Generally a malignant god, Rudra lives in the mountains and is deemed to be either tall or dwarf, depending on the severity of the storm. He brings death and disease to man and domestic animals through his thousand shafts, and is considered to be highly unpredictable....
|Rumillia or Rumia, goddess who protected breastfeeding mothers, and possibly nursing infants. Her domain extended to protecting animal mothers, not just human ones. Roman
|Songhai / eastern Mali, West Africa
|Rainbow god. Perceived as a Rainbow-colored snake and symbolized by a tree where white rams are sacrificed and hung. The animals' blood is sprinkled on the tree. The ritual is accompanied...
|The god of animal husbandry and the fecundity of cattle. Sumeria
|Kafir / Afghanistan
|Harvest goddess. A littlereported deity, the consort of the war god GISH and daughter of SANU. She controls the harvesting, threshing and winnowing of grain and the safe storage of wheat and butter. She carries a golden winnow and is either depicted in human form or as a goat. Her cult is known chiefly from the village of Pronz in the southern Hindukush where she enjoyed an important sanctuary with stone seats around the icon, part of which reportedly still exists. Wooden statues depict her in human form, nude to the waist. Alternatively, she is perceived as a bird that acts as a messenger. The blood of sacrificial animals was poured over the figure. Also Sulmech; SANU....
"Saraddevi (goddess of autumn)"
|BuddhistLamaist / Tibet
|Fertility and vegetation goddess. Associated with autumn, and an attendant of the goddess SRIDEVI. Her sacred animal is an antelope. Attributes: cup, knife and peaçõçk feather....
|Yoruba / Nigeria, West Africa
|God of thunder. His sacred animal is the ram whose bellowing is likened to the noise of thunder. Attributes include an ax which is worn on the head and bears six eyes....
|Hittite / Hurrian
|God. Originally a Hurrian deity adopted by the Hittite state religion. The son of the weather god TESUB and his consort HEBAT. His sacred animal is a panther. Attribute: ax....
|Roman / Celtic / Gallic
|River goddess. The tutelary goddess of the Sequanae tribe. A pre-Roman sanctuary northwest of Dijon near the source of the Seine has yielded more than 200 wooden votive statuettes and models of limbs, heads and body organs, attesting to Sequana's importance as a goddess of healing. During the Roman occupation the site of Fontes Sequanae was sacred to her and was again considered to have healing and remedial properties. A bronze statuette of a goddess was found wearing a diadem, with arms spread and standing in a boat. The prow is in the shape of a duck, her sacred animal, with a cake in its mouth. Also found were models of dogs, an animal specifically åśśociated with healing through its affinity with the Greco-Roman physician deity AESCULAPIUS....
|Yoruba / Nigeria, West Africa
|Plague god. The son of SHANGO, he is credited with having once been a god of war who invaded the country (as a disease). He is particularly identified with smallpox. His symbol is the sesame plant which takes the form of a taboo and brings disease to those who take it into their house. A festival is held in September to propitiate Shankpana with sacrifices of animals and fruit....
|Taoist / Chinese
|Immortal being. One of the eight immortals of Taoist mythology, tradition has it that he was embodied as a bat which achieved immortality in human form. His sacred animal is an åśś. Attributes include drum and drumsticks.See also BA XIAN....
|God of longevity. He originates as an astral deity but comes to head the heavenly ministry responsible for setting the span of a person's life. He is also known as Nan-ji Hsian Weng, the ancient of the South Pole. His sacred animal is the crane, embodiment of long life....
|Minor god of woodlands and Forests. Worship of Silvåñuś seems largely to have been limited to northern Italy. He became incorporated into the Celtic pantheon where his symbolism includes a bill-hook, pots and hammers. His sacred animal is the stag. The name was extended to embrace groups of woodland deities, the Silvani or Silvanae....
|Bon / pre - Lamaist / Tibet
|Mother goddess. The so-called queen of the world. Her animal is a mule. Attributes: banner, bowl, parasol, swastika, sword and trident. Three-eyed....
|Hindu / Epic / Puranic
|(1) Goddess. An early name which was syncretized with that of LAKSMI to form Sri-Laksmi.(2) Goddess. Buddhist-Lamaist [Tibet]. One of a group of DHARMAPALA with terrible appearance and royal attire who protect the Dalai Lama. A manifestation of the goddess DEVI sometimes seen in company with VIS NU, when conventionally she stands on his right. Her breasts are covered by a narrow band of cloth. She may be invoked to provide wealth (see also Laksmi). Her retinue includes the goddesses of the seasons and her animal is a mule. Color: blue. Attributes: chiefly cup and staff but on occasion several other objects including a pink lotus. Three-eyed and may be three-headed. Also LHA MO.(3) Goddess. Jain....