Gods and Other Creatures
Gods List
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List of gods used in Gods and Other Creatures.


Moon goddess. Greek. The daughter of Hyperion (a Titan) and sister of the sun god Helios. The tutelory deity of magicians, she rides a chariot drawn by two horses. According to legend she fell in love with the sleeping Endymion. She becomes largely sycretized with Hekate and in Roman culture equates with the goddess Luna.


God of death. Japanese?

Possible corruption of "Shin no Kami" (literally, God of Death). Most likely Buddhist in origin. No information found yet.


God of war and peace. Shinto [Japan]. A deity whose origins are confused. The name does not appear in either of the sacred texts of Shintoism, but such a deity was probably worshipped in the distant past with the alternate title of Hime-Gami or Hime-O-Kami. The cult center was on the southern island of Kyushu at Usa. In modern Shintoism, Hachiman originates as a member of the imperial dynasty. Named Ojin-Tenno and born in 200 A.D. to the empress Jingu-Kogo, he greatly improved the living standards and culture of Japan during his remarkable reign. The place of his birth was marked by a sanctuary and several centuries after his death, a vision of a child 'kami' appeared to a priest. The 'kami' identified himself by the Chinese ideogram representing the name Hachiman, and thus the link developed. The site is, today, the location of a magnificent shrine, the Umi-Hachiman-Gu, where Hachiman has been perceived as a god of war. Soldiers departing for battle once took with them relics from the shrine.

Hachiman is also a deity of peace and a guardian of human life and, when pacifism dominated Japan during the post-war era, he became more strongly identified in the latter context.


God of primordial light. Greek. A pre-Homeric deity, one of the race of Titans whose consort is, according to some texts, Thea and who is the father of Helios and Selene.


Dragon god. Shinto [Japan] A deity controlling thunder and rain and probably the most significant of the group of weather gods known as the Raijin. He is of Chinese origin and more Buddhist than Shinto. He does not appear in the sacred Shinto texts _Kojiki_ or _Nihongi_, but enjoys shrines in many Shinto sanctuaries and is worshipped by farmers, particularly in times of drought. He lives in the sea, lakes, and large ponds from which he ascends in mists and winds. He generates dark rain clouds that then burst. His main festival takes place in June.

Hekate (Hecate)

Origin: Greek. Goddess of the moon and pathways. Center of cult: Lagina.

Hekate is the daughter of Perses and Asteria and is honored by Zeus as a goddess. She is the mother of Scylla and is specifically a goddess of pathways and crossroads travelled at night. Artistic representations show her carrying torches. Where paths met, a triple figure of Hekate rose from masks placed at the junction. Offerings were left in roadside shrines and at junctions. In later times she tended to be sycretized with the goddess Artemis. Hekate is also the patron of Medea and other witches, and in some parts of Thessaly she was worshipped by occult bands of female moon worshipers. In variations of the Demeter legends, Hekate play a part in the return of Persephone from Hades. She is also invoked as a bestower of wealth and favor.


Minor god of death. Greek. According to legend, he is one of the two sons of Nyx, the goddess of night, and lives beside the river Lethe in a remote cave he shares with his twin brother Hypnos, god of sleep.

[2] In Greek mythology, death personified. He was the son of Night and the brother of Sleep and even the gods hated him. He often came after the dead and it was from him that Hercules wrestled Alcestis.


(Queen of Demons) Origin: Celtic (Irish) War, fertility, and vegetation goddess.

A complex goddess displaying various characteristics that are both generative and destructive. At the festival of Samhain, she mates with the Dagda to ensure the future prosperity of the land and as Queen Maeve (Medb) of Connaught she was ritually wedded to the mortal king whose antecedent was Ailill. As Nemain (panic) and Badb Catha (raven of battle), she takes on a more warlike and destructive aspect. Rather than engaging directly in conflict, she uses her supernatural powers to spread fear and disarray. The Irish hero Cu Chulainn was thus visited on the battle field by Badb driving a chariot and dressed in a red cloak and with red eyebrows presenting an all-intimidating appearance. She is capable of changing her shape into various animal forms and in the guise of a raven or a crow is able to foretell the outcome of battle.

Morrigan is also closely linked with horse symbolism, befitting a horse-oriented culture with strong links east towards Asia. Mare forms the basis of the names Macha and Medb. She may also at times have been syncretized with the horse goddess Epona. As with the other Celtic goddess Morrigan is an instrinsic part of the land rather than a tribal deity, the "Sovereign of Ireland."

The Celtic goddess is frequently described as a triad of separate aspects. Hence Morrigan, Nemain, and Badb are linked and become collectively the _Morrigna_. In association with the vitality of Irish kings, Morrigan assumed the appearance both of a young girl and of a hag, the latter signaling the banishment or slaughter of a ruler who had become infirm or otherwise scarred with signs of mortality.

[3] (Phantom Queen) Also known as: Newhain, Badbh, Macha

Another Celtic mother goddess, who often combined her sexual role with that of a female war and horse deity, she regularly occured in triple format. Although they did not fight themselves, they affected the armies in combat with their fearsome aspects and magic abilities.


Chthonic underworld god. Celtic (Irish). Known from inscriptions. Aed ma Lir, son of Lir and Aobh was, according to tradition, turned into a swan by his stepmother, Aoife. See also DAGDA.

Dagda (the good god) Origin: Celtic (Irish) Father of the tribe

The Dagda is a strictly Irish tribal god not found among the Continental Celts. He is regarded in a general sense as the protector and benefactor of the people, not "good" in a moral sense but in a practical fashion-- "good at anything." A father figure who led the deities of Ireland against the Fir Bolg in the first battle of the Maytura. He has no exclusive roles, but in mythology enters a ritualized union with fertility goddesses including Morrigan and Boann. He is the father of Brigid and of Aengus Mac Oc. Dagda is represented in literature as possessing immense strength and a prodigious appetite. Drawn by Christian writers as a boorish and grotesque character, which may be inaccurate, his weapon is a huge club that can slay nine men in a stroke and that was once drawn on a ceremonial cart. He owns a bronze "cauldron of abundance" with magical properties of wisdom and rejuvenation, symbols of Irish prosperity. The Dagda may be the subject of a vast naked figure armed with a club cut in chalk at Cerne Abbas in Dorset, England, and was probably created in the Roman-Celtic period.

[3] Dagda (The Good God) Also known as: Aed ("Fire"), Ollathair ("All-father"), Ruad Rofessa ("Lord of great Knowledge")

Dagda was an ancient Irish god, the ruler over life and death. He possessed some extraordinary equipment, including a magic staff with opposing functions --- one end had awesome drestructive capability, the reverse great life enhancing and restorative powers. His other magical artifacts included an inexhaustibly full cauldron and ever-laden fruit trees, as well as constantly ready and limitless food supplies. King of the Tuatha, Dagda was of vital import at the second battle of Mag Tuired. He was described as the Good God on account of his prowess at almost everything although he is sometimes mad to look foolish by Lug. His daughter was the triple goddess Brigit and his wife Morrigan.


Freyr (lord). Origin: Possibly Swedish or German but extending througout the Nordic region with lowest popularity in Iceland. Fertility god.

One of the Vanir gods inhabiting Asgard, and concerned with the fertility, prosperity and peace of the world. The twin of Freyja and one of the children of Njord. Married to the giantess Gerd, a liason interpreted by some as representing the marriage of a sky god with the earth resulting in the harvest. He was, according the writer Adam of Bremen, presented in the cult temple at Uppsala by a dramatically ithyphallic statue. The Freyr cult was possibly accompanied by a sacred marriage and he was regarded as the progenitor of the royal Swedish Ynglinge dynasty. According to the _Flateyjarbok_ (Icelandic), the statue of Freyr was carried around the countryside in a covered wagon with an attendant priestess to bless the seasons. Other festivals may have included a ritual drama in which male attendants dressed in effeminate costumes.

Freyr enjoys very ancient links with the boar, considered to possess protective powers, and he had a sacred animal with golden bristles called Guillinborsti. A sacred stable is described at Thrandheim, one of the centers of a horse cult with which he is also strongly identified. Freyr is also associated with a ship cult based on the notion of a phantom vessel, Skidbladnir or Skioblaonir, large enough to hold all the gods but small enough to fold into a man's pocket.

[3] The Scandinavian water god, and son of Njord, Freyr had intimate connections with the sea, ships and sea voyages. He was the twin brother of the fertility goddess Freya, both being members of a divine group called the Vanir, which had origins and parallels in West Asia. His worship was closely connected with the idea of divine marriage and sacrafice --- in Freyr's case to the young maiden Gerd, who lived in the underworld with the giants and was relunctant to accept him unless cursed with sterility. As a result of this myth Freyr had no sword when the gods fought their last great battle Ragnarok, where he was attacked and killed by the fire-giant Surtr. Like Balder he manifested as the young god who must be sacraficed for the sake of human kind.


Mon (great god) Origin: Kafir [Afghanistan-Hindukush] Warrior god and hero. Synonyms: Mandi

Mon is a senior deity in the Kafir pantheon who challenges and defends mankind against demons and giants. He is the first offspring of the creator Imra. He is also a weather god who controls clouds and mist. Mon is perceived as a deity of vast size and vigor who creates glaciers with his footprints. He is also a god of flowing water. Some legends place him as a creator of mankind and lawgiver, but only mirroring the actions of the supreme creator Imra. He appears as a mediator between heaven and earth.

Mon is depicted, in wood, either in human form carrying a golden bow and quiver made by his brother Kshibere, or as a humped bull. Alternatively he is presented as a standing stone with two attendent smaller stones.

According to legend, when the gods locked the sun and moon in a gold house, Mon turned himself into a child and in this guise was protected by a giantess mother. After many attempts to break into the house, he succeeded, restored the sun and moon to their place in the heavens and assisted Imra in the creation of mankind.


Evans, Bergen. Dictionary of Mythology. Dell: New York, 1970.

[2] Jordan, Michael. Encyclopedia of Gods: Over 2,500 Deities of the World. Facts on File, Inc: New York, 1993.

[3] Forty, Jo. "Mythology: A Visual Encyclopedia. PRC Publishing Ltd.: London, 1999.
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