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.
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