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Demogorgon

(Greek mythology) a mysterious and terrifying deity of the underworld

Hypnos

(Greek mythology) the Greek god of sleep; the son of Nyx

Morpheus

the Roman god of sleep and dreams

Boddhisatva

Buddhist worthy of nirvana who postpones it to help others

Arhant

a Buddhist who has attained nirvana

Quetzalcoatl

an Aztec deity represented as a plumed serpent

Amaethon

the farmer god; ancient god of agriculture

Ana

mother of the ancient Irish gods; sometimes identified with Danu

Angus Og

Celtic god of love and beauty; patron deity of young men and women

Arawn

Celtic deity who was the lord of Annwfn (the other world or the land of fairies)

Arianrhod

Celtic goddess famous for her beauty; mother of Dylan

Boann

Celtic goddess; mother of Angus Og

Brigit

Celtic goddess of fire and fertility and agriculture and household arts and wisdom; later associated with Saint Bridget

Dagda

chief Celtic god of the Tuatha De Danann; father of Angus Og and Brigit

Dana

Celtic goddess who was the mother of the Tuatha De Danann; identified with the Welsh Don

Don

Celtic goddess; mother of Gwydion and Arianrhod; corresponds to Irish Danu

Dylan

Celtic god of the waves; son of Arianrhod

Epona

(possibly Roman mythology) Celtic goddess of horses and mules and asses

Gwydion

Celtic sky god; a magician; giver of arts and civilization

Gwyn

Celtic underworld god

LLud

a Celtic warrior god

Llyr

Celtic deity who was the father of Manawydan; corresponds to Irish Lir

Lugh

ancient Celtic god

Manannan

Celtic god of the sea; son of Ler

Manawyddan

Celtic sea god; son of Llyr

Morrigan

Celtic war goddess

Amen-Ra

Egyptian sun god; supreme god of the universe in whom Amen and Ra were merged; principal deity during Theban supremacy

Anubis

Egyptian god of tombs and ruler of the underworld; usually depicted as a man with the head of a jackal

Aten

the sun (or solar disc) which was the deity of a monotheistic cult under the Pharaoh Akhenaten

Bast

cat- or lion-headed Egyptian goddess; represents life-giving power of the sun

Geb

Egyptian god of the earth; father of Osiris and Isis

Horus

Egyptian solar god with the head of a falcon; the son of Osiris and Isis

Isis

Egyptian goddess of fertility; daughter of Geb; sister and wife of Osiris

Khepera

Egyptian god of the morning sun; creator

Min

an Egyptian god of procreation

Nephthys

Egyptian goddess associated with ritual of the dead; sister of Geb and Nut; wife of Set

Nut

Egyptian goddess of the sky

Osiris

Egyptian god of the underworld and judge of the dead; husband and brother of Isis; father of Horus

Ptah

a major Egyptian god; shaper of the world; father of gods and men; worshipped especially at Memphis

Ra

ancient Egyptian sun god with the head of a hawk; a universal creator; he merged with the god Amen as Amen-Ra to become the king of the gods

Eye of Ra

a lion-headed Egyptian goddess; typifies life-destroying power of the sun

Seth

evil Egyptian god with the head of a beast that has high square ears and a long snout; brother and murderer of Osiris

Thoth

Egyptian Moon deity with the head of an ibis; god of wisdom and learning and the arts; scribe of the gods

Adad

Babylonian god of storms and wind

Adapa

a Babylonian demigod or first man (sometimes identified with Adam)

Anshar

the Babylonian father of the gods; identified with Assyrian Ashur; in Sumerian the name signifies `the totality of the upper world'

Antum

Babylonian consort of Anu

Anu

Babylonian god of the sky; one of the supreme triad including Bel and Ea

Apsu

father of the gods and consort of Tiamat

Aruru

mother and earth goddess in Gilgamish epic; identified with Sumerian Ki and Ninkhursag

Ashir

chief god of the Assyrians; god of military prowess and empire; identified with Babylonian Anshar

Ashtoreth

an ancient Phoenician goddess of love and fertility; the Phoenician counterpart to Ishtar

Mylitta

Babylonian and Assyrian goddess of love and fertility and war; counterpart to the Phoenician Astarte

Baal

any of numerous local fertility and nature deities worshipped by ancient Semitic peoples; the Hebrews considered Baal a false god

Bel

Babylonian god of the earth; one of the supreme triad including Anu and Ea; earlier identified with En-lil

Dagon

god of agriculture and the earth; national god of Philistines

Dagan

god of agriculture and earth; counterpart of Phoenician Dagon

Damgalnunna

(Babylonian) earth goddess; consort of Ea and mother of Marduk

Dumuzi

Sumerian and Babylonian god of pastures and vegetation; consort of Inanna

Ea

the Babylonian god of wisdom; son of Apsu and father of Marduk; counterpart of the Sumerian Enki; as one of the supreme triad including Anu and Bel he was assigned control of the watery element

Enki

water god and god of wisdom; counterpart of the Akkadian Ea

En-lil

god of the air and king of the Sumerian gods

Eresh-kigal

goddess of death and consort of Nergal

Girru

the Babylonian god of fire; often invoked in incantations against sorcery

Gula

the Babylonian goddess of healing and consort of Ninurta

Igigi

any of a group of heavenly spirits under the god Anu

Inanna

consort of Dumuzi (Tammuz)

Ki

goddess personifying earth; counterpart of Akkadian Aruru

Kishar

Babylonian consort of Anshar; in Sumerian the name signifies `the totality of the lower world'

Mama

a name under which Ninkhursag was worshipped

Baal Merodach

the chief Babylonian god; his consort was Sarpanitu

Molech

god of the Canaanites and Phoenicians to whom parents sacrificed their children

Nabu

Babylonian god of wisdom and agriculture and patron of scribes and schools

Nammu

goddess personifying the primeval sea; mother of the gods and of heaven and earth

Namtaru

a demon personifying death; messenger of the underworld goddess Ereshkigal bringing death to mankind

Nanna

god of the Moon; counterpart of the Akkadian Sin

Nergal

(Akkadian) god ruling with his consort Ereshkigal the world of the dead

Nina

the Babylonian goddess of the watery deep and daughter of Ea

Ningal

(Akkadian) a goddess; wife of the Moon god Sin

Ningirsu

Babylonian god in older pantheon: god of war and agriculture

Ningishzida

an underworld Babylonian deity; patron of medicine

Ninkharsag

the great mother goddess; worshipped also as Aruru and Mama and Nintu

Nintoo

a name under which Ninkhursag was worshipped

Ninurta

a solar deity; firstborn of Bel and consort was Gula; god of war and the chase and agriculture; sometimes identified with biblical Nimrod

Nusku

god of fire and light; corresponds to Babylonian Girru

Ramman

god of storms and wind; corresponds to Babylonian Adad

Sarpanitu

consort of Marduk

Shamash

the chief sun god; drives away winter and storms and brightens the earth with greenery; drives away evil and brings justice and compassion

Sin

(Akkadian) god of the Moon; counterpart of Sumerian Nanna

Tashmitum

consort of Nabu

Tiamat

(Akkadian) mother of the gods and consort of Apsu

Utnapishtim

favorite of the gods and grandfather of Gilgamish; survived the great flood and became immortal

Utug

sun god; counterpart of Akkadian Shamash

Zubird

evil storm god represented as a black bird

Aditi

a Hindu goddess who releases from sin or disease; mother of the Adityas

Agni

(Sanskrit) Hindu god of fire in ancient and traditional India; one of the three chief deities of the Vedas

Asura

earlier a god; later a demon; counterpart of Zoroastrian Ahura

Bhaga

Hindu god of wealth and love

Brahma

the Creator; one of the three major deities in the later Hindu pantheon

Brihaspati

personification of the power of ritual devotion

Bhumi Devi

Hindu earth goddess; one of the two wives of Vishnu

Devi

Hindu mother goddess; supreme power in the universe; wife or embodiment of the female energy of Siva having both beneficent and malevolent forms or aspects

Chandi

malevolent aspect of Devi

Durga

Hindu goddess of war; a malevolent aspect of Devi

Dyaus-pitar

Hindu god of the sky

Ganapati

Hindu god of wisdom or prophecy; the god who removes obstacles

Gauri

in Hinduism, goddess of purity and posterity and a benevolent aspect of Devi; the `brilliant'

Hanuman

in Hinduism, the monkey god and helper of Rama; god of devotion and courage

Indra

chief Hindu god of the Rig-Veda; god of rain and thunder

Ka

unknown god; an epithet of Prajapati and Brahma

Kali

wife of Siva and malevolent form of Devi

Kama

Hindu god of love and erotic desire; opposite of Mara

Mara

Hindu god of death; opposite of Kama

Karttikeya

Hindu god of bravery

Lakshmi

Hindu goddess of fortune and prosperity

Mitra

Hindu god of friendship and alliances; usually invoked together with Varuna as a supporter of heaven and earth

Parjanya

Hindu god of rain; sometimes identified with Indra

Annapurna

wife of Siva and a benevolent aspect of Devi: Hindu goddess of plenty

Prajapati

Hindu god personifying a creative force; equivalent to Brahma

Pushan

celestial shepherd god; conductor of souls of the dead

Rahu

a Hindu demon who swallows the sun causing eclipses

Rudra

father of the Hindu storm gods Marut; controller of nature; sometimes identified with Siva

Sarasvati

Hindu goddess of learning and the arts

Savitar

an important Hindu god; the sun in its life-giving aspect

Shakti

the female or generative principle; wife of Siva and a benevolent form of Devi

Shiva

the destroyer; one of the three major divinities in the later Hindu pantheon

Skanda

Hindu god of war

Surya

an important god of later Hinduism; the sun god or the sun itself worshipped as the source of warmth and light

Uma

a benevolent aspect of Devi; `splendor'

Ushas

Hindu goddess of dawn; daughter of the sky and sister of the night

Varuna

in Vedism, god of the night sky who with his thousand eyes watches over human conduct and judges good and evil and punishes evildoers; often considered king of the Hindu gods and frequently paired with Mitra as an upholder of the world

Vayu

Hindu wind god

Vishnu

the sustainer; a Hindu divinity worshipped as the preserver of worlds

Yama

Hindu god of death and lord of the underworld

Jagannatha

an avatar of Vishnu

Kalki

the 10th and last incarnation of Vishnu

Krishna

8th and most important avatar of Vishnu; incarnated as a handsome young man playing a flute

Rama

avatar of Vishnu whose name is synonymous with God; any of three incarnations: Ramachandra or Parashurama or Balarama

Mithras

ancient Persian god of light and truth; sun god

Ahura Mazda

chief deity of Zoroastrianism; source of light and embodiment of good

Ahriman

the spirit of evil in Zoroastrianism; arch rival of Ormazd

Chang Kuo-lao

one of the 8 immortals of Taoism

Wen Ch'ang

Chinese god of literature

Taoist Trinity

the three pure ones; the three chief gods of Taoism

Heavenly Jewel

a member of the Taoist Trinity

Mystic Jewel

a member of the Taoist Trinity

Spiritual Jewel

a member of the Taoist Trinity; identified with Lao-tse

Kuan Yin

(Buddhism) a female Bodhisattva; often called goddess of mercy and considered an aspect of the Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara; identified with Japanese Kwannon

Amaterasu Omikami

central deity of Shinto; goddess personifying the sun and ancestress of the rulers of Japan

Hachiman

a Shinto god of war

Hotei

one of the 7 gods of happiness

Izanagi

the god who fathered the islands and gods of Japan with his sister Izanami

Izanami

sister and consort of Izanami; mother of the islands and gods of Japan

Kami

one the Shinto deities (including mythological beings, spirits of distinguished men, forces of nature)

Kwannon

Japanese counterpart of Chinese Kuan Yin

Ninigino-Mikoto

grandson of Amaterasu and first ruler of Japan

Silenus

the chief satyr in the service of Bacchus; father of Dionysus; usually depicted as drunk and jolly and riding a donkey

Olympic god

a classical Greek god after the overthrow of the Titans

Aeolus

god of the winds in ancient mythology

Phoebus Apollo

(Greek mythology) Greek god of light; god of prophecy and poetry and music and healing; son of Zeus and Leto; twin brother of Artemis

Aphrodite

goddess of love and beauty and daughter of Zeus in ancient mythology; identified with Roman Venus

Urania

goddess of love; counterpart of Greek Aphrodite

Ares

(Greek mythology) Greek god of war; son of Zeus and Hera; identified with Roman Mars

Eris

(Greek mythology) goddess of discord; sister of Ares

Thanatos

(Greek mythology) the Greek personification of death; son of Nyx

Mors

(Roman mythology) Roman god of death; counterpart of Thanatos

Mars

(Roman mythology) Roman god of war and agriculture; father of Romulus and Remus; counterpart of Greek Ares

Nyx

(Greek mythology) Greek goddess of the night; daughter of Chaos; counterpart of Roman Nox

Artemis

(Greek mythology) the virgin goddess of the hunt and the Moon; daughter of Leto and twin sister of Apollo; identified with Roman Diana

Boreas

(Greek mythology) the god who personified the north wind

Diana

(Roman mythology) virgin goddess of the hunt and the Moon; counterpart of Greek Artemis

Ate

goddess of criminal rashness and its punishment

Pallas Athena

(Greek mythology) goddess of wisdom and useful arts and prudent warfare; guardian of Athens; identified with Roman Minerva

Minerva

(Roman mythology) goddess of wisdom; counterpart of Greek Athena

Chaos

(Greek mythology) the most ancient of gods; the personification of the infinity of space preceding creation of the universe

Saturn

(Roman mythology) god of agriculture and vegetation; counterpart of Greek Cronus

Demeter

(Greek mythology) goddess of fertility and protector of marriage in ancient mythology; counterpart of Roman Ceres

Ceres

(Roman mythology) goddess of agriculture; counterpart of Greek Demeter

Dionysus

(Greek mythology) god of wine and fertility and drama; the Greek name of Bacchus

Doris

(Greek mythology) wife of Nereus and mother of the Nereids

Aesculapius

son of Apollo; a hero and the Roman god of medicine and healing; his daughters were Hygeia and Panacea

Bacchus

(classical mythology) god of wine; equivalent of Dionysus

Erebus

(Greek mythology) Greek god of darkness who dwelt in the underworld; son of Chaos; brother of Nox; father of Aether and Day

Night

Roman goddess of night; daughter of Erebus; counterpart of Greek Nyx

Eros

(Greek mythology) god of love; son of Aphrodite; identified with Roman Cupid

Cupid

(Roman mythology) god of love; counterpart of Greek Eros

Gaea

(Greek mythology) goddess of the earth and mother of Cronus and the Titans in ancient mythology

Hebe

(Greek mythology) the goddess of youth and spring; wife of Hercules; daughter of Zeus and Hera; cupbearer to the Olympian gods

Helios

(Greek mythology) ancient god of the sun; drove his chariot across the sky each day; identified with Roman Sol

Sol

(Roman mythology) ancient Roman god; personification of the sun; counterpart of Greek Helios

Hecate

(Greek mythology) Greek goddess of fertility who later became associated with Persephone as goddess of the underworld and protector of witches

Hephaestus

(Greek mythology) the lame god of fire and metalworking in ancient mythology; identified with Roman Vulcan

Vulcan

(Roman mythology) god of fire and metal working; counterpart of Greek Hephaestus

Hermes

(Greek mythology) messenger and herald of the gods; god of commerce and cunning and invention and theft; identified with Roman Mercury

Hermaphroditus

(Greek mythology) son of Hermes and Aphrodite who merged with the nymph Salmacis to form one body

Mercury

(Roman mythology) messenger of Jupiter and god of commerce; counterpart of Greek Hermes

Hygeia

(Greek mythology) the goddess of health; daughter of Aesculapius and sister of Panacea

Panacea

(Greek mythology) the goddess of healing; daughter of Aesculapius and sister of Hygeia

Hera

queen of the Olympian gods in ancient Greek mythology; sister and wife of Zeus remembered for her jealously of the many mortal women Zeus fell in love with; identified with Roman Juno

Janus

(Roman mythology) the Roman god of doorways and passages; is depicted with two faces on opposite sides of his head

Juno

(Roman mythology) queen of the Olympian gods who protected marriage; wife and sister of Jupiter; counterpart of Greek Hera

Hestia

(Greek mythology) the goddess of the hearth and its fire in ancient mythology; identified with Roman Vesta

Vesta

(Roman mythology) goddess of the hearth and its fire whose flame was tended by vestal virgins; counterpart of Greek Hestia

Hymen

(Greek mythology) the god of marriage

Minos

son of Zeus and Europa; king of ancient Crete; ordered Daedalus to build the labyrinth; after death Minos became a judge in the underworld

Ariadne

beautiful daughter of Minos and Pasiphae; she fell in love with Theseus and gave him the thread with which he found his way out of the Minotaur's labyrinth

Clotho

the Greek goddess of fate who spins the thread of life

Lachesis

the Greek goddess of fate who determines the length of the thread of life

Atropos

the Greek goddess of fate who cuts the thread of life

Momos

god of blame and mockery

Calliope

(Greek mythology) the Muse of epic poetry

Clio

(Greek mythology) the Muse of history

Erato

(Greek mythology) the Muse of lyric and love poetry

Euterpe

(Greek mythology) the Muse of music (or the flute)

Melpomene

(Greek mythology) the Muse of tragedy

Polyhymnia

(Greek mythology) the Muse of singing and mime and sacred dance

Terpsichore

(Greek mythology) the Muse of the dance and of choral song

Thalia

(Greek mythology) the Muse of comedy and pastoral poetry

Urania

(Greek mythology) the Muse of astronomy

Nemesis

(Greek mythology) the goddess of divine retribution and vengeance

Nereus

(Greek mythology) a sea god son of Pontus and Gaea; lived in the depths of the sea with his wife Doris and their daughters the Nereids

Nike

(Greek mythology) winged goddess of victory; identified with Roman Victoria

Victoria

(Roman mythology) goddess of victory; counterpart of Greek Nike

Ouranos

(Greek mythology) god of the heavens; son and husband of Gaea and father of the Titans in ancient mythology

goat god

(Greek mythology) god of fields and woods and shepherds and flocks; represented as a man with goat's legs and horns and ears; identified with Roman Sylvanus or Faunus

Faunus

(Roman mythology) ancient rural deity; later considered a counterpart of Greek Pan

Pasiphae

(Greek mythology) daughter of Helios and mother of Ariadne

Poseidon

(Greek mythology) the god of the sea and earthquakes in ancient mythology; brother of Zeus and Hades and Hera; identified with Roman Neptune

Proteus

(Greek mythology) a prophetic god who served Poseidon; was capable of changing his shape at will

Neptune

(Roman mythology) god of the sea; counterpart of Greek Poseidon

Persephone

(Greek mythology) daughter of Zeus and Demeter; made queen of the underworld by Pluto in ancient mythology; identified with Roman Proserpina

Proserpina

goddess of the underworld; counterpart of Greek Persephone

Phaethon

(Greek mythology) son of Helios; killed when trying to drive his father's chariot and came too close to earth

Aidoneus

(Greek mythology) the god of the underworld in ancient mythology; brother of Zeus and husband of Persephone

Orcus

god of the underworld; counterpart of Greek Pluto

Pythoness

(Greek mythology) the priestess of Apollo at Delphi who transmitted the oracles

Priapus

(classical mythology) god of male procreative power and guardian of gardens and vineyards

Selene

(Greek mythology) goddess of the Moon in ancient mythology; identified with Roman Luna

Luna

(Roman mythology) the goddess of the Moon; counterpart of Greek Selene

Eos

(Greek mythology) the winged goddess of the dawn in ancient mythology; daughter of Hyperion; identified with Roman Aurora

Aurora

(Roman mythology) goddess of the dawn; counterpart of Greek Eos

Tellus

(Roman mythology) goddess of the earth; protector of marriage and fertility; identified with Greek Gaea

Titan

(Greek mythology) any of the primordial giant gods who ruled the Earth until overthrown by Zeus; the Titans were offspring of Uranus (Heaven) and Gaea (Earth)

Titaness

(Greek mythology) any of the primordial giant goddesses who were offspring of Uranus (heaven) and Gaea (earth) in ancient mythology

Triton

(Greek mythology) a sea god; son of Poseidon

Tyche

(Greek mythology) the goddess of fortune; identified with Roman Fortuna

Fortuna

(Roman mythology) the goddess of fortune and good luck; counterpart of Greek Tyche

Zephyr

(Greek mythology) the Greek god of the west wind

Zeus

(Greek mythology) the supreme god of ancient Greek mythology; son of Rhea and Cronus whom he dethroned; husband and brother of Hera; brother of Poseidon and Hades; father of many gods; counterpart of Roman Jupiter

Jupiter

(Roman mythology) supreme god of Romans; counterpart of Greek Zeus

Ops

(Roman mythology) goddess of abundance and fertility; wife of Saturn; counterpart of Greek Rhea and Cybele of ancient Asia Minor

Silvanus

(Roman mythology) god of woods and fields and flocks; Pan is the Greek counterpart

Balder

(Norse mythology) god of light and peace and noted for his beauty and sweet nature; son of Odin and Frigg and husband of Nanna; killed by Hoth

Brage

(Norse mythology) god of poetry and music; son of Odin

Elli

(Norse mythology) goddess of old age who defeated Thor in a wrestling match

Forseti

(Norse mythology) god of justice; son of Balder and Nanna

Freyr

(Norse mythology) god of earth's fertility and peace and prosperity; son of Njorth and brother of Freya; originally of the Vanir; later with the Aesir

Freyja

(Norse mythology) goddess of love and fecundity; daughter of Njorth and sister of Frey

Frigga

(Norse mythology) goddess of the heavens and married love; wife of Odin

Heimdallr

(Norse mythology) god of dawn and light; guardian of Asgard

Hela

(Norse mythology) goddess of the dead and queen of the underworld

Hoenir

(Norse mythology) one of the Aesir having a strong and beautiful body but a dull mind

Hoder

(Norse mythology) a blind god; misled by Loki, he kills his brother Balder by throwing a shaft of mistletoe

Ithunn

(Norse mythology) goddess of spring and wife of Bragi; guarded the apples that kept the gods eternally young

Loki

(Norse mythology) trickster; god of discord and mischief; contrived death of Balder and was overcome by Thor

Njorth

(Norse mythology) chief of the Vanir; god of the sea and winds and prosperity; father of Frey and Freya; sometimes subsumes Teutonic Nerthus

Urth

goddess of fate: a giantess who personified the past

Verthandi

goddess of fate: an elf who personified the present

Skuld

goddess of fate: a dwarf who personified the future

Odin

(Norse mythology) ruler of the Aesir; supreme god of war and poetry and knowledge and wisdom (for which he gave an eye) and husband of Frigg; identified with the Teutonic Wotan

Sif

(Norse mythology) wife of Thor and guardian of the home

Thor

(Norse mythology) god of thunder and rain and farming; pictured as wielding a hammer emblematic of the thunderbolt; identified with Teutonic Donar

Tyrr

(Norse mythology) god of war and strife and son of Odin; identified with Anglo-Saxon Tiu

Donar

the Teutonic god of thunder; counterpart of Norse Thor

Nerthus

the Teutonic goddess of fertility; later identified with Norse Njord

Wotan

supreme Teutonic god; counterpart of Norse Odin and Anglo-Saxon Woden

Tiu

god of war and sky; counterpart of Norse Tyr

Wodan

chief god; counterpart of Norse Odin and Teutonic Wotan

Mater Turrita

great nature goddess of ancient Phrygia in Asia Minor; counterpart of Greek Rhea and Roman Ops

Father Christmas

the legendary patron saint of children; an imaginary being who is thought to bring presents to children at Christmas

Zurvan

the Zoroastrian god of time

Saint Ambrose

(Roman Catholic Church) Roman priest who became bishop of Milan; the first Church Father born and raised in the Christian faith; composer of hymns; imposed orthodoxy on the early Christian church and built up its secular power; a saint and Doctor of the Church (340?-397)

Saint Andrew the Apostle

(New Testament) disciple of Jesus; brother of Peter; patron saint of Scotland

Saint Anselm

an Italian who was a Benedictine monk; was archbishop of Canterbury from 1093 to 1109; one of the founders of scholasticism; best known for his proof of the existence of God

Saint Thomas Aquinas

(Roman Catholic Church) Italian theologian and Doctor of the Church who is remembered for his attempt to reconcile faith and reason in a comprehensive theology; presented philosophical proofs of the existence of God (1225-1274)

Athanasius the Great

(Roman Catholic Church) Greek patriarch of Alexandria who championed Christian orthodoxy against Arianism; a church father, saint, and Doctor of the Church (293-373)

Augustine of Hippo

(Roman Catholic Church) one of the great Fathers of the early Christian church; after a dramatic conversion to Christianity he became bishop of Hippo Regius in North Africa; St. Augustine emphasized man's need for grace (354-430)

St. Basil the Great

(Roman Catholic Church) the bishop of Caesarea who defended the Roman Catholic Church against the heresies of the 4th century; a saint and Doctor of the Church (329-379)

Saint Thomas a Becket

(Roman Catholic Church) archbishop of Canterbury from 1162 to 1170; murdered following his opposition to Henry II's attempts to control the clergy (1118-1170)

the Venerable Bede

(Roman Catholic Church) English monk and scholar (672-735)

Saint Benedict

Italian monk who founded the Benedictine order about 540 (480-547)

Apostle of Germany

(Roman Catholic Church) Anglo-Saxon missionary who was sent to Frisia and Germany to spread the Christian faith; was martyred in Frisia (680-754)

Saint Bridget

Irish abbess; a patron saint of Ireland (453-523)

Saint Bruno

(Roman Catholic Church) a French cleric (born in Germany) who founded the Carthusian order in 1084 (1032-1101)

Saint Christopher

Christian martyr and patron saint of travellers (3rd century)

Saint Crispin

patron saint of shoemakers; he and his brother were martyred for trying to spread Christianity (3rd century)

Saint David

patron saint of Wales (circa 520-600)

Domingo de Guzman

(Roman Catholic Church) Spanish priest who founded an order whose members became known as Dominicans or Black Friars (circa 1170-1221)

Saint Edward the Confessor

son of Ethelred the Unready; King of England from 1042 to 1066; he founded Westminster Abbey where he was eventually buried (1003-1066)

Saint Edward the Martyr

King of England who was a son of Edgar; he was challenged for the throne by supporters of his half-brother Ethelred II who eventually murdered him (963-978)

Saint Francis of Assisi

(Roman Catholic Church) an Italian and the Roman Catholic monk who founded the Franciscan order of friars (1181-1226)

Saint George

Christian martyr; patron saint of England; hero of the legend of Saint George and the Dragon in which he slew a dragon and saved a princess (?-303)

Gregory the Great

(Roman Catholic Church) an Italian pope distinguished for his spiritual and temporal leadership; a saint and Doctor of the Church (540?-604)

St. Gregory of Nazianzen

(Roman Catholic Church) a church father known for his constant fight against perceived heresies; a saint and Doctor of the Church (329-391)

Saint Ignatius

bishop of Antioch who was martyred under the Roman Emperor Trajan (died 110)

Saint Ignatius of Loyola

Spaniard and Roman Catholic theologian and founder of the Society of Jesus; a leading opponent of the Reformation (1491-1556)

Saint Irenaeus

Greek theologian who was bishop of Lyons and an antiheretical writer; a saint and Doctor of the Church (circa 130-200)

Saint James the Apostle

(New Testament) disciple of Jesus; brother of John; author of the Epistle of James in the New Testament

Eusebius Sophronius Hieronymus

(Roman Catholic Church) one of the great Fathers of the early Christian Church whose major work was his translation of the Scriptures from Hebrew and Greek into Latin (which became the Vulgate); a saint and Doctor of the Church (347-420)

Saint John the Apostle

(New Testament) disciple of Jesus; traditionally said to be the author of the 4th Gospel and three epistles and the book of Revelation

St. John Chrysostom

(Roman Catholic Church) a Church Father who was a great preacher and bishop of Constantinople; a saint and Doctor of the Church (347-407)

St. John the Baptist

(New Testament) a preacher and hermit and forerunner of Jesus (whom he baptized); was beheaded by Herod at the request of Salome

Saint Jude

(New Testament) supposed brother of St. James; one of the Apostles who is invoked in prayer when a situation seems hopeless

Saint Lawrence

Roman martyr; supposedly Lawrence was ordered by the police to give up the church's treasure and when he responded by presenting the poor people of Rome he was roasted to death on a gridiron (died in 258)

Leo the Great

Italian pope from 440 to 461 who extended the authority of the papacy to the west and persuaded Attila not to attack Rome (440-461)

Saint Louis

king of France and son of Louis VIII; he led two unsuccessful Crusades; considered an ideal medieval king (1214-1270)

Saint Luke

(New Testament) the Apostle closely associated with St. Paul and traditionally assumed to be the author of the third Gospel

Saint Mark

Apostle and companion of Saint Peter; assumed to be the author of the second Gospel

St. Martin

French bishop who is a patron saint of France (died in 397)

St. Mary Magdalene

sinful woman Jesus healed of evil spirits; she became a follower of Jesus

Saint Matthew the Apostle

(New Testament) disciple of Jesus; traditionally considered to be the author of the first Gospel

Saint Nicholas

a bishop in Asia Minor who is associated with Santa Claus (4th century)

Saint Olaf

King and patron saint of Norway (995-1030)

Saint Patrick

Apostle and patron saint of Ireland; an English missionary to Ireland in the 5th century

Apostle of the Gentiles

(New Testament) a Christian missionary to the Gentiles; author of several Epistles in the New Testament; even though Paul was not present at the Last Supper he is considered an Apostle

Saint Peter the Apostle

disciple of Jesus and leader of the Apostles; regarded by Catholics as the vicar of Christ on earth and first Pope

Simon the Canaanite

one of the twelve Apostles (first century)

Saint Teresa of Avila

Spanish mystic and religious reformer; author of religious classics and a Christian saint (1515-1582)

Thomas the doubting Apostle

the Apostle who would not believe the resurrection of Jesus until he saw Jesus with his own eyes

St. Vitus

Christian martyr and patron of those who suffer from epilepsy and Sydenham's chorea (died around 300)

Lorelei

a Siren of German legend who lured boatmen in the Rhine to destruction

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daemon, demigod

a person who is part mortal and part god

sea god

a deity that personifies the sea and is usually believed to live in or to control the sea

sun god

a god that personifies the sun or is otherwise associated with the sun

Celtic deity

a deity worshipped by the Celts

Egyptian deity

a deity worshipped by the ancient Egyptians

Semitic deity

a deity worshipped by the ancient Semites

Hindu deity

a deity worshipped by the Hindus

Persian deity

a deity worshiped by the ancient Persians

Chinese deity

a deity worshipped by the ancient Chinese

Japanese deity

a deity worshipped by the Japanese

goddess

a female deity

earth god, earth-god

a god of fertility and vegetation

demiurge

a subordinate deity, in some philosophies the creator of the universe

Graeco-Roman deity, Greco-Roman deity

a deity of classical mythology

Greek deity

a deity worshipped by the ancient Greeks

Roman deity

a deity worshipped by the ancient Romans

Norse deity

a deity worshipped by the ancient Norsemen

Teutonic deity

(German mythology) a deity worshipped by the ancient Teutons

Anglo-Saxon deity

(Anglo-Saxon mythology) a deity worshipped by the Anglo-Saxons

Phrygian deity

deity of the ancient Phrygians of west central Asia Minor

saint

a person who has died and has been declared a saint by canonization

god of war, war god

a god worshipped as giving victory in war

snake god, zombi, zombie

a god of voodoo cults of African origin worshipped especially in West Indies

Grace

(Greek mythology) one of three sisters who were the givers of beauty and charm; a favorite subject for sculptors

Fomor, Fomorian

one of a group of Celtic sea demons sometimes associated with the hostile power of nature

Ler, Lir

the sea personified; father of Manannan; corresponds to Welsh Llyr

Llew Llaw Gyffes

son of Gwydion and Arianrhod; supported by magic of Gwydion; cursed by Arianrhod

Tuatha De, Tuatha De Danann

race of Celtic gods or demigods; ruled Ireland in the Golden Age

Amen, Amon, Amun

a primeval Egyptian personification of air and breath; worshipped especially at Thebes

Anunnaki, Enuki

any of a group of powerful Babylonian earth spirits or genii; servitors of the gods

Lilith

in ancient Semitic folklore: a female demon who attacks children

Aditya

one of 7 to 12 sons of Aditi; Hindu gods of celestial light

Ahura

(Zoroastrianism) title for benevolent deities

Asvins

(literally `possessing horses' in Sanskrit) in Hinduism the twin chariot warriors conveying Surya

Dharma

basic principles of the cosmos; also: an ancient sage in Hindu mythology worshipped as a god by some lower castes;

Garuda

a supernatural eagle-like being that serves as Vishnu's mount

Marut

any of a group of Hindu storm gods; offspring of Rudra

Rhibhus, Ribhus

one of three artisans of the Hindu gods

Soma

personification of a sacred intoxicating drink used in Vedic ritual

Vajra

Indra's thunderbolt

avatar

the manifestation of a Hindu deity (especially Vishnu) in human or superhuman or animal form

earth goddess, earth-goddess

a goddess of fertility and vegetation

faun

ancient Italian deity in human shape, with horns, pointed ears and a goat's tail; equivalent to Greek satyr

Adonis

(Greek mythology) a handsome youth loved by both Aphrodite and Persephone

forest god, satyr

one of a class of woodland deities; attendant on Bacchus; identified with Roman fauns

silenus

any of the minor woodland deities who were companions of Dionysus (similar to the satyrs)

nymph

(classical mythology) a minor nature goddess usually depicted as a beautiful maiden

Aether

personification of the sky or upper air breathed by the Olympians; son of Erebus and night or of Chaos and darkness

Moirae, Moirai

any of the three Greek goddesses of fate or destiny; identified with the Roman Parcae and similar to the Norse Norns

Parcae

any of the three Roman goddesses of fate or destiny; identified with the Greek Moirai and similar to the Norse Norns

Muse

in ancient Greek mythology any of 9 daughters of Zeus and Mnemosyne; protector of an art or science

Pontos, Pontus

(Greek mythology) ancient personification of the sea; father of Nereus

Rhadamanthus

(Greek mythology) a judge of the dead in the underworld

Latona, Leto

wife or mistress of Zeus and mother of Apollo and Artemis in ancient mythology; called Latona in Roman mythology

Aesir

(Norse mythology) the chief race of gods living at Asgard

Vanir

(Norse mythology) race of ancient gods sometimes in conflict with the Aesir

Nanna

(Norse mythology) wife of Balder

Norn, weird sister

(Norse mythology) any of the three goddesses of destiny; identified with Anglo-Saxon Wyrd; similar to Greek Moirae and Roman Parcae

Sigyn

(Norse mythology) wife of Loki; held a cup over him during his punishment to spare him the pain of drops of poison

Ull, Ullr

(Norse mythology) one of the Aesir known for his beauty and skill with bow and skis; son of Sif and stepson of Thor

Vali

(Norse mythology) one of the Aesir and avenger of Balder; son of Odin

Vidar, Vithar, Vitharr

(Norse mythology) one of the Aesir; son of Odin; avenges his parent by slaying Fenrir at Ragnarok

Weird, Wyrd

fate personified; any one of the three Weird Sisters

patron saint

a saint who is considered to be a defender of some group or nation