Liminal deity

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A liminal deity is a god or goddess in mythology who presides over thresholds, gates, or doorways; "a crosser of boundaries".[1]


The word "liminal", first attested to in English in 1884, comes from the Latin word "limen", meaning "threshold".[2] "Liminality" is a term given currency in twentieth century anthropology by Victor Turner of the University of Chicago.

List of liminal deities[edit]

  • Greek mythology
    • Hecate, goddess of magic, witchcraft, the night, moon, ghosts, crossroads and necromancy
    • Hermes, god of messengers, omens, roads, travellers, border crossings, trade, protection of the home, thievery, cunning wiles, and animal husbandry; messenger of the gods and guide of the dead[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "THE GREEK PANTHEON: HERMES". English Mythology Class Notes. Retrieved 10 October 2011. 
  2. ^ Harper, Douglas. "Online Etymology Dictionary". Online Etymology Dictionary. Retrieved 10 October 2011. 
  3. ^ Palmer, Richard E. "The Liminality of Hermes and the Meaning of Hermeneutics". The Liminality of Hermes and the Meaning of Hermeneutics. Retrieved 10 October 2011. 
  4. ^ Jenkins, Stephen. "GANESHA". Retrieved 10 October 2011.