List of solar deities

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Solar Apollo with the radiant halo of Helios in a floor mosaic, El Djem, Tunisia, late 2nd century.

A solar deity is a god or goddess who represents the Sun, or an aspect of it, usually by its perceived power and strength. Solar deities and sun worship can be found throughout most of recorded history in various forms. The following is a list of solar deities:

African mythology
Australian Aboriginal mythology
  • Gnowee, solar goddess who searches daily for her lost son; the light of her torch is the sun
  • Wala, solar goddess
  • Wuriupranili, solar goddess whose torch is the sun
  • Yhi, Karraur goddess of the sun, light and creation
Ainu mythology
  • Chup Kamui, a lunar goddess who switched places with her brother to become goddess of the sun
Arabian mythology
Aztec mythology
Baltic mythology
  • Saulė, goddess of the sun and fertility
Basque mythology
  • Ekhi, goddess of the sun and protector of humanity
Brazilian mythology
Buddhism
  • Marici, goddess of the heavens, sun and light
Canaanite mythology
Celtic mythology
  • Áine, Irish goddess of love, summer, wealth and sovereignty, associated with the sun and midsummer
  • Alaunus, Gaulish god of the sun, healing and prophecy
  • Belenos, Gaulish god of the sun
  • Étaín, Irish sun goddess
  • Grannus, god associated with spas, healing thermal and mineral springs, and the sun
  • Lugh, Irish deity sometimes regarded as a sun god
  • Mug Ruith, Irish deity sometimes regarded as a sun or storm god
  • Sulis, British deity whose name is related to the common Proto-Indo-European word for "sun" (and thus cognate with Helios, Sól, Sol, Usil and Surya) and who retains solar imagery, as well as a domain over healing and thermal springs.
Chinese mythology
Statue of the goddess Xihe charioteering the sun, being pulled by a dragon, in Hangzhou
  • Xihe, sun goddess and mother of the ten suns
  • Zhulong, dragon deity of daylight.
Egyptian mythology
  • Bast, cat goddess associated with the sun
  • Horus, god of the sky whose right eye was considered to be the sun and his left the moon
  • Amun, creator deity sometimes identified as a sun god
  • Atum, the "finisher of the world" who represents the sun as it sets
  • Aten, god of the sun, the visible disc of the sun
  • Khepri, god of rebirth and the sunrise
  • Nefertem, god of healing and beauty, who represents the first sunlight
  • Ra, god of the sun
  • Sekhmet, goddess of war and of the sun, and sometimes plagues and creator of the desert
  • Sopdu, god of war and the scorching heat of the summer sun
  • Ptah, god of craftsmanship, the arts and fertility, sometimes said to represent the sun at night
  • Khnum, god of sunset
Etruscan mythology
  • Albina, goddess of the dawn and protector of ill-fated lovers
  • Thesan, goddess of the dawn, associated with new life
  • Usil, etruscan equivalent of Helios
Germanic mythology
Greek mythology
  • Alectrona, goddess of the sun, morning and waking up
  • Apollo, Olympian god of light, the sun, prophecy, healing, plague, archery, music and poetry
  • Eos, Titan goddess of the dawn
  • Helios, Titan god of the sun
  • Heracles, the "solar hero", whose entire story has been interpreted as a sun myth, and whose labors are often associated with the Zodiac signs.
  • Hyperion, Titan god of light
  • Phanes, protogenoi of light and life, described with "golden wings", surrounded by the signs of the Zodiac and equated with Mithras.
  • Theia, a titan goddess associated with the sun
Hinduism
  • Agni, god of fire, associated with the sun
  • Aryaman, god of the sun
  • Mitra, god of honesty, friendship, contracts, meetings and the morning sun
  • Ravi, god of the sun
  • Saranyu, goddess of the dawn and clouds
  • Savitr, god of the sun at sunrise and sunset
  • Surya, god of the sun
Hittite mythology
  • Arinna, goddess of the sun
  • Istanu, god of the sun and judgment
Incan mythology
Inuit mythology
Japanese mythology
Amaterasu emerging out of a cave, bringing sunlight back to the universe
Lusitanian mythology
  • Endovelicus, god of health and safety. Worshipped both as a solar deity and a chthonic one.
  • Neto, claimed to be both a solar and war deity.
Māori mythology
Maya mythology
  • Ah Kin, god of the sun, bringer of doubt and protector against the evils associated with darkness
  • Kinich Ahau, god of the sun
  • Hunahpu, one of the Maya Hero Twins; he transformed into the sun while his brother transformed into the moon
  • Tohil, god associated with thunder, lightning and sunrise
Mesopotamian mythology
  • Shamash, Akkadian god of the sun and justice
  • Utu, Sumerian god of the sun and justice
Native American mythology
Norse mythology
  • Baldr, god associated with light, beauty, love and happiness
  • Dagr, personification of the daytime
  • Freyr, god of fertility, sexuality, peace and sunlight
Persian mythology
Polynesian mythology
Roman mythology
  • Apollo, the Greco-Roman god of light, music, knowledge, and the sun
  • Sol
Sami mythology
  • Beiwe, goddess of the sun, spring, fertility and sanity
Slavic mythology
  • Belobog, reconstructed deity of light and the sun who may or may not have been worshipped by pagan Slavs
  • Dažbog, god of the sun
  • Hors, god of the sun
  • Radegast, god of hospitality, fertility and crops, associated with war and the sun, who may or may not have been worshipped by pagan Slavs
  • Zorya, two daughters of Dažbog
    • Zorya Utrennyaya, the morning star, who openes the palace gates each dawn for the sun-chariot's departure
    • Zorya Vechernyaya, the evening star, who closes the palace gates each night after the sun-chariot's
Turkic mythology