List of love and lust deities

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The Birth of Venus by Sandro Botticelli (1485), depicting Venus, the Roman goddess of love, lust and beauty

A love deity is a deity in mythology associated with sexual love, lust or sexuality. Love deities are common in mythology and may be found in many polytheistic religions.

List of love deities[edit]

Albanian folklore[edit]

Armenian mythology[edit]

  • Astghik, goddess of fertility and love

Aztec mythology[edit]

  • Xochiquetzal, goddess of fertility, beauty, female sexual power, protection of young mothers, pregnancy, childbirth, and women's crafts
  • Xochipilli, god of love, art, games, beauty, dance, flowers, maize, fertility, and song
  • Tlazolteotl, goddess of lust, carnality, sexual misdeeds
  • Ixcuiname, goddess of the carnality.
    • Tiacapan, goddess of sexual passion.
    • Teicu, goddess of sexual appetite.
    • Tlaco, goddess of sexual longing.
    • Xocotzin, goddess of sexual desire.

Buddhism[edit]

  • Aizen Myō-ō or Rāgarāja, a deity who transforms worldly lust into spiritual awakening; his red-skinned appearance represents suppressed lust and passion

Canaanite mythology[edit]

  • Astarte, goddess of sexual love, fertility, and warfare
  • Qetesh, goddess of love, beauty and sex

Celtic mythology[edit]

  • Aine, Irish goddess of love, summer, wealth and sovereignty
  • Cliodhna Irish goddess, sometimes identified as a goddess of love and beauty[1]

Chinese mythology[edit]

  • Yue-Lao, a god of love, who binds two people together with an invisible red string.
  • Tu Er Shen, a deity who oversees the love between homosexual men.
  • White Peony (Bai Mudan or Pai Mu-Tan), a goddess who tempts men, especially ascetics.

Egyptian mythology[edit]

  • Bes, god of music, dance, and sexual pleasure
  • Hathor, goddess of the sky, love, beauty, and music
  • Bastet, goddess of felines, love, sexuality, protection, perfume, beauty, and dance

Etruscan mythology[edit]

  • Albina, goddess of the dawn and protector of ill-fated lovers
  • Turan, goddess of love and vitality

Greek mythology[edit]

  • Aphrodite, goddess of love, sexuality and beauty
  • The Erotes
    • Anteros, god of requited love
    • Eros, god of love and sexual desire
    • Himeros, god of sexual desire
    • Hedylogos, god of sweet talk and flattery.
    • Hymen, god of weddings and wedding songs
    • Pothos, god of sexual longing, yearning and desire
  • Peitho, personification of persuasion and seduction
  • Pan, God of is the god of the wild, shepherds and flocks, nature of mountain wilds, hunting and rustic music, and companion of the nymphs, also associated with sexuality and fertility.famous for his sexual powers, and is often depicted with a phallus. Diogenes of Sinope, speaking in jest, related a myth of Pan learning masturbation from his father, Hermes, and teaching the habit to shepherds.Pan's greatest conquest was that of the moon goddess Selene. He accomplished this by wrapping himself in a sheepskin to hide his hairy black goat form, and drew her down from the sky into the forest where he seduced her.

Guaraní mythology[edit]

  • Kurupi, god of sexuality and fertility

Hindu mythology[edit]

Kama (left) with Rati on a temple wall of Chennakesava Temple, Belur.
  • Kamadeva or Manmadhan or Kama, god of love
  • Rati, goddess of passion and lust

Lithuanian mythology[edit]

  • Milda, goddess of love and freedom

Mesopotamian mythology[edit]

  • Inanna or Ishtar, goddess of sexual love, fertility, and warfare[2]
  • Nanaya, goddess personifying voluptuousness and sensuality

Moroccan mythology[edit]

  • Qandisa, goddess of lust who first seduces men then drives them insane[3]

Norse and Germanic mythology[edit]

  • Freyja, goddess associated with love, beauty, magic, shamanism, seiðr, sacrifice, war, death, and sexuality.
  • Freyr, worshipped as a phallic fertility god, he was said to "[bestow] peace and pleasure on mortals"
  • Frigg, goddess of marriage, married women, household duty, and divination.
  • Sjöfn, goddess associated with love

Roman mythology[edit]

  • Venus, the Roman equivalent of the Greek goddess Aphrodite
  • Cupid, the Roman equivalent of the Greek god Eros
  • Suadela, the Roman equivalent of the Greek goddess Peitho

Slavic mythology[edit]

  • Dogoda, Polish spirit of the west wind, associated with love and gentleness
  • Dzydzilelya, Polish goddess of love and marriage and of sexuality and fertility
  • Lada, fakeloric goddess of harmony, merriment, youth, love and beauty
  • Siebog, god of love and marriage
  • Živa, goddess of love and fertility

Vodou[edit]

Yoruba mythology[edit]

  • Mami Wata, a pantheon of water deities sometimes associated with love and lust
  • Oshun, goddess of love, intimacy, beauty, wealth and diplomacy


References[edit]

  1. ^ Evans-Wentz, W. Y. (1998). The Fairy-Faith in Celtic Countries. Citadel. p. 572. ISBN 0-8065-1160-5. 
  2. ^ Leick, Gwendolyn (1994). Sex and Eroticism in Mesopotamian Literature. Routledge. p. 320. ISBN 0-415-06534-8. 
  3. ^ Lurker, Manfred (1987). Dictionary of Gods and Goddesses, Devils and Demons. Routledge. p. 293. ISBN 0-7102-0877-4.