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, 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, lust and beauty
  • The Erotes
    • Anteros, god of requited love
    • Eros, god of love,sexual passion and naughty thoughts
    • Himeros, god of sexual desire
    • Hedylogos, god of sweet talk and flattery.
    • Hymen, god of weddings and bawdy wedding songs
    • Pothos, god of sexual longing, yearning and desire
  • Peitho, personification of persuasion and seduction

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.