Weather god

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Jupiter, king of gods and weather god in ancient Rome

A weather god is a deity in mythology associated with weather phenomena such as thunder, lightning, rain and wind. They feature commonly in polytheistic religions, frequently as the head of the pantheon.

Storm gods are conceived of as wielding thunder and lightning. They are typically male, powerful and irascible rulers. Notable examples include the Indo-European deities derived from the Proto-Indo-European Dyeus,[1]

The Indo-European storm god is sometimes imagined as distinct from the ruling sky god. In these cases, he has names separate from the Dyeus etymon, either Perkwunos[2] or Taran-.[3]

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  1. ^ "Indo-European *Deiwos and Related Words" by Grace Sturtevant Hopkins, Language Dissertations number XII, December 1932 (supplement to Language, journal of the Linguistic Society of America).
  2. ^ Simek (2007:332)
  3. ^ Paul-Marie Duval. 2002. Les Dieux de la Gaule. Paris, Éditions Payot.

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