List of thunder gods

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For other uses, see God of Thunder (disambiguation).
Indra, the Indian/ Hindu god of thunder.

Polytheistic peoples of many cultures have postulated a Thunder God, the personification or source of the forces of thunder and lightning; a lightning god does not have a typical depiction, and will vary based on the culture. In Indo-European cultures, the Thunder God is frequently known as the chief or king of the gods, e.g. Indra in Hinduism, Zeus in Greek mythology, and Perun in ancient Slavic religion; or a close relation thereof, e.g. Thor, son of Odin, in Norse mythology. This is also true of *Shango in Yorùbá religion and in the syncretic religions of the African Diaspora, such as Santería (Cuba, Puerto Rico, U.S. and Candomblé (Brazil).

In Greek mythology, The Elysian Fields, or the Elysian Plains, the final resting places of the souls of the heroic and the virtuous, evolved from a designation of a place or person struck by lightning, enelysion, enelysios.[1] This could be a reference to Zeus, the god of lightning/Jupiter, so "lightning-struck" could be saying that the person was blessed (struck) by Zeus (/lightning/fortune). Egyptologist Jan Assmann has also suggested that Greek Elysion may have instead been derived from the Egyptian term ialu (older iaru), meaning "reeds," with specific reference to the "Reed fields" (Egyptian: sekhet iaru / ialu), a paradisiacal land of plenty where the dead hoped to spend eternity.[2]

List of thunder gods[edit]

Ancient Near East[edit]

Eurasia[edit]

East Asia[edit]

Thunder Emperors of the Five Regions

Thunder Kings of the Five Regions

Marshals of Thunder

Thunder Generals of the Five Regions

Twelve Lords of Heaven’s Thunder

    • 1. Shénxiāo Leigong
    • 2. Wǔfāng Leigong
    • 3. Hángyǔ Leigong
    • 4. Háng fēng Leigong
    • 5. Hángyún Leigong
    • 6. Bùzé Leigong
    • 7. Hángxuě Leigong
    • 8. Hángbīng Leigong
    • 9. Fēishā Leigong
    • 10. Shísuì Leigong
    • 11. Tūnguǐ Leigong
    • 12. Fúmó Leigong

Twelve Lords of Earth’s Thunder

    • 1. Shǎngshàn Leigong
    • 2. Fáě Leigong
    • 3. Shèlíng Leigong
    • 4. Fādào Leigong
    • 5. Sìxù Leigong
    • 6. Quèzāi Leigong
    • 7. Shōudú Leigong
    • 8. Jiùbìng Leigong
    • 9. Fúwēi Leigong
    • 10. Tàishēng Leigong
    • 11. Xúntiān Leigong
    • 12. Chádì Leigong

Twelve Lords of Man’s Thunder

    • 1. Shōuwēn Leigong
    • 2. Shèdú Leigong
    • 3. Chúhài Leigong
    • 4. Quèhuò Leigong
    • 5. Fēngshān Leigong
    • 6. Pòcháo Leigong
    • 7. Dáguǐ Leigong
    • 8. Fúhǔ Leigong
    • 9. Pòzhàng Leigong
    • 10. Mièshī Leigong
    • 11. Dàngguài Leigong
    • 12. Guǎnpò Leigong

Thirty Six Lords of Thunder

    • 1. Wǔdi Leigong
    • 2. Yīnyáng Leigong
    • 3. Sìlíng Leigong
    • 4. Liùjiǎ Leigong
    • 5. Pīléi Leigong
    • 6. Fāshuǐ Leigong
    • 7. Bāfēng Leigong
    • 8. Shíyǔ Leigong
    • 9. Liùdào Leigong
    • 10. Zhìdiàn Leigong
    • 11. Xīngfēng Leigong
    • 12. Hángyǔ Leigong
    • 13. Wǔyuè Leigong
    • 14. Sìlì Leigong
    • 15. Bājié Leigong
    • 16. Liùhóu Leigong
    • 17. Dàchuān Leigong
    • 18. Xīgǔ Leigong
    • 19. Jiānghé Leigong
    • 20. Sìhǎi Leigong
    • 21. Mínggǔ Leigong
    • 22. Hōnglún Leigong
    • 23. Huǒchē Leigong
    • 24. Huǒlún Leigong
    • 25. Yíshān Leigong
    • 26. Zǒushí Leigong
    • 27. Xīngyún Leigong
    • 28. Sǎyǔ Leigong
    • 29. Hángyún Leigong
    • 30. Bùshuāng Leigong
    • 31. Dáwēn Leigong
    • 32. Qūxié Leigong
    • 33. Guāngmíng Leigong
    • 34. Hēiàn Leigong
    • 35. Pòmiào Leigong
    • 36. Huǒyìn Leigong

Thirty Six Gods of Thunder

    • 1. Yùshū Leishen
    • 2. Yùfǔ Leishen
    • 3. Yùzhù Leishen
    • 4. Shǎngqīng Dàdòng Leishen
    • 5. Huǒlún Leishen
    • 6. Guàndǒu Leishen
    • 7. Fēnghuǒ Leishen
    • 8. Fēijié Leishen
    • 9. Běijí Leishen
    • 10. Zǐwēi Xuánshū Leishen
    • 11. Shénxiāo Leishen
    • 12. Xiāndū Leishen
    • 13. Dàyǐ Hōngtiān Leishen
    • 14. Zǐfǔ Leishen
    • 15. Tiějiǎ Leishen
    • 16. Shàoyáng Leishen
    • 17. Yùhuǒ Leishen
    • 18. Shèlíngmán Leishen
    • 19. Dezhīmíng Leishen
    • 20. Sānjiè Leishen
    • 21. Zhǎnkuàng Leishen
    • 22. Dàwēi Leishen
    • 23. Dàbō Leishen
    • 24. Qīngcǎo Leishen
    • 25. Bāguà Leishen
    • 26. Hùnyuán Yīngquǎn Leishen
    • 27. Xiàomìngfēng Leishen
    • 28. Huǒyún Leishen
    • 29. Yǔbù Dàtǒngshè Leishen
    • 30. Tàijí Leishen
    • 31. Jiànhuǒ Leishen
    • 32. Nèijiàn Leishen
    • 33. Wàijiàn Leishen
    • 34. Shénfǔ Tiānshū Leishen
    • 35. Dàfàn Dòushū Leishen
    • 36. Yùchén Leishen
  • Indra, Parjanya (Hindu mythology)
  • Ajisukitakahikone, Raijin (Raiden-sama, Kaminari-sama), Tenjin (kami) (Japanese mythology)
  • Susanoo (Japanese mythology)

Americas[edit]

Africa[edit]

Oceania[edit]

Polynesian mythology
Micronesian mythology

Australia[edit]

New Zealand[edit]

Literature[edit]

  • H. Munro Chadwick, The Oak and the Thunder-God, Journal of the Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland (1900).

Music[edit]

Video games[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Walter Burkert, Greek Religion, 1985. p. 198.
  2. ^ Assmann, Jan (2001). Death and Salvation in Ancient Egypt. Cornell University Press. p. 392

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