Lists of deities

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This is an index to deities of the different religions, cultures and mythologies of the world, listed by type and by region.

For deified individuals see "List of people who have been considered deities", "Apotheosis" and "Imperial cult". For epithets of gods of monotheistic religions, see Names of God. For deities whose cult is fictional see "List of deities in fiction".

By classification[edit]

Baronne Rigoley d'Ogny as Aurora, by Jean-Marc Nattier, Baltimore Museum of Art
Further information: Religious cosmology

A basic classification of types of gods is given by Stith Thompson's Motif-Index of Folk-Literature:

By cultural sphere[edit]

Near East and North Africa[edit]

Osiris, lord of the dead. His green skin symbolizes rebirth

Central / Northern Asia[edit]

East Asia[edit]

India / South Asia[edit]

The image illustrates the Hindu belief that each part of the cow embodies a particular deity

Southeast Asia[edit]


Sub-Saharan Africa[edit]

Poster of a Mami Wata, "serpent priestess" painted ca. 1926 by German (Hamburg) artist Schleisinger, displayed in shrines as a popular image of Mami Wata in Africa and in the Diaspora.[1][2]



Syncretic mythologies[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Jell-Bahlsen 1997, p. 105
  2. ^ Chesi 1997, p. 255)