List of hunting deities

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The wild Hunt of Odin (1872) by Peter Nicolai Arbo, depicting the Wild Hunt of European folklore

A hunting deity is a god or goddess in mythology associated with the hunting of animals and the skills and equipment involved. They are a common feature of polytheistic religions.

African mythology[edit]

Anglo-Saxon mythology[edit]

Aztec mythology[edit]

Celtic mythology[edit]

  • Cernunnos, a horned god associated with fertility and hunting
  • Nodens, god associated with healing, the sea, hunting and dogs
  • Flidais, goddess of hunting and wild animals

Chinese mythology[edit]

Egyptian mythology[edit]

  • Neith, goddess of war and the hunt
  • Pakhet, a lioness huntress deity, whom the Greeks associated with Artemis
  • Wepwawet, god of hunting and war, along with funerary practices

Finnish mythology[edit]

  • Mielikki, goddess of forests and the hunt
  • Nyyrikki, god of the hunt
  • Tapio, East Finnish forest spirit to whom men prayed before a hunt

Georgian mythology[edit]

  • Apsat, god of the hunt, associated with fish and birds
  • Dali, goddess of the hunt, associated with horned beasts of the mountain

Greek mythology[edit]

  • Aristaeus, god of bee-keeping, cheese-making, herding, olive-growing and hunting
  • Artemis, goddess of the hunt, wild animals and the moon
  • Pan, in addition to being a god of the wild and shepherds, was also a hunting god.

Hindu mythology[edit]

  • Banka-Mundi, goddess of the hunt and fertility
  • Rudra, Rigvedic god associated with wind or storm, and the hunt
  • Bhadra, god of hunting, one of Shiva's ganas

Hittite mythology[edit]

  • Rundas, god of the hunt and good fortune

Inuit mythology[edit]

  • Arnakuagsak, goddess responsible for ensuring the hunters were able to catch enough food and that the people remained healthy and strong
  • Arnapkapfaaluk, sea goddess who inspired fear in hunters
  • Nerrivik, the sea mother and patron of fishermen and hunters
  • Nujalik, goddess of hunting on land
  • Pinga, goddess of the hunt, fertility, and medicine
  • Sedna, goddess of the sea, marine animals, and sea hunting
  • Tekkeitsertok, god of hunting and master of caribou

Mesoamerican mythology[edit]

  • Ah Tabai, Maya god of the hunt
  • Mixcoatl, Aztec god of hunting
  • Sip, a hunting god often shown with deer ears and antlers
  • Yum Kaax, Maya god of the forest and the protector of game animals

Norse mythology[edit]

  • Odin, chief god and ruler of Asgard, associated with wisdom, war, battle, and death, and also magic, poetry, prophecy, victory, and the hunt
  • Skaði, a jötunn and goddess associated with bowhunting, skiing, winter, and mountains
  • Ullr Norse god of hunting, archery, and skiing.

Roman mythology[edit]

  • Diana, goddess of the hunt, wild animals and the wilderness; the counterpart of Artemis, goddess of the hunt and wild. Twin sister of Apollo. Daughter of Leto and Jupiter.

Siberian mythology[edit]

Slavic mythology[edit]

  • Devana, goddess of the hunt; the Slavic equivalent of the Roman goddess Diana
  • Ipabog, Wendish god of the hunt
  • Podaga, Wendish god of the weather, fishing, hunting, and farming

Thracian mythology[edit]

  • Bendis, goddess of the hunt and the moon, whom the Greeks associated with Artemis
  • Thracian horseman, a hunting god on horseback.

Yoruba and Afro-American mythology[edit]

  • Ogoun, loa and orisha who presides over fire, iron, hunting, politics and war
  • Oxóssi, Yoruba hunting god.

See also[edit]