List of night deities

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The Norse night goddess Nótt riding her horse, in a 19th-century painting by Peter Nicolai Arbo

A night deity is a goddess or god in mythology associated with night, the night sky, or darkness. They commonly feature in polytheistic religions. The following is a list of night deities in various mythologies.



  • Lords of the Night, a group of nine gods, each of whom ruled over a particular night
  • Itzpapalotl - fearsome skeletal goddess of the stars
  • Metztli, god or goddess of the moon, night and farmers
  • Tezcatlipoca, god of the night sky, the night winds, hurricanes, the north, the earth, obsidian, enmity, discord, rulership, divination, temptation, jaguars, sorcery, beauty, war and strife
  • Yohaulticetl, lunar goddess known as the "Lady of the Night"



  • Apep, the serpent god, deification of evil and darkness
  • Kuk, uncreated god and the personification of the primordial darkness
  • Nephthys, goddess of night as well as death and birth
  • Khonsu, god of the moon


  • Artume, (also called Aritimi, Artames, or Artumes), Etruscan goddess of night


  • Artemis, goddess of the night, the moon, wild beasts, and the hunt.
  • Asteria, goddess of nocturnal oracles and the stars
  • Hecate, goddess of magic, sorcery, witchcraft, necromancy, ghosts, death, fire, light, crossroads, childbirth, wilderness, night, and the moon
  • Erebus, primordial god of darkness
  • Nyx, primordial goddess of night
  • Achlys, primordial goddess of eternal night, misery and sorrow
  • Phobetor, god of nightmares
  • Phantasos, god of surreal dreams
  • Morpheus, god of dreams
  • Hypnos, god of sleep


  • Ratri, goddess of night
  • Chandra, god of the moon
  • Rahu, a celestial deity of darkness and eclipse
  • Indra, god of the sky, ruler of all other sky gods


  • Ahriman, god of darkness, night and evils.


  • Breksta, goddess of twilight and dreams, who protects people from sunset to sunrise



  • Nótt, female personification of night


  • Nox, primordial goddess of night; equivalent to the Greek goddess Nyx
  • Scotus, primordial god of darkness; equivalent to the Greek god Erebus
  • Summanus, god of nocturnal thunder
  • Somnus, god of sleep, equivalent to Hypnos.
  • Trivia, goddess of sorcery, ghosts, tombs, death, and torches, equivalent to Hecate.
  • Luna, goddess of the moon, equivalent to Selene.
  • Latona, an equivalent to the goddesses Leto and Asteria.


  • Zorya, two guardian goddesses, representing the morning and evening stars.

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