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.

Arabian[edit]

Aztec[edit]

  • Lords of the Night, 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
  • Tzitzimimeh, skeletal goddesses of the stars
  • Yohaulticetl, lunar goddess known as the "Lady of the Night"

Canaanite[edit]

  • Shalim, god of dusk
  • Araphel, the divine darkness

Egyptian[edit]

  • Apep, the serpent god, deification of evil and darkness
  • Kuk, uncreated god and the personification of the primordial darkness
  • Khonsu, god of the moon
  • Nut, goddess of night also associated with rebirth

Greco-Roman[edit]

Greek

  • Achlys, primordial goddess of the clouding of eyes after death, the eternal night, and poison.
  • Artemis, goddess of the hunt, the wilderness, and wild animals, who was commonly associated with the moon.
  • Asteria, Titaness goddess of nocturnal oracles and the stars.
  • Erebus, primordial god and personification of darkness.
  • Hades, god of the underworld, whose domain included night and darkness.
  • Hecate, goddess of boundaries, crossroads, witchcraft, and ghosts, who was commonly associated with the moon.
  • Hypnos, personification of sleep, the son of Nyx and Erebus and twin brother of Thanatos.
  • Nyx, primordial goddess and personification of the night.
  • Selene, Titaness goddess and personification of the moon.
  • Thanatos, personification of death, the son of Nyx and Erebus and twin brother of Hypnos.

Roman

  • Diana Trivia, goddess of the hunt, the moon, crossroads, equivalent to the Greek goddesses Artemis and Hecate.
  • Latona, mother goddess of day and night, equivalent to the Greek goddesses Leto and Asteria.
  • Luna, goddess of the moon, equivalent to the Greek goddess Selene.
  • Nox, primordial goddess of night; equivalent to the Greek goddess Nyx.
  • Scotus, primordial god of darkness; equivalent to the Greek god Erebus.
  • Somnus, god of sleep, equivalent to the Greek god Hypnos.
  • Summanus, god of nocturnal thunder.

Etruscan

  • Artume (also called Aritimi, Artames, or Artumes), Etruscan goddess of the night; equivalent to the Greek goddess Artemis.

Hindu[edit]

Iranic[edit]

  • Ahriman, god of darkness, night and evils.

Lithuanian[edit]

  • Aušrinė, goddess of the morning star
  • Breksta, goddess of twilight and dreams, who protects people from sunset to sunrise
  • Mėnuo, god of the moon
  • Vakarė, goddess of the evening star
  • Žvaigždės, goddesses of the stars and planets

Norse[edit]

  • Nótt, female personification of night

Polynesian[edit]

Slavic[edit]

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

See also[edit]