Time and fate deities

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Time and fate deities are personifications of time, often in the sense of human lifetime and human fate, in polytheistic religions. In monotheism, Time can still be personified, as in Father Time in European folklore, or Zurvan in Persian (Zoroastrian) tradition. In the book of Ecclesiastes in the Hebrew Bible, the terms עדן `iddan "time" vs. זמן zĕman "season" express a contrast similar to that of Greek Chronos vs. Kairos.

Ancient Near East[edit]

Ancient Egyptian religion: Hemsut · Huh

Assyro-Babylonian religion: Ashima · Ishtar · Mamitu · Mammetun · Manāt · Manu the Great · Meni

Classical Antiquity[edit]

Ancient Greek religion:

The Fates: MoiraiAtropos · Clotho · Lachesis

Aion · Ananke · Khronos (a Protogenoi, and not to be confused with the Titan, Kronus) · Geras · Horae · Kairos · Kronus (a Titan· Tyche · Moros

Ancient Roman religion:

The Fates: ParcaeDecima · Morta · Nona

Camenae: Antevorta/Porrima · Carmenta · Egeria · Postverta
Aeternitas · Anna Perenna · Caerus · Chronos · Saturn · Fortuna · Vertumnus


EtruscanNortia · Tinia
NorseNorns (Urðr · Verðandi · Skuld)

Day: (Dagr · Skinfaxi· Night: (Nótt · Hrímfaxi· Seasons: (Sumarr and Vetr· Old age: Elli

BalticDalia · Laima · Lauma
Romanian — Fates: Ursitoare
Other EuropeanMatres and Matrones · Father Time · Beten



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