Triad (religious)

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A Triad, in a religious context, refers to a grouping of three gods, usually by importance or similar roles. A triad of gods were usually not considered to by one in the same being, or different aspects of a single deity as in a Trinity or Triple deity.

Triads of three closely associated deities were commonly found throughout the ancient world, and in particular in the religious traditions of Ancient Greece and Egypt.[1]

List of deity triads[edit]

This part of a 12th-century Swedish tapestry has been interpreted to show, from left to right, the one-eyed Odin, the hammer-wielding Thor and Freyr holding up an ear of corn.[2]

Historical polytheism[edit]

Dharmic religions[edit]

Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva seated on lotuses with their consorts: Saraswati, Lakshmi, and Paravati respectively. ca 1770.

Other Eastern religions[edit]



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  3. ^ Chambers's Encyclopedia Volume 1
  4. ^ "The Biblical Astronomy of the Birth of Moses". Archived from the original on 2013-08-01. Retrieved 2013-02-03.
  5. ^ The twelve gods of Greece and Rome, Charlotte R. Long, p. 11
  6. ^ Religion in Hellenistic Athens Por Jon D. Mikalson, p. 210
  7. ^ The twelve gods of Greece and Rome Por Charlotte R. Long, p. 11
  8. ^ The Mythological Trinity or Triad Osiris, Horus and Isis, Wikicommons
  9. ^ Manfred Lurker, Lexikon der Götter und Symbole der alten Ägypter, Scherz 1998, p. 214f.
  10. ^ Encyclopedia of Religion and Ethics, Volume 6. Fiction - Hyksos. Part 2. God - Heraclitus, James Hastings, John A. Selbie and others (Ed.s), p. 381
  11. ^ Os Principais Deuses e Deusas da Lusitânia - Panteão Lusitano Archived 2016-01-01 at the Wayback Machine,
  12. ^ "The Holy Qur'an/An-Najm - Wikilivres".

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