Weather god

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Jupiter, king of gods and weather god in ancient Rome

A weather god is a deity in mythology associated with weather phenomena such as thunder, lightning, rain and wind. They feature commonly in polytheistic religions, frequently as the head of the pantheon.

Storm gods are conceived of as wielding thunder and lightning. They are typically male, powerful and irascible rulers. Notable examples include the Indo-European deities derived from the Proto-Indo-European Dyeus.[1] The Indo-European storm god is sometimes imagined as distinct from the ruling sky god. In these cases, he has names separate from the Dyeus etymon, either Perkwunos[2] or Taran.[3]

Storm gods[edit]

  • Adad, the Assyrian storm god.
  • Baʿal, the Canaanite & Phoenician storm, fertility, & war god. King of the gods.
  • Coatrisquie, the torrential downpour Goddess, the terrible Taíno storm servant of Guabancex and side-kick of thunder God Guatauva.
  • Guabancex, the top Taíno Storm Goddess; the Lady of the Winds who also deals out earthquakes and other such disasters of nature.
  • Guatauva, the Taíno God of thunder and lightning who is also responsible for rallying the other storm gods.
  • Hadad, the Canaanite & Aramaean storm, fertility, & war god. Identified as Baʿal's true name at Ugarit.
  • Horus, the Egyptian beneficial storm, sun, moon, war, & hunting god. Personified in the pharaoh.
  • Indra, a Hindu storm, sky, & war god.
  • Jupiter, the Roman storm god. King of the gods.
  • Juracán, the Taíno zemi or deity of chaos and disorder believed to control the weather, particularly hurricanes.
  • Rán, the Norse storm & sea goddess.
  • Set, the Egyptian harmful storm god, lord of the desert, evil, & chaos.
  • Tāwhirimātea, the Maori storm god.
  • Teshub, the Hurrian storm god.
  • Theispas or Teisheba, the Urartian storm and war god.
  • Tlaloc, the Aztec storm & earthquake god.
  • Zeus, the Greek storm & sky god. King of the gods.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Indo-European *Deiwos and Related Words" by Grace Sturtevant Hopkins, Language Dissertations number XII, December 1932 (supplement to Language, journal of the Linguistic Society of America).
  2. ^ Simek (2007:332)
  3. ^ Paul-Marie Duval. 2002. Les Dieux de la Gaule. Paris, Éditions Payot.