List of wind deities

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The Hindu wind god, Vayu.

There are many different gods of wind in different religions:

European Mythology[edit]

God (note that Hindu belief is listed as mythology here)

Basque mythology[edit]

  • Egoi, god of the south wind [1]

Greek mythology[edit]

  • Aeolus, God and Ruler of the Winds
  • Anemoi, (in Greek, Ἄνεμοι — "winds") were Greek wind gods.
    • Boreas, god of the north wind and of winter.
    • Eurus, god of the unlucky east or southeast wind.
    • Notus, god of the south wind.
    • Zephyrus, god of the west wind.
    • Aparctias, another name for the north wind (not identified with Boreas).
    • Apheliotes, god of the east wind (when Eurus is considered southeast).
    • Argestes, another name for the west or northwest wind.
    • Caicias, god of the northeast wind.
    • Circios or Thraskias, god of the north-northwest wind.
    • Euronotus, god of the southeast wind.
    • Lips, god of the southwest wind.
    • Skeiron, god of the northwest wind.
  • Aura, divine personification of the Breeze.
  • Aurai, nymphs of the breezes. They were daughters of the Anemoi.
  • Poseidon, God of the Ocean and brother of Zeus. He sends favorable winds for ships to sail.
  • Zeus, King of the gods and Lord of the Sky. Also Supreme God of Weather, Rain, Thunderstorms and Lightning, Clouds and Winds.

Roman mythology[edit]

  • Cardea, goddess of health, thresholds, door hinges and handles, associated with the wind
  • Venti, in Roman mythology (Latin, "winds") were the deities equivalent to the Greek Anemoi.

Norse mythology[edit]

Celtic mythology[edit]

  • Sídhe, or Aos Sí, were the pantheon of Pre-Christian Ireland. Sídhe is usually taken as 'faery folk' but it is also Old Irish for wind or gust.[2]

Lithuanian mythology[edit]

Sami mythology[edit]

Slavic mythology[edit]

  • Dogoda is the goddess of the west wind, and of love and gentleness.
  • Stribog is the name of the Slavic god of winds, sky and air. He is said to be the ancestor (grandfather) of the winds of the eight directions.
  • Varpulis is the companion of the thunder god Perun who was known in Central Europe and Lithuania.

Semitic Mythology[edit]

Egyptian mythology[edit]

  • Amun, god of creation and the wind.
  • Qebui, god of the north wind who appears as a man with four ram heads, or a winged ram with four heads.
  • Shu, god of the wind and air.

Mesopotamian mythology[edit]

  • Enlil, the Mesopotamian/Sumerian god of air, wind, breadth, and loft
  • Ninlil, goddess of the wind and consort of Enlil
  • Pazuzu, the demon of the South-West wind and son of the god Hanbi in Assyrian and Babylonian mythology

Native American Mythology[edit]

Anishinaabe mythology[edit]

  • E-bangishimog, god of the west wind and spitirual being of ultimate destiny.

Aztec mythology[edit]

Statue of Ehecatl, on display at INAH

Cherokee mythology[edit]

Iroquois mythology[edit]

  • Da-jo-ji, the mighty panther spirit of the west wind.
  • Gǎ-oh, spirit of the wind.
  • Ne-o-gah, the gentle fawn spirit of the south wind.
  • O-yan-do-ne, the moose spirit of the east wind.
  • Ya-o-gah, the destructive bear spirit of the north wind who is stopped by Gǎ-oh.

Inuit mythology[edit]

  • Silap Inua, the weather god who represents the breath of life and lures children to be lost in the tundra

Lakota mythology[edit]

  • Okaga, fertility goddess of the south winds
  • Taku Skanskan, capricious master of the four winds
  • Tate, a wind god or spirit in Lakota mythology
  • Waziya, giant of the north winds who brings icy weather, famine, and diseases
  • Wiyohipeyata, god of the west winds who oversees endings and events of the night
  • Wiyohiyanpa, god of the east winds who oversees beginnings and events of the day
  • Yum, the whirlwind son of Anog Ite

Mayan mythology[edit]

Navajo mythology[edit]

  • Niltsi, ally of the Heroic Twins, and one of the guardians of the sun god's home.[3]

Pawnee mythology[edit]

  • Hotoru, the giver of breath invoked in religious ceremonies [4]

Taino mythology[edit]

  • Juracán, god of hurricanes and assistant to the destructive storm goddess Guabancex.

Asian Mythology[edit]

Chinese mythology[edit]

  • Fei Lian, the Chinese wind god; Feng Bo is the human form of Fei Lian.
  • Feng Yi, the Chinese wind goddess
  • Feng Hao, General of the wind
  • Han Zixian, Assistant wind goddess

Japanese mythology[edit]

Korean mythology[edit]

Philippine Mythology[edit]

  • Anitun Tabu, the fickle-minded ancient Tagalog goddess of wind and rain.
  • Lihangin, the Visayan god of the wind.
  • Apo Angin, the Ilocano god of wind.
  • Habagat, the Tagalog god of winds and also referred to as the god of rain, and is often associated with the rainy season. He rules the kingdom of silver and gold in the sky, or the whole Himpapawirin (atmosphere).
  • Buhawi, the Tagalog god of whirlwinds and hurricanes' arcs. He is the enemy of Habagat.
  • Amihan, the Tagalog and Visayan goddess of the northeast winds. She is also known as Alunsina.
  • Linamin at Barat, the goddess of monsoon winds in Palawan.

Turco-Mongol[edit]

Oceanic Mythology[edit]

Maori mythology[edit]

Indo-European Mythology[edit]

Hindu or Vedic mythology[edit]

  • Vayu, the Hindu God of Wind, Hanuman's father.
  • Maruts, attendants of Indra.
  • Rudras, followers of Rudra-Shiva.
  • Rudra, the Vedic wind or storm God.

Iranian mythology[edit]

  • Vate (واته), the Iranian god of air, wind.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://windlegends.org/windgods.htm
  2. ^ Yeats, William Butler, The Collected Poems, 1933 (First Scribner Paperback Poetry edition, 1996), ISBN 0-684-80731-9 "Sidhe is also Gaelic for wind, and certainly the Sidhe have much to do with the wind. They journey in whirling wind, the winds that were called the dance of the daughters of Herodias in the Middle Ages, Herodias doubtless taking the place of some old goddess. When old country people see the leaves whirling on the road they bless themselves, because they believe the Sidhe to be passing by." Yeats' Notes, p.454
  3. ^ http://glitternight.com/navajo-myth-clear/
  4. ^ http://www.sacred-texts.com/nam/por/por82.htm