A Dictionary of Gods and Goddesses, Devils and Demons
Containing around 1,800 entries this Dictionary covers, in one volume, all the important deities and demons from around the world. The gods of ancient mythology appear alongside the gods of contemporary religion, and `lesser' mythologies and religions are also fully covered. The author provides an extensive network of cross-references, allowing the reader to draw cross-cultural comparisons. The Dictionary will be an invaluable source of information for anyone interested in comparative religion or the diversity of religious views throughout the world.
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DICTIONARY OF GODS AND GODDESSES DEVILS AND DEMONS
Appendix I Functions aspects spheres of competence
Appendix II Symbols attributes motifs
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Aesir Ahura Mazda Akkadian Aksobhya Amitabha ancient Egyptian animals Apollon appears Appendix Artemis Asia Minor Atargatis attributes Aztec Baal Babylonian Bodhisattva Buddha Buddhist bull called Chinese Chnum colour connected creator cult daughter dead death deities demon Dionysos divine earth earth-goddess Egyptian goddess Enlil epithet equated Etruscan evil father female fertility figure fire Freyja function Gallic Germanic goddess gods Greek goddess Greek mythology hand head heaven heavenly Hermes Hittite Horus human Hurrian identified Indian Indra invoked Iranian Izanagi king known Kybele later Latin light live lord lotus Lowalangi Marduk moon moon-god mother mountain Murukan myth name means Odin Old Mesopotamian origin Osiris pantheon personification popular belief portrayed Poseidon primeval protective protector queen Quetzalcoatl regarded religion represented revered Rigveda Roman goddess sacred Sanskrit sea-god Siva sky-god snake spirits Sucellos Sumerian sun-god supposed supreme symbol temple thunder tradition tree tutelary underworld Vedic venerated Visnu weather-god wife word worshipped Zeus