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God of Rivers. Often shape-changed into a bull. He is pictured as a bull with the torso of a man and a beard, or as an old, grey man with horns.

Custodian of the Winds. When directed by the Gods, he loosed the captured winds as breezes, gales, or other forces decreed by the gods.
Aether God of the Pure Air which the Gods breathe, as opposed to the Aer breathed by mortals. One of the fundamental deities of the cosmos; also called the soul from which all life emanates.

Queen of the Sea and wife of Poseidon. Mother of Triton and Rhode. Portrayed as a queen, often in a chariot pulled by sea creatures with her hair covered by a net.

Mother of the Fates and the Goddess of Absolute Necessity or Destiny.

The God of Mutual Love. Said to punish those who did not return the love of others.

One of the Olympian Gods. Goddess of Love, Beauty and Sexual pleasure. She is the protector of lovers and those in love. She is also the patroness of prostitutes. Often accompanied by the Graces. Born from the foam of the sea where Cronus threw the genitals of his father Uranus after castrating him. She was married to Hephaestus on Zeus's orders, but did not remain faithful. She bore a number of children: Harmonia with Ares, Hermaphrodite with Hermes, Rhodos with Poseidon, Eros with Hermes or Ares, Priapus with Dionysus, and Aeneas with the mortal Anchises. Her metal is copper. Her symbol is the scallop shell. Her animals are the dolphin and the goat. Her plants are the rose, myrtle, quince, rose campion and water mint. Her birds are the dove, sparrow, goose an partridge. Her gems are emerald, and turquoise. Her festivals were on: April 23; June 24; and July 19. Her day is Friday. Her perfumes are sandalwood, benzoin, rose, red sandalwood, and myrtle. 

One of the Olympian Gods. God of Light, Poetry, Truth, the Arts, Healing and Music. Son of Zeus and Leto. He was an exceptional archer and the God of Oracles. He drives a chariot bearing the sun across the sky each day. Twin brother of the Goddess Artemis. His tree is the laurel, his animal the dolphin, and his bird the crow.

One of the Olympian Gods. God of War and Bloodshed. He was handsome, cruel and vain, as well as cowardly. Often accompanied by Eris, the Goddess of Discord. Ares was not a god of honorable battle, but a bloodthirsty lover of violence and strife. Worshipped primarily in Thracia. His animals were the vulture and the dog.

One of the Olympian Gods. Goddess of the Wild and Hunting, as well as Chastity and the Moon. She is the daughter of Zeus and Leto. She is the lady of the wild things. She is the huntsman of the gods. She is the protector of the young. Like Apollo she hunts with silver arrows. Artemis dwells in the wild woods. She is a virgin, and protects her chastity with severe punishment to mortals who may catch a glimpse of her body. She is an exceptionally good archer, and is also the protector of childbirth and wild animals. Her tree is the cypress. Her twin brother is Apollo.

A God of Healing, who perfected the art learned from Chiron. Son of Apollo. His symbol is the snake.

Goddess of Justice.

One of the Olympian Gods. Goddess of Wisdom, Reason and Protective Force. A warrior goddess, Athena only fought to protect her charges. She sprang full-grown from the head of her father Zeus after he swallowed Metis, her mother. She was the protector and patroness of the city of Athens, which bears her name, as well as agriculture, cities in general and the arts. A virgin goddess.

One of the Titans. Brother of Prometheus and Epimetheus. He led the battle against Zeus. For his part, he was sentenced by Zeus to carry the world upon his back.

God of the Northern Wind.

One of the Muses. The Muse of epic poetry. She is often pictured with a writing tablet or scroll in hand, crowned with gold.

The great void or emptiness from which all things emerged.

The Goddess of Flowers and the Spring.

One of the Muses. The Muse of history and chronicles. She is often pictured with a scroll in hand and accompanied by a chest of books.

One of the Titans. God of Intelligence. He was the father of the goddess Leto.

God of banquets.

One of the Titans. Ruler of the Titans and God of the Sky and Time. He was removed from power by his son, Zeus. Cronus was the father of the first Olympians.

Goddess of Agriculture, Grain and Fertility. She taught mortals to plow and sow seeds, thus ending their nomadic existance. For this she is also known as the goddess of civilization. She is the daughter of Cronus and Rhea. Her daughter, Persephone, was abducted by Hades to be his bride. In her anger for the loss of her daughter, Demeter cursed the world, allowing all of the living things of the earth to wither and die. She eventually found Persephone, but because the girl had eaten three seeds of a pomegranate while in the Underworld, Zeus decreed that she should spend three months of the year in the Underworld with Hades. Demeter only allows the living things of the world to grow when her daughter is with her, thus the seasons.

God of Wine, Agriculture and Plays. He was a son of Zeus and the mortal woman Semele. When Semele asked to see Zeus in his full glory she was burned to ashes, however Zeus managed to save their unborn child and stitch him into his thigh until ready to be born. Thus Dionysus is known as the 'twice-born god'. He has a dual nature: fun-loving and carefree on the one hand, yet violent and destructive on the other - much as those affected by alcohol tend to act. His symbol is a bunch of grapes.
Goddess of peace. Daughter of Themis and Zeus.

Goddess of War and Violence, she is called the daughter, mother and sister of Ares. She is pictured covered in blood and striking poses of violence.

Goddess of the Dawn, she is the sister of Selene and Helios and the mother of the four winds.

One of the Titans. Brother of Promethus, his name means 'afterthought'. He is a dull and stupid Titan. Accepted the gift of Pandora's Box from Zeus, allowing evil to enter the world.

One of the Muses. Muse of love poetry and mimicry. She is often pictured with a lyre in hand and wearing a crown of roses.

The God of the Primordial Darkness. He was the father of many gods, including Charon, Thanatos, and Hypnos.

Goddess of Discord. Daughter of Zeus and Hera. She was a frequent companion of her brother Ares in battle, bringing her son Strife along.

God of Love and Romance and the son of Aphrodite. He is often pictured blindfolded (love is blind) and uses darts or arrows to inspire either insurmountable disinterest or uncontrolable love in his mortal victims for the first person they see after being darted.

God of the East Wind.

One of the Muses. The Muse of music. Often pictured with a flute or other musical instrument.

The triple goddesses of fate and destiny, they have the task of determining the lifespan and events of mortals (and possibly the gods).
The Fates are: Clotho, the spinner of the thread of life, Lachesis, the measurer, who chooses one's lot in life and determines how long that life will be, and Atropos, the cutter who snips the thread of life, leading, of course, to death. There is some evidence that the Fates are older than the gods and control their destinies as well. Not even the most powerful is willing to triffle with them.

Also known as the Erinnyes. The carriers of divine justice, the Furies pursue wrongdoers relentlessly, until the guilty is dead, often driving their victims to suicide. They are particularly concerned with matricide. The Furies are: Tisiphone, Megaera, and Alecto. The Erinnyes came from the blood of Uranus when he was castrated. 

Earth goddess and mother of the Titans. She mated with Uranus, her son, to produce the race of Titans.

Goddesses of Gracefulness and Charm, they are beautiful and elegant. They are the daughters of Zeus with Eurynome. They are attendants of Aphrodite. They are: Aglaea (splendor), Euphrosyne (mirth) and Thalia (good cheer).

One of the Olympian Gods. God of the Dead and the Underworld, and brother of Zeus. Hades rules the realm of the dead, and also is considered the God of Wealth. He is jealous and uncaring, constantly trying to increase the number of subjects under his rule and disinclined to allow any of them to leave. His wife is Persephone, whom he abducted.

Goddess of Youth. Cupberaer to the Gods, she served nectar and ambrosia. She is the daughter of Zeus and Hera. Personification of eternal youth. She became Heracles wife and with him produced Alexiares and Anicerus.

The Goddess of Hidden Wisdom, Witchcraft and the Crossroads. Also Goddess of the Moon, the Underworld and Magic. She is the protector of the occult, and hidden knowledge and the wisdom that comes with age. Originally a Thracian Goddess, she has at times been described as the daughter of the Titans Perses and Asteria, and later the Olympian Gods Zeus and Hera, although she is pre-olympian. She dwells in the underworld although her powers extend beyond it to the earth. She is the protectress of witches, flocks and sailors. A triple goddess, she is seen as three female figures or as one with three heads, that of a horse, dog and boar. At other times she is pictured as a single woman, dressed in dark clothing with her hounds. Said to roam during the new moon, and to roam graveyards and the scenes of crimes as Goddess of Expiation and Purification. Offerings of food made to her were taken to crossroads at the full moons. Her trees are the yew and the willow. She brings creative inspiration. Her symbol is the torch. Her festival is August 13. Her gems are the star sapphire, moonstone, pearl and quartz. Her plants are the cypress, opium poppy, almond, mugwort, hazel, moonwort, and ranunculus. Her perfumes are myrrh, civet, camphor, and aloes.

God of the Sun and brother of Selene and Eos. The personification of the sun. He later came to be overshadowed by Apollo, Lord of the Sun.

Goddess of the Day. Daughter of Erebus and Nyx, who were the children of Chaos.

One of the Olympic Gods. God of Fire and the Forge, he is the Patron of smiths and weavers. He is the smith to the Gods of Olympus. He is physically ugly as well as lame, but exhibits a gentle and loving nature. Married to Aphrodite, Goddess of Love. Son of Zeus and Hera.

One of the Olympian Gods. Wife of Zeus and his sister. The Queen of the Gods. Hera was the protector of Marriage and the Patron of all married women. Her symbols are the peacock, the pomegranate and the city of Argos. Mother of Hebe and Hephaestus. Her gems are the star sapphire and the pearl. Her plants are the cypress and opium poppy. Her metal silver. Her perfumes are myrrh and civet.

One of the Olympic Gods. God of Commerce, Thieves and Messengers. Son of Zeus with Maia, one of the The Pleiades. He is the swiftest and cleverest of the Gods. Messenger of Zeus, it is also Hermes job to escort the newly dead to the gates of the Underworld. Often pictured as a youth wearing winged sandals, a winged helm, and carrying a rod.

God of the Evening Star.

One of the Olympic Gods. Goddess of the Hearth and Home. Zeus' sister. She was also a patron of childbirth and new born children were introduced to her before they were received by the family. Hestia is a virgin goddess.

Goddess of Health, closely identified with the worship of Asclepius.

One of the Titans. God of Light. Married Theira, and produced Helius (the sun), Selene (the moon) and Eos (the dawn).

God of sleep. Twin brother of Thanatos God of Death. Seen as a youth with wings at his temples or a bearded man with wings on his back.
Iris Goddess of the Rainbow. The personification of the rainbow. Messenger of the gods to humankind, particularly messages from Zeus and Hera. Devoted to Hera, acted as her ladies maid. Daughter of Thaumas, the son of Gaia and a titan, with the marine nymph Electra. She is portrayed as a young woman with wings and her attributes are a herald's staff and a water pitcherShe travels between earth and heaven on the rainbow. Wife of Zephyrus, the West Wind.

Goddess of the Moon. Identified with the Goddess Selene. She is the daughter of the titans Coeus and Phoebe. She is the mother of the divine twins, Artemis and Apollo with Zeus. Her sacred tree is the palm.
Melpomene One of the Muses. The muse of tragedy. She is represented by the tragic mask of Greek theater. Often pictured with garland, a club and a sword.

One of the Titans. Goddess of Wisdom, Counsel and Knowledge. Daughter of Oceanus and Tethys. She caused Cronus to regurgitate all of his children he had previously swallowed by giving him a draught at Zeus's urging. Her planet is Mercury. First wife of Zeus. When she was pregnant with Athena Zeus swallowed her. It is said she is still advisor to Zeus from his stomach. She was the mother of Athena who was born from Zeus's head.

One of the Titans. Goddess of Memory. Daughter of Uranus and Gaia. She was the mother of the nine Muses born after spending nine nights with Zeus, her nephew.

The Fates. Daughters of Zeus and Themis. The three were: Clotho, spinner of the thread of life; Lachesis, the element of chance; and Atropos, who finally cut the thread. They have the gift of prophesy. They were invoked at weddings to ensure a happy union. Their decisions were carried out by Keres.

Goddesses of the arts and sciences, the Muses provided divine inspiration to mortals who engaged in their pursuits. Daughters of Zeus and Mnemosyne. All nine muses had a particular area of expertise, and they served as the inspiration and protector of that particular area. The Muses are: Calliope-Epic Poetry and Eloquence, Clio-History, Erato-Love Poetry, Euterpe-Flute Playing, Melpomene-Tragedy, Polyhymnia-Mimic Art, Terpsichore-Dance, Thalia-Comedy, and Urania-Astronomy. Of the nine, Calliope was preemminent. They dwelt on Helicon, a high mountain.

Goddess of Vengance and Divine Justice. She assists those who are wronged and pursues mortals who defy the natural order of things. She punished mortals who offended the moral law or broke taboos. She is seen as a stern woman carrying a whip, scale, or wheel. Her sacred animal is the deer. Her festival is August 23.

Goddess of Victory. Daughter of Pallas and Styx. Pictured as a winged woman in flowing robes carrying a palm branch. Her gem is the emerald. Her plant the rose. Her animal the lynx. Her perfumes are rose, benzoin, and red sandalwood.

God of the South Wind.

Goddess of Night and the Darkness. Daughter of Chaos and Erebus. She is the mother of many, including Thanatos, Hypnos, the Fates and Charon.

One of the Titans. God of the Waters, and ruler of the unending stream of water encircling the world. With his wife Tethys, he fathered the rivers and the ocean nymphs.

God of Herds and Flocks, Sex and Debauchery. He is the son of Hermes. Pan is seen as a man with the horns, legs and midriff of a goat. He plays the pipes which bear his name beautifully. He is the god of carnality, sexuality and desire, as he constantly chases nymphs through the forest with little success due to his unattractive appearance. He was often pictured carrying a pine branch or with a crown of pine cones and often carries his pipes.

Goddess of the Underworld. Rules with her husband Hades. Daughter of Demeter. Hades abducted her and her mother Demeter searched the earth for her. After Demeter located her an agreement was reached whereby, since she had eaten three seeds of a pomegranate while in the Underworld, Persephone spends three months in the underworld and the rest of the year above ground. The 9 months she is above are Spring, Summer and Fall when her mother Demeter is happy and the earth is bathed in warmth and growth. The other 3 months are winter when Demeter grieves for her loss and misses Persephone. Her sacred tree is the willow. Her gem is quartz. Her plants are the lily and ivy. Her perfume is Dittany of Crete. 

Goddess of Fame and Messages. She is pictured as a gentle youth with a trumpet.

One of the Titans. Goddess of the Moon. She was the mother of the goddess Leto.

God of the Morning Star.

One of the Muses. She is the Muse of sacred music and geometry. She is often seen with a pensive look on her face or veiled.
Poseidon One of the Olympic Gods. God of the Sea. Brother of Zeus. After the overthrough of their father Cronus he, Zeus and Hades drew lots to see who would rule which realm. Poseidon became Lord of the Seas. He married Amphitirite, Goddess of the Sea and granddaughter of Oceanus.
is second only to Zeus among the Olympic Gods. His weapon is the trident and he is often pictured with a flowing beard and hair, and a crown of sea creatures.

One of the Titans. He could fortell the future. In the battle between Zeus and Cronus, Promethus deserted the other Titans and fought on Zeus' side. He is the protector and benefactor of mankind, giving us the gifts of farming and fire.

One of the Titans. Goddess of Fertility. Daughter of Gaia and Uranus. Wife of Cronus, her brother. Having overthrown his own father, Cronos swallowed each of his children with Rhea. Rhea saved Zeus from being swallowed by tricking Cronus into swallowing a rock. Later she helped Zeus to slay Cronus and send him to Tartarus. Mother of Zeus, Hades, Poseidon, Hestia, Demeter and Hera. Her gems are the star sapphire and the pearl. Her plants are the cypress and opium poppy. Her metal is silver. Her perfumes are myrrh and civet.

Goddess of the Moon. Daughter of Hyperion and Theia. Sister of Helios and Eos. She later came to be identified with Artemis.

One of the Muses. The Muse of dancing. Often pictured in midstep with her lyre.

One of the Titans. Daughter of Uranus and Gaia. Oceanus' wife and sister. Mother of the rivers and the ocean nymphs, altogether 3000 sons and 3000 daughters.

Goddess of the Sea. She is the personification of the sea. Daughter of Hemera and Aether.

One of the Muses. Muse of Comedy and lighthearted music and poetry. She is often portrayed with the comedy mask of Greek theater, or with a crown of ivy and a crook.

God of Death. His twin brother Hypnos is God of Sleep. He was death personified and brought about the actual death of mortals, who then went to the Underworld.

One of the Titans. Goddess of Justice, Sound Counsel and Order. Daughter of Uranus and Gaia. Married first to her brother Iapetus. Mother with him of Atlas and Prometheus. Zeus's second wife and advisor still. She is the mother of the Horae or Seasons; Eirene-Peace; Eunomia-Wise Legislation; Dike-Justice; and the Fates or Moerae. Her planet is Jupiter.

One of the Titans. Goddess of Fortune, Chance and Prosperity. Daughter of Oceanus and Tethys. She is shown with a cornucopia, rudder of destiny and wheel of fortune.

One of the Muses. Muse of astronomy. She is shown with a crown of stars or a staff pointed at a celestial globe. She fortells the future from the position of the stars.

The Sky God and original ruler. He is both the son and husband of Gaea-The Earth, and together they produced the Titans. Cronus, one of his sons, defeated him and became ruler.

God of the West Wind.

One of the Olympian Gods. God of the sky, rain, lightning and thunder, and the supreme ruler of the Olympian Gods. Zeus is shown as a mature, robust, man with thick, dark, wavy hair and a beard. He wears a long robe which bares his chest and left arm. Zeus generally holds or is seen with his thunderbolt and an eagle. His color is imperial purple and his planet is Jupiter. He is the father of a number of deities with Goddesses and mortals. He was previously married to Metis, Goddess of Wisdom, whom he swallowed while pregnant with their first child. He then married Themis, Goddess of the law with whom he had a number of children, including: the Horae or Seasons; Eirene-Peace; Eunomia-Wise Legislation; Dike-Justice; and the Fates or Moerae. He and Themis separated, but she remains one of his advisors. Then he married Hera, Goddess of Marriage. Zeus had a number of liasons in addition to his marriages as well.

Japanese Gods and Goddesses


God of love, especially worshipped by prostitutes, landlords, singers and musicians. He has a third eye above his other eyes on his forehead and a lion's head in his hair. 


God of thunder. To quiet him as a child, the gods carried him up and down a ladder, explaining the approaching and receding sound of thunder. 


'Divine Lord of the Middle Heavens' and god of the Pole Star. 


Shinto goddess of the sun and the leader of the Shinto pantheon. She was known as 'shining heaven' and the Japanese Emperors claimed to be descended from her. 

Amatsu Mikaboshi 

God of evil, his name means "August Star of Heaven". 


Gods of heaven who live 'above' the earthly plain. They are heavenly and eternal. 


Shinto god of smiths. He is pictured as a cyclops. 


Shinto water goddess. 


God sent to rule the earth. Killed by the sky god Takami-Musubi. 


God of death, to whom the devout turned at the moment of their death. His realm was beautiful, full of ambrosia trees, gentle breezes and lovely birds. 


Goddess of weavers. 


A good spirit, known as the 'eater of dreams'. He brings good fortune by eating the nightmares of those who call on him. Seen as a creature with a lion's head, tiger's feet and a horse's body. 


Goddess of love, the arts, wisdom, poetry, good fortune and water. Originally a sea deity, he became the patroness of the rich and the arts. She is seen as a beautiful woman riding a dragon. In her eight hands she holds a sword, a jewel, a bow, an arrow, a wheel and a key. Her other two arms are folded in prayer. 


God of poverty. Rituals are performed to get rid of him. 


God of curing illness and good vision. 


God of war, justice and protector of the law. He is one of the Shichi Fukujin and is portrayed in full armor, standing on demons and holding a spear in his hand. 


Manifestation of the Buddha in the past, present or future. See bodhisattva. 


A kami which is related to particular geographical area, and protects those living in the area. 


Go of crossroads, highways and footpaths. He was originally a phallic god, and phallic symbols are often associated with him and with crossroads. 


Sun goddess of the Ainu. She was originally the moon goddess, but after one night of watching the adulterous behaivors of the people below, she begged the sun god to trade places with her. 


The Great bodhisattva or the Buddah in his last incarnation. 


God of wealth, the soil and patron of farmers. He is seen as a large, happy man seated on two bags of rice with a bag of jewels over his shoulder. 


Buddhist personification of purity and wisdom. 


God of roads. 


Ancestral kami of a dozoku, or clan. The worship of the Dozoku-shin is carried out by the main family of the clan. 


God of the wealth of the sea, he is the patron god of fishermen and fishing. He is pictured holding a fish and a fishing pole. Anything washed up on the shore could be Ebisu, including a corpse. 


God of plagues and epidemics. 


Japanese Buddhist god of the underworld. He is the judge of the dead, and decides on the punishment of evildoers based on Buddha's Law. 


God of fire and wisdom, he is the patron protector of the people and the god of Astrology. Seen as an ugly old man surrounded by fire, with a sword in one hand and a rope in the other. 


Shinto god of the wind. Seen as a terrifying dark demon in a leopard skin, with a bag of winds over his shoulder. 


Shinto god of wisdom, luck and prosperity. 


The boat-spirit, she is a goddess who protects and helps mariners and fishermen. 


God of fire and lightning, later became a war god and general of Ameratsu. 


God of longevity. Seen as a cheerful old man riding a stag and holding a scroll full of secret wisdom. 


God of marriage. He binds the feet of lovers with a red silken cord. 


God of war and agriculture, and the divine protector of the Japanese people. 


God of the earth. 


Goddess of the earth. 


God of the whirlwind. 


God of the morning sun. Guards the health of little children. 


God of smallpox. 


God of happiness, laughter and the wisdom of being content. Seen as a jolly fat man carrying a linen bag full of precious things, including children. He is the protector of the weak and small children. 
Ida-Ten  Buddhist god of the law and of monasteries. Seen as a handsome young man. 


Group of even Shinto demons who reside in the Underworld. Their rumblings can be heard during volcanic eruptions and earthquakes. 


The spirit of anger and envy which harms. 


Both a male and female deity, Inari is the god/goddess of rice and agriculture. 


God of the seashore. 


Primordial god of the sky and the creator of everything good and right. With his wife Izanami he created the first of the Japanese islands. 
Izanami  Primordial goddess of the earth and darkness. With her husband Izangi she helped create the first of the Japanese islands. Died in childbirth and became goddess of the Underworld and the dead. 


Minor deity who watches over a town or plot of land. 
Jizo  Japanese Buddha of great compassion. He is the protector of pregnant women, children, and travelers. Identical to the Indian god Kshitigarbha. 


Buddhist god of mercy. 


Shinto god of longevity and a happy old age. He is one of the Shichi Fukujin, the seven gods of luck. 


Japanese god of fire. 


Gods of the hearth. 


God of wind, storms and viscous cold weather. 


Goddess of thunder, known as the Thunder Queen and the Heavenly Noise. 


God of metals. 


Goddess of metals. 


God of rivers. Although many rivers had their own god, he was the ruler of all rivers. 


God of earth. 


Goddess of children and childbirth, it is to Kishi-Bojin that women pray for children. 


Goddess of luck and beauty, she is the patron of song and dance and protector of the Geishas. 


Buddhist goddess of compassion and protectoress of children. 


Ancient tree deity and goddess of the kitchen. She lives in an enoki tree. 


The Blossom Princess, she is the goddess of spring and the one who makes the flowers blossom. 


God of the roads. 


God of the sacred Mount Koya. Seen as a hunter with a red face and two hounds. 


Shinto god of the trees. 


Earth deity who lives in Mt. Fuji. 


God of rain and snow. 


Queen of heaven, goddess of the light, sun and moon. 


Kami, or deity of the toilet. Occasionally invoked to help with gynecological diseases or ailments of theeyes and teeth. 


Japanese name for Maitreya. 


Goddess of royalty. 


Japanese Buddhist bosatsu of wisdom and knowledge. 


God of love and marriage. Appears as a handsome (and ardent) young lover. 


God of earthquakes. 


God of mountain slopes. 


Buddhist god of sunshine and good health. 


Rice god and ancestral god of the Japanese imperial family. 


God of wrestling. 


Japanese name for all of the Buddha's appearances. 


God of the crater of Mt. Fuji. 


A god of the earth. 


The great mountain god. 


God of majic and medicine, he is the ruler of the unseen things and the spirit world. 


God of the sea. 


A god of the mountains. 


God of thunder and lightning. He is pictured as a red demon with sharp claws and carrying a large drum. 


God of the sea. known as the Dragon King. 


A group of kami, or deities, who guard the roads of Japan. 


God of the kitchen. He is pictured with three faces and two pairs of hands. 

Sarutahiko Ohkami 

God of crossroads, paths and overcoming obstacles. He is pictured as a huge man with a large beard and a jeweled spear, with holy light shining from his eyes, mouth and posterior. He is the chief of the kami on earth. 


The silent sage, the wisest and first appearance of Buddha on earth. Shaka corresponds with the Hindu Shakyamuni 

Shichi Fujukin 

The Seven Gods of Luck, they are: Benten, Bishamon, Daikoku, Ebisu, Fukurokuju, Hotei and Jurojin. 

Shinda  Ainu

fertility god of the island of Hokkaido. 


God of the wind, he fills the space between heaven and earth. 


God of the afterlife and exorcism. 


Deity of the water. 


Child god of the sea. 


Dwarf god of healing, agriculture and hot springs. 


God of the winds, storms, ocean and snakes in Shinto mythology. He is the brother and consort of Ameratsu. 


Primordial sky god and creator of living things in Shinto belief. 


A thunder god. 


God of rain. 


Goddess of autumn. 


God of learning, language and calligraphy. He taught humans to write. 


Goddess of earth, food and agriculture. 


Goddess of grain. 


God of the moon and brother of the sun goddess Ameratsu. 


Spirit of the pine tree. Means 'old woman' or 'wet nurse'. 


Serpent god of the waters and fertility of the earth. 


Goddess of agriculture. 


Goddess of fertility and food. 


Shinto goddess of joy and happiness. 


Goddess of the rising sun. 


God of the sea. 


Japanese house god. 


Goddess of the hunt, forest, agriculture and vegetation. 


The soul or spirit of Japan. 


The Snow Queen or goddess of winter.