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Ogdoad (Egyptian)

In Egyptian mythology, the Ogdoad are a group of eight deities worshipped in Hermopolis. The gods of the Ogdoad were mostly seen as humans with the heads of animals, or just depicted as snakes and frogs. They were arranged in four male-female pai ...

                                               

Old Earth creationism

Old Earth creationism is a term that covers many different types of creationism. Some old Earth creationists believe God did each act of creation in a day but there were long breaks between each act of creation. Other old Earth creationists belie ...

                                               

Pandora

In Greek mythology, Pandora was the first mortal woman. According to Hesiod, each god helped create her by giving her unique gifts. Zeus ordered Hephaestus to mould her out of Earth. This was part of the punishment of mankind, because Prometheus ...

                                               

Popol Vuh

The Popol Vuh is a book written in the Classical Quiche language. It contains mythological stories and a genealogy of the rulers of the Post-Classic Quiche Maya kingdom of highland Guatemala. The book contains a creation myth followed by mytholog ...

                                               

Scopes trial

The Scopes trial is formally known as The State of Tennessee v. John Thomas Scopes. It is also referred to as the Scopes monkey trial. It was a famous American legal case in 1925. A substitute high school teacher, John Scopes, was accused of viol ...

                                               

Young Earth creationism

Young Earth creationism is the belief that the God of Judaism or Christianity created the Universe, the Earth and all life on Earth over a short time between 5.700 and 10.000 years ago. Those who believe young Earth creationism are mainly Christi ...

                                               

Religion of Ancient Egypt

The religion of ancient Egypt lasted throughout their civilization. After about three thousand years, the Egyptian people turned to Coptic Christianity and Islam. These religions were brought by influences from outside. Christianity spread across ...

                                               

Ammit

Ammit was the Egyptian idea of the punishment of the soul. The name means "devourer" or "soul-eater."Ammit was usually known as The Devourer of the Dead or the Eater of Hearts. Ammit was believed to eat any souls found to have sinned. They would ...

                                               

Ancient Egyptian concept of the soul

The Egyptians believed the heart held the emotions and thoughts. Believed to be weighed on the scales of Anubis by the feather of Maat. The Ib decided what your fate would be after death.

                                               

Ka

Ka is one of the five parts of the Egyptian idea of the soul. The Ka was the life force and left the body during death. Ka was believed to be in food and drink and was placed with the dead for offerings. The Egyptians believed that at death the B ...

                                               

Wepwawet

In late Egyptian Mythology Wepwawet was originally a war deity whose cult centre was Asyut in Upper Egypt. His name means opener of the ways and he is often depicted as a wolf standing at the prow of a solar boat. Some interpret that Wepwawet is ...

                                               

Finnish paganism

Finnish paganism was a pagan religion in Finland and Karelia before the Finnish people were Christian. Finnish paganism is close to Scandinavian paganism and Baltic paganism. The Finns believed that there were many gods. Finnish paganism was anim ...

                                               

Kaleva

Finnish people called Sirius Kalevantahti which means "Star of Kaleva". Belt of Orion was called Kalevas sword. In Finnish stories they are more often giants. People told that some things in nature, like big or weird stones, are made by Kalevas s ...

                                               

Kalevala

Kalevala is the Finnish national epic. This means it is a book that is very important to Finnish people. Kalevala has many stories and folklores in it. The stories of Kalevala are poems that are very old. Long ago, people sang these poems. The po ...

                                               

Kinahmi

In Finnish mythology, Kinahmi is a great whirl in sea. Kinahmi is a way to Tuonela, the land of dead people. Souls of evil people must swim through Kinahmi to enter Tuonela. Swords, axes and needles moves with water and hurts souls of evil people ...

                                               

Kullervo

Kullervo is a person in the Finnish national epic Kalevala. He is a good looking man with golden hair. Bad things happen to him; his destiny is tragic. In folk stories Kullervo is the son of the giant Kaleva. In the Kalevala however Kullervo is t ...

                                               

Liekkio

Liekkio or Ihtiriekko is a ghost of a bastard child in Finnish mythology. Stories tells that a woman had sex with someone else than her husband. Maybe she did not even have a husband. She then get pregnant and gave birth to a baby. This way to ma ...

                                               

Pohjola

Pohjola is an evil country in Finnish and Karelian ancient stories. Pohjola is at north and it is very cold place. Ruler of Pohjola is Louhi, an evil witch woman. We think that Pohjola does not really exist, but long ago when people thought about ...

                                               

Ukko

Ukko was the most important god in Finnish paganism, a religion that was in Finland before Christianity. Ukko was god of sky and thunder. Ukko was an old man and he lived on the sky. He had a weapon - hammer or axe called Ukonvasara. Lightning is ...

                                               

Vainamoinen

Vainamoinen is an important person in Finnish mythology. He was a wise man and he knew magic. He was a hero and had many adventures. Vainamoinen was also a god. As such, he was worshipped. Magic of Vainamoinen was in his songs. When he sings hill ...

                                               

Vaki

In Finnish mythology, Vaki means races of Haltijas and their magical powers. Different things in nature had their own vaki guarding them. For example, Vaki of water lived in and protected water. Vaki is the name of both the magical power and Halt ...

                                               

Beowulf

Beowulf is an Old English heroic epic poem. It is not known who wrote it, and there is no agreement as to when it was written. Estimates for the date range from AD 608 right through to AD 1000, and there is no consensus. The poem has only one man ...

                                               

Beowulf (hero)

Beowulf is the hero of the Anglo-Saxon poem Beowulf. He was the son of Ecgþeow, a banished warrior of the Wægmundings. Ecgþeow had killed a man from another clan and had to flee to the Danes. The Danish king Hrodgar accepted him as one of his war ...

                                               

Hrodgar

Hrothgar is a character in the epic poem Beowulf. He is the king of Denmark and in the poem, his kingdom is under attack from the monster Grendel. When the warrior Beowulf arrives, he battles and slays the monster when he attacks the kings mead h ...

                                               

Wiglaf

Wiglaf is a character in the epic poem Beowulf. He is the orphaned son of a warrior king who enters the service of Beowulf, who is now the king of the Geats. He assists the warrior king in his battle against a dragon which has attacked his kingdo ...

                                               

Deity

A deity is thought to be a powerful spirit that controls events and the nature of things. Deities are also called gods. A female god is often called a goddess. The adjective of deity is divine’. This word comes from the Latin deus. Different reli ...

                                               

Agwe

Agwe, is a loa who rules over the sea, fish, and aquatic plants, as well as the patron loa of fishermen and sailors in Voodoo.

                                               

Allah

The word Allah means "the God" in the Arabic language. Muslims use the word Allah for God. Sometimes, people who speak Arabic still use the word Allah when they speak English. God is a personified creator in the books of the Abrahamic religions. ...

                                               

Anu

In Sumerian mythology, Anu was a sky-god. He was the god of heaven, lord of constellations, and king of the gods, spirits and demons. He lived in the highest heavenly regions. People believed that he could judge people who had committed crimes. H ...

                                               

Astarte

Astarte is the Queen of Heaven to whom the Canaanites burned offerings and poured libations. Astarte, goddess of war and sexual love, shared so many qualities with her sister, Anath, that they may originally have been seen as a single deity. Thei ...

                                               

Barbelo

Barbelo is a goddess in Gnosticsm. She is also called Thought, Providence, Forethought, or Foreknowledge. She is believed to be the first emanation of Bythos. In the Apocryphon of John, a writing in the Nag Hammadi Library, Barbelo is described a ...

                                               

Flying Spaghetti Monster

The Flying Spaghetti Monster is the god of Pastafarianism. It is often seen as a parody religion and thus has become popular with people opposed to the idea that God or gods created the world. Followers of the Flying Spaghetti Monster are sometim ...

                                               

God

According to certain philosophies, religions and mythologies, God is the creator of the Earth and of everything else. Hinduism says that there is one God who can come in many forms. Theists believe that God created everything that exists and has ...

                                               

Kaira

Kaira is the king of the gods and ruler of the universe in Turkic and Altai mythologies. He is the god of creation and the creator of everything. Kaira sits on the 17th floor of sky and determines the fate of the universe. He created the other go ...

                                               

Ogun

Color: red, black, marine blue Element: earth Symbols: sword, iron chain Archetype: authoritarian, hardworking, suspicious and a bit selfish Metal: iron Consecrated day: Wednesday

                                               

Uenuku

Uenuku is a god of rainbows and important ancestor in Māori oral histories. Uenuku simply means rainbow. Uenuku is special to the Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāti Porou, Ngāi Tahu, and Ngāi Tūhoe Māori tribes. He is also known to two groups of tri ...

                                               

Ulgan

Ulgan is a creator god in Turkic mythology. He is ruler of the sky. He lives in a golden palace on Altyn Dagh Altın Dağ, "Golden Mountain". He has a golden throne and a lightning arc. His father is Kaira Khan. Ulgan lives on 16th floor of the sky ...

                                               

YHWH

For Jewish people YHWH is the most holy name of God, as written in the ancient Hebrew language. The written language showed no vowels, so the pronunciation is not agreed on. However, most academics agree that "Yahweh" is the most accepted way to ...

                                               

Greek mythology

Greek mythology is a large collection of stories, started in Ancient Greece, about the beginning of the world, and the lives and adventures of gods, goddesses, heroes, and heroines.

                                               

Ages of Man

Ages of Man is an Ancient Greek myth that divides the history of the world into five eras. In the first eras, humans lived close to gods and were happy. In the latest eras, the gods have left the world and humans live in pain and unhappiness. Thi ...

                                               

Boreads

The Boreads are the twin sons of Boreas, the god of the north wind in Greek mythology. Their names are Calaïs and Zethes.

                                               

Chloris

Chloris refers to several figures in Greek mythology. Some stories refer to different characters. Others refer to the same Chloris, but have different details.

                                               

Echo and Narcissus

Echo and Narcissus is a story from Ovids book of poetry, Metamorphoses, about a young man named Narcissus and Echo, the mountain nymph, or Oread, who fell in love with him. Zeus had given Echo the task of entertaining his wife Hera with stories, ...

                                               

Europa (mythology)

Europa is a figure from Greek mythology. She is the daughter of Phoenician king Agenor and of Telephassa. Zeus falls in love with her. Because of his wife Hera, he has to take the shape of a bull. Hermes makes the herd of cattle with the bull Zeu ...

                                               

Golden Fleece

In Greek mythology, the Golden Fleece is the fleece of the gold-haired winged ram. It is in the story of Jason and his group of Argonauts. They set out on a quest ordered by King Pelias to get the fleece so that Jason can rightfully claim the thr ...

                                               

Gordian knot

The Gordian Knot is a legend of associated with Alexander the Great. It is often used as a metaphor for a problem which has no easy or obvious solution.

                                               

Graeae

The Graeae, sometimes called the Grey Sisters, are characters from Greek mythology. They are a trio of hags, called Deino, Enyo and Pemphredo. They are called the Grey Sisters because they were born with grey skin and hair. They also share one to ...

                                               

Iliad

The Iliad is the oldest surviving work of Greek literature. It was an oral epic poem. People spoke it without reading it. It was written down in the 8th century BC. It is an epic poem with 24 chapters written in hexameter. The poem includes early ...

                                               

The Labors of Herakles

The Labors of Herakles is a series of tasks performed by the Greek hero Herakles as a penance for a terrible crime he committed. These tasks required great strength and courage. For the most part, they involved killing fierce animals and horrible ...

                                               

Menoitios

Menoitios was the Titan god of violent anger, rash action, and human mortality. Zeus struck him down with a thunderbolt and sent him to Erebos as punishment for his hybristic behaviour. He was a son of Iapetus and Clymene or Asia, and a brother o ...

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