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Poseidon, Greek god of seas and waters.
water deity is a deity in mythology associated with water or various bodies of water. Water deities are common in mythology and were usually more important among civilizations in which the sea or ocean, or a great river was more important. Another important focus of worship of water deities were springs or holy wells. Aztec mythology [edit ] Tlaloc, god of thunder, rain, and earthquakes. Chalchiuhtlicue, goddess of water, lakes, rivers, seas, streams, horizontal waters, storms, and baptism. Huixtocihuatl, goddess of salt. Opochtli, god of fishing. Tlaloques, gods of drops. Tlaloquetotontli, goddess of the rivers. Ainu mythology [edit ] Canaanite mythology [edit ] Celtic mythology [edit ] Acionna ( Gaulish) - a water goddess/ genius loci of the Orleanais region and the Essonne Belisama, goddess of lakes and rivers, fire, crafts and light Boann - goddess of the River Boyne ( Irish) Dylan Eil Ton ( Welsh) Grannus, a god associated with spas, the sun, fires and healing thermal and mineral springs Lir ( Irish), god of the sea Llŷr ( Welsh), god of the sea Manannán mac Lir ( Irish), god of the sea Nodens, god associated with healing, the sea, hunting and dogs Sinann ( Irish), goddess of the River Shannon Sequana ( Gaulish), goddess of the River Seine Chinese mythology [edit ] Wang Yuanpu (Dong Wanggong, Eastern King). King of the Palace of the Eastern Seas Gong Gong, water god who is responsible for the great floods, together with his associate, Xiang Yao Hebo, god of the Yellow River Mazu, water goddess and protector of seafarers Guo Pu, Immortal of the Water Realm. Dragon Kings of the Four Seas Ao Guang, Dragon King of the Eastern Sea Ao Qin, Dragon King of the Southern Sea Ao Run, Dragon King of the Western Sea Ao Shun, Dragon King of the Northern Sea God-Kings of the Four Seas Wang Duyuan, God-King of the Eastern Sea Kai Na Ling, God-King of the Southern Sea Dao Dongqing, God-King of the Western Sea Xi Yuanyuan, God-King of the Northern Sea Gods of the Four Seas A Ming, God of the Eastern Sea Zhou Liang, God of the Southern Sea Ju Cheng, God of the Western Sea Yu Qiang, God of the Northern Sea Gods of the Five Waters He Guiju, God of the Eastern Sea Liu Xiao, God of the Southern Sea Guo Shu, God of the Western Sea Wu Yuquang, God of the Northern Sea Feng Yi, He Bo/Ho Po, God of the Yellow River Long mu, Goddess of the Xijiang River in Lingnan area Ehuang & Nuying, Goddesses of the Xiang River Wu Yuan, God of the Qiantang River in Huangzhou Lady Youle, Goddess of the Le River, a branch of the Yellow River Egyptian mythology [edit ] Anuket, goddess of the Nile, and nourisher of the fields Nephthys, goddess of rivers Khnum, god of the Nile River Sobek, god of the Nile river, depicted as a crocodile or a man with the head of a crocodile. Tefnut, goddess of water and fertility Anubis, god of funerals Osiris, god of death Bastet goddess of the hunt and patron of cats Fijian mythology [edit ] Finnish mythology [edit ] Ahti, god of the depths and fish Iku-Turso, a malevolent sea monster Vedenemo, a goddess of water Vellamo, the wife of Ahti, goddess of the sea, lakes and storms. Greek mythology [edit ]
Greek sea gods Aegaeon, god of violent sea storms and ally of the Titans Achelous, Greek river god Akheilos, shark-shaped sea spirit Alpheus, river god in Arcadia Amphitrite, sea goddess and consort of Poseidon Anapos, water god of eastern Sicily Brizo, goddess of sailors Carcinus, a giant crab who allied itself with the Hydra against Heracles. When it died, Hera placed it in the sky as the constellation Cancer Ceto, goddess of the dangers of the ocean and of sea monsters Charybdis, a sea monster and spirit of whirlpools and the tide Cymopoleia, a daughter of Poseidon and goddess of giant storm waves Delphin, the leader of the dolphins, Poseidon placed him in the sky as the constellation Delphinus Doris, goddess of the sea's bounty and wife of Nereus Eidothea, prophetic sea nymph and daughter of Proteus Electra, an Oceanid, consort of Thaumas Eurybia, goddess of the mastery of the seas Galene (Γαλήνη), goddess of calm seas Glaucus, the fisherman's sea god Gorgons, three monstrous sea spirits The Graeae, three ancient sea spirits who personified the white foam of the sea; they shared one eye and one tooth between them The Harpies, winged spirits of sudden, sharp gusts of wind Hebe, Greek goddess of water and wine bearer of the Gods Hippocampi, the horses of the sea The Ichthyocentaurs, a pair of centaurine sea-gods with the upper bodies of men, the lower fore-parts of horses, ending in the serpentine tails of fish Ladon, a hundred-headed sea serpent who guarded the western reaches of the sea, and the island and golden apples of the Hesperides Leucothea, a sea goddess who aided sailors in distress Nerites, watery consort of Aphrodite and/or beloved of Poseidon Nereus, the old man of the sea, and the god of the sea's rich bounty of fish Nymphs Oceanus, Titan god of the Earth-encircling river Okeanos, the font of all the Earth's fresh-water Pan, Patron God of fishing Palaemon, a young sea god who aided sailors in distress Phorcys, god of the hidden dangers of the deep Pontus, primeval god of the sea, father of the fish and other sea creatures Poseidon, king of the sea and lord of the sea gods; also god of rivers, storms, flood and drought, earthquakes, and horses. His Roman equivalent is Neptune. Potamoi, deities of rivers, fathers of Naiads, brothers of the Oceanids, and as such, the sons of Oceanus and Tethys. Proteus, a shape-shifting, prophetic old sea god, and the herdsman of Poseidon's seals Psamathe, goddess of sand beaches Scylla, a Nereid metamorphosed into a sea monster The Sirens, three sea nymphs who lured sailors to their death with their song The Telchines, sea spirits native to the island of Rhodes; the gods killed them when they turned to evil magic Tethys, Titan goddess of the sources fresh-water, and the mother of the rivers ( Potamoi), springs, streams, fountains and clouds Thalassa, primordial goddess of the sea Thaumas, god of the wonders of the sea and father of the Harpies and the rainbow goddess Iris Thetis, leader of the Nereids who presided over the spawning of marine life in the sea, mother of Achilles Triteia, daughter of Triton and companion of Ares Triton, fish-tailed son and herald of Poseidon Tritones, fish-tailed spirits in Poseidon's retinue Amitaf, goddess of mermaids and the most beautiful of all mermaids Haitian Vodou [edit ] Agwé, a loa who rules over the sea, fish, and aquatic plants, as well as the patron loa of fishermen and sailors Clermeil, the loa who made rivers flood their banks Pie, a soldier-loa who lives at the bottoms of lakes and rivers and causes floods Hawaiian mythology [edit ] Hindu/Vedic mythology [edit ]
Varuna, the Lord of the Rain
Incan mythology [edit ] Pariacaca, god of water and rainstorms Paricia, god who sent a flood to kill humans who did not respect him adequately Inuit mythology [edit ] Aipaloovik, an evil sea god associated with death and destruction Alignak, a lunar deity and god of weather, water, tides, eclipses, and earthquakes Arnapkapfaaluk, a fearsome sea goddess Idliragijenget, god of the ocean Nootaikok, god who presided over icebergs and glaciers Sedna, goddess of the sea Japanese mythology [edit ] Lusitanian Mythology [edit ] Lithuanian mythology [edit ] Bangpūtys, god of sea and storm Anusehx, God of the nighttime Māori mythology [edit ] Ikatere, a fish god, the father of all the sea creatures including mermaids Tangaroa, god of the sea Mesopotamian mythology [edit ] Amathaunta, goddess of the ocean Abzu, god of fresh water, father of all other gods Asherah, Mother goddess whose title is "She Who Walks Upon the Sea" Enbilulu, god of rivers and canals Enki, god of water and of the River Tigris Marduk, god associated with water, vegetation, judgment, and magic Nammu, goddess of the primeval sea Nanshe, goddess of Persian Gulf, social justice, prophecy, fertility and fishing Sirsir, god of mariners and boatmen Tiamat, goddess of salt water and chaos, also mother of all gods Norse/Germanic mythology [edit ] Ægir, personification of the sea Mímir, god of the spring of Mímisbrunnr, which gives the drinker wisdom and Odin sacrificed an eye to drink from Rán, sea goddess of love who collects the drowned in a net Nine Daughters of Ægir, who personify the characteristics of waves Njord, god of the sea, particularly of seafaring Nehalennia, goddess of the North Sea Nerthus, goddess of lakes, springs, holy waters Nix, water spirits who usually appear in human form Persian/Zoroastrian mythology [edit ] Anahita, the divinity of 'the Waters' (Aban) and hence associated with fertility, healing and wisdom. Tishtrya, Zoroastrian benevolent divinity associated with life-bringing rainfall and fertility. Haurvatat, he Amesha Spenta associated with water, prosperity, and health in post-Gathic Zoroastrianism Philippine mythology [edit ] Amanikable, ill- tempered god of the sea Haik, another god of the sea Amansinaya, god of fishermen Sirena, mermaid Siyokoy, merman Magwayen, goddess of the sea Lidagat, daughter of Magwayen Pirate lore [edit ] Roman mythology [edit ] Fontus, god of wells and springs Juturna, goddess of fountains, wells, and springs Neptune, king of the sea Salacia, Neptune's queen Tiberinus, the genius of the river Tiber. Volturnus, god of the waters Coventina, Goddess of a sacred spring at Carrawburgh, on Hadrian's Wall Slavic mythology [edit ] Vodyanoi, water demon who lived in lakes and rivers Rusalki, female ghosts, water nymphs, succubi or mermaid-like demons that dwell in waterways. Veles, god of earth, waters, and the underworld Pereplut (rus. Переплу́т), god of alcohol and rivers Tonga (Zambezi Valley Zimbabwe) [edit ] Yoruba, Orisha worship, Ifa [edit ] Yemaja, or Yemaya goddess of the ocean, the essence of motherhood, and a protector of children Mami Wata, a pantheon of water deities Oshun, deity of rivers, beauty, sensuality. In Santería she also represents wealth Okie, deity of lakes, daughter of Obatala Olokun, deity of the oceans often synchronized with Poseidon or Neptune Igbo, African religion [edit ] Ava, a pair of river goddess and god Idemili, goddess of a river Uhammiri/ Ogbuide, a lake goddess Urashi/ Okita, a river god See also [edit ]