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Aasgaardreien peter nicolai arbo mindre

Åsgårdsreien (1872) by Peter Nicolai Arbo, depicting the Wild Hunt of European folklore

A hunting god is a deity in mythology associated with the hunting of animals and the skills and equipment involved. They are a common feature of polytheistic religions.

List of hunting deities

African mythology

Anglo-Saxon mythology

Aztec mythology

  • Atlaua, water god and patron of fishers and archers
  • Mixcoatl, god of the hunt
  • Opochtli, god of hunting and fishing

Celtic mythology

  • Cernunnos, a horned god associated with fertility and hunting
  • Nodens, god associated with healing, the sea, hunting and dogs

Egyptian mythology

  • Neith, goddess of war and the hunt
  • Pakhet, a lioness huntress deity, whom the Greeks associated with Artemis

Finnish mythology

  • Mielikki, goddess of forests and the hunt
  • Nyyrikki, god of the hunt
  • Tapio, East Finnish forest spirit to whom men prayed before a hunt

Greek mythology

Hindu mythology

Hittite mythology

  • Rundas, god of the hunt and good fortune

Inuit mythology

  • Arnakuagsak, goddess responsible for ensuring the hunters were able to catch enough food and that the people remained healthy and strong
  • Arnapkapfaaluk, sea goddess who inspired fear in hunters
  • Nerrivik, the sea mother and patron of fishermen and hunters
  • Nujalik, goddess of hunting on land
  • Pinga, goddess of the hunt, fertility, and medicine
  • Sedna, goddess of the sea, marine animals, and sea hunting
  • Tekkeitsertok, god of hunting and master of caribou

Norse mythology

  • Odin, chief god and ruler of Asgard, associated with wisdom, war, battle, and death, and also magic, poetry, prophecy, victory, and the hunt
  • Skaði, a jötunn and goddess associated with bowhunting, skiing, winter, and mountains

Roman mythology

  • Diana, goddess of the hunt, wild animals and the wilderness; the equivalent of the Greek goddess Artemis

Slavic mythology

  • Devana, goddess of the hunt; the Slavic equivalent of the Roman goddess Diana
  • Ipabog, Wendish god of the hunt
  • Podaga, Wendish god of the weather, fishing, hunting, and farming

Thracian mythology

  • Bendis, goddess of the hunt and the moon, whom the Greeks associated with Artemis

Yoruba and Afro-American mythology

  • Ogoun, loa and orisha who presides over fire, iron, hunting, politics and war

See also


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