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La naissance de Vénus

The Birth of Venus by Sandro Botticelli (1485), depicting Venus, the Roman goddess of love, lust and beauty

A love deity is a deity in mythology associated with sexual love, lust or sexuality. Love deities are common in mythology and may be found in many polytheistic religions.

List of love and lust deities

Albanian folklore

Armenian mythology

  • Astghik, goddess of fertility and love

Aztec mythology

  • Xochiquetzal, goddess of fertility, beauty, and female sexual power

Buddhism

  • Aizen Myō-ō or Rāgarāja, a deity who transforms worldly lust into spiritual awakening; his red-skinned appearance represents suppressed lust and passion

Canaanite mythology

  • Astarte, goddess of sexual love, fertility, and warfare
  • Qetesh, goddess of love, beauty and sex

Celtic mythology

  • Aine, Irish goddess of love, summer, wealth and sovereignty
  • Cliodhna Irish goddess, sometimes identified as a goddess of love and beauty[1]

Chinese mythology

  • Yue-Lao, a Chinese god of love who binds two people together with an invisible red string
  • Tu Er Shen, a Chinese deity who manages the love and sex between homosexual men

Egyptian mythology

  • Bes, god of music, dance, and sexual pleasure
  • Hathor, goddess of the sky, love, beauty, and music
  • Bastet, goddess of felines, love, sexuality, protection, beauty, and dance

Etruscan mythology

  • Albina, goddess of the dawn and protector of ill-fated lovers
  • Turan, goddess of love and vitality

Greek mythology

  • Aphrodite, goddess of love, lust and beauty
  • The Erotes
    • Anteros, god of requited love
    • Eros, god of love and sexual passion
    • Himeros, god of sexual desire
    • Hedylogos, god of sweet talk and flattery
    • Hymenaios, god of marriage and marriage feasts
    • Pothos, god of sexual longing, yearning and desire
  • Peitho, personification of persuasion and seduction

Guaraní mythology

  • Kurupi, god of sexuality and fertility

Hindu mythology

Kama Rati

Kama (left) with Rati on a temple wall of Chennakesava Temple, Belur.

  • Kamadeva or Kama, god of love
  • Rati, goddess of passion and lust

Lithuanian mythology

  • Milda, goddess of love and freedom

Mesopotamian mythology

Moroccan mythology

  • Qandisa, goddess of lust who first seduces men then drives them insane[3]

Norse mythology

  • Freyja, goddess associated with love, beauty, fertility, gold, seiðr, war, and death
  • Freyr, worshipped as a phallic fertility god, he was said to "[bestow] peace and pleasure on mortals"
  • Sjöfn, goddess associated with love

Roman mythology

  • Cupid, the Roman equivalent of the Greek god Eros
  • Venus, the Roman equivalent of the Greek goddess Aphrodite

Slavic mythology

  • Dogoda, Polish spirit of the west wind, associated with love and gentleness
  • Dzydzilelya, Polish goddess of love and marriage and of sexuality and fertility
  • Lada, fakeloric goddess of harmony, merriment, youth, love and beauty, who almost certainly never existed
  • Siebog, god of love and marriage
  • Živa, goddess of love and fertility

Vodou

Yoruba mythology

  • Mami Wata, a pantheon of water deities sometimes associated with love and lust
  • Oshun, goddess of love, intimacy, beauty, wealth and diplomacy

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