Nott painting

The Norse night goddess Nótt riding her horse, in a 19th century painting by Peter Nicolai Arbo

A night deity is a god or goddess in mythology associated with night, the night sky, or darkness. They commonly feature in polytheistic religions. The following is a list of night deities.

Arabian mythology

Aztec mythology

  • Lords of the Night, a group of nine gods, each of whom ruled over a particular night
  • Metztli, god or goddess of the moon, night and farmers
  • Tezcatlipoca, god of the night sky, the night winds, hurricanes, the north, the earth, obsidian, enmity, discord, rulership, divination, temptation, jaguars, sorcery, beauty, war and strife
  • Yohaulticetl, lunar goddess known as the "Lady of the Night"

Canaanite mythology

Egyptian mythology

  • Kuk, personification of the primordial darkness
  • Nephthys, goddess of night as well as death and birth

Greek mythology

  • Asteria, goddess of nocturnal oracles and falling stars
  • The Astra Planeti, gods of the five wandering stars or planets
  • Erebos, primordial god of darkness and consort of Nyx
  • Hecate, goddess of magic, witchcraft, the night, moon, ghosts and necromancy
  • Nyx, primordial goddess of night

Hindu mythology

  • Ratri, goddess of night

Lithuanian mythology

  • Breksta, goddess of twilight and dreams, who protects people from sunset to sunrise

Norse mythology

  • Nótt, female personification of night

Roman mythology

  • Nox, primordial goddess of night; equivalent to the Greek goddess Nyx
  • Summanus, god of nocturnal thunder

Slavic mythology

  • Polunochnitsa, "Lady Midnight", a demoness said to frighten children at night
  • The Zorya, three guardian goddesses, representing the morning, evening and midnight stars

See also

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