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Salem Witch Trials

The Salem Witch Trials were a series of county court trials which accused people of being witches. The Salem Witch Trials involved two kinds of trials. First, court hearings were held before local magistrates; then trials were held in county cour ...

                                               

Parsifal

Parsifal is an opera in three acts by Richard Wagner. Wagner took most of the story from a medieval poem Parzival by the German poet Wolfram von Eschenbach. It was the last opera that Wagner completed. He started thinking about it in 1857 but did ...

                                               

Anubis

Anubis is the protector of the gates to the Underworld, Osiris replaced him as the god of the dead. He looks like a man with the head of a jackal.

                                               

Anuket

Anuket was the first ancient Egyptian goddess of the Nile river in areas like Elephantine Island, at the start of the Niles journey through Egypt, and in nearby parts of Nubia. Her temple was built at the Island of Seheil. Since the god Khnum and ...

                                               

Atum

Atum was the creator of everything in ancient Egyptian mythology. He represented the very first history; nothing existed yet except for him. According to the myth, he rose up out of the chaotic waters of Nu and used his own female side to create ...

                                               

Bast

Bastet was the ancient Egyptian goddess of protection and cats. She was the warrior daughter and defender of Ra, who sent her to fight his archenemy Apep. As protectress, she was seen as defender of the pharaoh, after Sekhet, the lioness, and con ...

                                               

Bes

Bes was the ancient Egyptian god of protection of pregnant women, newborn babies and the family. He was a dwarf wearing a lions skin. Bes does not look like he is Egyptian. He is like gods found in other parts of Africa. To scare away demons duri ...

                                               

Geb

In Egyptian mythology, Geb was the god of the earth. Geb was the husband and brother of the sky goddess Nut and the father of Osiris, Isis, Nephthys, Horus the Elder, and Seth. When Seth and Horus fought to become the king of Egypt, Geb made Horu ...

                                               

Hathor

There are still remains of Hathors temple in Dendera, Egypt. Dendara was her most well known. Her temple is 37 miles away from Luxor. It is thought that the temple of Hathor was built and decorated between the second century B.C.E. and the first ...

                                               

Horus

Horus was the Egyptian god of the Sky. He was the son of Isis and Osiris. After fighting his uncle, Set he became the king of Egypt. During this fight, he lost his eye. The Eye of Horus became one of the most important symbols in ancient Egypt an ...

                                               

Iah

Iah is a minor ancient Egyptian moon god who eventually evolves into Khonsu. Iah is said to be a god of both time and fertility. He is most notable for creating the ancient lunar calendar. The word jˁh simply means "moon". It is also transliterat ...

                                               

Isis

Isis is a goddess in Egyptian mythology. She was known as the goddess of the moon. As goddess of life and magic, Isis protected women and children, and healed the sick. Closely linked to the throne, she was one of the greatest goddesses of Ancien ...

                                               

Kebechet

In the Ancient Egyptian religion, Kebechet was the goddess of freshness and purification. She was known as the "wandering goddess" or the "lost child". She was the daughter of Anubis and his wife Anput and was thought to help her father in his ro ...

                                               

Kuk (mythology)

Kuk is the ancient Egyptian deity of night and darkness. As a concept, Kuk was viewed as having male and female qualities. His female form was known as Kauket, which is simply the female form of the word Kuk. Kuk s male form was seen as a frog, o ...

                                               

Maat

In Egyptian mythology, Maat, pronounced as Muh-aht, is goddess of law, morality, and justice. Maat was supposed the stars, seasons, and the actions of both people and gods. Her first role in Egyptian mythology was the weighing of words that took ...

                                               

Mut

Mut was an ancient Egyptian goddess. Mut meant mother in the ancient Egyptian language. Her name can also be spelled Maut or Mout. She is associated with the waters from which everything was born. Some of Muts many titles included World-Mother, E ...

                                               

Neith

Neith was one of the earliest goddesses of ancient Egypt. She was the patroness of the city Sais in the River Nile Delta. Several Egyptian queens of the first Dynasty were named after her. The people of lower Egypt prayed to her statues when they ...

                                               

Neper (mythology)

Neper was the god of grains, specifically grains that were significant in Ancient Egyptian times, such as wheat, corn, and barley. His name means lord of the mouth. Neper also represented sustenance and nourishment. He determined the times of the ...

                                               

Nephthys

Nephthys was a goddess with wide power and capacity, and she was often referred to as "The Excellent Goddess." She could also be dangerous, able to kill the enemies of the king with her fiery breath. In this capacity, she was considered a protect ...

                                               

Nut (goddess)

In Egyptian mythology, Nut was the goddess of the sky. Her body made a protective layer over the Earth. Nut was the sister and wife of Geb, and the mother of Osiris, Nephthys,Isis and Seth and grandmother of Horus. Horus was also a grandchild of ...

                                               

Osiris

In Egyptian mythology, Osiris is the god of life, death, the flooding of the Nile, and the afterlife. He was the brother and husband of Isis. They had a son named Horus. Osiris was murdered by his brother Set because Osiris was the pharaoh, which ...

                                               

Ptah

Ptah was the ancient Egyptian god of craftsmen and architects. Ptah is named in the Turin King List as the first of the eight legendary god-kings of Egypt. In art, he is shown as a hairless, bearded mummified man, often wearing a skull cap, holdi ...

                                               

Ra

This article is about the Egyptian Sun god Ra or Re. For the chemical element, see Radium In Egyptian mythology, Ra was the god of the sun. He was the most important god in Ancient Egypt. He had many names, such as Amun-Ra, and Ra-Horakhty. It wa ...

                                               

Sekhmet

In Egyptian mythology, Sekhmet was the goddess of the sun, fire plagues, healing and war. She had the head of a lioness and the body of a woman. She was married to Ptah, the god of healing. They balanced each other. It was believed that her breat ...

                                               

Serket

Serket was an ancient Egyptian goddess. She was shown as a scorpion. She would sting "bad" people, but she could also cure scorpion stings and other poisons, such as snake bites. Because Serket could cure snake bites, she was sometimes known as t ...

                                               

Seth

In Egyptian mythology, Set was a god of the desert, thunder, evil, pain and suffering. The word Seth was first said as Set. Because of changes in the Egyptian language over the 3.000 years that Seth was worshiped, the t in Set was pronounced so s ...

                                               

Shu (god)

Shu was the ancient Egyptian god of dry air, and so was a calming and cooling influence. He was also like Atlas from Greek mythology - his job was to separate Nut and Geb

                                               

Sobek

Sobek was the ancient Egyptian god of the Nile. In art, he was shown with the head of a crocodile. In temples to Sobek, live crocodiles were kept in pools to honor him.

                                               

Tawaret

In ancient Egyptian mythology, Tawaret was the demon-wife of Apep, the first god of evil. She was often shown as a hippopotamus. Because female hippos are aggressive to protect their young, pregnant women wore amulets of Tawaret to protect their ...

                                               

Tefnut

Tefnut was the ancient Egyptian goddess of water and fertility. She and her brother and husband, Shu, were created by Atum, Ra or Amun. Tefnut was the mother of Nut and Geb also she is associated with the lion. In art she is represent as a woman ...

                                               

Thoth

In Egyptian mythology, Thoth was the deity of scribes. He is thought to be one of the most important said to be born from the skull of Seth also said to be born from the heart of Ra. Thoth was considered the heart and tongue of Ra. He was also th ...

                                               

Anglo-Saxon mythology

Anglo-Saxon mythology refers to the Migration Period Germanic paganism practiced by the English peoples in 5th to 7th century England before conversion to Christianity.

                                               

Chantico

Chantico was the Aztec goddess of both pain and pleasure. She is also the goddess of the family hearth, the home and volcanoes. According to Aztec myths she brings wealth and stability to the home. Chantico protects the home from thieves and losi ...

                                               

Huitzilopochtli

The legend of Huitzilopochtli is recorded in the Mexicayotl Chronicle. His sister, Coyolxauhqui, tried to kill their mother because she became pregnant in a shameful way by a ball of feathers. Her offspring, Huitzilopochtli, learned of this plan ...

                                               

Quetzalcoatl

Quetzalcoatl is an Aztec sky and creator god. The name is a combination of quetzalli, a brightly colored Mesoamerican bird, and coatl, which means serpent; it is therefore usually translated as "feathered serpent" or "plumed serpent". Quetzalcoat ...

                                               

Tezcatlipoca

Tezcatlipoca was a central deity in Aztec mythology. He was associated with many concepts. Some of these are the night sky, the night winds, hurricanes, the north, the earth, obsidian, enmity, discord, rulership, divination, temptation, sorcery, ...

                                               

Asura

The Asura are a group of supernatural creatures in Hinduism and Buddhism. In todays beliefs and assumptions, the Asuras are demons. But this was not always that way. The idea of the Asuras is very, very old, from long before the time people learn ...

                                               

Dakini

In Hinduism and Buddhism, a dakini is a female being like a goddess. They are mostly found in Tibetan Buddhism.Chinese: 空行母, Pinyin: Kōngxing Mǔ and 狐仙,Pinyin:Hu xian ;明妃,Pinyin:Ming fēi} The dakini inspires spiritual practice. A dakini i ...

                                               

Dhritarashtra

Dhrtarāstra is the guardian god of the East. He lives on the eastern part of Mount Sumeru. He is leader of the gandharvas and the pishacas. He is often shown in art playing a stringed instrument.

                                               

Enma

Enma is the god of hell who judges right and wrong after a human dies and falls into hell. Enma gives many kinds of dreadful punishments. The word Enma comes from Yama in Sanskrit and Pali, a language for Buddhist writings in Sri Lanka, Myanmar a ...

                                               

Jambhala

In the Buddhist religion, Jambhala is the wealth-giving form of Avalokitesvara or Chenrezig, the bodhisattva of compassion. Jambhalas blessings are to help others by eliminating poverty, so that they may practice the Dharma. There are five Jambha ...

                                               

Mazu (goddess)

Mazu, also known as Matsu, is a popular Taoist and Chinese Buddhist goddess. She is the goddess and patroness of the sea. She is believed to protect fisherman and sailors. Mazu is widely worshiped in southern China, Vietnam, Taiwan, Zhejiang, Fui ...

                                               

Nāga

A naga is a type of deity in Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism. They are snake gods that live in the ocean and underground in an underworld called "Patala." They can sometimes appear in human form. There are three main forms: Human with snakes on th ...

                                               

Vaishravana

The character of Vaisravana is set up on the Hindu god Kubera, but although the Buddhist and Hindu deities share some characteristics, both of them have different functions and myths. He is often shown with a yellow face. He carries an umbrella a ...

                                               

Budai

Budai, pronounced Hotei in Japanese, also known as the Laughing Buddha, was a Buddhist monk in China. Many Chinese Buddhists believe he was a reincarnation of Maitreya, the person who will become the next Buddha after Gautama Buddha. He has becom ...

                                               

Guan Gong

Guan Gong, also known as Guan Yu or Guan Yun Chang was a general who lived close to two thousand years ago in China. He helped his sworn brother Liu Bei to fight against the dynasty of Wei that seized the throne from the last Han-Emperor. He was ...

                                               

Adonis

Adonis was the Greek god of beauty and desire. His religion belonged to women. Adonis was the deity of plants. He is known as a god who was forever young, the one who would live and die only to be born again. This cycle is repeated without end. T ...

                                               

Agdistis

In Anatolian, Greek and Roman mythology, Agdistis was a hermaphroditic being, and symbolized the wild and uncontrolled powers of nature. She is the personification of a mountain of the same name in Phrygia.

                                               

Aidos

Aidos was the Greek goddess of shame, modesty and humility. She was a close friend of the goddess Nemesis. One source calls her the daughter of Prometheus. Aidos is often considered to be more of a personification than a physical goddess. She was ...

                                               

Anemoi

In Greek mythology, the Anemoi are the gods of the four winds - Boreas, Notus, Eurus, and Zephryus. They were the sons of Eos, goddess of the dawn, and Astraeus. They were each associated with a particular season and its weather conditions. In th ...