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Aditi

Aditi  

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Vedic goddess of unbounded space. Viewed as the Great Mother (and father) of all gods and all creation, encompassing and comprising everything, both internal and external. As the goddess of nature, ...
Agni

Agni  

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The Vedic god of fire, the priest of the gods and the god of the priests.
aṃśa

aṃśa  

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1 As a proper name, one of the Ādityas, who represents acquired wealth (booty), and luck in acquiring it.2 A sacrificial share.3 A partial incarnation (aṃśāvataraṇa) of a deity, in so far as it ...
Aryaman

Aryaman  

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Aryaman is one of the Vedic Indian Adityas. He is associated with rulership.
Bhaga

Bhaga  

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One of the Vedic Ādityas; personified as ‘Luck’, and so the god of good luck.
Bhīṣma

Bhīṣma  

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In the Mahābhārata, the ‘Grandfather’ of the Pāṇḍavas and Kauravas. Really the sky god Dyaus (one of the eight Vasus: see ĀDITYAS) incarnate, Bhīṣma is born as the son of ...
deva

deva  

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Used generically to designate the supernatural and celestial beings, or ‘gods’, praised and invoked in the Ṛg Veda as a component part of the sacrificial ritual. Conventionally 33 in number, like ...
Diti and the daityas

Diti and the daityas  

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In Vedic-Hindu mythology Diti (Danu), the sister and opposite of Aditi, is the mother of the demonic daityas (danavas), such as Virtra and other enemies of the gods. She represents ...
Mitra

Mitra  

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Hindu Vedic god, one of the Ādityas, ‘he who awakens people at daybreak and prompts them to work’ (Ṛg Veda 3. 59. 1). Because mitra means ‘friend’, Mitra is usually associated with another god in ...
Pūṣan

Pūṣan  

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A Vedic deva; one of the Ādityas, according to the later, extended list of twelve, his name refers to his role as a giver of fertility; he is also seen as the ‘pathfinder’ or ‘guide’ to fertile ...
Southeast Asian Mythology

Southeast Asian Mythology  

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Mainland Southeast Asia, made up of countries we now call Viet Nam, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, and Burma, and populated by Austroasiatic or Austronesian peoples, lies between two cultural giants, ...
Sūrya

Sūrya  

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The sun god of later Hindu mythology, originally one of several solar deities in the Vedic religion. The name comes from Sanskrit sūrya ‘sun’.
Tvaṣṭṛ

Tvaṣṭṛ  

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In the Ṛg Veda, the architect, or carpenter, of the devas; so according to some passages, the demiurge or fashioner of the world, and, as such, Indra's father. In Purāṇic mythology he is replaced by, ...
Varuna

Varuna  

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In Hinduism, one of the gods in the Rig Veda. Originally the sovereign lord of the universe and guardian of cosmic law, he is known in later Hinduism as god of the waters.
Vedic mythology

Vedic mythology  

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The first thing that must be said about Vedic mythology, the source of Hindu mythology, is that it is not an organized corpus of myths moving in a linear path ...

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