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Adonis

Adonis  

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In classical mythology, a beautiful youth loved by both Aphrodite and Persephone. He was killed by a boar, but Zeus decreed that he should spend the winter of each year in the underworld with ...
Anubis

Anubis  

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In ancient Egyptian theology, the god of mummification, protector of tombs, usually represented as having a jackal's head.
Attis

Attis  

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In Anatolian mythology, the youthful consort of Cybele. His death (after castrating himself) and resurrection were associated with the spring festival and with a sacrifice for the crops; his symbol ...
Atum

Atum  

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[Di]Egyptian god, one of the great creator gods of Egypt. Main cult centre Heliopolis, but worshipped all over Egypt. Always represented in human form as a man leaning on a stick. An ancient god who ...
Balder

Balder  

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In Scandinavian mythology, a son of Odin and god of the summer sun. He was invulnerable to all things except mistletoe, with which the god Loki, by a trick, induced the blind god Hödur to kill him.
Comparative mythology

Comparative mythology  

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To study comparative mythology is to study myth as a philological, religious, psychological, or philosophical phenomenon, usually by way by way of explicit or implicit comparisons of mythologies or ...
Danel and Aqhat

Danel and Aqhat  

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The Canaanite tale of King Danel and his son, the hero Aqhat, is contained in fragments of three Ugaritic tablets from Ras Shamra. As the tale opens, Danel is performing ...
Dying god

Dying god  

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Sacrifice takes mythological form in the many stories of the dying god. This motif exists outside of the Indo-European tradition as well as within it. In Sumer Inanna herself and ...
Egyptian deities

Egyptian deities  

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The Graeco‐Roman view of Egyptian religion is sharply fissured. Many writers of all periods, and probably most individuals, found in the Egyptians' worship of animals a polemical contrast to their ...
Ennead

Ennead  

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In the Egyptian mythology the Ennead (“the Nine”) is the name given to the pantheon of the great theological center Heliopolis. Out of the sun god Atum or Atum- Re ...
Fertility myths

Fertility myths  

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Fertility deities and myths exist nearly everywhere that agriculture is important—that is, in most parts of the world. Animistic myths involving the sacrificial dismemberment and “planting” of body ...
Geb

Geb  

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[Di],Egyptian god, the earth god, represented as a man. A member of the Ennead of Heliopolis, husband of Nut.
Genital myths and symbols

Genital myths and symbols  

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In myths from many parts of the world, male genitals especially are treated as sacred or taboo objects. Ham is punished for seeing his father Noah's genitals. The loss of ...
Gilgamesh

Gilgamesh  

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A legendary king of the Sumerian city state of Uruk who is supposed to have ruled sometime during the first half of the 3rd millennium bc. He is the hero of the Babylonian epic of Gilgamesh, one of ...
Goddess

Goddess  

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The source of life and being, once prevalent in religious imagination, but much suppressed during the millennia of male control of religions. The same observations about the provisionality of ...
Horus

Horus  

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[Di]Egyptian falcon god of Edfu, where he is called Horus the Behdetite. He is usually depicted as a hawk‐headed man. The royal god par excellence, since the ruler of the day was considered to be ...
Isis

Isis  

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In Egyptian mythology, a goddess of fertility, wife of Osiris and mother of Horus. Her worship spread to western Asia, Greece, and Rome, where she was identified with various local goddesses, and ...
James George Frazer

James George Frazer  

(1854–1941)British anthropologist and classical scholar. He was knighted in 1914 and appointed to the OM in 1925.Frazer was born in Glasgow and took his MA at Glasgow University (1874) before winning ...
Judgment, Final

Judgment, Final  

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The final judgment is God 's last and complete assessment, not only of all humankind but of all creation. It is little wonder the final judgment is one of the most ...
Lemminkainen

Lemminkainen  

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A rash and somewhat wild hero of Finno-Ugric mythology, Lemminkainen plays a role in the Finnish epic the Kalevala. There are many variants of the original Lemminkainen story. In many ...

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