Atlas Mythica

Atlas Mythica is a publication written by a collective of scholars and educators in the field of history, symbolism & religious studies. We aim to popularize and explain mythological and cultural concepts using only trustworthy sources.

How The God of Swords Takemikazuchi Conquered Japan

A heavenly warrior deity and thunder god, considered son of the heavenly sword Ame-no-o-habari-no-kami (though he came into being from the blood of the slain Kagutsuchi-no-kami), and the messenger who caused Okuninushi and his sons to surrender the Central Land of the Reed Plains to the authority of the heavenly deities. Sent to Izumo, he …

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All about Aegaeon & Hecatoncheires (Greek Mythology)

Aegaeon (Αἰγαίων), a son of Uranus by Gaea. Aegaeon and his brothers Gyges and Cottus are known under the name of the Uranids (Hes. Th. 502, &c.), and are described as huge monsters with a hundred arms [Hecatoncheires – ἑκατόγχειρες – in Greek] and fifty heads. (Apollod. 1.1.1; Hes. Th. 149, &c.) Most writers mention the …

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Aeacides in Greek Mythology: Peleus, Achilles, Ajax & More

Also known as Aiakides or Aiakídai(Αἰακίδης), a patronymic name that derives from Aeacus, the son of Zeus and Aegina (daughter of River-God Asopus). The name Aecides or Aiakides is given to various of Aeacus’s descendants: Peleus: a son of Aeacus and Endeis, was king of the Myrmidons at Phthia in Thessaly. Peleus and Telamon resolved …

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Adranus: Ancient Sicilian God Worshipped in Adranum

Adranus, a Sicilian divinity who was worshipped in all the island of Sicily, but especially at Adranus, a town near Mount Aetna. (Plut. Tim. 12; Diod. 14.37.) Hesychius (s. v. Παλικοί) represents the god as the father of the Palici. According to Aelian (Ael. NA 11.20), about 1000 sacred dogs were kept near his temple. Some modern …

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Mawu-Lisa: African Supreme Creator Deity

African deities are generally grouped as primary deities, secondary deities, and tertiary deities, the latter group including clan spirits, local divinities, and personal gods. In the Dahomean Vodun pantheon, Mawu-Lisa (also spelled Mahu-Lisa, Mahou-Lissa, or Mahu-Lissa) is the first on the list of primary deities. In other words, in the hierarchy of powers, Mawu-Lisa comes …

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Iyalorisha & Iyawo: Medium of the Gods among African Yoruba

The Iyalorisha is a medium of the gods or the bride of the Orisha among the Yoruba of Nigeria. Like the Babalorisha, who is normally a male, the Iyalorisha is a key person in the Yoruba spiritual hierarchy because she is married to the Orisha. The Babalawo or the Iyawo represent counterparts of the spiritual …

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