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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Vodnik & Vodyanoy: Slavic Mythology Water Creatures

The Vodyanoy (Vodnik in some cases), or Water-sprite, like his kin spirit the Domovoy, is affectionately called ‘Dyedushka’, or Grandfather, by the peasants. mention Vodnik. Vodyanoi and Vodnici generally inhabits the depths of rivers, lakes, or pools; but sometimes dwells in swamps, and is specially fond of taking up his quarters in a mill-stream, close …

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Poludnica: Lady Midday or Noonwraith and Polevik

In the fields there appears, usually at the time of harvest, the Poludnica, sometimes Polednica, Poludnitsa (“Midday Spirit”) or the goddess(es) of the fields (from polder’ or poluden’, meaning “mid-day”), she was frequently attended by the polevoi. Although she was a patron deity of agriculture, the poludnitsa was also a mischievous spirit who would punish …

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