Sunday, November 7, 2010

Sun Goddesses

List of Sun Goddesses

Aditi - a Hindu Goddess from India, keeper of the light that illuminates all life and ensures consciousness. She gave birth to the universe and the heavenly bodies.

Aine - Irish Goddess who represented the spark of life. Her festival was celebrated on Midsummer’s eve. Later she was remembered in Christian times as the fairy queen
Akycha - An Alaskan solar Goddess who once lived on earth as a beautiful woman. She fled into the sky after her brother raped her.
Amaterasu - Japanese Shinto Goddess, her name means great shinning heaven. She is the head of the Japanese pantheon and her emblem, the rising sun, appears on the Japanese flag.
Bast - The Lion Goddess of sunset, among her many roles she symbolized the fertilizing rays of the sun.
Beiwe - Sámi Goddess of Lapland, she was celebrated at the summer solstice for providing the light the plants needed to grow. These in turn fed the reindeer that were vital source of food, clothing and tools for the people.
Bila – The cannibal Aboriginal Goddess who provided light for the world by cooking her victims over a giant flame. She was chased away but the world was then plunged into darkness, so Bila was captured and tethered to the earth.
Brigid - A Celtic fire Goddess, as a solar deity her attributes are light, inspiration and all skills associated with fire.
Chup-Kamui - A modest Japanese moon Goddess. She traded places with the sun God as she was so embarrassed by the adulterous and lecherous behavior that was occurring at night.
Djanggawul Sisters – Aboriginal Goddesses from Arhemland. These daughters of the sun gave birth to all the plants and animals. Their magical power objects were stolen from them by their brothers.
Hathor - Egyptian Goddess of the sky. Hathor is depicted with the solar disk indicating that this is one of her many areas of influence.
Hekoolas - Native American Goddess, with the help of the trickster Coyote, man was able to convince her to light up this world.
Medusa - The Greek Goddess is said to derive from an earlier Anatolian deity. This theory is supported by images of her with a lion that symbolized the power of the sun.
Pattini - A Sri Lankan solar deity who represents the heat of the sun's rays.
Olwen - Welsh sun Goddess, her name means “golden wheel.”
Saule – Lithuanian, golden haired Goddess. She rode across the sky in a chariot pulled by two white horses with golden manes, battling with the powers of darkness.
Sekhmet -A Lion headed Goddess of Egypt, she represented the destructive qualities of the suns rays causing drought and famine.
Shapash - Phoenician Goddess whose name meant “torch or light of the Gods". In addition to being a solar Goddess she was also able to travel through the realms of the dead.
Solntse - Slavic sun Goddess
Sunna - Nordic Goddess of the Sun, also known as Sol, her chariot was pulled across the sky by two horses
Uelanuhi - Cherokee Goddess of the Sun, her name meant "apportioner", as she was responsible for dividing time into units. Her warmth was captured for man by Grandmother Spiderwoman's web.
Walo - Aboriginal Goddess who traveled across the sky with her daughter, Bar. One day Walo realized that the reason the earth was parched was due to their combined heat, she then sent her daughter back to the east so that the earth could become fertile and bloom.
Wuriupranili - Another Aboriginal sun deity who lit a bark torch and carried the flame through the sky from east to west. At the western sea, she dipped it in the water, then used the embers to guide her under the earth to reach her starting point again.
Wurusemu - Ancient Hittite sun Goddess. She is also known as Arinna.
Xatel-Ekwa - Hungarian Goddess, like many other ancient European solar Goddesses she is linked with horses as she rode through the air on her three steeds.

1 comment:

  1. excellent! i have a list on my phone that doesn't include a number of these! some that aren't in your list:

    Arinna, though she *is* listed by her other name. =)

    Aurora, Greek goddess of the dawn

    Hebat, who was associated with Arinna

    Sol, another name for Solntse, I assume

    Surye, though I don't have the source material at the moment and everything online refers to a god. will double-check for accuracy when i have a chance.

    Waka-hiru-me, Japanese goddess of the rising sun, and sister to Amaterasu

    Yhi, Aussie Aboriginal goddess of light and creation, also a solar deity