August 15, 2018
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Ptah

Ptah’s Place in the Egyptian Pantheon In Egyptian mythology, the deity named Ptah (Egyptian: ptḥ) is the demiurge of Memphis, god of craftsmen and architects. In the triad of Memphis, he is the spouse of Sekhmet and the father of Nefertum. He was also regarded as the father of the sage Imhotep. The Greeks knew him as the god Hephaestus, and in this form Manetho made him the first king of ...

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Kwan Shi Yin

The Place of Kwan Shi Yin of the Chineese Pantheon Guanyin (in pinyin; previous transliterations Quan Yin, Kwan Yin, or Kuanyin) is the bodhisattva associated with compassion as venerated by East Asian Buddhists, usually as a female. The name Guanyin is short for Guanshiyin, which means “Observing the Sounds (or Cries) of the World”. She is also sometimes referred to as Guanyin Pusa (simplified Chinese: 观音菩萨; traditional Chinese: 觀音菩薩; pinyin: Guānyīn Púsà; literally: ...

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Purusha

Purusha and Prakriti The Place of the Purusha in Hindu Philosophy In some lineages of Hinduism, Purusha (Sanskrit puruṣa, पुरुष “man, cosmic man,” [2]  in Sutra literature also called puṃs “man”) is the “Self” which pervades the universe. [2a] The Vedic divinities are interpretations of the many facets of Purusha. According to the Rigvedic Purusha sukta, [3] Purusha was dismembered by the devas (benevolent supernatural being) —his mind is the Moon, his eyes are ...

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Ishvara

The Place of Ishvara in the Hindu Pantheon and Mythology Ishvara (Sanskrit Īśvara) is a theological concept in Hinduism translating to “lord”, applied to the “Supreme Being” or God in the monotheistic sense, or as an Ishta-deva in monistic thought. Much like “lord” (dominus, kurios) in Western usage, the Sanskrit īśvará primarily (late Vedic Sanskrit) has a temporal meaning of “lord, master, prince”. The theological meaning “the Supreme Being” first arises in the Manu ...

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Yoni

Yoni (Sanskrit: योनि yoni) is a Sanskrit word with different meanings, most basically “vagina” or “womb”. Its counterpart is the lingam. It is also the divine passage, or sacred temple (cf. lila). The word can cover a range of extended meanings, including: place of birth, source, origin, spring, fountain, place of rest, repository, receptacle, seat, abode, home, lair, nest, stable.   Within Shaivism, the sect dedicated to the god Shiva, the Shakti symbolises his consort. The union of the yoni and lingam represents the eternal process ...

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Kali

Kālī (Sanskrit: काली), also known as Kālikā (Sanskrit: कालिका), is a Hindu goddess. Kali is one of the ten Mahavidyas, a list which combines Sakta and Buddhistgoddesses.[1]  Kali’s earliest appearance is that of a destroyer of evil forces. She is the goddess of one of the four subcategories of the Kulamārga, a category of tantric Saivism.[2] Over time, she has been worshipped by devotional movements and tantric sects variously as the Divine Mother, Mother of the Universe, Adi Shakti, or Adi Parashakti.[3][4][5] Shakta Hindu and Tantric sects additionally worship her as ...

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Shakti

Shakti’s Place in the Hindu Pantheon and Mythology Shakti (Devanagari: शक्ति, IAST: Śakti; .lit “power, ability, strength, might, effort, energy, capability”[1]), is the primordial cosmic energy and represents the dynamic forces that are thought to move through the entire universe[2] in Hinduism and Shaktism. Shakti is the concept or personification of divine feminine creative power, sometimes referred to as “The Great Divine Mother” in Hinduism. As a mother, she is known as “Adi Shakti” or “Adi Parashakti”. On the earthly plane, ...

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Fregga

 Frigg (sometimes anglicized as Frigga) is a major goddess in Norse paganism, a subset of Germanic paganism.  Old Norse Frigg(genitive Friggjar), Old Saxon Fri, and Old English Frig are derived from Common Germanic Frijjō.[5] Frigg is cognate with Sanskrit prīyā́ which means ‘wife; dear/beloved one’[5] which is the derivation of the word sapphire. The root also appears in Old Saxon fri which means “beloved lady”, in Swedish as fria and Danish “fri” (“to propose for marriage”) and in Icelandic as frjáwhich means “to love.”[5] All of these names, as well as the words friend and affray are ...

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Saturn

Saturn (Latin: Saturnus) is a god in ancient Roman religion, and a character in myth. Saturn is a complex figure because of his multiple associations and long history. He was the first god of the Capitol, known since the most ancient times as Saturnius Mons, and was seen as a god of generation, dissolution, plenty, wealth, agriculture, periodic renewal and liberation. In later developments he came to be also a god of time. His ...

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Kronos

In Greek mythology, Cronus, Cronos, or Kronos (, from Greek: Κρόνος, Krónos), was the leader and youngest of the first generation of Titans, the divine descendants of Uranus, the sky, and Gaia, the earth. He overthrew his father and ruled during the mythological Golden Age, until he was overthrown by his own son Zeusand imprisoned in Tartarus. According to Plato, the deities Phorcys, Cronus, and Rhea were the eldest children of Oceanus and Tethys.[1] Cronus was usually depicted with a harpe, scythe or a sickle, which was the instrument he used to castrate and depose Uranus, his ...

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