Post your favorite gods, creatures, whatever.
Mythology was totally a big part of ancient history so, this is cool, right?
>Minganji masqueraders, near Gungu, Congo
>"Although the Minganji face masks make an appearance at a wide variety of occasions (such as the investiture ritual of a local chief, or the construction of a new chief's residence), their primary role is as guardian of the initiation encampment. The Gitenga mask is described as the grandfather or the chief of the Miganji. It serves as a representation of the sun, a symbol of life and regeneration. The Gitenga mask thus stands in diametrical opposition to the other Minganji characters, which embody death, uncertainty, and darkness."
>Post your favorite gods, creatures, whatever.
Tyr is pretty based.
Out of all the gods and goddesses in the /pol/ pantheon you pick Baal? Really?
>Thor doesn't exist
Don't ruin tis thread with meta-religion
Gotta love Thetis from greek mythology. I know this is the history board but I've always thought Thetis, her father and her 50 sisters were the perfect set up for something in fiction.
Thetis is a sea nymph and the mother of Achilles for those of you who don't know. She doesn't seem to have any noteworthy powers but other than the standard Greek God powers like immortality.
No, but i know someone with powers far superior to those of Baal.
Not true, in fact there's many deities, also called Divinities (or Yazata) that are similar to gods in other religions. Mithra, for example, is the Divinity of Oath, some sort of Truth God that also served as a judicial figure of sorts.
>non-divine mythological creature in an epic
>it actually helps the main hero of its own accord
>without ulterior motives
Why are there so few?
Well, no, the fact of the matter is that certain gods have certain "set in stone" characteristics. Anon here was just saying that one of those characteristics was his hair color. And, sure, of course, he also has a huge thunder hammer.
There is no real solid "evidence" that Thors hair was in "fact" red.
What if someone dug up some old ass script that predated all current information that says he had freaking green hair? Also, fuck ginger thor. Blonde masterrace for life.
>I am merely saying that him having blonde or red hair doesn't fucking matter really.
Um yes, it matters. Fucking writings describe him as redbeard, man of rowan etc so to depict him blonde is just dumb
>There is no real solid "evidence" that Thors hair was in "fact" red.
I'm just saying, nothing is "set in stone". It is just the current information to go by. I'm not saying that all information should be abolished. I'm only stating that him having this or that hair colour is not really a issue worth debating (which we are doing now)
Again, harkening back to what I was saying earlier, evidence that is considered solid today, can be easily refuted by tomorrows findings. And, of course, we're talking about a made up character after all.
got another one right here it's hard to get good pics though
It's freaking sweet. Full of crazy badass figures that beat each other up, ancient spaceships, epic wars and all sorts of other baller stuff.
Who /Hermes/ here?
Intelligent, nihilistic and with a wicked sense of humor
>that one god that is always portrayed as ugly in all media ever.
u wot m8?
you sure you arent thinking of hephaestus?
>be misogynistic society that shuns women
>fucking Athena is one of the most popular goddesses and the one predicted to become more powerful than Zeus
Why did the greeks made the deity of wisdom and strategical warfare a female?
I noticed that in a lot of popular media Hermes is always portrayed as uglier than the other olympians.
From games up to fucking Disney.
Which is strange considering gods are supposed to be unnaturally beautiful.
>>that one god that is always portrayed as ugly in all media ever.
Books and old vidya portray him as handsome.
Primordial vagoo master race. Akasha=everything else>everyone else.
Name a battle more epic than Ragnarök
>Protip: you fucking can't
Best God: Tyr
Best Goddess: Pallas Athena
Best "creature": Centaurs
Prove me wrong
This thread made me think of this image.
Boy, do I love Zeus.
pre-monotheistic Hebrew religion is objectively the best
before it became solely monotheistic the Hebrews worshiped Yahweh as a chief god with lesser dieties as well. This is his wife Asherah
>Yahweh chilling with his bae Asherah
>Yahweh has a massive dong
>looks like JuJu spirit from crash bandicoot
who converting to /HenothiesticbronzeageJudaism/ here?
I love the mythological trope about the person who leaves the regular world and returns a lot of time later unchanged just to see the whole world order.
Including the history of Oisin, Herla King, Urushima Daro, the plot of Interstellar and Queen's song '39.
I don't even know if that trope has a name, it just fascinates me in all it's incarnations.
I love the story about an average man who meets a mysterious but beautiful woman who turns out to be some sort of supernatural being.
She marries him and they have children, living in domestic bliss. But all under the condition that he NEVER reveal her nature to anyone.
The husband blurts out her secret and she flees, never to be seen again.
Pretty much every culture has a variant of the tale.
Yeah, in an Irish context Nuada certainly was a great king that became more detached from reality over time. He was certainly a great king but his exploits were exaggerated overtime ie him losing his arm and being forged a metal arm like a cyborg by the gods
I was planning on making a mythology/forklore thread to see if its allowed and ones already up. Man I hope this board succeeds.
I also believe that many mythical creatures were based on conquered peoples who took refugee in forests and caverns. Like the Tuatha de Danann being the pre-Gaelic inhabitants of Ireland.
I imagine some are, I mean it's not like this kind of thing doesn't happen, Shango and Guan Yu were both people who later went on to be worshiped as Gods.
Not that anon, but Yuki-onna comes to mind first. I think their are some Selkie stories that end that way as well. I know I heard an African story with a similar vibe though I don't remember the exact details.
A SMT set in africa would be the coolest fucking shit.
Ares - God of War
Symbolized brutal, unorganized, bloody, rage filled war.
Rode a chariot with massive war horses.
His war cry sounded like thousands of soldiers screaming as they were running at their enemies.
Married Aphrodite and had Eros and Eris.
He's like the Duke Nukem of mythology.
It is a series about the urban realism punk feeling juxtaposed with ancient beliefs. Wouldn't work outside of large cities like Kinshasa or Johannesburg. That then loses the distinction of broken environment because already messed up.
I've been interested in Hades ever since I learned he wasn't the evil villain bastard every bit of media makes him out to be. He seems to be a fair, though quite strict, ruler who's pretty content with his lot in life, especially once he gets Persephone.
hitler should of been Pope and Führer tbhlad.
>nobody ITT has mentioned Moloch, eater of children
This board isn't edgy enough for me
>gave birth to Orthus, Cerberus, Hydra, Chimera, Sphinx, both dragons that guarded the golden fleece and the golden apples, and the eagle that ate Prometheus's liver
Echidna is best mom and top MILF
>Baal and Molech keep trying to steal your worshipers.
>you reluctantly use your war God powers from your previous job to commit genocide here and there
>having to incarnate Yourself as a mortal just to prove to your children you love them.
Tezcatlipoca "Smoking Mirror" is based.
Greek: Athena > Hades > Hestia > the rest
pegasus and scylla/charybdis
Egypt: Isis > Anubis > Maat > the rest
Norse: Idunn > Skadi > Tyr
the animals living on the world tree or the tree itself
Indian: Saraswati > Lakshmi > Shiva
don't remember a single creature except nagas, nagas a shit
China: Queen mother of the west > the jade emperor > Chang'e
the rain and weather dragon (shenlong?), the four beasts are cool too
Nips: Okuninushi > Kushinada-hime > Konohanasakuya-hime
tengus, tennin, kitsune (or just the mask maybe)
Celts: only remember by name a few of them
Kelpie and fairies
Levant/Mesopotamia: same with the celts only remember a few of them
Aztecs: fuck them and their bullshit names
>not posting the myth of sculpting you're waifu
I love mythological creatures that interacting with modern technology.
>The Skogsra could be found by soldiers in the scandinavian forests, and could bless their muskets to make sure their first shot would never miss
>nobody cares about Mesopotamian religion, that was forefather of Egyptian, Greek, Judaism and by extension Christianity and Islam
Its funny how i can be reading their myths and see all those motives there, the Paradise and expulsion from it, the Tree of wisdom, the flood, the chaos before creation etc. Myths so deep down in people that they survived over five thousand years.
Enki a best.
>you won't ever have a daughter with your own daughter, which is your daughters and yours daughter
>you won't ever fill riverbanks, fields, forests and cities with your semen
>you won't ever get drunk with your mom and create crippled humans for fun
I like the good old fashion bible, but the little things.
Ie, the 7 plagues representing the abrahamic god overpowering the 7 main Egyptian gods (ie blocking out the sun = showing Ra a shit).
That symbolism in the bible is top tier
Post your favorite temples, norse, roman, celtic zoroastrian whatever
There's also a Romanian version if you're interested, it would to scare the crap out of me as a kid
Now it seems like a good time to ask: do you guys know any good source material on mythology in general?
Maybe culture-specific books, or even comparisons of different culture's myths, like you're doing in this thread.
I love this topic, but I know almost nothing besides some very basic stuff.
Saturn is da boss.
Dionysus and Apollo are pretty cool too.
>An Aswang (or Asuwang) is a vampire-like witch ghoul in Filipino folklore and is the subject of a wide variety of myths and stories.
>Spanish colonists noted that the Aswang was the most feared among the mythical creatures of the Philippines, even in the 16th century.
>When they are in their human form, you can identifying, just look at their eyes, they are bloodshot, and the reflection in them would appear inverted.
>They are also know for taking any chance to break into funeral homes to steal corpses, replacing them with bananas trunks.
Try the Shin Megami Tensei games if you're into that. Chock full of mythology and smart references.
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23522.Mythology maybe? I've seen it praised around so maybe it's good.
Oh and read this one a while ago, it's ok. Doesn't compare anything but it's ok.
I personally prefer reading the myths directly.
I'll check those, thanks.
>I personally prefer reading the myths directly.
Well, yeah, that's part of the problem. What about cultures from like random American or African tribes that I've never even heard of? It'd be hard to search for stuff like that, so that's why I was looking for something more general like that.
>born from his dad's nose
>threw shit and a dead horse at his sister's house killing one of her handmaidens and making her retreat in a cave aka leaving the world with no sun
>banished from Takamagahara
>turned waifu into comb
>fought huge dragon, acquired mythical sword, had to give it away afterwards
>missed mummy, became ruler of the underworld
>got fooled by fucking Okuninushi into giving up his daughter for marriage even though the former was already married
Such is the life of Susanoo.
Leshy/Miškinis is probably the coolest to me, because it's based on real people that exist even now.
I've heard someone say elsewhere that the Greeks respected the existence of the Egyptian religion and didn't deny their gods.
How much truth is there to that? And are there any real cases of two different faiths acknowledging and generally respecting each other?
Afaik in hellenistic egypt the greeks would merge their gods through syncretism. For instance, the greek Hermes and the egyptian Toth had similarities and were therefore conflated into Hermes Trismegistus
I rather enjoy the idea of Lucifer as a promethian character that grants humans the power to rule their own destiny.
Romans generally didnt care who their subjects worshipped as long as they also acknowledged the divinity of the Emperor as Ordained by Roman gods. They also liked to adopt any gods they thought were cool like Mithra.
This was why they didnt like monotheism. Too rigid and stubborn.
>Because of his propensity to lead travelers astray and abduct children, which he shares with Chort, or "The Black One," the Leshy is believed by some to be evil. Others view him as more of a temperamental being like a fairy
He's a cool dude eh
SMT's designs are so great. Kaneko is my hero
Athena obviously. Goddess of both war and intelligence, literally perfect.
Also Neith, who's basically the same thing for Egypt.
>Tfw Celts didn't write down anything
>Tfw everything about Celts is practically lost or corrupted beyond recognition
>the only reason we know anything is from Romans that wrote about them
>the only reason we know about Celtic deities is from Romans replacing them with their own gods
>Tfw living in a culture that has been destroyed, raped, burnt down and feebly re-created
Athena was barely considered a woman by the Greeks, as evidenced by her being birthed from the head of Zeus fully-formed and never being born from a woman or nursed by one in any version of her creation story. She remains a virgin and never takes any man in marriage. Basically she was the first reverse-trap.
>celestial bodies being dragged by chariots
That has been a thing since forever though. Pic related is nearly 4000 years old and was dug up in Denmark.
She's just pure, and has the best qualities of both genders.
Joan of Arc is basically an incarnation of Athena btw.
>poor medusa gets raped by broseidon in her temple
>lets turn her into an hideous monster
>arachne claims to be a better weaver
>lets turn her into a spider
>wants the apple meant for the most beautiful
>lets try to bribe paris with promises of infinite wisdom
athena a shit. she's a cunt dyke that needs some real dicking
Maybe not monsters but when it comes to fucked up kids he holds his own
>Chrysaor (flying pig), Pegasus, the Golden Fleece ram, a bunch of Cyclopes, a few Giants, Charybdis, Lamia and a bunch more I can't think of off the top of my head
Who's the best evil deity? I like Apep. He's a giant snake that wants to eat the sun, you can't get much better than that.
Debatable if she's evil by contemproary moral standards, but I like Lilith
Well the first sources considered her bad, see Alphabeth of ben sirah, and the sumerian tablets of the epic of gilgamesh apparently mention her in one poem too, where gilgamesh drives her and some other monster from a tree to make a bed for Innana.
But more recently she's kinda a simbol for the equality between men and women, because the story is she didnt wanna be on the bottom position when Adam was to sex her, so she spoke the name of god and FLEW away. Very witchy kinda gal. Besides witches, she's said to lay with demons and kill infants, in the bible she appears connected to the birds of prey in the wild, the woman with talons is a recurrent image, the harpy, or the demon woman, the succubus.
Egyptian mythology was more about order vs chaos than good vs evil. Set killed Osiris and scattered his body throughout Egypt, but he was still loved and worshipped because of his role against Apep and as protector of desert travellers.
>Veles is a major Slavic supernatural force of earth, waters and the underworld, associated with dragons, cattle, magic, musicians, wealth and trickery. He is the opponent of the Supreme thunder-god Perun, and the battle between two of them constitutes one of the most important myths of Slavic mythology.
>Ancient Slavs viewed their world as a huge tree, with the treetop and branches representing the heavenly abode of gods and the world of mortals, while the roots represented the underworld. And while Perun, seen as a hawk or eagle sitting on a tallest branch of tree, was believed to be ruler of heaven and living world, Veles, seen as a huge serpent coiling around the roots, was ruling the world of dead. This was actually quite a lovely place, described in folk tales as a green and wet world of grassy plains and eternal spring, where various fantastic creatures dwell and the spirits of deceased watch over Veles's herds of cattle.
>After the advent of Christianity, Veles was split into several different characters. As a god of the Underworld and dragons, he, of course, became identified with the Devil. His more benevolent sides were transformed to several Christian saints.
tl;dr christfags are faggots
Norse master race here
>pure and not a slut
Artemis/Diana mustard race
Jörmungandr/The Midgard serpent.
Because nothing is cooler than biting yourself in the ass to keep the world together, literally.
>at three years old, Artemis, while sitting on the knee of her father, Zeus, asked him to grant her six wishes: to remain always a virgin; to have many names to set her apart from her brother Apollo; to be the Phaesporia or Light Bringer; to have a bow and arrow and a knee-length tunic so that she could hunt; to have sixty "daughters of Okeanos", all nine years of age, to be her choir; and for twenty Amnisides Nymphs as handmaidens to watch her dogs and bow while she rested. She wished for no city dedicated to her, but to rule the mountains, and for the ability to help women in the pains of childbirth.
B A S E D
artemis > athena
>the ability to help women in the pains of childbirth.
>ran away after getting in a fight with one achaean
>the god of war, who complains like a little bitch when ever he loses.
They really do deserve each other, as their both shit tier gods