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Native American Gods J-S


Jaguar Night
(Maya) One of the first four men created by the gods from maize (ground to a fine powder) mixed with water. The others were Jaguar Quitze, True Jaguar and Mahucutah. The first four women who were created at the same time were Great Seahouse, Shrimp House, Macaw Woman and Hummingbird.
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Jaguar Quitze
(Maya) See Jaguar Night.
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Katsinas
(Acoma) The younger children of Iatiku who had the power to bring rain and food.
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Kan
(Maya)One of the Bacabs, the Gods of the four cardinals directions. Kan is associated with the east, and his color is yellow.
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Kan-u-Uayeyab
(Maya)God who guarded cities.
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Kan-xib-yui
(Maya)God who re-created the earth after it was destroyed by the four Bacabs.
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Kanati
(Cherokee) The male First Ancestor.
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Ketchimanetowa
(Fox) The Great Spirit.
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Ketq Skwaye
(Huron) The creator; Grandmother Toad.
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K'in
(Maya)Sun God.
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Kianto
(Maya)God of foreigners and diseases.
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Kilya
(Inca) The moon, a female deity and wife of the sun.
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Kinich Ahau
(Maya)Sun God.
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Kinich Kakmo
(Maya)Sun God.
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Kisin
(Maya)God of earthquakes.
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Kukulcan
(Maya)Kukulkan. Kukumatz. Gugumatz. Feathered serpent. Supreme God. God of the four elements. Creator God. God of resurrection and reincarnation. His attributes, each representing one element, are a maize-ear (earth), a fish (water), lizard (fire), and vulture (air). Personification of the west. God of light, learning, culture, organization and order, laws, calender.
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Kun
(Aymara - Andean people of Bolivia) Snow god and main deity.
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Loha
(Klamath) Beneficent goddess portrayed as a beautiful woman.
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Loo-wit
(Klikitat) A fire goddess; personification of Mt. St. Helens.
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Macaw Woman
(Maya) See Jaguar Night.
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Macuilxochitl
(Aztec)Five Flower. God of music and dance, of games and feasting.
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Maho Peneta
(Mandan) The Great Spirit.
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Mahucutah
(Maya) See Jaguar Night.
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Malinalxochi
(Aztec) A sister of Huitzilopochtli, and a sorceress with special powers over scorpions, snakes and other stinging, biting insects of the desert.
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Malsum
(Algonquin) Brother of Gluskap, but a destructive force.
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Mam
(Maya)Earthquake God. The rain god.
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Mama Cocha
(Inca)Mother Sea. Wife of Viracocha, and goddess of the rain and the wind. Goddess of fishing.
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Mama Quilla
(Inca)Mother Moon. Moon Goddess. Goddess and protectress of married women, the calender, religious festivals.
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Manco Capac
(Inca)Sun God. God of magick.
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Mani'to
(Lenape) The Great Spirit. According to present Unami usage: Gicelemu 'kaong, usually translated "great spirit", but meaning literally, "creator".
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Manu
(American Indian) The first man in some American Indian myths.
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Masaya
(Maya)Goddess of volcanoes and divination.
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Master of Winds
(Iroquois) God of the winds, husband of Atahensic, and father of Ioskeha and Tawiscara.
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Mayahuel
(Maya) Goddess discoverer of pulque (forerunner of tequila), a fermented drink.
(Aztec)Goddess of the maguey plant.
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Menahka
(Mandan) Sun god.
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Metztli
(Aztec)Moon God.
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Mexitl (Mextli)
The principal god of the ancient Mexicans to whom hundreds of human sacrifices were made annually. Sometimes called Huitzilopochtli (Humming-bird of the South), he was the god of war and storms and was born fully armed with weapons.
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Mictecacihuatl
(Aztec) Mictlantecuhtli's wife who helped govern the nine layers of the underworld and its nine rivers.
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Mictlan
(Aztec)The lowest layer of the underworld.
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Mictlantecuhtli
(Aztec)Lord of the realm of the dead. Also spelled Mictlantecihuatl. Creator and ruler of the underworld (Mictlan), she wore a skirt of snakes and had clawed feet for digging her way beneath the earth.
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Mitnal
(Maya)Realm of the dead. It is the ninth and lowest level of the underworld; a place of eternal cold and darkness. This is where the souls of those who lived a bad life are sent to. The ruler of Mitnal is the god Hunhau.
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Mixcoatl
(Aztec)Star God. Cloud Serpent. God of the hunt and war, and god of the polar star. God of the underworld, and father, with Coatlicue, of four hundred children.
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Mulac
(Maya)A giant, one of the Bacabs. Mulac stands in the north. His color is white.
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Nacon
(Maya)God of war.
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Nagual
(Aztec)Tutelary spirit.
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Nahual
(Aztec)Protectors of mortals. They are created from the same stuff as mortal, and each person has a nahual who looks after him.
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Nakawé
(Huichol) The earth goddess.
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Nanabojo
(Chippewa) The Trickster god. Also called Winabojo.
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Nanabush
(Algonquin) Also known as Manabozho, Wisaaka and Glooscap. He is the central figure in myth and legend. His grandmother is Nokomis, the earth.
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Nanahuatzin
(Aztec)God of courage and bravery.
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Nanautzin
(Aztec) God of disease, who sacrificed himself so that there would be a sun for the fifth world (our world).
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Nanih Waiya
(Choctaw) The place where the people emerged to this world; later used as a name for the creator.
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Nanook (Nanuq)
(Eskimo) The Bear god. (The Pleiades)
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Naum
(Maya)God who created mind and thought.
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Negafok
(Eskimo) The cold weather spirit.
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Nesaru
(Arikara) "The Power Above".
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Nishanu
(American Indian) The great sky god of the Arikara tribe (Plains Indians).
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Nohochacyum
(Maya)God of creation.
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Ockabewis
(Chippewa) Messenger of the gods and teacher of mankind.
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Oklatabashih
(Choctaw) The survivor of the Flood.
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Omacatl
(Aztec)Two Reeds. God of feasts and joy.
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Omecihuatl
(Aztec)Omeciuatl. Creator Goddess.
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Ometecuhtli
(Aztec)Ometeoltloque. Ometecutli. Tloque Nahuaque. Citlatonac. Two Lord. Creator God. God of fire and the highest god of the Aztec pantheon. He is the lord (or androgynous master) of duality and of the unity of the opposites.
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Onatha
(Iroquois) The spirit of wheat; she is Eithinoha's daughter.
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Opochtli
(Aztec)God of fishing, hunting, and bird snaring.
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Oshadagea
(Iroquois) An eagle who attends Hino and lives with him in the sky, along with Keneu, another eagle attendant.
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Pachacamac
(Inca)Lord of the Earth. Supreme God. Earth God. God of the sun, arts, occupations, oracles.
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Pachamama
(Inca)Earth Mother.
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Pah
(Pawnee) Moon goddess who marries the sun. They are the creators of the first people.
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Paiowa
(Yana) She and her daughter created the first Paiute people.
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Pana
(Inuit) She cares for the souls of the dead in heaven while they wait to be reincarnated.
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Patecatl
(Aztec)God of healing and fertility. He is also 'lord of the pulgue root'.
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Pautiwa
(Hopi) Sun god.
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Paynal
(Aztec)Messenger to Huitzilopochtli.
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Pinga
(Inuit) She takes the souls of the dead to heaven, and gives them to the care of Pana.
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Qaholom
(Maya)God of the sky. One of the seven creators of creation and humans.
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Qakma
(Bella Coola) The first woman.
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Quetzalcoatl "plumed serpent".
(Aztec)Feathered Snake. Morning Star. Great Priest. Master of life. Creator God. Creator sky-god and wise legislator. God of the wind (the wind-god Ehecatl is one of his forms), as well as a water-god and fertility-god. God of the sea breeze, civilization, the arts, metallurgy, fate. One legend says he was the god of creation, who with Tezcatlipoca, pulled the earth goddess, Coatlicue, down from the heavens, and in the form of great serpents, ripped her into two pieces to form the earth and sky. Another that he was the son of the sun god and of Coatlicue, one of the five goddesses of the moon. He was the god of vegetation, earth and water. He was also worshipped as Ehecatl, a god of the wind. Originally he was a Toltec god.
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Quootis-hooi
(Chinook) The creator goddess who created people by eating thunderbird eggs.
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Ragno
(Hopi) She is associated with the creation of life.
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Rukko
(Mandan) The creator goddess. She makes human bodies and her male counterpart adds the souls.
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Sedna
(Eskimo) The goddess of the sea. An earth mother figure who had been a child of giants. When her ravenous hunger led her to start eating her sleeping parents, they took her out to sea and cut off her fingers, which became whales, walrus, seals and fish. They then cast her into the depths of the ocean which she then ruled. Called Arnarquagsaq in Greenland and Nerivik in Alaska.
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Selu
(Cherokee) The female First Ancestor.
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Shakuru
(Pawnee) Sun god.
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Shilup Chito Osh
(Choctaw) The Great Spirit.
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Shrimp House
(Maya) See Jaguar Night.
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Sio Humis
(Hopi) Rain god.
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Supai
(Inca)God of the underworld and death.
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