The Most Powerful Gods And Goddesses Of War

In mythology a number of Gods and Goddesses have been depicted as prolific war deities with each possessing special skills at various forms of combat and war. This article showcases a list of the most powerful Gods and Goddesses of war from world mythology.

In mythology a number of Gods and Goddesses have been depicted as prolific war deities with each possessing special skills at various forms of combat and war. This article showcases a list of the most powerful Gods and Goddesses of war from world mythology.

There’s a misconception among many that functions of gods and goddesses were attributed to a single aspect or purpose. It is true that Gods and Goddesses were known for specific roles that involved their skills, but what‘s blown out of proportion are stories about a single purpose deity not connecting with other aspects of warfare. Gods and

Goddesses have been associated with a specific order for their expertise at a particular craft. Let it be known that war gods and war goddesses were connected with specific circles of war because of their skill at protection, however the fact remains that most Gods and Goddesses of war were accomplished at multiple aspects of warfare.

Bloodshed and death have been associated with war gods and goddesses. Stories of heroics and evil doing of war gods and goddesses are numerous, but the truth of bravery being passed on to man is seldom talked about. Several Mythological Gods and Goddesses have been portrayed as powerful commanders of war in context with religious beliefs in monotheistic deities. War Gods and Goddesses through their battles and struggles have inspired a brave new world that takes refuge in strength, courage and bravery. Given below is a list of war gods and goddesses that have left a mark…forever in minds.

The Most Powerful Gods and Goddesses of War


A


• Apedemak- A warrior-god with a lion head. (African Mythology)

• Anahit- Considered a Goddess of War in the Early Period and later the goddess of wisdom, water, healing and fertility. (Armenian Mythology)

• Agrona- Associated with being a River Goddess of war/strife. (Celtic Mythology)

• Anhur- A God of war. One of the many titles bestowed up on him was ‘Slayer OF Enemies’. (Egyptian Mythology)

• Alala- She is considered the spirit of War cry (Greek Mythology)

• Agasaya- A Semitic war Goddess,’ The Shrieker’ who merged her identity as a Sky Warrior. (Semitic Mythology)

• Andarta- Warrior Goddess in Celtic polytheism, associated with victory. (Celtic Mythology)

• Ankt/ Anuket- Goddess of war originally personified as Nile River Goddess. (Egyptian Mythology)

• Androktasiai- Considered the female personification of manslaughter, spirits of battlefield. (Greek Mythology)

• Anath- A Semitic Goddess Love and War who is depicted as an extremely beautiful girl. (Semitic Mythology)

• Ah Chuy Kak- A Mayan war god bestowed with the name ‘Fire Destroyer’. (Early Mayan)

• Alaisiagae- A pair of Goddesses worshiped in Romano-British Celtic/Germanic polytheism with titles ‘All Victorious’ and ‘Dispatching Terrors’. (Celtic Mythology)

• Ares- The powerful Greek God of War. Known for his physical valor Ares is represented in violent aspects of war. His expertise was weapons of war, rebellion, bloodlust, and defense. (Greek Mythology)

• Astarte- A goddess of sexuality, fertility, and war from the Bronze Age associated with Inanna. In pictorial representations she is often depicted naked. (Semitic Mythology)

• Ah Cun Can- Bestowed with the title ‘Serpent Charmer’, Ah Cun Can was a war god from the Early Mayan period. (Early Mayan)

• Andraste- An Icenic war Goddess. (Celtic Mythology)

• Anouke- This elder Egyptian goddess is often portrayed and depicted with bow, arrows and shuttle. (Egyptian Mythology)

• Anahita- is the ancient Persian goddess of fertility, water, and goodness of war. The name Anahita is rooted in the meaning ‘The immaculate one’. (Ancient Persian)

• Athena- Is the goddess of skill, strategy, crafts, mathematics, inspiration, wisdom, just warfare, the arts, civilization, courage and law and justice. She is also considered as Goddess of heroic endeavor. (Greek Mythology)

• Ah Hulneb- A Mayan war God (Early Mayan)

• Anaan- An Irish goddess of war associated with personification of death in Celtic circles. Her supreme ability was to predict death in battle. She is also represented as goddess of cattle , prosperity and fertility. (Celtic Mythology)

• Ahulane- A Mayan war God with the title of ‘The Archer’ (Early Mayan)

• Aray- Is an ancient Armenian war god, also known as Ara, ‘The Beautiful One’. (Armenian Mythology)

 

B


• Badb- An Irish goddess who had the power to transform into a crow. She was known to spread fear and confusion among soldiers prior to war. (Celtic Mythology)

• Bastet/Bast- A goddess associated with war. She is often depicted with the head of a lioness. (Egyptian Mythology)

• Bia- Is the personification of force. (Greek Mythology)

• Bishamonten- An armor clad god of warriors and warfare .Known to be a punisher of evil and wrongdoing. (Japanese Mythology)

• Buluc Chabtan- Humans were sacrificed to this war god. (Early Mayan)

• Belus- Recognized and worshipped as a god of war. (Mesopotamian Mythology)

• Bellona- Often depicted wearing a helmet and equipped with a torch and spear, Bellona is an ancient Roman goddess of war. (Roman Mythology)

• Belatu-Cadros- A powerful god of war worshipped by soldiers. (Celtic Mythology)

• Burijas- A war god belonging to Iranian Kassites (Early Kassites)

• Bugid YAiba- Is a loa of war. (Hatian/Vodou)

• Beg-tse- A war god often depicted carrying a sword with chain-mail all over his body. (Tibetan Mythology)

 

C


• Camulus- Belgic Remi god of war. In some ancient cultures he was a God with a head of a horned ram. (Celtic Mythology)

• Chamunda- Goddess of war worshipped with offerings and sacrifices. (Hindu Mythology)

• Cicolluis- Irish and Gaulish war God. (Celtic Mythology)

• Chemosh- A god of war believed to do anything impossible. (Moabite)

• Cariocecus- A war god who was offered sacrifices, mostly in the form of animals, goats and horses in particular. (Lusitanian Mythology)

• Caswallawn- A God of war associated with protection. (Celtic Mythology)

• Cocidius- A war god in Romano-British often associated with forests and hunting. (Celtic Mythology)

• Camaxtli- An Aztec war god associated with fate, hunting and creation of fire. (Aztec Mythology)

• Catubodua- A Gaulish goddess that is closely associated with the spirit of being victorious. (Celtic Mythology)

 

D


• Dayisun Tngri- A war god associated with protection. (Mongolian Shamanism)

• Donar- German-Teutonic God of war with immense strength associated with Thunder. (Teutonic)

• Durga- A fierce Hindu goddess depicted with multiple arms carrying weapons and slaying demons, Mahishasura, the Buffalo Demon in particular. (Hindu Mythology)

 

E


• Enyalius- A war god. (Greek Mythology)

• Eshara- Goddess of war and fields. (Chaldean)

• Eris- A goddess of strife, chaos and discord also associated with war. (Greek Mythology)

• Enyo- Is a goddess of war often depicted covered in blood. (Greek Mythology)

• Ekchuah- ‘Black war Chief’ A violent god of war often associated with fallen warriors. (Early Mayan)

• Erra- A god of war and death. (Mesopotamian Mythology)

 

F


• Futsunushi- God of lightning and swords. (Japanese Mythology)

• Freyja- This war Goddess is associated with love, death, fertility, beauty and death. She is often depicted riding a chariot being pulled by two large cats. (Norse Mythology)

 

G


• Gun- God of war and iron. (African Mythology)

• Gurzil- A bull-shaped war god. (Berber Mythology)

• Gu- A tribal war god of Dahomey-Benin. (Dahomey)

• Great Gish/Gish- A god of protection for ancient Nuristani. (Nuristani Mythology)

• Gaun-Di- A Taoist war god who guards from enemies. (Ancient Taoist)

 

H


• Huitzilopochtli- a war god of sun, fire, will and war (Aztec Mythology)

• Horus- A god of sky, protection and war (Egyptian Mythology)

• Hysminai- Female spirits personifying battle, combat, and war. (Greek Mythology)

• Hanuman- A god of courage, wisdom and war (Hindu Mythology)

• Hachiman- Syncretic God of war, protection, and archery. (Japanese Mythology)

• Homados- A personification of noise in battle (Greek Mythology)

• Hadur-‘ Warlord of Enemies’ God of metal and war. (Hungarian Mythology)

• Honos- God of military justice, honor, and chivalry. (Roman Mythology)

 

I


• Inanna- A powerful Sumerian goddess of warfare, fertility and sexuality. (Mesopotamian Mythology)

• Indra- God of storm, rainfall and war (Hindu Mythology)

• Irmin- Ancient Teutonic war god (Teutonic)

• Ishtar- Babylonian/Assyrian goddess of sex, love, fertility and war. (Mesopotamian Mythology)

• Ictinike- A war god skilled at deception, lies, and treachery. (Native American)

 

J


• Jarilo- God of fertility, spring and vegetation, also associated with war. (Slavic Mythology)

 

K


• Keres- Female sprits of death associated with death by murder, death in battle, cruel death and death by spreading disease. (Greek Mythology)

• Kratos- A god that personifies power and strength. (Greek Mythology)

• Kydoimos- Is a personification of uproar and confusion, din of battle. (Greek Mythology)

• Ku/ Ku-ka-ili-moku- A god of war often depicted wearing a helmet an blood-red feathers.- (Hawaiian Mythology)

• Kali- A powerful goddess associated with empowerment, time, (Hindu Mythology)

• Katyayini- War goddess of victory and vengeance (Hindu Mythology)

 

L


• Laran- A god of war depicted naked wearing a helmet and holding a spear. (Etruscan Mythology)

• Lua- A war goddess that soldiers sacrificed weapons of the enemy. (Roman Mythology)

 

M


• Maher- A god of war. (African Mythology)

• Mixcoatl- Is the god of hunting and war. In Mesoamerican culture he is associated with the Milky Way, heavens and stars. (Aztec Mythology)

• Menhit- A war goddess with warrior status, her name means ‘she who massacres’. (Egyptian Mythology)

• Matrikas- Group of goddesses that are associated with emancipation, children and war. (Hindu Mythology)

• Macha- An Irish goddess associated with sovereignty, horses and war. (Celtic Mythology)

• Maahes- A lion-headed war god. (Egyptian Mythology)

• Monthu- A war god depicted with a falcons head, associated with sun, valor and war. (Egyptian Mythology)

• Mars- God of war, and also an agricultural guardian. (Roman Mythology)

• Makhai- Personified as male spirits of combat and fighting. (Greek Mythology)

• Mangala- A god of war. (Hindu Mythology)

• Minerva- Goddess of war and wisdom. Is also sponsor of defense, trade, and arts. (Roman Mythology)

• Maru- Maori/Polynesian war-god who is in charge heavenly bodies and also known to be Co-creator of man. (Polynesian/Maori)

• Menthu- A war god often portrayed with a hawk-head (Egyptian Mythology)

• Murugan- A god of hunting and war. He is often portrayed riding a peacock and sometimes an elephant. (Hindu Mythology)

 

N


• Ninurta- A Babylonian god of war associated with thunderstorms, fertility, and floods. (Mesopotamian Mythology)

• Nacon- A god of war (Ancient Mayan)

• Neith- A powerful war goddess associated with hunting, creation and the dead. (Egyptian Mythology)

• Neit- A war god. (Irish Mythology)

• Nemain- Personification of a fairy spirit associated with war and havoc. (Celtic Mythology)

• Nike- Though not considered a war goddess, she is goddess associated with


the spirit of Victory in war. (Greek Mythology)

• Neto- A sun god associated with war. (Lusitanian Mythology)

• Nergal- God of war associated with pestilence, underworld, and fire. (Mesopotamian Mythology)

• Nerio- Warrior goddess associated with valor. (Roman Mythology)

• Nanaja- Goddess associated with war and sex. (Akkadian/ Sumerian)

 

O


• Ogoun- A powerful deity associated with politics, hunting, metal work and war. (African Mythology)

• Oya- Warrior goddess associated with magic, fire, lightning fertility, and wind. (African Mythology)

• Ogoun- God of war associated with voodoo, politics, fire and thunderbolts. (Haitian/Vodou)

• Odin- A powerful god associated with battle, death, victory and war and also with wisdom, prophecy, hunting and music. (Norse Mythology)

• ‘Oro- A war god (Polynesian Mythology)

 

P


• Palioxis- Personification of a spirit associated with retreat and backrush. (Greek Mythology)

• Pele- Goddess of war associated with wind, lightning, volcanoes and fire. (Hawaiian Mythology)

• Pallas- A Titan God associated with war. (Greek Mythology)

• Perun- God of war associated with lightning and thunder (Slavic Mythology)

• Proioxis- Pursuer of battle and onrush. (Greek Mythology)

• Pap-nign-gara- A war God (Mesopotamian Mythology)

• Polemos- Associated with the spirit of war. (Greek Mythology)

 

Q


• Qamatis- A warrior goddess. (Native American Mythology)

 

R


• Rudianos- A war god in Gaulish tradition. (Celtic Mythology)

• Resheph- Depicted with a gazelle’s head, a God associated with war, pestilence and plague. (Semitic Mythology)

• Rugiviet- A war god portrayed with seven head and a held sword. (Slavic Mythology)

• Radegast- God of hospitality, crops and fertility also associated with war. (Slavic Mythology)

• Resef- God of pestilence and lightning in Ugartic culture. Often depicted with club, shield and lightning bolt. (Phoenician)

 

S


• Segomo- A Gaulish god of war associated with eagle or hawk. (Celtic Mythology)

• Satet- An early war deity that was associated with hunting and war and was later on associated with floods. (Egyptian Mythology)

• Shaushka- Goddess of healing, fertility and war. (Hittite Mythology)

• Sekhmet- A war goddess and healing goddess associated with the desert, pestilence and warfare. (Egyptian Mythology)

• Samulayo- A war god associated with death in battle. (Figi)

• Set- A war god associated with storms and the desert. He is also considered as the god of darkness and chaos according to ancient Egyptian beliefs. (Egyptian Mythology)

• Shulmanu- A war god associated with the underworld and fertility.(Mesopotamian Mythology)

• Sopdu- a war god associated with sky and summer sun. (Egyptian Mythology)

• Svetovid- A war god associated with divination and fertility. (Slavic Mythology)

 

T


• Tohil- A war god associated with mountains, fire, rain, and sun. (Maya Mythology)

• Tlaloc- A patron of war associated with earthquakes, rain and thunder. (Aztec Mythology)

• Tu- A war god. (Polynesian)

• Tumatauenga- A god of war to whom war parties were dedicated. (Maori Mythology)

• Tyr- A god of law, justice, honor, victory and war heroics. (Norse Mythology)

• Teutates- A god of war, fertility and wealth. (Celtic Mythology)

• Tanit- Punic war goddess. (Semitic Mythology)

• Triglav- A three-headed war god, with each head being a representation of the underworld, earth and heaven. (Slavic Mythology)

• Thor- A powerful god associated with warfare, lighting, defense, protection, weather, courage, revenge, trust, battles, and strength. Often depicted wielding a large hammer.

• Turris- A god of war in ancient Finnish tradition (Ancient Finnish)

 

U


• Ullr- A war god associated with single combat, archery, and male beauty. (Norse Mythology)

 

V


• Virtus- A god associated with military strength and bravery. (Roman Mythology)

 

W


• Woden- A god associated with war, death, battle, wisdom, poetry, hunt, prophecy and victory. (Continental Germanic Polytheism)

• Wepwawet- A war wolf-god. (Egyptian Mythology)

• Wurrukatte- a god of war. (Hittite Mythology)

• Winalagalis- A war god of Kwakwaka’wakw native. (Native American Mythology)

 

X


• Xipe Totec- A patron of war associated with disease, hunting, rebirth, spring and trade, also a god of force. (Aztec Mythology)

 

Z


• Zabba- An ancient god of war in Akkadian tradition. (Ancient Akkadian)

• Zorya- Guardian goddesses known to protect in battle (Slavic Mythology)

 

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