Open Thread: Who is your favorite god?

(posted by chris the cynic)

Do you have one?  Do you have favorite versions of any gods?

[As a reminder, open thread prompts are meant to inspire conversation, not stifle it. Have no fear of going off topic for there is no off topic here.]

14 thoughts on “Open Thread: Who is your favorite god?

  1. Only Some Stardust September 23, 2014 at 12:31 pm

    I like Amaterasu from the Okami video game. Morally trumps pretty much every god I know (not much of a contest admittedly), and is kickass.

    There’s also this Polynesian Goddess I can’t remember the name of who is the head of her pantheon, a rare female lightning/storm god, who slayed a (sea?) monster/dragon and taught navigation.

  2. christhecynic September 23, 2014 at 4:38 pm

    I tend to like obscure gods just because. Greek Goddess of Dew is one that I always remember simply because I’m pretty sure most pantheons don’t bother to assign a god the job of overseeing dew.

    If you’re looking for a god who can really help you with the problems of life I recommend Fortuna.

    There;s a lot of debate over whether the ancient Romans really believed in their own gods, and it’s impossible to be sure. The one god we can say that they absolutely consistently acted like they really, really believed in is Fortuna. She’s the god of chance or luck. Things are going your way? She’s smiling on you. Everything seems to be going wrong? She’s pissed.

    So, you know, worship her if you want randomness on your side for a change.

  3. alexseanchai September 23, 2014 at 4:44 pm

    Always had a fondness for Athena.

  4. froborr September 24, 2014 at 7:43 am

    Anansi, no question. I’ve loved the story of how he stole the Sky God’s stories since I was a little kid.

  5. Lonespark September 24, 2014 at 9:34 am

    Well, I really hate Marvel!Odin…

    And I quite like Tulkas Who Laughs. And I dearly love all the gods and godlings in N. K. Jemisin’s work.

    But if we’re not going with fictional deities, um.

  6. Lonespark September 24, 2014 at 9:42 am

    Most beloved and important is Frigga. Who is Holda/Perchta sometimes, and vice versa, but mostly not? Or something. (Complexity!)

    And lately I’ve been thinking of death or underworld goddesses. ‘Tis the season, I suppose. So, Hela, and also Santisima Muerte, and Kali and Persephone. If you stretch that definition somewhat I’d bring in Oya, too… Ok, really the three Orishas I wrote about in “Invoking the Queen” all have aspects of that…

    And Holda/Frigga very much fits there, too. She rides with the Wild Hunt/Furious Host…
    On that subject, I thought this page was an interesting read: http://celticmythpodshow.com/blog/the-folklore-of-the-wild-hunt-and-the-furious-host-by-kveldulf-hagen-gundarsson-from-mountain-thunder-issue-7-winter-1992/

  7. Firedrake September 24, 2014 at 2:25 pm

    alexseanchai, me too. Wisdom first; warfare too, but only as necessary, because we have a whole separate god for being a macho idiot.

  8. Silver Adept September 24, 2014 at 9:57 pm

    I think, sometimes, that I have annoyed a deity somewhere, considering how so many of my long-term plans have fallen apart spectacularly. Possibly Fortuna, then.

    Is there a deity of “those who the gods enjoy making look stupid when they make categorical statements”?

    But, as a favorite deity, i think I like Delirium. Or Monkey.

  9. Lonespark September 25, 2014 at 1:47 am

    “a whole separate god for being a macho idiot”

    I shall treasure this phrase always.

  10. Lonespark September 25, 2014 at 6:22 am

    Gods for fools and screw-ups are important. But yeah, they shouldn’t be in charge of the pantheon’s affairs.

  11. Steve Morrison September 25, 2014 at 10:41 am

    Hm, Kveldulf Hagen Gundarsson – is that the same person as the writer Stephan Grundy?

  12. froborr September 25, 2014 at 12:36 pm

    Is there a deity of “those who the gods enjoy making look stupid when they make categorical statements”?

    Isn’t that basically the entire Greek pantheon?

  13. genesistrine September 26, 2014 at 5:28 pm

    I’m very fond of the Bastard, in Lois McMaster Bujold’s Quintarian pantheon. The god whose province is disasters and people who’ve become or made themselves disasters, accidentally or purposely, and extends that to looking after foundlings.

    “Signs of the Bastard’s holy presence tend to be unmistakable, to those who know Him. The screaming, the altercations, the people running in circles–all that was lacking was something bursting into flame …”

    My kind of god.

  14. Lonespark September 26, 2014 at 8:23 pm

    Steve, yes, I believe so.

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