The amazing similarities between the world mythologies frequently crops up in comparative mythology – or the comparison of myths from different cultures in an attempt to identify shared themes and characteristics. Today we will discuss about the “The Thunder God ” name across all mythology of world and has a lot of thrilling similarity we offer you to Read.
There are figures that share slightly similar stories across various cultures. The Gods of all these cultures represented aspects of nature. The relative importance of each deity in the pantheon basically represents the comparative influence their corresponding aspects of nature had in people’s lives.
“The God of Thunder” alias Thunder God is frequently known as the chief or king of the gods in various culture.
Here is the list of of Thunder Gods across World:
- Indra (Hindu mythology) : Indra (इन्द्र) is a Vedic deity in Hinduism, a guardian deity in Buddhism,and the king of the highest heaven called Saudharmakalpa in Jainism. He is the god of the heavens, lightning, thunder, storms, rains and river flows. Indra is the most referred to deity in the Rigveda.Indra wields a lightning thunderbolt known as vajra and rides on a white elephant known as Airavata.
- Zeus (Greek mythology) : Zeus was the first of the gods and a very imposing figure. Often referred to as the “Father of Gods and men”, he is a sky god who controls lightning (often using it as a weapon) and thunder. Zeus is king of Mount Olympus, the home of Greek gods, where he rules the world and imposes his will onto gods and mortals alike.
- Thor (Norse mythology) : Thor was one of the most important and famous gods in Norse mythology. He was the son of Odin and Fyorgyn, the earth goddess. Thor was considered the storm-weather god of sky and thunder and also a fertility god. His wife was Sif, a goddess also linked to fertility.
- Jupiter (Roman mythology) : Jupiter is the supreme god of the Roman pantheon, called dies pater, “shining father”. He was the god of the sky and thunder, and protector of the state and its laws. He is a son of Saturn and brother of Neptune and Juno (who is also his wife) and His brother’s name was Pluto and his sister was Ceres.
- Ah Peku ( Mayan mythology) : In Mayan mythology, Ah Peku (pek-ku) was a god of thunder.He lives on the tops of hills and climbs into the clouds before it rains.
- Col ( Sudan mythology) : In Mayan mythology, Col was a Rain god. He brings rain and thunderstorms. Souls of people killed by lightning have been described as colwic. Also Chol.
- Donar (Germanic Mythology) : In Germanic mythology, Donar was The god of thunder whose symbol is either a hammer or an ax. The day name Donnerstag in modern German equates with Thursday, a corruption of Thor’s day.
- Dongo (Songhai Mythology) : In Songhai [Niger valley, West Africa] mythology, Dongo was The god of strom also creator of thunderbolts, which are perceived as stone ax-heads. As the celestial smith he forges lightning and strikes a huge bell with his ax to generate thunder.
- Hadad (Western Semitic Mythology) : Hadad is the Weather god in Weather god. Western Semitic (Syrian and Phoenician) mythology. the name of Hadad apparently becomes a substitute for that of BAAL. His voice is described as roaring from the clouds and his weapon is the thunderbolt. His mother is the goddess ASˇERAH. During Hellenic times he was predominantly worshiped at Ptolemais and Hierapolis.
- Iku-Ikasuchi-No-Kami ( Shinto Mythology) : In Shinto [Japan] mythology, Iku-Ikasuchi-No-Kami was The god of thunder and the most significant of the eight thunder deities which emerged from the corpse of IZANAMI after she was burned to death.
- Ilyapa ( Inca Mythology) : In Inca (pre-Columbian South America) mythology, Ilyapa was The god of Weather and Also perceived as a thunder god, he became syncretized with Santiago, the patron saint of Spain. The Indians called Spanish firearms Ilyapa. Also Inti-Ilyapa; Coqi-Ilya; Illapa; Katoylla.
- Ishkur ( Mesopotamian Mythology) : Ishkur, in Mesopotamian religion, Sumerian god of the rain and thunderstorms of spring. He was the city god of Bit Khakhuru (perhaps to be identified with modern Al-Jidr) in the central steppe region. Ishkur closely resembled Ninhar (Ningubla) and as such was visualized in the form of a great bull. He was the son of Nanna (Akkadia: Sin), the moon god. When portrayed in human shape, he often holds his symbol, the lightning fork. Ishkur’s wife was the goddess Shala. In his role as god of rain and thunder, Ishkur corresponded to the Sumerian deities Asalluhe and Ninurta. He was identified by the Akkadians with their god of thunderstorms, Adad.
- Karai-Shin ( Buddhist Mythology) : Karai-Shin God of lightning. Buddhist [Japan]. One of the deities grouped in Shintoism as the RAIJIN gods of thunder, storm and rain. Karini Inferior goddess.
- Lei Kung ( Taoist Mythology) : Lei Kung was the Taoist (Chinese) god of thunder, and his wife, Lei Zi, was the goddess of lightning. He appears in anthropomorphic form from about the beginning of the Christian era, depicted as a strong, youthful figure holding hammer and chisel. In drama his movements are punctuated by rumblings on strings and drums. Circa AD 1000 he becomes depicted as a bird-like being with a monkey face. The transition was probably influenced by the popularity of the Hindu god GARUDA.
- Oya ( Yoruba Mythology) : Oya is one of the most powerful African Goddesses (Orishas). A Warrior-Queen, She is the sister-wife of the God Shango, to whom She gave the power to create storms. Much of Oya’s power is rooted in the natural world; She is the Goddess of thunder, lightning, tornadoes, winds, rainstorms and hurricanes.
- Perendi (Albanian Mythology) : Perendi (Albanian: Perëndi) is the Albanian word for God and the sky. Perendi was an Illyrian thunder god, whose name was retained as the Name of God after the spread of Christianity. In the
ancient Illyrian culture his presence was announced by thunder and lightning. The name subsequently became adopted to identify God in the Christian sense.
- Pariacaca ( Pre Inca Mythology) : Pariacaca is the Weather god. Pre-Inca central Andean [South America] mythology. The deity responsible for rain and thunder, personified by the falcon.
- Perkons (Baltic Mythology) : Perkons (“Thunder”) is a God of thunder, storms, rain, mountains, oak trees and the sky. He is depicted as a middle-aged, on a golden horse, wielding a sword, iron club, golden whip and a knife. Scarifices of black calfs, goats and roosters to Perkons in times of drought, whilst honeycombs were placed into fires to disperse clouds.
- Perun (Slavic Mythology) : Perun, Slavic God of Thunder – In Slavic Pagan mythology, Perun (written in Cyrillic: Перун) is the highest god of the pantheon and the god of thunder and lightning.His other attributes were mountains, fire, iris, eagle, the oak, firmament, horses and carts, weapons (the hammer, Axe of Perun, and golden arrows), and of course war. He was first associated with weapons made of stone and later with those of metal, such as most popular Axe of Perun. Throught history some Slavic nations worshiped him as the main god of the Slavic pantheon while others worshiped Svarog, but the truth lies in correct timeline, as Svarog was the first main god, but as the mythological story develops, his Son Perun takes his place as the main god, and after Perun Yarilo takes his place.
- Ryūjin (Japanese Mythology) : Raijin (雷神) is a god of lightning, thunder and storms in the Shinto religion and in Japanese mythology. His name is derived from the Kanji characters for rai (雷, “thunder”) and shin (神, “god”). He is typically depicted as a demon-looking spirit beating drums to create thunder, usually with the symbol tomoe drawn on the drums.
- Sango (Yoruba Mythology) : Sango is the God of thunder in Yoruba [Nigeria, West Africa] mythology, His sacred animal is the ram whose bellowing i likened to the noise of thunder. Attributes include an ax which is worn on the head and bears six eyes.
- Shurdi (Illyrian Mythology) : Shurdi is the God of storm in Illyrian [Albania] mythology, Believed to send
thunder and lightning and revered into more recent times.
- Sogbo (Benin Mythology) : Sogbo The thunder god is So (Sogbo, Hevioso), sometimes represented as a ram painted red: lightning is coming from his mouth and two axes ending in curves like lightning stand by his side.
- Summamus (Etruscan Mythology) : Summamus The Storm god in Etruscan mythology, Specifically a deity responsible for lightning and thunderbolts. A sanctuary was dedicated to him in Rome.
- Taranis (Celtic Mythology) : In Celtic mythology Taranis was the god of thunder worshipped primarily in Gaul, Gallaecia, Britain, Ireland but also in the Rhineland and Danube regions, amongst others. Taranis, along with Esus and Toutatis as part of a sacred triad, was mentioned by the Roman poet Lucan in his epic poem Pharsalia as a Celtic deity to whom human sacrificial offerings were made. Taranis was associated, as was the cyclops Brontes (“thunder”) in Greek mythology, with the wheel.
- Ukko (Finnish Mythology) : Ukko was the supreme god of the Finns but he had a dual role: he was also the weather god. Most of all he was remembered in the spring as the god of weather when the seeds had been sown. He was asked to bring the rain and stop the spring drought. To do this the people gathered for the offering feast called Ukon vakat. There the sacred ale was drunk. The ale was brewed from barrels of corn, barley or oats left on the roof of houses for Ukko to see and to moisten with rainwater. From this mixture the malt was made. Food offerings were also presented in a wooden container called vakka.Ukko was a general purpose god. People prayed to him for good luck in hunting and fishing and also in war.In Finnish ukko means old man. Even today the word ukkonen means thunderstorm. During thunderstorms people said: Ukko is striking the fire, Ukko is roaring. The lightning bolts were seen as slashes of his golden club or hammer. Another name for Ukko was Remu, which also means thunder.One of the weapons of Ukko was the hailstorm which could be called upon the enemy. Ukko was also called father or grandfather. He lived above the clouds in the center of the sky.
- Xewioso (Ewe Mythology) : In Ewe. [Benin, West Africa] mythology, Xewioso was the Thunder god. also Depicted as a ram accompanied by an ax, he is also perceived as a fertility deity whose thunder and lightning are accompanied by rain.
- Zibelthiurdos (Thracian Mythology) : Zibelthiurdos (Zibelthurdos or Zbelsurdos) was a Thracian god of storm and lightning like god Gebeleizis.
We have also come from common roots, and we can find those roots across cultures, sometimes over broad geographic and cultural divisions that span thousands of miles and billions of people. We are different, but we share so much similarity.
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