Kuan Yin, goddess of compassion. Kuan means Earth and Yin is the female life force. She is a completely enlightened Buddha who made a promise in the distant past that after reaching complete enlightenment she would always appear in female form for the benefit of all beings. By iconographic category and hierarchy she is a meditational deity and her appearance is that of a peaceful deity. Kuan Yin has strength which is embraced by softness.

Kuan Yin, goddess of compassion. Kuan means Earth and Yin is the female life force. She is a completely enlightened Buddha who made a promise in the distant past that after reaching complete enlightenment she would always appear in female form for the benefit of all beings. By iconographic category and hierarchy she is a meditational deity and her appearance is that of a peaceful deity. Kuan Yin has strength which is embraced by softness.

Hamadriad are supernatural creatures that live in trees in Greek mythology. They are a special class of nymphs. Hamadriad born in specific trees and has a very close relationship with the tree which became her residence. If the trees are inhabited dead, then she will die, too. Therefore, Driad and the gods will punish anyone who harm trees.

Hamadriad are supernatural creatures that live in trees in Greek mythology. They are a special class of nymphs. Hamadriad born in specific trees and has a very close relationship with the tree which became her residence. If the trees are inhabited dead, then she will die, too. Therefore, Driad and the gods will punish anyone who harm trees.

Nane was an Armenian pagan Mother Goddess. She was the Goddess of War, Wisdom, and Motherhood, and the daughter of the supreme God Aramazd. Nane looked like a young beautiful woman in the clothing of a warrior, with spear and shield in hand, like the Greek Athene, with whom she was identified in the Hellenic period.

Nane was an Armenian pagan Mother Goddess. She was the Goddess of War, Wisdom, and Motherhood, and the daughter of the supreme God Aramazd. Nane looked like a young beautiful woman in the clothing of a warrior, with spear and shield in hand, like the Greek Athene, with whom she was identified in the Hellenic period.

In Norse mythology, Thor (from Old Norse Þórr) is a hammer-wielding god associated with thunder, lightning, storms, oak trees, strength, the protection of mankind, and also hallowing, healing and fertility.

In Norse mythology, Thor (from Old Norse Þórr) is a hammer-wielding god associated with thunder, lightning, storms, oak trees, strength, the protection of mankind, and also hallowing, healing and fertility.

Raijin 雷神 Shinto God of Thunder holding a hammer to beat the drums that surround him. 13th century, wood, Sanjūsangendō in Kyoto. Japan

Raijin 雷神 Shinto God of Thunder holding a hammer to beat the drums that surround him. 13th century, wood, Sanjūsangendō in Kyoto. Japan

Saraswati: Goddess of creativity, music, and art "May Goddess Saraswati,  who is fair like the jasmine-colored moon,  and whose pure white garland is like frosty dew drops;  who is adorned in radiant white attire,  on whose beautiful arm rests the veena,  and whose throne is a white lotus;  who is surrounded and respected by the Gods, protect me.  May you fully remove my lethargy, sluggishness, and ignorance."

Saraswati: Goddess of creativity, music, and art "May Goddess Saraswati, who is fair like the jasmine-colored moon, and whose pure white garland is like frosty dew drops; who is adorned in radiant white attire, on whose beautiful arm rests the veena, and whose throne is a white lotus; who is surrounded and respected by the Gods, protect me. May you fully remove my lethargy, sluggishness, and ignorance."

These African Deities Are The Best Gods You've Never Heard Of by photo-manipulation, artist James C. Lewis.

These African Deities Are The Best Gods You've Never Heard Of

These African Deities Are The Best Gods You've Never Heard Of by photo-manipulation, artist James C. Lewis.

Photo-manipulation by James C. Lewis inspired by Yoruba deities called Orisha - Found via Buzzfeed, artist's website here: http://www.noire3000studios.com/

These African Deities Are The Best Gods You've Never Heard Of

Photo-manipulation by James C. Lewis inspired by Yoruba deities called Orisha - Found via Buzzfeed, artist's website here: http://www.noire3000studios.com/

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