List of water deities

A water deity is a deity in mythology associated with water or various bodies of water. Water deities are common in mythology and were usually more important among civilizations in which the sea or ocean, or a great river was more important. Another important focus of worship of water deities were springs or holy wells.

As a form of animal worship, whales and snakes (hence dragons) have been regarded as godly deities throughout the world (other animals are such as turtles, fish, crabs, and sharks). In Asian lore, whales and dragons sometimes have connections.[1] Serpents are also common as a symbol or as serpentine deities, sharing many similarities with dragons.

Aztec mythology

Ainu mythology

Australian aboriginal mythology

Benin mythology

Canaanite mythology

Celtic mythology

Chinese mythology

Dragon Kings of the Four Seas

God-Kings of the Four Seas

Gods of the Four Seas

Gods of the Five Waters

Dogon mythology

Egyptian mythology

Fon/Ewe mythology

Fijian mythology

Finnish mythology

Greek mythology

Main article: Greek sea gods

Hawaiian mythology

Hittite mythology

Hebrew mythology

Hindu/Vedic mythology

Varuna, the Lord of the Eternal Ocean

Igbo mythology

Incan mythology

Inuit mythology

Japanese mythology

Korean mythology

Kyrgyz mythology

Lithuanian mythology

Luganda mythology

Lusitanian mythology

Māori mythology

Mayan mythology

Mesopotamian mythology

Native American mythology

Norse/Germanic mythology

Persian/Zoroastrian mythology

Philippine mythology


Pirate lore

Roman mythology

Shilluk mythology

Slavic mythology

Island Nations mythology

Taíno mythology

The Tonga of Zimbabwe

Yoruba mythology

Vietnamese mythology

Viking lore

See also

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