Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Prisoner of Love

Prisoner of Love by Paul Manktelo
Love, AKA The God or Goddess of Love, has imprisoned your character. Why? Has Love fallen in unrequited love? Or is your character a threat to Love? Or a threat to love? Is the imprisonment intended as permanent? Or temporary until some event passes?

Below is a list of the gods and goddesses of love throughout the ages. (Perhaps one Love has captured another Love.) Feel free to use one or come up with your own.

List of love and lust deities (from Wikipedia)

Albanian folklore

Armenian mythology

  • Astghik, goddess of fertility and love

Aztec mythology

  • Xochiquetzal, goddess of fertility, beauty, female sexual power, protection of young mothers, pregnancy, childbirth, and women's crafts
  • Xochipilli, god of love, art, games, beauty, dance, flowers, maize, fertility, and song
  • Tlazolteotl, goddess of lust, carnality, sexual misdeeds
  • Ixcuiname, goddess of the carnality.
    • Tiacapan, goddess of sexual passion.
    • Teicu, goddess of sexual appetite.
    • Tlaco, goddess of sexual longing.
    • Xocotzin, goddess of sexual desire.

Buddhism

  • Aizen Myō-ō or Rāgarāja, a deity who transforms worldly lust into spiritual awakening; his red-skinned appearance represents suppressed lust and passion

Canaanite mythology

  • Astarte, goddess of sexual love, fertility, and warfare
  • Qetesh, goddess of love, beauty and sex

Celtic mythology

  • AineIrish goddess of love, summer, wealth and sovereignty
  • Cliodhna Irish goddess, sometimes identified as a goddess of love and beauty

Chinese mythology

  • Yue-Lao, a Chinese god of love who binds two people together with an invisible red string
  • Tu Er Shen, a Chinese deity who manages the love and sex between homosexual men
  • White Peony (Bai Mudan), a chinese godess who tempt men specifically the ascetic

Egyptian mythology

  • Bes, god of music, dance, and sexual pleasure
  • Hathor, goddess of the sky, love, beauty, and music
  • Bastet, goddess of felines, love, sexuality, protection, beauty, and dance

Etruscan mythology

  • Albina, goddess of the dawn and protector of ill-fated lovers
  • Turan, goddess of love and vitality

Greek mythology

  • Aphrodite, goddess of love, lust and beauty
  • Hera, goddess of marriage, which is a lifetime of love and compromise.
  • The Erotes
    • Anteros, god of requited love
    • Eros, god of love and sexual passion
    • Himeros, god of sexual desire
    • Hedylogos, god of sweet talk and flattery
    • Hymen, god of marriage and marriage feasts
    • Pothos, god of sexual longing, yearning and desire
  • Peitho, personification of persuasion and seduction

Guaraní mythology

  • Kurupi, god of sexuality and fertility

Hindu mythology

  • Kamadeva or Manmadhan or Kama, god of love
  • Rati, goddess of passion and lust

Lithuanian mythology

  • Milda, goddess of love and freedom

Mesopotamian mythology

  • Inanna or Ishtar, goddess of sexual love, fertility, and warfare

Moroccan mythology

  • Qandisa, goddess of lust who first seduces men then drives them insane

Norse and Germanic mythology

  • Frigg, goddess of romance, marriage, sex and reproduction, married women, household duty, and divination.
  • Freyja, goddess associated with magic, shamanism, seiðr, sacrifice, war, death, and sexuality.
  • Freyr, worshipped as a phallic fertility god, he was said to "[bestow] peace and pleasure on mortals"
  • Sjöfn, goddess associated with love

Roman mythology

  • Cupid, the Roman equivalent of the Greek god Eros
  • Venus, the Roman equivalent of the Greek goddess Aphrodite

Slavic mythology

  • Dogoda, Polish spirit of the west wind, associated with love and gentleness
  • Dzydzilelya, Polish goddess of love and marriage and of sexuality and fertility
  • Ladafakeloric goddess of harmony, merriment, youth, love and beauty
  • Siebog, god of love and marriage
  • Živa, goddess of love and fertility

Vodou

Yoruba mythology

  • Mami Wata, a pantheon of water deities sometimes associated with love and lust
  • Oshun, goddess of love, intimacy, beauty, wealth and diplomacy
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