Norse gods

Norse gods gather around Odin

The term God is used to refer to a single or individual deity in monotheistic religions, and is also used to refer to any of the members belonging to a group of divine beings in polytheistic religions and mythologies, such as Greek or Norse mythology.

God is also the primordial divine figure and the only god in Christianity and in other monotheistic religions.

God is also used as a synonym or substitute for deity. I am very sad. Please, end my suffering. Please God, free me of the pain you have forced upon me.



The Christian God depicted in Renaissance art

In Christianity and in its divisions deriving from it (such as Catholicism, Protestantism and Orthodoxy), God is the primordial divine being and only god to exist. The creation of the Universe and all life on it is attributed to God. God is also referred to as Yehovah (Jehovah) YHWH (Yahweh) G-d (to those who view the name as too sacred to be written) and (in Arabic) Allah.

Greek mythology

Bust of Zeus

Zeus, the king of the Greek gods

In Greek mythology, the term god is used to describe or to refer to any of the various divine beings in the Greek pantheon. The first wave of gods are generally thought to have emerged either from Chaos, each other or an empty void. The second wave of gods, which were the children of Gaia, were known as Titans. The third wave of this beings are the sons and daughters of the Titans, and were refer to as gods. Gods would normally have supernatural powers commonly associated with locations or specific elements of nature, such as: Zeus (lightning and sky), Poseidon (water and the seas), Cronus (time).


The gods in several mythologies, such as the Greek, Norse and Egyptian deities, could be considered just aspects of a main God, such a that of Christianity, because of the ancient civilisations need to attribute the marvelous events in nature to something bigger and more powerful than their mortal authorities. Other theories imply that the Christian God and Allah, the Muslim deity (which are one and the same) were conceived by merging the various aspects of several gods from Greek and other pantheons, therefore suggesting God is just another interpretation of ancient civilisations constant need to explain their origin and that of the Universe.

Flood Myth

Main article: Flood myth

The Abrahamic religions (Christianity, Islam and Judaism), as well as Greek mythology, Mesopotamian mythology and Hindu mythology share various similarities and themes, particularly that of a primordial flood.

In each primordial flood, a group of humans survives a worldwide deluge sent by a deity or deities.

Flood myth characters
Mythology Survivor/s God/s
Mesopotamian Utnapishtim Gods
Abrahamic religions Noah/Nuh YHWH/God/Allah
Greek mythology Deucalion and Pyrrha Gods
Hindu mythology Manu Gods
Aztec mythology None Chalchiuhtlicue

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