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Global Gods - "K"

April 6, 2008

Kachina: North American (Pueblo). The ancestral spirit embodied in every plant and animal.

Kagutsuchi: Japanese. God of fire who burned his mother to death when she gave birth. His birth comes at the end of the creation of the world and marks the beginning of death.

Kaka-Guia: Volta, Africa. God who brought souls to the Supreme God.

Kali: Indian (Hindu). Goddess associated with death and destruction, but also time and change.

Kalma: Finno-Ugrian. Underworld goddess of death and decay.

Kama: Indian. Deification of pleasure, sensual gratification, sexual fulfillment, pleasure of the senses, desire, eros, and the aesthetic enjoyment of life. A god equivalent to the Greek Eros and the Roman Cupid.

Kanati: North American (Cherokee). The first man and Cherokee ancestor.

Kannon Bosatsu: Japanese. Embodies mercy and compassion; among the most widely worshiped divinities in Japan and mainland Asia.

Kartikeya: Hindu. Virile war god, patron deity of the Tamil land.

Katonda: The Ganda of East Africa. Creator god associated with help, Judgment, aid when the odds are against you; oversees oracles, spirits, and divination.

Kaya-nu-Hima: Japanese. Goddess associated with beneficial herbs.

Kekui: Egyptian. God-bringer of dawn's first light.

Kekuit: Egyptian. Goddess-bringer of evening's first darkness.

Kele-Dee: Celtic (Ireland). Ancient goddess associated with sex and creation.

Keneun: North American (Iroquois). Invisible chief of the Thunderbirds. The sound of his beating wings is thunder, while lightning is his flashing eyes.

Khensu: Egyptian. An ancient lunar god who traveled across the night sky, watching over night travelers. Associated with protection against wild animals, increased male virility, and healing. It was said that when Khonsu caused the crescent moon to shine, women conceived, cattle became fertile, and all nostrils and every throat was filled with fresh air.

Khepri: Egyptian. A major god associated with the dung beetle (kheper), whose behavior of maintaining spherical balls of dung represents the forces which move the sun.

Khnum: Egyptian. The god of the source of the Nile River, thought to be the creator of the bodies of human children, which he made at a potter's wheel, from clay, and placed in their mothers' wombs.

Ki: Sumarian. Goddess and personification of the earth and underworld, chief consort of An (heaven) the sky god. Wife of Anu and mother of all gods, she created humans from clay. One of four Sumerian creating gods.

Kingu: Babylonian. Counterpart of the sky god Anu on the side of darkness. Ea fashioned humans from his blood when Kingu was ordered to be sacrificed.

Kinich Ahau: Mayan. Sun god and patron of Itzamal. Also known as Ah Xoc Kin, and associated with poetry and music.

Kipu-Tytto: Finno-Ugrian. Goddess associated with illness.

Kishar: Babylonian. Earth mother goddess of the horizon, consort of her brother, Anshar. Signifies all manner of female submissive horizontal things.

Kishimo-jin: Japanese. Buddhist patron goddess and protector of young children.

Konohanasakuya-hime: Japanese. Blossom-princess and symbol of delicate earthly life.

Krishna: Indian (Hindu). One of the most popular Hindu gods; a monster slayer. Eighth avatar or reincarnation of the god Vishnu; usually depicted as a young cowherd boy with blue skin, playing a flute.

Kuan Ti: Chinese. Taoist god of war and fortune telling; associated with guarding against all external enemies, justice and valor, casting out demons, death, prophecy, and magic.

Kuan Yin: Chinese. Buddhist goddess of compassion; associated with fertility, childbirth and motherhood, healing, mercy, and enlightenment.

Kubera: Indian (Hindu). God of wealth and riches, guardian of all the treasures of the earth.

K'uei-Hsing: Chinese. Brilliant but ugly dwarf god of examinations; deity of students and scholars who take imperial tests and examinations. Associated with literature, studies, and protection during travel.

Kukulcan: Mayan. A supreme creator god, god of the four elements. Depicted as feathered serpent; ssociated with the rain god.

Kuu: Finno-Ugrian. Goddess associated with the moon.

Kwoth: African (the Nuer of South Sudan). The Great Spirit god, associated with help, nature, judgement, and compassion.

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