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Global Gods - "R"

April 6, 2008

Ra: Egyptian. The sun god, identified primarily with the mid-day sun. He commanded sky, earth, underworld, and was later subsumed into the god Horus.

Rafu-sen: Japanese. Goddess associated with plum blossoms.

Rama: Indian (Hindu). Among the most popular figures and deities in Hinduism and its religious scriptures in South and Southeast Asia. He is the husband of Sita, who Hindus consider to be an Avatar of Lakshmi and the embodiment of perfect womanhood.

Rat: Egyptian. Mother of the gods, associated with knowledge and wisdom. Depicted wearing a disk with horns and a uraeus.

Rati: Indian (Hindu). Goddess of passion and lust, and a daughter of Daksha. She married K?ma, the god of love.

Ratis: Celtic. Goddess whose name means "of the fortress"; associated with the defense of fortifications.

Rauni: Finno-Ugrian. Powerful fertility goddess, associated with pain relief and childbirth.

The Rbhus: Indian (Hindu). Three semi-divine beings; artists who formed the horses of Indra, the carriage of the Ashvins, and the miraculous cow of Brihaspati.

Re: Egyptian. The most important of the Egyptian gods, the personification of the (midday) sun.

Rekhit: Egyptian. Goddess associated with knowledge.

Remi: Egyptian. God associated with fish and fishing.

Remnit: Egyptian. Goddess associated with cows.

Renenutet: Egyptian. Anthropomorphic deification of the act of gaining a true name, an aspect of the soul, during birth.

Renpet: Egyptian. Deification of the year; mistress-goddess of eternity. Associated with the passage of time.

Rhea: Greek. Called the "Mother of the gods" because she gave birth to the Olympians: Demeter, Hades, Hera, Hestia, Poseidon, and Zeus.

Rhiannon: Celtic (Ireland). A horse goddess whose name means "great queen"; associated with horses and birds, fertility and death, patience and dreams.

Rock-Sens: The Serer of Gambia, Africa. Sky god who controlled thunder, lightning, and rain.

Rosmerta: Celtic (Gaul). Goddess of fertility and abundance, her attributes being those of plenty such as the cornucopia.

Rudra: Indian. Thought to be an early form of the god Shiva; a god of the storm, the wind, and the hunt. Associated with herbs and healing, forests and wild animals, song, sacrifice, and judgment.

Rugaba: Ankore of Uganda, Africa. Creator god, Sun god, Sky God associated with judgement, life and death, sickness and healing.

Ruhanga: Banyoro, Africa. God of death and rebirth, children, animals, the harvest, health and sickness, and judgement.

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