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Global Gods - "V"

April 6, 2008

Vaga: Celtic. Goddess of the river Wye.

Vajrapani: Indian. Protector and guide of the Buddha, and rose to symbolize the Buddha's power.

Venus: Roman. Goddess of love, lust, and beauty. Often depicted with the sea, dolphins, doves, swans, pomegranates, apples, myrtle, rose and lime trees, clams, scallop shells and pearls. Same as the Greek goddess Aphrodite.

Verbeia: Celtic. Goddess of the Avon and Wharfe rivers; depicted with an overlarge head, wearing a long, pleated robe, and grasping two large snakes.

Varuna: Indian (Hindu). God of the sky, of waters and of the celestial ocean, as well as a god of law and of the underworld.

Vesta: Roman. Virgin goddess of the hearth, home, and family, symbolized by the sacred fire that burned at her hearth and temples.

Viracocha: Incan. Powerful god-creator of civilization, associated with the sun and storms.

Vishnu: Indian (Hindu). The creator and destroyer of all existences, one who supports, sustains and governs the Universe and originates and develops all elements within.

Visvakarma: Indian (Hindu). God of all craftsmen and architects; fabricated and designed the divine architecture of the Universe at the behest of Brahma, the Lord of Creation.

Volturnus: Roman. A river deity associated with the river Volturnus in Campania (Italy), possibly an ancient name for the Tiber.

Vulcan: Roman. God of technology, blacksmiths, craftsmen, artisans, sculptors, metals and metallurgy, and fire. Associated with volcanos. Same as Greek god Hephaestus.

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