There are as many gods as there are cultures. Some are tame and almost boring. Some, well, some are just bizarre. However, please know that I mean no disrespect. Sacred is sacred, even when it’s weird (except for Moloch – I’m not calling him sacred no matter what you do to me). I recognize that I am responding to this spiritual diversity from my own puny worldview. Thanks for indulging me.
1. Moloch (Middle East)
The Moloch idol was a large, hollow brass statue with the head of a bull and a bulging human-like belly. The belly served as a firebox into which children were thrown. Pagan priests used to crash cymbals together to drown out the screams of the children as they burned alive. Well, I don’t know about you but I’m going to have nightmares.
2. Eshu (Africa)
Eshu is a god of chaos and trickery, and pulls pranks on people to cause maturation. (When I first researched this, I thought I read “to cause masturbation.”) Whatever the little trickster is up to, he is one scary looking dude.
3. Dagon (Middle East)
Dagon the Fish God is not very scary. He’s like a male mermaid – half man, half fish. Two words: Sex. Eee! Some people claim that the pope’s hat is modeled after this guy’s fish head. ???
4. Bhairava (India)
Bhairava has serpents for earrings, bracelets, anklets and sacred thread. He wears a ritual apron of human bones. This dude sports some gruesome bling. He’s sometimes depicted as carrying an amputated head of Brahma.
5. Ganesha (India)
Ganesha has an elephant head. Often depicted as dancing on a mouse. Buy one of these for your kitchen, like a mouse scarecrow.
Recent controversy surrounds good old Ganesha. A group called Concerned Christians Canada sent a letter to the Calgary Zoo, asking them to remove the “dancing elephant statue” as it was inappropriate to have a religious statue at a public place. In this case, the public place was, appropriately, in front of the elephant exhibit.
6. Aido-Wedo (Carribean)
Aido-Wedo is the Vodoo goddess of water, snakes and rainbows. She’s pretty hot.
7. Huitaca (South America)
Huitaca is a goddess of drunkenness and pleasure. Her punishment for being so popular? She was turned into an owl. How can one not worship a drunken owl?
8. Sedna (North America)
Sedna is the Inuit Goddess of the Sea and Queen of the Eskimo Underworld. She rules the Arctic Sea and everyone and everything in or on it. Often depicted as a walrus, she has one eye and no fingers.
9. Heqet (Egypt)
Heqet, Frog Headed Goddess of Childbirth has a frog for a head. Nuff said.
10. Bajang (Asia)
Short, stocky, with a blunt nose and beady orange eyes, Bajang has no lips, his hands are bony claws and his feet feature talons. Whenever he wants, he can transform into a wildcat and woo you with cute meows. More nightmares for me.
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