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Discussion in 'General Religious Debates' started by Bob the Unbeliever, May 17, 2017.

  1. Bob the Unbeliever

    Bob the Unbeliever Well-Known Member

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    Back in 1953, the author Arthur C. Clarke wrote a very short story, entitled The Nine Billion Names of God.

    I won't say much about the story here, apart from posting a link to where you can read the entire tale-- I think it is well worth study, for anyone curious about theistic ideas, regardless of where you are in the spectrum of faith or non-faith.

    I would like to point out, that I think the story says as much about what it means to be human as it does about other topics, and for that point alone, it's worth the 5-10 minutes it would take someone to read through-- it really is short. (Clarke was very good at the short story; I wish he'd written more of them.)

    Nine Billion Names of God

    (google search)

    In keeping with the theme of the short story? I had started a hobby back in 2010, to list as many names of god or gods as I could locate, alphabetically. I found the task quite interesting, and got up to 512 [correction 513] before the thread it was on drifted to other things (as threads are wont to do).

    I'll put the list in the next post, to keep this one from being too long (if it gets quoted).

    I would welcome anyone wishing to add to the list, or comment on individual names in the list. I have always been fascinated with the subject of Myths and Legends (or even Religion to some folk--don't mean to be mean, here. Not my intent in this thread. )
     
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    513 gods so far -- notebook: most spelling is Anglicized, as I speak English. There may be alternative spellings (or better renditions) of specific god's not listed herein. Any mistakes are mine.

    Angdistis
    Achelois
    Achilles
    Aglauros
    Ah Puch
    Ah Tzenul
    Ah Tzul
    Ahea
    Ahura Mazda
    Aigle
    Akbul
    Alberich
    Alicha
    Alklha
    Allowat Sakima
    Almudj
    Amalthea
    Amaterasu
    Amesha Spentas
    Amn
    Amun Ra
    An
    Anaitis
    Anapel
    Anat
    Anatiwa
    Andai
    Andvari
    Anet
    Angak' Chin Mana
    Ankhet
    Annona
    Anshar
    Anu
    Aphrodite
    Apollo
    Apollon
    Apsu
    Arceus (Pokemon)
    Ares
    Arnakuagsak
    Arsnuphis
    Artemis
    Asclepius
    Ashtoreth
    Asshur
    Astarte
    Atahensic
    Atai
    Athena
    Athene
    Athirat
    Athtart
    Atlas
    Atropos
    Atum
    Atum Ra
    Auster
    Autrimpas
    Awitelin Tsta
    Ba Xian
    Baal
    Bacchus
    Balder
    Baldur
    Bast
    Basuki
    Bell Bird Brothers
    Bellifluficus
    Bellona
    Bergelmir
    Bes
    Beydo
    Bible God
    Big Head
    Bilfrost
    Bixia Yuanjin
    Blodeuedd
    Bon Dieu
    Borr
    Bragi
    Brahma
    Brigit
    Buku
    Byakko
    Cabracan
    Calliope
    Camaxtli
    Camenae
    Cauac
    Ceres
    Ceridwen
    Cernunnos
    Cetha
    Ceucy
    Ch'u Kiang Wang
    Ch'uang K'ung
    Chac
    Chac Xib Chac
    Chalchiuhtlicue
    Charites
    Charun
    Cheng-huang
    Chloris
    Chu Jung
    Chu Pa Chieh
    Chulyen
    Cocijo
    Coltus
    Coqui Huani
    Cotys
    Cronus
    Cybele
    Da Yu
    Dagon
    Damkina (Dumkina)
    Darana
    Davlin
    Dawn
    Demas
    Demeter
    Di Cang
    Dian Cecht
    Diana
    Dijun
    Dionysus
    Djanggawul
    Dongo
    Dreamtime
    Dreamtime Snake
    Durgath (Klingon)
    Dylan
    Ea
    Echidna
    Egle
    Ehi
    El
    Elohim
    Endovelicus
    Enki
    Enlil
    Eos
    Ephialtes
    Epimelides
    Epona
    Ereshkegal
    Ereskigal
    Erythia
    Eshu
    Estasanatlehi
    Evus
    Farbauti
    Feng Shui
    Fenrir
    Flying Spaghetti Monster
    Fornax
    Forseti
    Fotla
    Freya
    Freyr
    Frigg
    FSM
    Furude Hanyuu-Higurashi (Higurashi no Naku Koro ni)
    Ga Gaah
    Gaia
    Ganesha
    Ganga
    Garuda
    Gauri
    Geb
    Gede
    Geirskokul
    Genbu (Japanese)
    Geong Si
    Glory, Glorificus,'That Wich Cannot Be Named'(Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
    God
    God Ch
    God E
    God G
    God S
    Gondul
    Gucup Cakix
    Guede
    Gurumukas
    Hades
    Han Hsien Tzu
    Hanuman
    Hapakhered
    Harakan
    Harensnuphis
    Haruhi Suzumiya (Haruhiism)
    Hathor
    Heget
    Heimdallr
    Helios
    Hemera
    Hemere
    Heng-o (Chang-o)
    Hephaestus
    Heqet
    Hera
    Hermes
    Herne
    Hero Twins
    Hestia
    Hod
    Hoderi
    Hodur
    Hoori
    Hope
    Horus
    Hotei
    Hsi Ho
    Hsi-Wang-Mu
    Huang Gun
    Huitzilopochtli
    Huixtocihuatl
    Hukere
    Hun Nal Ye
    Hurrican
    Huwawa
    Hygeia
    Hypnos
    Icovellauna
    Igigi
    Ilaheua
    Illuyankas
    Inanna
    Inti
    Invidia
    Invisible Pink Unicorn
    IPU
    Ishtar
    Isis
    Issitoq
    Itzamna
    Ix Chel
    Ix Chup
    Ixtab
    Izanaki Yu-huang
    Izanami
    Jahovah
    Jarilo
    Jesus
    Jiang Qin Guang
    Jotunheim Nergal
    Juno
    Jupiter
    Juturna
    Kagutsuchi
    Kahless (Klingon)
    Kali
    Kamonou
    Kan Ajana
    Kanassa
    Kapoonis
    Kartikeya
    Kek
    Ken
    Kerberos
    Khepri
    Kherty
    Khonsu
    Ki
    Kingu
    Kinich Ahau
    Kishar
    Koko
    Kothar
    Kotihaltia
    Krishna
    Kukulcan
    Kumokum
    Kwatee
    Kwolam
    Kybele
    Laertes
    Lakshmi
    Latinus
    Legba
    Lei Chen Tzu
    Leto
    Li Ba Bai
    Li Er
    Limoniads
    Liu Hai
    Liza
    Lofn
    Loki
    Louhi
    Lu Ban
    Lugh
    Luk Xing
    Luna
    Macuilcozcacuahtli
    Madderakka
    Magna Mater
    Maia
    Makemake
    Mama Oullo
    Mamaragan
    Mamitu
    Manes
    Mani
    Marduk
    Mars
    Mebere
    Medb
    Mehen
    Menoetius
    Mephitis
    Mercury
    Metis
    Milu
    Mimi
    Mimir
    Minerva
    Mithras
    Moloch
    Mon Moko
    Month
    Morrigan
    Mot
    Mummu
    Muses
    Mwambu
    Nammu
    Namorodo
    Nanna (Norse)
    Nanse
    Ndo'yet
    Ned Er Tcher
    Nefertum
    Neit
    Neith
    Nemesis
    Nephthys
    Neptune
    Nereides
    Nergal
    Nijole
    Nik
    Ninazu
    Nine Worlds
    Ninhurzag
    Nintu
    Ninurta
    Njord
    Nocoma
    Nokomis
    Nun
    Nut
    Nyikang
    Obatala
    Odin
    Ohkuninushi
    Ohyamatsumi
    Okypete
    Onuris
    Orans
    Oreades
    Orgelmir
    Orixa
    Osiris
    Ostara
    Ouranos
    Paiva
    Palee
    Pan
    Parvati
    Penie
    Phaethon
    Philammon
    Phoebe
    Phoebus Apollo
    Pichana Gobeche
    Pihuechenyi
    Pilumnus
    Piquete Zina
    Ploutos
    Po
    Porewit
    Poros
    Poseidon
    Quetzalcoatl
    Ra
    Radgrid
    Rama
    Ramakian
    Raven
    Re
    Rhea
    Rig
    Rindr
    Roonikka
    Rosmerta
    Ruhanga
    Sabazius
    Samanelis
    Sandy
    Sarasvati
    Seiryu
    Selene
    Seshat
    Seti (Set)
    Sha Wu Ching
    Shamash
    Shapsu
    Shen Nong
    Shen Yi
    Shiva
    Shou Lao
    Shu
    Si-Wang-Mu
    Sibilja
    Sigu
    Silvanus
    Sin
    Sinaa
    Sirona
    Sito
    Skadi
    Skylla
    Snoqalm
    Soko
    Sol
    Sosom
    Sothis
    Sotuknang
    Sphinx
    Spider Woman
    Striges
    Styx
    SubGenius, J.R. "Bob" Dobbs
    Sui Ren
    Surya
    Susanoh
    Suttung
    Suzaku (Japanese)

    T'ao T'ieh
    Tai Sui Xing
    Tamendonare
    Tammuz
    Taoism
    Tartaros
    Taru
    Taueret
    Tawaret
    Tawhiri Ma Tea
    Tefnut
    Tethys
    Tezcatlipoca
    Thalassa
    Thanatos
    Thanatus
    Theia
    Thiassi
    Things
    Thor
    Tiamat
    Tiwaz
    Tlahuixcalpantec
    Tlaloc
    Tonatiuh
    Toyo-Uke-Bime
    Tuatha De Danann
    Turan
    Tyche
    Tyr
    Ull
    Unktehi
    Untunktahe
    Utu
    Uzume
    Valkyrja
    Vari
    Varpulis
    Varuna
    Venus
    Vesta
    Viracocha
    Vishnu
    Volturnus
    Vulcan
    Wainamoinen
    Wandjina
    Wuluwait
    Wuraka
    Xaman Ek
    Xi Wang-mu
    Xipe
    Xiuhtecuhtli
    Xmulzencab
    Xochipilli
    Xochiquetzal
    Xuan Zang
    Yam
    Yama
    Yambe Akka
    Yan Luo Wang
    Yarikh
    Yaweh
    Yin
    Ymir
    Yu Ch'iang
    Yu Shun
    Yum Kimil
    Yun Dun
    Zakar
    Zemyna
    Zephyros
    Zeus
    Zhao Xuantan
     
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    Notebook: I have been keeping the list in a spreadsheet, for easier alphabet sorting, and tallying. There may be duplicates, as I indicated earlier.

    All commentary is welcome.
     
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    Question. Would the various names of the Germanic Gods in the other Germanic languages count? For instance, Thor is known as Thunnar, or Donar, or Thunraz, so on depending on whether you're talking Norse, Anglo-Saxon, Continental Germanic, or Proto-Germanic. Then there's the kennings or poetic names, like Véurr(Hallower) or Vingþórr(Battle-Thor).

    Odin alone has "as many names as there are ways for men to die" in that regard. Hangatyr(God of the Hanged), Hangadróttinn(Lord of the Hanged), Galgatyr(Gallows-God), Valfodr(Father of the Slain), Geirtýr(Gore/Spear-God)..

    So on, so forth.
     
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    Oh.

    By the by. "Jotunheim" is a place, not a deity.
     
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    I loved that story!

    I was an impressionable youngster, maybe 9-10 when I read it in the mid 60's. The computer was exciting on it's own, in a world of rotary phones. But the last paragraph still haunts me today, in a way. It stretched my brain so much it almost hurt!
    Tom
     
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    if descriptive items count.....you forgot......Almighty
     
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    I think I see the English and German words for thunder in Thunnar and Donar.
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    FearGod Freedom Of Mind

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    Yes, humans have created many Gods and many false religions.
     
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    From the story:

    "the Last Trump doesn’t blow"

    A hilarious typo?
     
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    Nietzsche The Last Prussian
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    And you would be correct. Thunraz is the root word from which the Germanic words for thunder come from. So, in many ways, Thor is literally the Thunder and Lightning.
     
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    George-ananda Advaita Vedanta, Theosophy, Spiritualism
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    I like what is said in the Vedas........these thousand gods are just my thousand faces
     
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    Yes.

    The story itself was one of the many "Is there a God" type nudges that impacted me slowly over time. Whatever your belief or lack thereof, I recommend it.
     
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    A most excellent question. I suppose one could ask, were the English versions of these names of a different god, than the Germanic ones, due to the different cultural biases of an English speaker's worldview?

    I am not qualified to say either way, but my knee-jerk response is that if the essential description of the god in question is fundamentally the same, then they are the same god-- but using different names.

    Now, using Clarke's short story? The two distinct names would simply two distinct names, and would each be added to the list.
     
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    Thank you. Many names in the list were given to me, and I did not bother to check, simply adding them as they were posted.
     
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    Cool! Thanks. Now I'm torn; should I add these, knowing ahead of time they are all for the same deity? :)

    I know I have several "duplicate gods" in the list already.

    Decisions, decisions...
     
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    Indeed. Kinda makes it impossible to "pick" the "correct" one, right?

    Who can tell, anyway? It's not as if there is a Black Monolith on the Moon or anything... ;)
     
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    Eh. Depends. For instance, from what we have that has survived, Odin's character is not too different from the Continental "Wotan", and even less different than the Anglo-Saxon "Woden", but in Continental Germanic myth it is Tyr/Tiwaz who is the King of Asgard, while by the time we get to the Anglo-Saxons it is Woden/Odin.

    Loki also does not exist in any but the Norse variant of the myths.
     
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