List of fertility deities
A fertility deity is a god or goddess associated with fertility, sex, pregnancy, childbirth, and crops. In some cases these deities are directly associated with these experiences; in others they are more abstract symbols. Fertility rites may accompany their worship. The following is a list of fertility deities.
- Ala, Igbo goddess of fertility
- Asase Ya, Ashanti earth goddess of fertility
- Denka, Dinka god of the sky, rain and fertility
- Mbaba Mwana Waresa, Zulu goddess of fertility, rainbows, agriculture, rain, and bees
- Oshun (known as Ochún or Oxúm in Latin America) also spelled Ọṣun, is an orisha, a spirit, a deity, or a goddess that reflects one of the manifestations of God in the Ifá and Yoruba religions. She is one of the most popular and venerated orishas. Oshun is the deity of the river and fresh water, luxury and pleasure, sexuality and fertility, and beauty and love. She is connected to destiny and divination.
- Amun, creator-god, associated with fertility
- Bastet, cat goddess sometimes associated with fertility
- Heqet, frog-goddess of fertility
- Heryshaf, god of creation and fertility
- Isis, goddess of motherhood, magic and fertility
- Mesenet, goddess of childbirth
- Min, god of fertility, reproduction, and lettuce
- Osiris, god of the afterlife, the dead, and the underworld agency that granted all life, including sprouting vegetation and the fertile flooding of the Nile River
- Renenutet, goddess of the true name, the harvest and fertile fields
- Sobek, god of the river, warfare and fertility
- Sopdet, goddess of the fertility of the soil
- Tawaret, goddess of fertility and childbirth
- Tefnut, goddess of water and fertility
- Atahensic, Iroquois goddess associated with marriage, childbirth, and feminine endeavors
- Kokopelli, Hopi trickster god associated with fertility, childbirth and agriculture
- Hanhepi Wi, Lakota goddess associated with the moon, motherhood, family and femininity
- Chimalma, goddess of fertility, life, death, and rebirth.
- Tonacatecuhtli, god of sustenance.
- Tonacacihuatl, goddess of sustenance.
- Xochitlicue, goddess of fertility, life, death, and rebirth.
- Xochipilli, god of love, art, games, beauty, dance, flowers, maize, fertility, and song.
- Xochiquetzal, goddess of fertility, beauty, female sexual power, protection of young mothers, pregnancy, childbirth, and women's crafts.
- Quetzalcoatl, god of fertility, wind, water, and chocolate.
- Jiutian Xuannü, a fertility goddess as well as a deity of war, sex, and long life
- Yúnxiāo Niángniáng, goddess of childbirth
- Qióngxiāo Niángniáng, goddess of childbirth
- Bìxiāo Niángniáng, goddess of childbirth
- Chén Jìnggū, goddess of childbirth
- Banka-Mundi, goddess of the hunt and fertility
- Prithvi, goddess of the earth and the fertility form of Bhumi
- Gayatri, goddess of Vedas and adi shakti with fertility form of Savitr
- Chandra, lunar god associated with fertility
- Lajja Gauri, goddess associated with abundance and fertility
- Manasa, snake goddess associated with fertility and prosperity
- Matrikas, a group of 7-16 goddesses who are associated with fertility and motherly power.
- Parvati, goddess associated with fertility, marital felicity, devotion to the spouse, asceticism, and power
- Sinivali, goddess associated with fecundity and easy birth.
- Ama-arhus, Akkadian fertility goddess
- Amasagnul, Akkadian fertility goddess
- Gatumdag, Sumerian fertility goddess and tutelary mother goddess of Lagash
- Nanshe, Sumerian goddess of social justice, prophecy, fertility, and fishing
- Nin-imma, goddess of the female sex organs
- Sharra Itu, Sumerian fertility goddess
- Inanna, Mesopotamian goddess of love, beauty, sex, desire, fertility, war, justice, and political power.
- Umay, goddess of fertility and virginity
- Laima, goddess of luck and fate, associated with childbirth, pregnancy, marriage, and death
- Brigid, Irish goddess associated with fertility, spring, healing, smithing, and poetry
- Cernunnos, horned god associated with the fertility of animals and nature
- Damara, fertility goddess worshiped in Britain
- Damona, Gaulish fertility goddess
- Epona, goddess of horses, mules, donkeys, and the fertility of these animals
- Hooded Spirits, a group of deities theorised to be fertility spirits
- Nantosuelta, goddess of nature, the earth, fire, and fertility
- Onuava, goddess of fertility
- Rosmerta, Gallo-Roman goddess of fertility and abundance
- Äkräs, Finnish god of fertility
- Rauni or Raun, Finnish-Estonian goddess of fertility
- Peko or Pellon-Pekko, Karelian-Seto god of fertility
- Metsik, West Estonian spirit of fertility
- Šun-Šočõnava, Mari goddess of fertility and birth.
- Mu-Kyldyśin, Udmurt god of fertility and earth.
- Zarni-Ań, Komi goddess of fertility, represented by a golden woman.
- Babba or Aranyanya, Hungarian goddess fertility, represented by a golden woman.
- Kalteš-Ekwa, Ob-Ugric goddess of fertility, represented by a golden woman.
- Ēostre, spring and fertility goddess; in earlier times probably a dawn goddess as her name is cognate to Eos
- Freyr, god associated with peace, marriages, rain, sunshine, and fertility, both of the land and people
- Freyja, a goddess associated with fertility and sister of the above god
- Frigg, goddess associated with prophecy, marriage, and childbirth; in one myth, she also demonstrates a more direct connection with fertility, as a king and queen pray to her for a child
- Gefjun, Danish goddess of ploughing and possibly fertility
- Nerthus, earth goddess associated with fertility
- Njordr, since his name is cognate with the above goddess, it's possible he was originally an earth/fertility deity before transforming into a sea god thanked for a bountiful catch
- Thor, some strains of Norse paganism saw him as a fertility god (possibly due to bringing rain) and the father of Freyr and Freyja instead of Njordr
- Aphaea, local goddess associated with fertility and the agricultural cycle
- Demeter, goddess of the harvest, agriculture, fertility and sacred law
- Dionysus, god of wine, grapes, and festivity, associated with fertility, particularly that of the vine and males
- Hera, goddess of the air, marriage, women, women's fertility, childbirth, heirs, kings and empires
- Ilithyia, (also called Eileithyia) goddess of childbirth and midwifery, likely of Minoan or earlier origin.
- Pan, god of shepherds, flocks, mountain wilds, and rustic music; associated with fertility, particularly that of animals
- Phanes, primeval deity of procreation and the generation of new life
- Priapus, rustic god of fertility, protection of livestock, fruit plants, gardens, and male genitalia
- Tychon, a daemon imagined as a boy
- Persephone goddess of spring, greek god of fertility
- Bacchus, Roman version of Dionysus
- Bona Dea, goddess of fertility, healing, virginity, and women
- Candelifera, goddess of childbirth
- Carmenta, goddess of childbirth and prophecy
- Domidicus, the god who leads the bride home
- Domitius, the god who installs the bride
- Dīs Pater
- Fascinus, embodiment of the divine phallus
- Fecunditas, goddess of fertility
- Feronia, goddess associated with fertility and abundance
- Inuus, god of sexual intercourse
- Jugatinus, the god who joins the pair in marriage
- Juno, goddess of marriage and childbirth, Lucina was an epithet of hers; equivalent to the Greek goddess Hera
- Liber, god of viniculture, wine, and male fertility, equivalent to Greek Dionysus; in archaic Lavinium, a phallic deity
- Libera, female equivalent of Liber
- Manturna, the goddess who kept the bride at home
- Mutunus Tutunus, phallic marriage deity associated with the Greek god Priapus
- Partula, goddess of childbirth, who determined the duration of each pregnancy
- Pertuda, goddess who enables penetration
- Picumnus, god of fertility, agriculture, matrimony, infants, and children
- Prema, goddess who holds the bride down on the bed
- Robigus, fertility god who protects crops against disease
- Subigus, the god who subdues the bride to the husband's will
- Virginiensis, the goddess who unties the girdle of the bride
- Dzydzilelya, Polish goddess of love, marriage, sexuality and fertility
- Jarilo, god of fertility, spring, the harvest and war
- Kostroma, goddess of fertility
- Siebog, god of love and marriage
- Svetovid, god of war, fertility, and abundance
- Zeme, goddess of the earth, associated with fertility
- Živa, goddess of love and fertility
- Gedi (mythology), Fijian god of fertility, who taught mankind the use of fire
- Makemake, Rapa Nui creator-god, associated with fertility
- Tagroa Siria, Fijian god associated with fertility
- Tangaroa, Rarotongan god of the sea and creation, associated with fertility
- Anjea, goddess or spirit of fertility
- Birrahgnooloo, Kamilaroi goddess of fertility
- Dilga, Karadjeri goddess of fertility and growth
- Julunggul, Yolgnu rainbow snake goddess associated with fertility, initiation, rebirth and the weather
- Kunapipi, mother goddess and the patron deity of many heroes
- Rainbow Serpent, creator god and god of rain and fertility
- Ungud, snake god or goddess associated with rainbows and the fertility and erections of the tribe's shaman
- Wollunqua, snake god of rain and fertility
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