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    What insect gods are there? Either depicted as insects or with a strong insect theme.

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  • #2
    Tlazolteotl, maybe?

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    • #3
      Serqet - Egyptian Goddess of Poison (among other things) is associated with Scorpions




      Ah Muzen Cab - Mayan God of Bees, was very important to the Mayans due to his dominion over honey.

      Last edited by Nyrufa; 09-29-2016, 10:20 PM.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Nyrufa View Post
        Serqet - Egyptian Goddess of Poison (among other things) is associated with Scorpions
        "Other things" being Homestuck.


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        • #5
          Aristaeus is the Greek god of bee-keeping, so he'd have Bees as a purview.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Robert Vance View Post
            "Other things" being Homestuck.

            Not sure what you mean, but she's described as having influence over poison, medicine, magic, fertility, animals, and healing venomous stings and bites.

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            • #7
              Spiders aren't technically insects; but maybe the rather famous trickster from the Orisha is close enough?


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              • #8
                Other than Aristaeus, are there any of European origin?

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Dataweaver View Post
                  Spiders aren't technically insects; but maybe the rather famous trickster from the Orisha is close enough?
                  Anansi isn't related to the òrìṣà.

                  The Kalahari god Kaggen is associated with the ghost mantis.
                  Ītzpāpālōtl ("Obsidian Butterfly") of the Teōtl is associated with lepidopterans as well as bats.
                  Last edited by Lula; 09-29-2016, 11:21 PM.


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                  • #10
                    I think there it a Hittite Bee Goddess? Not quite Europe however. I never really thought about insect deities in Europe before. There are some dodgy interpretations of a Gaulish Goddess as a Bee Goddess as well, but it's most likely just a misunderstanding of some iconography of hers.
                    Last edited by Watcher; 09-29-2016, 11:28 PM.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Dataweaver View Post
                      Spiders aren't technically insects; but maybe the rather famous trickster from the Orisha is close enough?

                      Anansi is Ashanti not Yoruban.
                      Last edited by glamourweaver; 09-29-2016, 11:44 PM.


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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Watcher View Post
                        I think there it a Hittite Bee Goddess? Not quite Europe however. I never really thought about insect deities in Europe before. There are some dodgy interpretations of a Gaulish Goddess as a Bee Goddess as well, but it's most likely just a misunderstanding of some iconography of hers.
                        Said Hittite Goddess is Hannahannah, the divine (grand)mother. The bee theme appears in the Telipinu legend, and nowhere else, AFAIK.

                        In Europe proper, Artemis has the epithet Melissa - bee, and priestesses of Demeter used to be called Melissae. Whereas Apollo Parnopios is a God who protects against locusts.

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                        • #13
                          Bhramari Devi is a form of Parvati which took the form of a bee goddess as a way to slay a demon which could not be killed by anyone with two or four legs.


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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Nyrufa View Post


                            Not sure what you mean, but she's described as having influence over poison, medicine, magic, fertility, animals, and healing venomous stings and bites.
                            There was a character in Homestuck named Vriska Serket. Serket and Serqet are presumably homonyms so he was just making a pun.

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                            • #15
                              I realize that I have a tendency to ask questions and not always give the proper context to.

                              The reason I ask about insect gods is because I am looking for a patron deity for a community of were-roaches.

                              Alternate angle: What about large insect monsters from myth?

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