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According to The English Dictionary, god is defined as, "a supernatural being, who is worshiped as the controller of some part of the universe, some aspect of life, or is the personification of some force." Included in this definition are all deities, goddesses and supernatural beings.

Since the beginning of recorded history, which is defined by the invention of writing by the Sumerians around 6000 years ago, historians have cataloged over 3700 supernatural beings, of which 2870 can be considered deities. Those numbers are probably a very conservative estimate because we have no accurate information before 4000 B.C. This means any dieties worshipped by man before this period are unaccounted for.
In truth, the possibilities are nearly infinite. For example, in Hindu the entire living universe is merely a unique manifestation of Ishvara. This leads to the fact that there are 330 million "gods or goddesses."

Some examples of the different dieties documented are:

Monotheism:

Judaism: Yahweh
Christianity: God
Islam: Allah

Polytheism:

Greek: Zeus, Hermes, Hades, Hera, Aphrodite, etc...
Roman: Iuppiter, Mors, Terra, etc...
Norse: Odin, Thor, Loki, Njordr, etc...
Hindu: Krishna, Vishnu, Kali, Ishvara, etc...
Chinese Folk (Simple): Shangdi, Mazu, Shou Xing, Tu Di Gong, etc...
Shinto (Japanese): Izanagi-no-Mikoto, Izanami-no-Mikoto, etc...
Celtic: Cernunnos, Damona, Epona, etc...
Egyptian: Ra, Isis, Anubis, Osiris, etc...
Summerian: An, Ki, Enlil, Enki, etc...
Babylonian: Sin, Marduk, Ishtar, Nabu, etc...
Persian: Simurgh, Rostam, Gaokerena, etc...
Aboriginal: Bunyip, Kurreah, Mutjinga, etc...
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How many gods and goddesses are there in the Hindu religion?

Hindus have gods called Annapurna, Ganesha, Maya, Balrama, Garuda, Ram, Bhuvaneshwari,Hanuman,Sarawati,Brahma,Indra,Shakti,Kali,Shiva,Dhanwantari,KartikaSita,Dhumavati,Krishna,Vamana,Durga,Kurma,Vishnu,Ganga,Laksmi and Matanqi. 33 million gods THERE ARE SIX GODS AND FOUR GODDESSES IN HINDUISM: There is a Hindu belief that there are 330 million Hindu gods. This means that every Hindu can have a god, specifically designed for him. However, theoretically, there can be just seven gods and seven goddesses in Hinduism. Practically, they are lesser. THE BASIC HINDU GODS: They are, 1. Indra - god of dreaming 2. Shakti - goddess of illusion 3. Brahma - god of creativity 4. Vishnu - god of stabilization 5. Shiva - God of determination 6. Shani - god of status change 7. Yama - god of compulsion The seven gods merge to form the supreme Hindu god Brahman. Conversely, the seven gods spring from Brahman. The peripheral gods give less control over our lives but are more powerful. They are meant to be used as a last resort. Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva are main line Hindu gods. Shani and Shakti are second choice. Indra and Yama are supposed to play a role after our death only. B RAHMAN, GODS AND GODDESSES: All the seven gods are made of two elements viz. Saguna Brahman (facilitating force, Purusha, masculine) and Nirguna Brahman (retarding force, Prakriti, feminine). The Prakriti component of a god is what we call goddess. THE GODDESSES: Theoretically, there can be seven Hindu goddesses. However, the consorts of Brahma (Saraswati), Vishnu (Lakshmi) and Shiva (Parvati) and Shakti are the only goddesses. A Hindu depends on Shakti when he is totally helpless. Shakti is considered as feminine even though it has a masculine component. This belief is necessary to prevent the seven gods merging to form Brahman, which would remove our belief in god, because Brahman is absolute fact. Thus, there are just six Hindu gods, though there can be seven. BRAHMAN: Brahman, though considered as the supreme Hindu god, is absolute fact and thus not exactly a god. It is considered as god because all Hindu gods are derived from it. Unlike a god, it doesn't bring about any change in our life and just opposes changes in life. Thus, it can be used only when our life is perfect. Therefore, no Hindu worships Brahman. Thus, there are six gods and four goddesses and a Supreme god in Hinduism. All other gods and goddesses are secondary, derived from the basic Hindu gods and goddesses.

How many Greek Gods or Goddesses are there?

There are over 350+ deities in Greek mythology. Mainly gods of something (god of lightning etc), monsters and personified concepts (like Geras :aging and Eros : love and/or desire).

How many gods and goddesses are there in Greece?

There are more than you can count, but 12 major ones known as Olympians because they live on Mount Olympus. The Big Three are Zeus , Poseidon , and Hades . They're brothers. Zeus is god of the sky; Poseidon rules the sea; Hades controls the underworld. Hera is Zeus' wife and goddess of the family. Artemis and Apollo are twins. Artemis is goddess of the moon; Apollo is god of the sun. Athena is goddess of wisdom; Ares is god of war. Hephaestus is god of the forge; his wife Aphrodite is goddess of love. Hermes is god of messengers and medicine. There's some debate about the 12th one. Some people say Dionysus , god of wine. Others say Demeter , goddess of the harvest.

How many god and goddess does Greece have?

There are many minor gods and goddesses, such as Hecate, goddess of magic and Morpheus, god of sleep and dreams. But, the most "important" of the gods and goddesses are on Olympus, but there are two others, one who gave up her throne, and Hades, who rules in the Underworld. The twelve gods on Olympus are Zeus, god of the sky and universe, Poseidon, god of the sea, Apollo, god of the sun and the hunt, Ares, god of war, Hephaestus, god of smiths, Hermes, god of messages, thievery, and hospitality, Dionysus, god of wine, Athena, goddess of wisdom and of wisdom in war, Artemis, Apollo's twin sister, goddess of the hunt, Aphrodite, goddess of love and beauty, Demeter, goddess of the harvest, and Hera, Zeus's wife, goddess of marriage and families. Hestia, goddess of the hearth, gave up her throne to Dionysus to keep peace in Olympus. Hades, god of the Underworld, was never permitted to have a throne in Olympus. If you are interested in Greek Mythology, I recommend that you read the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, which consists of the books The Lightning Thief, The Sea of Monsters, The Titan's Curse, The Battle of the Labyrinth, and The Last Olympian.

Why are there many gods and goddesses?

Every culture has at some point created its own gods, whether by developing them from its own mythos or "borrowing" another culture's deities. Many societies have invented hundreds of gods to deal with every aspect of life where some have a single entity in charge of everything. Either way, over time they all add up.

How many Hindu gods and goddess is there?

there are 35 goodness and more then 50 god. Some texts refer to Hinduism as having 330 million gods. However some of the main currents in Hinduism could be described as monotheistic, worshiping only one god and considering other gods as simply variations or manifestations of different aspects of the one true God. (Most Vaisnav and Shaivite traditions with which I am familiar fall into this category.)

How many greek gods and goddess are there?

There are 12 gods and goddesses together. There are 5 Goddesses, Hera, Aphrodite, Demeter, Artemis, and Athena. There are 7 gods, Zeus, Ares, Apollo, Hermes, Poseidon, Dionyses, and Hephaestus.

How many gods and goddesses are there in Wicca?

This is difficult question to answer but I will do my best. There is usually Spirit and from spirit is god and goddess. This is where it gets a little tricky, but all gods and goddess stem from them. Depending on one's tradition equals number of gods and goddesses. The belief is that all gods and goddess exist and are just forms from the original god and goddess.

How many gods and goddesses are there in total?

INTRODUCTION: According to Wikipedia, the definition of a god is: "supernaturalcreator and overseer of the universe". Included here in thisdefinition are all deities, goddesses and supernatural beings.Arbitrary distinction between old mythology gods and modern gods issimply unjustifiable from a factual and historical point of view.From an impartial point of view, all gods are equal and none ofthem have presence over any others. From a partial point of view,there is only 1 valid and unique god (monotheistic), or 1 validgroup of gods (polytheistic). From this partial point of view, allgods other than the preferred one are considered false, invalid ornonexistent gods. The provided answer that follows is obviouslystrictly based on an impartial, factual and historical point ofview. ANSWER: Since the beginning of recorded history, which is defined by theinvention of writing by the Sumerians around 6000 years ago, wehave cataloged over 3700 supernatural beings, of which 2870 areconsidered deities. Those numbers are most probably a veryconservative estimate because we have no accurate informationbefore 4000 B.C. and human civilization goes back 8 000 to 10 000years ago. For the first trace of modern humans, Homo sapienssapiens, we have to go a lot further back to 195 000 years ago.That means we have no direct evidence, or accurate information,about a belief system, if any, for 97% of the existence of thehuman species on Earth. We do have some indirect evidence fromfuneral rite performed as far back as 35 000 years ago which mayimply the belief of some sort of after life and/or 1 or manysupernatural beings. Those supernatural beings are regrouped in the followingsubcategories: AFRICAN GODS AUSTRALIAN GODS AZTEC GODS CARIBBEAN GODS CELTIC GODS CHINESE GODS EGYPTIAN GODS FINNISH GODS GREEK GODS INCAN GODS INDIAN GODS JAPANESE GODS MAYAN GODS MESOPOTAMIAN GODS MIDDLE-EASTERN GODS NATIVE AMERICAN GODS NORSE GODS OCEANIC GODS ROMAN GODS SLAVIC and BALTIC GODS SOUTH AMERICAN GODS SOUTH-EAST ASIAN GODS TIBETAN GODS And the Abrahamic gods, which includes the Jewish, Christian andMuslim god.

Why do Hindus have many gods and goddesses?

Hinduism is a religion, which enables us to lead a original human life in spite of so many beliefs. This is possible because Hinduism associates each of the basic forces with a god. The Basic gods: The basic forces and the associated Hindu gods are, 1. Dreaming force - Indra 2. Illusory force - Shakti 3. Voluntary force - Brahma 4. Semi voluntary force - Vishnu 5. Involuntary force - Shiva 6. Status altering force - Shani 7. Compulsive force - Yama Brahman - The supreme god Above these seven forces is the basic force selector called Brahman, whom we call the supreme god. Thus, use of Brahman gives us a feeling that there is just one god. The principle of Hindu gods: The basic forces are associated with the opposite element in nature. Thus, Compulsive or Yama force is associated with death. Brahma, the transient for is associated with creation of eternal universe. The Incarnations of Vishnu: Vishnu force is our default force and thus our first choice force. This force generates a sinusoidal or wave like graph. Each part of the wave generated by this force is associated with an Incarnation of Vishnu. Thus, Vishnu has ten popular Incarnations and many other not so famous incarnations. In each incarnation Parvati too incarnates thus increasing the number of gods. In Ramavatara, there is the popular god Hanuman who is a Shakti god. The central three basic forces viz. Voluntary, Semi voluntary and Involuntary forces are very difficult to use in pure form. Therefore, we have an intermediate stage called consort. Saraswati, Lakshmi and Parvati are consorts of Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva respectively. Using the Involuntary Shiva force is difficult in spite of having an intermediary state or consort, Parvati. Thus, we have two two children Ganesha and Subramani. The Illusory or Shakti force gives an illusion of strength. Thus, gods based on this force are common in villages all over India. This greatly adds to the number of Hindu gods. Thus, Hinduism needs many gods to enable a Hindu to lead a original human life in spite of so many beliefs. Another View: Actually many people in ignorance of Vedas say that Hinduism has many gods while Hinduism is a monotheist religion. Vedas says: Na dvitityo Na triyaschthurtho naapyuchyate| N a panchamo Na shshtah sapthmo naapyuchyate| Nashtamo Na navamo dashamo naapyuchyate| Yagna yetham devamekavritham veda|| Sa sarvassai vi pashyathi yachha praanathi yachhana| Tamidam nigatam sah sa yesha yeka yekavrideka yeva| Ya yetham devamekavritham veda|| Atharva 13.4[2]19-20 There is no second God, nor a third, nor is even a fourth spoken of There is no fifth God or a sixth nor is even a seventh mentioned. There is no eighth God, nor a ninth. Nothing is spoken about a tenth even. This unique power is in itself. That Lord is only one, the only omnipresent. It is one and the only one.

How many eygptian gods goddess where there?

I'm very sorry, but I do not know. Some of the many were: Ma'at-winged Ra-bird head Horus-also a bird head Anubis-doggy head (death) Osiris-mummy (probably mummification) Hathor-lady Amun-pharaoh Isis-looks like Hathor, lady (famous) Not very helpful, but I hope it was enough!