Can You Match The God to Their Mythology?

By: Isadora Teich
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Can You Match The God to Their Mythology?
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There are countless powerful gods and goddesses spanning thousands of years of mythology. How well do you know them? Test your divine IQ with this HowStuffWorks quiz!
Which mythology does Athena belong to?
Greek
Athena is the Greek goddess of craft, wisdom, poetry and warfare. She most likely takes her name from the Greek city-state of Athens, which she was the patron goddess of.
Mesopotamian
Mayan
Buddhist

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Venus is the _______ goddess of love.
Roman
Venus is the Roman goddess of sex, love, beauty, desire and victory. According to myth, she is the mother of the Roman people.
Celtic
Russian
Japanese

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Apollo was a part of which two traditions?
Greek and Roman
Apollo has numerous aspects as a god of music, truth, the sun, poetry, plague, healing and even more. He was the god associated with the Greek Delphi Oracle, who would give prophecy.
Persian and Sumerian
Chinese and Japanese
Buddhist and Shinto

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Loki is part of which mythology?
Hindu
Celtic
Irish
Norse
This shape-shifting trickster god always creates trouble for the other Norse gods. According to myth, he is instrumental in bringing about the apocalypse.

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Which mythology is Zeus from?
Persian
Japanese
Cherokee
Greek
Zeus is the king of the Greek gods. He's known for wielding lightning and his many affairs.

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Which mythology is Hades from?
Greek
Hades is the Greek god of the underworld. He is the brother of Zeus, who rules the sky, and Poseidon, who rules the ocean.
Anasazi
Aztec
Norse

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Thor is the ________ god of thunder.
Norse
Thor is the Norse god of thunder who wields the war hammer Mjolnir. The day of the week Thursday is named for him.
African
Eastern European
Hindu

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Osiris is the __________ god of the dead.
Egyptian
Osiris is the green-skinned Egyptian god of death, rebirth, transformation and the underworld. He is both the brother and husband of Isis.
Sumerian
Roman
Norse

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Dionysus is a _______ god.
Greek
Dionysus was a Greek god of wine, revelry, ritual madness and theater. He was an important god and numerous cults existed in his name.
Aztec
Shinto
Native American

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The god Horus is associated with which tradition?
Latvian
Egyptian
The god Horus is often shown as a falcon. He is associated with the sun, sky, protection and healing. The Eye of Horus is a famous symbol worn as a protective amulet.
Georgian
Roman

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Which mythology is Odin from?
Irish
Cherokee
Norse
Odin is the king of the Norse gods. He has one eye and is known for his use of magic and violence.
Aztec

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Tian (天) is from which mythology?
Chinese
Tian is both the Chinese concept of heaven and a way their supreme god was referred to for a time. In the past, heaven worship was an orthodox state religion of China.
Egyptian
Phoenician
Greek

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Quetzalcoatl belongs to which pantheon?
Aztec
This Aztec serpent god played a major role in Aztec culture. He was the god of the wind and learning and his symbol was worn by rulers.
Shinto
Greek
Roman

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Eros was part of which pantheon?
Greek
Eros was the Greek god of sexual attraction. He has been depicted as both a primordial god and a winged love god, the son of Aphrodite.
Chinese
Sumerian
Egyptian

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The goddess Izanami (伊弉冉) is part of which tradition?
Persian
Roman
Anasazi
Shinto
According to the Shinto mythology of Japan, this goddess was the first ever female and deity of death and creation. A marital spat between her and her husband Izanagi, the god of life, created our cycle of life and death.

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Juno was a part of which pantheon?
Hindu
Roman
The goddess Juno protected the women of Rome. She was known as a warlike protector of the state and had Greek and Etruscan counterparts.
Buddhist
Egyptian

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Amaterasu (天照大神) is the _______ goddess of the sun.
Etruscan
Shinto
It is said that the imperial house of Japan was descended from this sun goddess. She is often considered to be the primary god of the Shinto religion.
Egyptian
Mayan

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The god Mars belongs to which tradition?
Chinese
Roman
Mars was the Roman god of war and also associated with agriculture. He was the most popular god of the religion practiced by the Roman army.
Hindu
Mesopotamian

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The goddess Isis was originally:
Greek
Egyptian
Isis came to feature in both Greek and Roman mythology, but she was originally an Egyptian goddess of death, motherhood and magic. She was the mother of Horus and wife of Osiris.
Aztec
Icelandic

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The gentle Olwen is a figure in which mythology?
Welsh
Despite being the daughter of giant, Olwen was so gentle and fragile that it's said that white lilies would bloom in her footsteps as she walked. It's thought that she was a local sun goddess.
Korean
Shinto
Egyptian

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The Morrigan is associated with which mythology?
Native American
Irish
The Morrigan is a trio of divine sisters, often portrayed as crows. They predict death and doom in battle.
Chinese
Russian

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Tlazolteotl is a part of which pantheon?
Greek
Irish
Norse
Aztec
Tlazolteotl is the patron goddess of adulterers. She is also a purification goddess who forgives those who commit sexual misdeeds.

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The goddess Uzume (天宇受売命) is a part of which religion?
Shinto
Uzume is the goddess of celebration and the dawn. She is often referred to as "The Heavenly Alarming Female."
Catholicism
Hinduism
Asatru

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Vulcan is the _________ god of fire.
Roman
Vulcan was the ancient Roman god of metalworking, fire, volcanoes and the forge. The word volcano is derived from his name.
Zoroastrian
Mayan
Korean

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Ra is from which mythology?
Olmec
Persian
Egyptian
Ra is the Egyptian god of the sun. It was believed that he spoke all beings into existence by saying their secret names.
Irish

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Cheonjiwang (천지왕) is from which tradition?
Olmec
Mesopotamian
Korean
Cheonjiwang's name means "King of the Heavens and the Earth." His sons are protagonists in one of Korea's main creation myths.
Celtic

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Which tradition is Ganesha from?
Japanese
Hindu
Ganesha is an elephant-headed Hindu god. He is revered as a remover of obstacles and god of wisdom and beginnings amongst Hindus, Buddhists and Jainists.
Islamic
Georgian

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Gasin (가신) are a part of which tradition?
Korean shamanism
The Gasin are Korean deities associated with the rooms and objects in a house. There is an entire faith within Korean shamanism based around worshipping these divine figures.
Egyptian
Celtic
Islamic

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Pangu (盘古) is a part of which tradition?
Native American
Chinese
Pangu is the first being to ever live. According to some sources, Pangu is the creator of all life on Earth.
Aztec
Mayan

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Nüwa (女媧) is the _______ creator goddess.
Chinese
Nüwa is an ancient Chinese goddess. She is known for repairing a pillar of heaven and creating mankind, perhaps for company.
Mesopotamian
Anasazi
Buddhist

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Hera is in the _________ pantheon.
Roman
Chinese
Greek
Hera is the Greek goddess of marriage. She's the wife of Zeus.
African

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Q'uq'umatz belongs to which tradition?
Mayan
This Mayan god was depicted as a feathered serpent. He played a large role in creating humanity.
Japanese
Hindu
Catholicism

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Ixtab was the ________ goddess of suicide by hanging.
Chinese
Celtic
Greek
Mayan
Mayans believed that those who died violently or by suicide would enter heaven. Ixtab was a goddess who would lead those who died by hanging to the afterlife and serve them food and drink.

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Brigid is the ________ goddess of the dawn and healing.
Irish
Brigid was a spring and fertility goddess of pagan Ireland. She's associated with poetry, smithcraft, the dawn, wells and the pagan festival Imbolc that marks the beginning of spring.
Hindu
Mesopotamian
Roman

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Which mythological tradition does Gaia come from?
Norse
Celtic
Persian
Greek
Gaia is the primordial earth deity of Greek myth. She is the mother which all life sprung from.

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