Water Deities

A water deity is a deity in mythology associated with water or various bodies of water. Water deities are common in mythology and were usually more important among civilizations in which the sea or ocean was more important.

Water Deities

      Atl god of water in Aztec mythology (Central Mexico)

      Atlaua god of fishermen in Aztec mythology

      Chalchiuhtlatonal god of water in Aztec mythology

      Rodon god of the sea in Illyrian mythology (Balkans)

     Dylan Eil Ton sea god in Welsh mythology (pre-Christian Britons)

     Arnemetia water goddess in British mythology

     Manannán mac Lir (Irish)

     Manawydan (Welsh)

     Llyr (Welsh)

German folklore/Scandinavian folklore

     Anapos (water god of eastern Sicily in Greek mythology)

     Asopus river god in Greek mythology, and father to river nymph Aegina

     Crinaeae (fountains)

     Doris goddess of the Mediterranean Sea, wife of Nereus and mother of the Nereids in Greek mythology

     Eleionomae (marshes)

     Helead (fen)

     Hydros god of freshwater in Greek mythology

     Limnades/Limnatides (lakes)

     Naiads (usually fresh water)

Neptune/ Poseidon
god of the sea in


     Nereids (daughters of Nereus, the Mediterranean Sea)

     Nereus god of the Mediterranean Sea, shape-shifter, fortune-teller, and son of Gaia and Pontus in Greek mythology

     Oceanus and Tethys

       Oceanids (daughters of Oceanus and Tethys, any water but usually salt water)

     Pegaeae (springs)

     Phorcys (Phorkys), son of Pontus and Gaia

     Poseidon (Greek) and Neptune (Roman)

     Proteus early sea god in Greek mythology, he may be either a son of Poseidon, or of Oceanus and a Naiad

     Pontus pre-Olympian sea god in Greek mythology, and son of Gaia (earth) and Aether (air)

     Potameides (rivers)

     Trition god of the sea and messenger of the deep in Greek mythology, son of Poseidon and Amphrite, and though to be a merman

     Saraswati goddess of knowledge in Hinduism, originally a river goddess (the Saraswati River was named after her)

     Manannán mac Lir sea and weather god in Irish mythology

     Boann goddess of the River Boyne in Irish mythology


     Alignak god of tides in Inuit mythology (Siberia, Greenland and Alaska)




     Tootega goddess that walked on water in Inuit mythology

     Nethuns god of wells in Etruscan mythology (Italy)

Lithuanian mythology

Maori mythology

Native America
     Untunktahe water god with great magical powers in Native America (Lakota) mythology

     Rán, goddess who collects the drowned in a net

     Njórd, seagod who lives at Nóatun

     Duberdicus god of water in Lusitanian mythology (Portugal)


     Enki god of the freshwater ocean of groundwater under the earth in Sumerian mythology (also referred to as Ea)

     Abzu - water lord in Sumerian mythology that threatens to take back the creation of men by a universal flood, but is         imprisoned beneath the earth by Enki (Mesopotamia)

     Ninhursag - goddess of the waters and consort of Enki in Sumerian mythology

Tonga (Zambizi Valley Zimbabwe)
     Nyami Nyami

Vedic religion
     Varuna (celestial ocean)

Various rivers associated with goddesses in the Rigveda, such as Sarasvati (Sarasvati River) and Yamuna

Yoruba religion/Afro-American religions
     Mami Wata

River Gods

     Achelous,   Acheron,    Aeas,  Aegaeus, Aesepus, Almo, Alpheus, Amphrysos, Apidanus, Ardescus, Asopus, Asterion, Axius

     Caicus,  Cayster, Cebren, Cephissus, Chremetes, Cladeus or Kladeos, Clitunno (Roman mythology), Cocytus, Cratais

     Crinisus, Cydnos

     Enipeus, Erasinus, Eridanus, Euphrates, Evenus


     Haliacmon, Heptaporus, Hermus

     Inachus, Istrus or Ister


     Meander, Mincius

     Nessus, Nilus, Numicius, Nymphaeus

     Pactolus, Parthenius, Phasis, Peneus

     Rhesus, Rhine, Rhodius,

     Sangarius, Scamander, Simoeis, Sperchius, Strymon

     Termessus, Tiberinus (Roman mythology)

in Greek mythology, one of the Centaurs, the son of the Titan Cronus and Philyra, an Oceanid or sea nymph. Chiron lived at the foot of Mount Pelion in Thessaly.

in Greek mythology, daughters of the Titan Atlas and the Oceanid Aethra, the five (or more) sisters of the Pleiades who nursed the infant wine god, Dionysus,...

in Greek mythology, any of a large class of inferior female divinities. The nymphs were usually associated with fertile, growing things, such as trees, or with water.

in Greek mythology, the seven daughters of the Titan Atlas and the Oceanid Pleione: Maia, Electra, Taygete, Celaeno, Alcyone, Sterope, and Merope.

In Greek religion, sea god called by Homer “Old Man of the Sea,” noted for his wisdom, gift of prophecy, and ability to change his shape.

in Greek mythology, son of the Titan Iapetus and the Oceanid Clymene (or Asia) and brother of Prometheus (creator of mankind). In Homer's Odyssey, Book I, Atlas seems to have been a marine creature.

in Greek mythology, daughter of Inachus (the river god of Argos) and the Oceanid Melia. Under the name of Callithyia, Io was regarded as the first priestess of Hera, the wife of Zeus.

They were not immortal but were extremely long-lived and were on the whole kindly disposed toward men. They were distinguished according to the sphere of nature with which they were connected. The Oceanids, for example, were sea nymphs; the Nereids inhabited both saltwater and freshwater; the Naiads presided over springs, rivers, and lakes


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