God (male deity)
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A god is a male deity, in contrast with a goddess, a female deity. While the term "goddess" specifically refers to a female deity, the plural "gods" can be applied to gods collectively, regardless of gender.
In most polytheistic religions, both in history and in the present, male deities had the more prominent role. The Greek and Roman pantheons were ruled by Zeus and Jupiter.[page needed]
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- Anubis, god of mummification in Egypt
- Dyeus, sky father for the Proto-Indo-Europeans
- Dyaus Pita, the reflex of Dyeus in the historical Vedic religion
- Tengri, primary chief deity and sky father of the early Turkic peoples and the proto-Mongols.
- Zeus, king of the gods in ancient Greece
- Ra, primary/sun god in Ancient Egyptian mythology
- Enki, patron god of the Mesopotamian city of Eridu
- Odin, war god and king of the gods in Norse mythology
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- Redford, Donald B. (2003). The Oxford Essential Guide to Egyptian Mythology (Berkley ed.). New York: Berkley Books. p. 20. ISBN 0-425-19096-X.
- Duval, Paul-Marie (1993). Les dieux de la Gaule. Paris: Payot. ISBN 2-228-88621-1.
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