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Indra, the Indian/ Hindu god of thunder.

Polytheistic peoples of many cultures have postulated a thunder god, the personification or source of the forces of thunder and lightning; a lightning god does not have a typical depiction, and will vary based on the culture. In Indo-European cultures, the thunder god is frequently known as the chief or King of the Gods, e.g. Indra in Hinduism, Zeus in Greek mythology, and Perun in ancient Slavic religion; or a close relation thereof, e.g. Thor, son of Odin, in Norse mythology. This is also true of Shango in Yoruba religion and in the syncretic religions of the African Diaspora, such as Santería (Cuba, Puerto Rico, United States) and Candomblé (Brazil).


Thunder godsEdit


Northwestern EurasiaEdit

East AsiaEdit

  • Chen Wenyu (Lei Zu, Antecedent of Thunder) (Chinese mythology)
  • Feng Lung (Lei Gong, Lord of Thunder) (Chinese mythology)
  • Dian Mu, the Goddess of Lightning (Chinese mythology)
Thunder Emperors of the Five Regions
  • Hu Fengya, God of Thunder of the East (Chinese mythology)
  • Bing Jiulu, God of Thunder of the South (Chinese mythology)
  • Rong Yaoling, God of Thunder of the West (Chinese mythology)
  • Lu Xingmeng, God of Thunder of the North (Chinese mythology)
  • Sun Zhener, God of Thunder of the Center (Chinese mythology)
Thunder Kings of the Five Regions
  • Yan Fu, Thunder King of the East (Chinese mythology)
  • Zhuo Bin, Thunder King of the South (Chinese mythology)
  • Gao Hui, Thunder King of the West (Chinese mythology)
  • Wu Xi, Thunder King of the North (Chinese mythology)
  • Zhao Jian, Thunder King of the Center (Chinese mythology)
Marshals of Thunder
  • Deng Zhong (Chinese mythology)
  • Tian Hua (Chinese mythology)
  • Liu Hou (Chinese mythology)
  • Xin Xing (Chinese mythology)
  • Pang Qiao (Chinese mythology)
Thunder Generals of the Five Regions
  • Wu Chong, Thunder General of the East (Chinese mythology)
  • Wang Jian, Thunder General of the South (Chinese mythology)
  • Meng Zhang, Thunder General of the West (Chinese mythology)
  • Sun Heng, Thunder General of the North (Chinese mythology)
  • Guo Zhen, Thunder General of the Center (Chinese mythology)
Twelve Lords of Heaven’s Thunder
  1. Shénxiāo Leigong
  2. Wǔfāng Leigong
  3. Hángyǔ Leigong
  4. Háng fēng Leigong
  5. Hángyún Leigong
  6. Bùzé Leigong
  7. Hángxuě Leigong
  8. Hángbīng Leigong
  9. Fēishā Leigong
  10. Shísuì Leigong
  11. Tūnguǐ Leigong
  12. Fúmó Leigong
Twelve Lords of Earth’s Thunder
  1. Shǎngshàn Leigong
  2. Fáě Leigong
  3. Shèlíng Leigong
  4. Fādào Leigong
  5. Sìxù Leigong
  6. Quèzāi Leigong
  7. Shōudú Leigong
  8. Jiùbìng Leigong
  9. Fúwēi Leigong
  10. Tàishēng Leigong
  11. Xúntiān Leigong
  12. Chádì Leigong
Twelve Lords of Man’s Thunder
  1. Shōuwēn Leigong
  2. Shèdú Leigong
  3. Chúhài Leigong
  4. Quèhuò Leigong
  5. Fēngshān Leigong
  6. Pòcháo Leigong
  7. Dáguǐ Leigong
  8. Fúhǔ Leigong
  9. Pòzhàng Leigong
  10. Mièshī Leigong
  11. Dàngguài Leigong
  12. Guǎnpò Leigong
Thirty Six Lords of Thunder
  1. Wǔdi Leigong
  2. Yīnyáng Leigong
  3. Sìlíng Leigong
  4. Liùjiǎ Leigong
  5. Pīléi Leigong
  6. Fāshuǐ Leigong
  7. Bāfēng Leigong
  8. Shíyǔ Leigong
  9. Liùdào Leigong
  10. Zhìdiàn Leigong
  11. Xīngfēng Leigong
  12. Hángyǔ Leigong
  13. Wǔyuè Leigong
  14. Sìlì Leigong
  15. Bājié Leigong
  16. Liùhóu Leigong
  17. Dàchuān Leigong
  18. Xīgǔ Leigong
  19. Jiānghé Leigong
  20. Sìhǎi Leigong
  21. Mínggǔ Leigong
  22. Hōnglún Leigong
  23. Huǒchē Leigong
  24. Huǒlún Leigong
  25. Yíshān Leigong
  26. Zǒushí Leigong
  27. Xīngyún Leigong
  28. Sǎyǔ Leigong
  29. Hángyún Leigong
  30. Bùshuāng Leigong
  31. Dáwēn Leigong
  32. Qūxié Leigong
  33. Guāngmíng Leigong
  34. Hēiàn Leigong
  35. Pòmiào Leigong
  36. Huǒyìn Leigong
Thirty Five Gods of Thunder
  1. Yùshū Leishen
  2. Yùfǔ Leishen
  3. Yùzhù Leishen
  4. Shǎngqīng Dàdòng Leishen
  5. Huǒlún Leishen
  6. Guàndǒu Leishen
  7. Fēnghuǒ Leishen
  8. Fēijié Leishen
  9. Běijí Leishen
  10. Zǐwēi Xuánshū Leishen
  11. Shénxiāo Leishen
  12. Xiāndū Leishen
  13. Dàyǐ Hōngtiān Leishen
  14. Zǐfǔ Leishen
  15. Tiějiǎ Leishen
  16. Shàoyáng Leishen
  17. Yùhuǒ Leishen
  18. Shèlíngmán Leishen
  19. Dezhīmíng Leishen
  20. Sānjiè Leishen
  21. Zhǎnkuàng Leishen
  22. Dàwēi Leishen
  23. Dàbō Leishen
  24. Qīngcǎo Leishen
  25. Bāguà Leishen
  26. Hùnyuán Yīngquǎn Leishen
  27. Xiàomìngfēng Leishen
  28. Huǒyún Leishen
  29. Yǔbù Dàtǒngshè Leishen
  30. Tàijí Leishen
  31. Nèijiàn Leishen
  32. Wàijiàn Leishen
  33. Shénfǔ Tiānshū Leishen
  34. Dàfàn Dòushū Leishen
  35. Yùchén Leishen

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In LiteratureEdit

The Hindu God Indra was the chief deity and at his prime during the Vedic period, where he was considered to be the supreme God.[1][2] Indra was initially recorded in the Rigveda, the first of the religious scriptures that comprise the Vedas.[3] Indra continued to play a prominent role throughout the evolution of Hinduism and played a pivotal role in the two Sanskrit epics that comprise the Itihasas, appearing in both the Ramayana and Mahabharata. Although the importance of Indra has since been subsided in favor of other Gods in contemporary Hinduism, he is still venerated and worshipped.

In Greek mythology, the Elysian Fields, or the Elysian Plains, was the final resting places of the souls of the heroic and the virtuous, evolved from a designation of a place or person struck by lightning, enelysion, enelysios.[4] This could be a reference to Zeus, the god of lightning, so "lightning-struck" could be saying that the person was blessed (struck) by Zeus (/lightning/fortune). Egyptologist Jan Assmann has also suggested that Greek Elysion may have instead been derived from the Egyptian term ialu (older iaru), meaning "reeds," with specific reference to the "Reed fields" (Egyptian: sekhet iaru / ialu), a paradisiacal land of plenty where the dead hoped to spend eternity.[5]

  • H. Munro Chadwick, The Oak and the Thunder-God, Journal of the Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland (1900).


Video gamesEdit

  • Raiden (Mortal Kombat)
  • Orlanth (King of Dragon Pass)
  • Raijin (Smite)
  • Chaac (Smite)
  • Zeus (Smite)
  • Thor (Smite)
  • Susano (Smite)
  • Zapdos (Pokémon)
  • Karana (Everquest)
  • Phosphora (Kid Icarus: Uprising), although she is not a goddess but a heavenly warrior in the service of Viridi

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Perry, Edward Delavan (1885). "Indra in the Rig-Veda". Journal of the American Oriental Society. 11: 117–208. doi:10.2307/592191. JSTOR 592191.
  2. ^ Kaegi, Adolf (1886). The Rigveda: The Oldest Literature of the Indians. Boston: Ginn and Company. p. 40. ISBN 978-1428626676.
  3. ^ Kaegi, Adolf (1886). The Rigveda: The Oldest Literature of the Indians. Boston: Ginn and Company. p. 41. ISBN 978-1428626676.
  4. ^ Walter Burkert, Greek Religion, 1985. p. 198.
  5. ^ Assmann, Jan (2001). Death and Salvation in Ancient Egypt. Cornell University Press. p. 392