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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.
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A war deity is a god or goddess in mythology associated with war, combat or bloodshed. They occur commonly in polytheistic religions.

The following is a list of war deities.

  • Aztec mythology
    • Huitzilopochtli, god of war and the sun
    • Itzpapalotl, skeletal warrior goddess
    • Mextli, god of the moon, born fully armed as a warrior
    • Mixcoatl, god of fire, war and the hunt
    • Teoyaomicqui, god of lost dead souls, particularly those who have died in battle
    • Tezcatlipoca, god associated with the night sky, the night winds, hurricanes, the north, the earth, obsidian, enmity, discord, rulership, divination, temptation, jaguars, sorcery, beauty, war and strife
    • Toci, goddess of the earth, sometimes associated with war
  • Continental Germanic mythology
    • Wōden, god associated with wisdom, war, battle, and death, and also magic, poetry, prophecy, victory, and the hunt
    • Andraste, Teutonic goddess theorised to be associated with victory
    Egyptian mythology
    • Anhur, god of war
    • Ankt, goddess of war, possibly originating from Asia Minor
    • Bast, goddess associated with war, protection of Lower Egypt and the pharaoh, the sun, perfumes, ointments and embalming
    • Horus, god of the king, the sky, war and protection
    • Maahes, lion-headed god of war
    • Menhit, goddess of war, "she who massacres"
    • Monthu, falcon-headed god of war, valor and the sun
    • Neith, goddess of creation, hunting and the dead; associated with war
    • Satis, deification of the floods of the Nile River and an early war, hunting, and fertility goddess
    • Sekhmet, goddess of warfare, pestilence and the desert
    • Sopdu, god of the scorching heat of the summer sun, associated with war
    • Wepwawet, wolf-god of war and death who later became associated with Anubis and the afterlife
  • Greek mythology
    • Alala, spirit of the war cry
    • Androktasiai, spirits of battlefield slaughter
    • Ares, god of war, bloodlust, weapons of war, the defence and sacking of cities, rebellion and civil order, banditry, manliness and courage
    • Athena, goddess of wisdom, warfare, strategy, heroic endeavour, handicrafts and reason
    • Bia, spirit of force, power, bodily strength and compulsion
    • Enyalius, an epithet for Ares, sometimes identified as a separate, minor god of war
    • Enyo, goddess of destructive war
    • Eris, goddess of strife and discord, who initiated the Trojan War
    • Homados, spirit of the din of battle
    • Hysminai, female spirits of fighting and combat
    • Keres, female spirits of violent or cruel death, including death in battle, by accident, murder or ravaging disease
    • Kydoimos, spirit of the din of battle
    • Makhai, male spirits of fighting and combat
    • Nike, spirit of victory
    • Palioxis, spirit of backrush, flight and retreat from battle
    • Pallas, Titan god of warcraft, killed by Athena
    • Phobos, spirit of panic fear, flight and battlefield rout
    • Polemos, spirit of war
    • Proioxis, spirit of onrush and battlefield pursuit
    • Chamunda, goddess of war and disease
    • Durga, the fiercer, demon-fighting form of Shiva's wife, the goddess Parvati
    • Hanuman, god associated with war and courage
    • Indra, god of war, storms and rainfall
    • Kali, goddess associated with time, change and war
    • Kartikeya, god of war and battle
    • Kathyayini, goddess of vengeance and victory
    • Mangala, god of war
    • Matrikas, goddesses of war, children and emancipation
    • Murugan, god of war and victory
  • Norse mythology
    • Freyja, goddess associated with love, beauty, fertility, gold, seiðr, war, and death
    • Odin, god associated with wisdom, war, battle, and death, and also magic, poetry, prophecy, victory, and the hunt
    • Thor, god associated with thunder, strength, Lightning, defense, oaks, goats, lightning, storms, weather, crops, trading voyages, courage, trust, revenge, protection, warfare and battles
    • Týr, god associated with single combat,law, victory and heroic glory
    • Valkyries, goddesses who decide who will die in battle and bring the dead to Valhalla, the afterlife hall of the slain
  • Roman mythology
    • Bellona, goddess of war
    • Honos, god of chivalry, honor and military justice
    • Lua, goddess to whom soldiers sacrificed captured weapons
    • Mars, god of war and bloodshed, equivalent to the Greek god Ares
    • Minerva, goddess of wisdom and war, equivalent to the Greek goddess Athena
    • Nerio, warrior goddess and personification of valor
    • Vica Pota, goddess of victory
    • Victoria, personification of victory, equivalent to the Greek goddess Nike
    • Virtus, god of bravery and military strength
  • Slavic mythology
    • Jarovit, god of vegetation, fertility and spring, also associated with war and harvest
    • Perun, god of thunder and lightning, associated with war
    • Radegast, West Slavic god of hospitality, fertility and crops, associated with war and the sun; may or may not have been worshipped by ancient Slavs
    • Svetovid, god of war, fertility and abundance
    • Zorya Utrennyaya, goddess of the morning star, sometimes depicted as a warrior goddess who protected men in battle
  • Vodou
    • Bugid Y Aiba, loa associated with war
    • Ogoun, loa who presides over fire, iron, hunting, politics and war
    • Pie, soldier-loa who lives at the bottoms of lakes and rivers and causes floods

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