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American Gods - A Message from the Old Gods - STARZ

American Gods - A Message from the Old Gods - STARZ

The Old Gods are the gods of religion and culture that were brought over to America by the immigrants who worshiped them and passed them down through the generations. Some, such as Vulcan and Bilquis, have accepted the promises offered by the New Gods.

Notable Old Gods Edit

Other Old Gods Edit

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Ahura Mazda in House on the Rock (episode)

Ahura Mazda Edit

Ahura Mazda is the creator and the highest spirit of worship in Zoroastrianism. His name means "Lord Wise" or "Lord of Wisdom." He appears at the meeting at the House on the Rock in "House on the Rock (episode)"

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Ame-No Uzeme in House on the Rock (episode)

Ame-No Uzume Edit

Ame-No-Uzume is the Shinto goddess of dawn. She appears at the meeting at the House on the Rock and at the Motel America diner in "House on the Rock (episode)"

Ammet Edit

While Shadow is in the Underworld in Chapter Sixteen, Ibis takes Shadow to Anubis to be dissected and judged, leaving Shadow feeling painfully exposed as all of his sins are examined. Anubis asks for Shadow's heart and Bast passes it to Ibis. If Shadow's heart is too heavy, it will be fed to Ammet, the Eater of Souls. Anubis brings out a pair of golden scales and places a feather on one side and Shadow's heart on the other as Ammet lurks in the shadows, waiting. The scale balances out and Shadow is allowed to choose where to go next. Shadow asks for no heaven or hell but to simply rest and let it end. Mr. Jacquel opens a door to Nothing for Shadow, and he walks through joyously.

Bacchus Edit

Bacchus, also known as Dionysus, is the Greco-Roman God of wine, the vine, grape harvest, wine-making, intoxication, ritual madness, religious ecstasy, resurrection, fertility, festivals, and the arts.

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Dvalin in "Donar the Great"

Dvalin Edit

Dvalin is a dwarf who works with Sindri in the mall where Wednesday takes his spear, Gungnir, to be repaired in "Donar the Great".

Frau Holle Edit

Frau Holle is a Germanic fairy tale version of Frau Holda, the Germanic protectress of agriculture and women's crafts. She may derive from older, Scandinavian forest creatures known as the huldra, one of whom also make an appearance in The Monarch of the Glen. She appears at the meeting at the House on the Rock and at the Motel America diner in "House on the Rock (episode)"

Freyja  Edit

Freyja is a Norse goddess associated with war, death, love, sex, beauty, fertility, gold who is mentioned by Mr. Wednesday in "The Ways of the Dead"

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Ganesh in the graphic novel

Ganesh Edit

Ganesha is a Hindu god known as the remover of obstacles, the patron of arts and sciences, and the deva of intellect and wisdom.

While Shadow is hanging on the World Tree in Chapter Fifteen, he falls asleep sporadically and dreams of creatures like mammoths and spiders and a giant mouse who an elephant-headed man rides on. The elephant-headed man tells Shadow he should have invoked him before the start of his journey. He performs a coin trick with the mouse (which has shrunk by this point while seemingly remaining the same size) and passes the mouse from hand-to-hand-to-hand-to-hand before revealing the mouse has disappeared. Shadow sees the mouse's tail disappear up the elephant-headed man's trunk and is told to remember that it's in the trunk.

"Hey," he said. "Is there a god with an elephant's head?"
"Ganesh? He's a Hindu god. He removes obstacles, and makes journeys easier. Good cook, too."

Shadow to Mr. Nancy, Chapter Nineteen

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Gnaskinyan in Muninn

Gnaskinyan Edit

Gnaskinyan, also known as Gnaski or Crazy Buffalo, is a malevolent Lakota spirit. He is the son of Iktomi's brother, Iya, and Unk. He appears with Iktomi in "Muninn."

Gwydion Edit

Gwydion is a Welsh magician, trickster, and hero. His name can be interpreted to mean "Born of Trees". In the novel, he came over to American in the 7th century and works as a stockboy at a supermarket in Humansville, Missouri.

Hera Edit

Hera is the goddess of women, marriage, and childbirth and is the sister and wife of Zeus. Hera rules over Mount Olympus as queen of the Olympian gods. She is mentioned by Mr. Ibis in "Muninn."

Hermes Edit

Hermes is a son of Zeus and the messenger of the Olympian gods. He is mentioned by Mr. Ibis in "Muninn" as having killed Argus by order of Zeus to free Io.

Io Edit

Io is a lover of Zeus who was turned into a heifer and watched over by Argus. Her story is told by Mr. Ibis in "Muninn."

Isten of the Hungarians Edit

Ištanu is a Hittite and Hattic god of the sun and of judgment.

Isten is the Hungarian word for "god".

Mithras Edit

Mithras is the Roman-era god of the Mithraic mysteries. He is based on Roman perceptions of the Zoroastrian god, Mithra.

Morrígan Edit

The Morrígan are three Irish warrior goddesses who are able to foretell the fate of battles. They arrive at Rock City for the battle between the Old and New Gods. Their arms are covered in blue tattoos, and they wear crow wings on their shoulders and a crow's foot dangling from their necks. The three Morrígna are comprised of Badb, Macha, and Nemain/Fea or Anand.

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Nunyunnini in the graphic novel

Nunyunnini Edit

Nunyunnini is the skull of a woolly mammoth worshiped by Siberian immigrants in a Coming to America story.

SethEdit

Seth is a god of chaos, desert, storms, disorder, violence, and foreigners in the ancient Egyptian religion. He is mentioned in "Treasure of the Sun" by Mr. Ibis.

Sha Wujing Edit

Sha Wujing appears in Rock City for the battle between the gods. He is a tall man with a necklace of tiny skulls and carries a staff with a curved blade on the end.

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Sindri in "Donar the Great"

Sindri Edit

Sindri is a dwarf who works with Dvalin in the mall where Wednesday takes his spear, Gungnir, to be repaired in "Donar the Great".

Trimurti Edit

The Hindu triumvirate consists of Brahma the creator, Vishnu the preserver, and Shiva the destroyer. They are responsible for the creation, upkeep, and destruction of the world.

Zeus Edit

Zeus is the king of the Olympian gods and is a god of the sky and thunder. He is mentioned by Mr. Ibis in "Muninn."

Anansi Boys Edit

Bird Edit

Bird is one of the Old Gods in the Anansi Boys novel and appears in Anansi tales, where Bird and other animals including Tiger and Monkey are frequently tricked and embarrassed by Anansi. She is a villainous goddess of all birds.

Tiger Edit

Tiger is one of the Old Gods and appears in Anansi tales, where Tiger and other animals including Bird and Monkey are frequently tricked and embarrassed by Anansi. He is the main antagonist in the Anansi Boys novel and is the god of all big cats, savagery, and the hunt.

See also Edit

Video Edit

Out With the Old - American Gods

Out With the Old - American Gods

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