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Deities or gods are powerful supernatural beings representing the dominant authority of a religion. The major deity featured in ''Supernatural'' is referred to as [[God]], who merely hides behind whatever religion is most popular at the time, that of the Abrahamic religions (Judaism, Christianity, Islam).
 
Deities or gods are powerful supernatural beings representing the dominant authority of a religion. The major deity featured in ''Supernatural'' is referred to as [[God]], who merely hides behind whatever religion is most popular at the time, that of the Abrahamic religions (Judaism, Christianity, Islam).
  
[[Fortuna]] eventually reveals to Sam and Dean that deities were in fact created by God Himself, though most of them no longer remember this fact. According to Fortuna, when God first created humanity, they worshiped things like nature instead of God. Initially enraged, God chose to create the pagan deities as scapegoats to take the blame for things going wrong and because they made an epic story. However, God's ego only allowed this for so long and he abandoned his creations and chose to hide behind whatever religion is the most popular. Over time, most of these gods have forgotten their true origins and took to hunting humans for scraps and competing against each other to display their dominance over opposing religions.<ref name="fifteen11">[[15.11 The Gamblers]]</ref>
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[[Fortuna]] eventually reveals to Sam and Dean that when God first created humanity, they worshiped things like nature instead of God. Initially enraged, God chose to create the pagan deities as scapegoats to take the blame for things going wrong and because they made an epic story. However, God's ego only allowed this for so long and he abandoned his creations and chose to hide behind whatever religion is the most popular. Over time, most of these gods have forgotten their true origins and took to hunting humans for scraps and competing against each other to display their dominance over opposing religions.<ref name="fifteen11">[[15.11 The Gamblers]]</ref>
  
 
Kali shows disgust for Westerners and their belief that they have the right to leadership in their own [[God]]'s name, accusing them of butchery. She also states that she and the other gods' religions were practiced before his.<ref name="five19">[[5.19 Hammer Of The Gods]]</ref>
 
Kali shows disgust for Westerners and their belief that they have the right to leadership in their own [[God]]'s name, accusing them of butchery. She also states that she and the other gods' religions were practiced before his.<ref name="five19">[[5.19 Hammer Of The Gods]]</ref>

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A delegation of gods meet to discuss the coming Judeo-Christian Apocalypse.

God created the world, but you know who created us gods? You did. You humans. Sort of… When you apes first climbed down from the trees, you didn't pray to him. You prayed to the the sun, the womb, the rain, and the stars. Well, at first, the creator was furious. How dare you not recognize his beneficence?… But soon enough, he birthed us. Ra, Anu, Hera, Mixcoatl, and all the rest. […] Why? Why?… To take the blame. Bad harvest? Stillborn child? Our bad. Not His. Plus, we made for epic stories. But his ego could only handle that for so long. Now he's happy to hide behind whatever religion has the best syndication deal while we survive on scraps in the wilderness… Most gods, they're forgotten. But I'm old. I hold a grudge… Oh, well. What are you gonna do?

Fortuna, 15.11 The Gamblers

History

Deities or gods are powerful supernatural beings representing the dominant authority of a religion. The major deity featured in Supernatural is referred to as God, who merely hides behind whatever religion is most popular at the time, that of the Abrahamic religions (Judaism, Christianity, Islam).

Fortuna eventually reveals to Sam and Dean that when God first created humanity, they worshiped things like nature instead of God. Initially enraged, God chose to create the pagan deities as scapegoats to take the blame for things going wrong and because they made an epic story. However, God's ego only allowed this for so long and he abandoned his creations and chose to hide behind whatever religion is the most popular. Over time, most of these gods have forgotten their true origins and took to hunting humans for scraps and competing against each other to display their dominance over opposing religions.[1]

Kali shows disgust for Westerners and their belief that they have the right to leadership in their own God's name, accusing them of butchery. She also states that she and the other gods' religions were practiced before his.[2]

List of Deities

Throughout the Supernatural series, there have been many deities encountered including:
Abrahamic:

After taking in all the souls from Purgatory, Castiel declares himself the new God.

Egyptian:

Greek:

One of the three Fates, along with her two sisters.
The son of the Greek titan, Prometheus and a human mother, Hayley.[5]

Hindu:

Norse:

Roman:

The son of Fortuna and an unknown human father.

Other:

Deity Death List

In some traditions, particularly monotheistic religions, deities and gods are thought of as being immortal and all powerful. However, in Supernatural the deities can be killed by humans, other deities, and angels. Death claims that God will one day die.[6]

Attributes

Gods have true forms of their own, but often appear in human form on Earth. For instance, Ganesh can turn into an elephant (which is his symbol in lore),[2] Veritas seems to have a body of a cat but takes on human form,[10] and Eve, the mother of all monsters, appears hideous in her true form.[20] The pagan gods disguised as Madge and Edward Carrigan actually live as a suburban couple, but when Sam shines a light on them their true visage is shown to have cracking skin and heterochromia iridum affected eyes.[8] Fenrir Odensbane, Narfi and Sleipnir could make holographic representations of their true animal forms appear over their heads though only Fenrir assumed any of the traits related to this form.[18]

While their powers and abilities vary greatly depending on the type of deity, they all seem to possess some abilities that may be inherent in all gods like immortality, superhuman strength, speed, agility, and senses. Gods like Baldur, Ganesh, Odin, and Zao Shen seem to possess extraordinary strength.[2] In contrast, Sleipnir appeared to be relatively weak and was easily defeated in a fight by Dean after Dean disarmed him. Sleipnir also showed no extraordinary abilities of his own besides making a holographic image of a horse's head, his presumed true form, appear around his own head.[18]

In Supernatural, deities can live forever - for the deities are not subjected to aging, making them immortal but not all powerful. Despite being immortal, they all seem to be vulnerable in some way and can be killed by various weapons or by other beings. Tricksters, immortal demi-god like creatures, can be killed with a wooden stake dipped in the blood of one of it's victims.[21] Atropos, one of the three fates, can be killed by an angelic weapon.[22] Eve can be killed when exposed to phoenix ashes.[11] Mr. Vili is able to be killed by Mjölnir[14] and the weapons of Artemis are able to kill other gods as well.[5] The only known immortal beings that cannot be killed are the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, though this has yet to be confirmed. Death states that even God will someday meet his end:[6] For killing Fenrir Odensbane, Narfi, Sleipnir and Loki, the archangel Gabriel specially-crafted a wooden sword for each god. These appeared to be a more weaponized version of the stakes used by hunters against gods and Sleipnir's appeared to be stained with an unknown blood. The sword created for one god could not kill another. Gabriel created these weapons because, with his low grace, he could not simply kill the gods with his archangel powers as he could usually do.[18]

Dean: Well I gotta ask: How old are you?
Death: As old as God. Maybe older. Neither of us can remember anymore. Life, death, chicken, egg – regardless, at the end, I’ll reap Him too.
Dean: God? You’ll reap God?
Death: Oh yes. God will die too, Dean.
Mercury's presence positively influencing a dead plant's growth.

Some gods possess unique powers: Tricksters can alter reality and make objects, people, and other average organisms appear out of thin air;[21] Kali can produce fire and bind beings to her presence with a glare;[2] Leshii can shapeshift, read human minds, and move at incredible speeds;[9] and Mercury can also move at incredible speeds.[2] God can teleport people anywhere on Earth without being physically present.[23] God also is well known for creating the entire Universe and everything in it, though many gods take umbrage to this as they claim to have been around and worshipped first. Veritas possesses telekinesis, the agility and speed of a cat, and can cause any human to speak only the truth. However, Sam Winchester was able to withstand this power when he didn't have his soul.[10]

Other pagan gods are able to influence the weather and vegetation positively and negatively as well, such as the Vanir,[7] who could cause growth and health of the crops, or Madge and Edward Carrigan, who gave mild weather.[8] Both types of gods seemed to be able to perform these in exchange for human sacrifices. Without their sacrifices, the power of the gods waned or failed.[7][8][9] Mercury can also influence the growth of vegetation positively or negatively, as demonstrated when a dead herb sprouts in his presence.[2] Leshii, the forest god, plants Balkan seeds inside peoples' stomachs.[9]

According to Gabriel, the Norse pantheon is different than most of the pantheons. Gabriel tells Sam and Dean that they are not really "demigods" but closer to "god-begotten monsters." However, he doesn't clarify what he means by that.[18] Noah Ophis later reveals that gorgons are in fact demigods rather than monsters.[19] Fortuna reveals that her son Pax is a demigod as he has a human father which means that an angel blade would probably be able to kill him.[1]

Apocrypha

  • Deities are enemies in the non-canon novels Supernatural: Bobby Singer's Guide to Hunting, Supernatural: Carved in Flesh, Supernatural: Mythmaker and Supernatural: Children of Anubis. Children of Anubis features a non-canon version of the Egyptian god Anubis who also appears in 14.08 Byzantium while Mythmaker features a plethora of newly-created gods as the primary antagonists.
  • In Supernatural: Coyote's Kiss, a deity appears, but is not an antagonist.
  • In Supernatural: Mythmaker, an event called the Apotheosis occurs where a multitude of new gods are created and fight to the death to determine which god will survive to become immortal. Sam suggests that other examples of the Apotheosis are Ragnorok and the war between the Greek gods and the Titans and believes it to be a method of reproduction. The Apotheosis ends with all of the new gods killed, the last, who was the winner, by Sam and Dean. However, Sam also suggests that it was triggered by hunters, in particular the Winchesters, pushing the species nearly to extinction.

Gods in Lore

References

Media in category "Deities"

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