The Gods of Death

3 min


The Greek gods were a powerful race of beings whose lives we know a lot about thanks to the writings of the ancient Greeks. They included both benevolent deities and dangerous monsters who opposed each other in epic battles. One such god was Thanatos, the Greek god of nonviolent death–the counterpart to his brother Hypnos, god of sleep and dreams.

However — Thanatos, the God of death was not the only one to exist. Many religions, including Christianity, have a god of death in them. 

Are Death Gods real?

While some religions do have gods of death, they are not necessarily the whole story. The gods of death are sometimes portrayed as being the servants of other deities. Some even believe that there is more than one god of death and that they are all named Death. In the Egyptian religion, there were both Anubis and Osiris as a divine governor over the dead (or ‘Anubian’).

In ancient Greece, there was a harsh divide between those who were called ‘immortals’ and those who were called ‘mortals’.

Who are the gods of death? 

While all cultures have some sort of god of death, there are many similarities between them. The main difference is the specific job that each God of Death does. For example, in Roman mythology, the goddess Letus is the one who forms an army out of dead people and allows them to fight for Hades. Another Roman god of death is Thanuis who decides which people are good enough for entry into the underworld. He is often depicted as a skeleton in Hell, carrying a sickle-like object.

However, the same god(s) can also be called ‘god of life’ and ‘god of death.’ For example, the Sumerian Enki is consistently portrayed as both a god of life and death. In similar fashion, heaven and hell are viewed as places without death in religions such as Judaism and Islam. This doesn’t mean that everyone who believes in these religions believes that there is only one God of Death.

How many gods of death are there?

While there is only one God of Death in Hinduism, there are two in Egypt and three in Japan. However, this doesn’t mean that the number of gods of death is always based on a multiple of three. Some Hindus believe that there are millions of gods for every single thing. This can include one god for every person and one god for each limb. 

Who is the strongest god of death?

Of course, there is no way to answer the question of which god of death is most powerful. The gods all come from different traditions and times. However, many religious texts do say that the God of Death is both the ‘mightiest’ and ‘most terrible.’

In other words, none of these gods are to be trifled with. In most parts of mythology, they have a lot more power than the average character. 

Who is the strongest god of death in myths?

In most cases, the gods of death are defeated by heroes, though they may be helped along the way. The same types of stories apply to some mythologies. That said, there are also legends which describe powerful gods who are not defeated. For example, it was believed that the god Osiris was so strong that he couldn’t be defeated in battle. The Egyptian god Thoth was an important figure who often assisted great people during their life.

Why do we have death gods?

In reality, it was believed that there was no way to beat the gods of death. Therefore, people often worshipped them in hopes of appeasing them enough to stop killing. This practice did not always work out in the end. Sometimes, people would get sick and die despite worshipping the god of death. There are a few different ways to interpret this. One theory is that the god(s) had no purpose in killing their worshippers and simply did so for fun or sport. Another theory is that they did kill their worshippers but the reason they did so was because the human beings were so weak.

How do we worship the gods of death?

Most people don’t actually worship the gods of death. They don’t believe in them and often think they are simply stories. Therefore, most people only worship them for practical purposes. For example, some people would worship a god of death to protect themselves from death, since they believed that this god would make sure that it wouldn’t come to them.

Whether or not you believe in Gods or Goddesses is a matter of degree. If you believe in their power, and wish to use it to your advantage, then you would worship them. If you think there is nothing to be accomplished by doing so, then you wouldn’t worship them.

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