All Of The African Goddess Names And Their Mythologies

Georgia Stone
Feb 08, 2024 By Georgia Stone
Originally Published on Dec 11, 2020
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The continent of Africa is home to a wide range of different countries and religions, each with their own beliefs and customs.

With these differing conventions comes an amazing variety of mythological stories and legendary African Gods and Goddesses. This article will help you to learn all about some of the most important African Goddesses from mythology.

This is a rundown of African spirits and Goddesses from some of the best known African religions and African mythology. This rundown also includes the names of some spirits and Goddesses found in the Afro-American religions, which are heavily influenced by many African religions.

For more, you can also check our articles about African last names and the top African boy names.

Berber Goddesses‎

If you are searching for the names of Berber Goddesses we have created a list for you of many African girl names that are the names of Berber Goddesses. You can learn more about African mythology with this list.

1. Tanit, was a Berber goddess, the first Punic, and Phoenician Goddess of the central divinity of the Ancient period. Her partner was Baal-Hamon, and she has been warmly embraced by the Berber public.

2. Tinjis, was the wife of Antaeus in Berber mythology and is presented as a female deity. A famous Goddess of Africa.

Dahomey Goddesses‎

As well as African Goddesses, there are also many important Gods in African mythology, including Shango, Olorun, Obatala, Bumba, Oya, and Yemaya. These are the names of some popular African gods. If you are looking for the names of Dahomey Goddesses we have a great list for you. This list incldues some famous Goddesses ' names.

3. Gleti, is amoon Goddess of the people from the Kingdom of Dahomey, Benin is located in it. In Dahomey folklore, she is the mother of millions of stars.

4. Nana Buluku, is the mother Goddess who brought forth the moon soul Mawu, the sun soul Lisa, and the entirety of the universe in African mythology.

5. Mawu, is a famous Goddess in Africa, related to the sun and moon in Dahomey folklore. In this African mythology, she is the spouse of the male god Lisa. She is one of the most famous African deities.

Egyptian Goddesses

‎Antiquated Egyptian divinities are among the best known Gods and Goddesses from African mythology. If you are looking for some Egyptian Goddess names, we have put together this list full of useful information for you.

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6.  Bastet/Sekhmet, Bastet and Sekhmet were described as two parts of a similar Goddess, with Sekhmet representing the ground-breaking fighter and defender figure and Bastet, who was often portrayed as a feline, speaking to a gentler viewpoint. These Goddesses of beauty reflect peace for a lot of people.

7.  Hathor, is an antiquated Egyptian Goddess, related later with the Goddess Isis, and, prior, with Sekhmet. She is ultimately viewed as the Primitive goddess from whom all others were developed. She is typically portrayed as a lady with a bovine structure and the ears of a cow.

8. Isis, as the Goddess of life and wizardry, Isis supported ladies and children and healed those in need. She is one of the best known Goddesses of Ancient Egypt in African mythology. Her iconic images involved the ankh, her wings and her seat crown.

9.  Maat, an old Egyptian Goddess of truth, equity and the astronomical request. In some cases, she is portrayed with wings on each arm or as a lady with an ostrich quill on her head. The significance of this symbol is dubious, in spite of the fact that the god Shu, who in certain legends is Maat's sibling, also wears it.

10.  Mut, also called Maut and Mout, was a mother Goddess worshipped in Ancient Egypt. Her name means "mother" in the ancient Egyptian language. Mut had a wide range of viewpoints and properties that changed and developed significantly over the long period of Ancient Egyptian culture.

11. Nut, in Egyptian religion she is a Goddess of the sky, frequently portrayed alongside the African God of the earth, Geb. As the goddess of the sky, Nut engulfed the sun at night and brought it back again at the beginning of the day.

12.   Taweret, In Ancient Egyptian religion Taweret is the defensive Ancient Egyptian goddess of labor and ripeness. This is one of the most loved African mythology names.

Guanche Goddesses‎

If you are looking to learn more about Guanche Goddess names from mythology in Africa, we have a list for you. This list includes plenty of information about the Goddesses, including what they are worshipped for in African mythology.

13. Chaxiraxi, is a Goddess, famous as the Sun Mother, in the religion of the native Guanche tribe. Chaxiraxi was one of the precious Goddesses of the Guanche pantheon. She was connected to the star Canopus.

14. Moneiba, was the defender and protector Goddess of women on the island of Hierro. Some Gods of Africa, such as the God Eranoranhan had a similar influence on men. According to African mythology, this Goddess is a warrior.

Igbo Goddesses‎

Check out our list of the best known Igbo Goddess names below.

15. Ahia Njoku, In Igbo folklore, Ahia Njoku, otherwise called Ifejioku Aha Njoku, is a Goddess worshipped by the Igbo individuals of Nigeria. This is one of the best known African deity names for Goddess worshipped by many people.

16. Ala, is the female deity of the earth, creativity and morality in Odinani.

Nubian Goddesses‎

If you are searching for some Nubian African Goddess names and meanings this is a perfect place for you. We have created a complete rundown of the most famous Nubian Goddess names from African mythology.

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16. Amesemi, is a Kushite protective Goddess and wife of Apedemak, the lion God. She was pictured with a crown molded as a hawk, or with a bow moon on her head on top of which a bird of prey was standing.

17. Menhit, was a Nubian war Goddess in African mythology. Her name implies a champion status. She was loved in Egypt, where she was connected with the Goddesses Wadjet and Neith. African Goddesses  in mythology such as Menhit are widely worshipped.

Yoruba Goddesses‎

Oshun is the African Goddess of love. The daughter of Oshun is another important figure in African mythology and both Oshun and Oshun's daughter are worshipped by many people. If you are looking for some Yoruba Goddesses' names and information about their life, we have put together this list for you.

18. Aja, is an Orisha, she represents the soul of the woodland and the creatures inside it, and homegrown healers. She is a supporter of woodlands and all the creatures that live there. She is quite famous among Nigerian Goddesses and Nigerian Gods.

19. Ayao, is an Orixa in the Santeria pantheon. She is the Orixa of the air. Ayao is believed to dwell in both the timberland and in the eye of the twister.

20. Egungun-Oya, in Yoruba mythology, Egungun-Oya is a Goddess of divination. 'Egungun' alludes to the aggregate spirits of the dead.

21. Iyami Aje, is a Yoruba expression of regard and charm used to portray a lady of African parentage who is considered as an Aje. An Aje is a woman with biological, spiritual and cosmic powers.

22. Oba (Orisha), in Yoruba mythology, Oba is the wife of Shango, the third Lord of the Oyo Empire. She is the Yoruba Goddess of a lightning storm. Obba is believed to be an Orisha of the stream.

23. Orisa Oluwa, is a divine Goddess of Yoruba legend. This Goddess forbids the use of umbrellas in Iwoye Ketu, a small town in Ogun State, in southwestern Nigeria.

24. Oshun, is an important waterway divinity among the Yoruba people. She is the Goddess of fertility, femininity, beauty and love. She is associated with fate and divination.

25. Queen Oronsen, is an Orisha from Yoruba folklore. She was the spouse of Olowo Rerengejen. The yearly Igogo celebration in Owo is led in her honor.

26. Velekete, is divine figure and Goddess of the ocean in the folklore of the individuals of Badagry. Velekete has a place of worship named after her called the Velekete Shrine.

27. Yemoja, is an important water figure from the Yoruba religion. She is an Orisha, and is the the benefactor soul of the seas and streams especially important in the Ogun River in Nigeria.

Zulu Goddesses‎

Are you looking for more information about the life and names of some Zulu Goddesses from South Africa? We have a interesting list for you.

28. Mamlambo, is the name of a divine figure in South African and Zulu folklore. She is known as the Goddess of streams and depicted as a huge snake-like animal.

29. Mbaba Mwana Waresa, is the name of a fertility goddess of the Zulu tribe found in Southern Africa. She controls rainbows, agribusiness, harvests, rain, water and earth. She encouraged her kin  to plant and grow crops.

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Written by Georgia Stone

Bachelor of Arts specializing in French with Film Studies, Bachelor of Arts (Year Abroad) specializing in Literature, History, Language, Media, and Art

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Georgia StoneBachelor of Arts specializing in French with Film Studies, Bachelor of Arts (Year Abroad) specializing in Literature, History, Language, Media, and Art

Georgia is an experienced Content Manager with a degree in French and Film Studies from King's College London and Bachelors degree from Université Paris-Sorbonne. Her passion for exploring the world and experiencing different cultures was sparked during her childhood in Switzerland and her year abroad in Paris. In her spare time, Georgia enjoys using London's excellent travel connections to explore further afield.

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