Gods of Sickness and Healing

A multicultural list

  • Aesculapius – Greek god of healing
  • Agni – Vedic god who caused fever
  • Ashakku – Babylonian demon of fever
  • Eshu Elegba – African trickster god, source of witches’ power to cause sickness
  • Imhotep – Egyptian god of healing
  • Innana – Babylonian goddess of fertility
  • Mata – Northern Indian goddess who causes smallpox
  • Namtaru – Babylonian demon of sickness
  • Nergal – Mesopotamian god of plagues
  • Orishas – African gods who can cause sickness when angered
  • Pazuzu – Babylonian demon of sickness
  • Rudra – Vedic god who caused pain
  • Shopanna – African god who inflicts smallpox epidemics
  • Tlazolteotl – Aztec goddess who caused convulsions (epilepsy)
  • Xipetotec – Aztec god of spring who also caused skin diseases
  • Xochipilli – Mixtec god of fruitfulness, also caused venereal disease
  • Xolotl-Nanauatzin – Mixtec god who caused venereal diseases

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