History Main / OddJobGods

25th Feb '17 3:47:06 PM nombretomado
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* EddieIzzard did a bit about the influence of the Greek gods on the Romans, saying that originally the Romans had rather crap gods such as Jeff the God of Biscuits, and Simon the God of Hairdos.

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* EddieIzzard Creator/EddieIzzard did a bit about the influence of the Greek gods on the Romans, saying that originally the Romans had rather crap gods such as Jeff the God of Biscuits, and Simon the God of Hairdos.
22nd Jan '17 7:35:21 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''{{Okami}}'' features gods of assorted elements, rejuvenation, explosions, cutting, the Sun and Moon, and Kabegami, the god of ''walls''. The game is based on Shinto, which has rather a lot of gods. When one wishes to refer to all of the Shinto gods collectively in Japanese, one speaks of "the eight million gods".[[note]]And that's not a strict limit, either. "Eight million" is an archaic Japanese euphemism for "a vast, possibly infinite number", the same way forty is used in the Bible.[[/note]]

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* ''{{Okami}}'' ''VideoGame/{{Okami}}'' features gods of assorted elements, rejuvenation, explosions, cutting, the Sun and Moon, and Kabegami, the god of ''walls''. The game is based on Shinto, which has rather a lot of gods. When one wishes to refer to all of the Shinto gods collectively in Japanese, one speaks of "the eight million gods".[[note]]And that's not a strict limit, either. "Eight million" is an archaic Japanese euphemism for "a vast, possibly infinite number", the same way forty is used in the Bible.[[/note]]



* ''[[{{Suguri}} Acceleration of Suguri]]'' has QP, the goddess of pudding.

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* ''[[{{Suguri}} ''[[VideoGame/{{Suguri}} Acceleration of Suguri]]'' has QP, the goddess of pudding.



* ''VideoGame/KingdomOfLoathing'' has a mini-boss in the Hidden Temple, the half-serpent, half-sheep deity [[PunnyName Baa'baa'bu'ran]], who according to his [[EnemyScan Monster Manuel entry]] is the god of doorknobs, the smell of rain, open-faced sandwiches, and the ampersand. Also, one of the {{Pokemon}}-esque gods whose altar you find in the Hidden City is Squirtlcthulli, god of water and doorknobs. There was also an event that involved a player finding the name of the Demon Lord of [[UmbrellaDrink Fruity Girl Drinks]] and summoning him for the first time.

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* ''VideoGame/KingdomOfLoathing'' has a mini-boss in the Hidden Temple, the half-serpent, half-sheep deity [[PunnyName Baa'baa'bu'ran]], who according to his [[EnemyScan Monster Manuel entry]] is the god of doorknobs, the smell of rain, open-faced sandwiches, and the ampersand. Also, one of the {{Pokemon}}-esque VideoGame/{{Pokemon}}-esque gods whose altar you find in the Hidden City is Squirtlcthulli, god of water and doorknobs. There was also an event that involved a player finding the name of the Demon Lord of [[UmbrellaDrink Fruity Girl Drinks]] and summoning him for the first time.
22nd Jan '17 7:34:51 AM Morgenthaler
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* Exceptionally powerful enemies in ''VideoGame/RealmOfTheMadGod'' have the title of Gods, even though [[BigBad Or]][[MadGod yx]] is the only truly omnipotent being in the game. So we have Medusa, the [[BigRedDevil Red Demon]], the [[LightIsNotGood White Demon]], the Ghost God, the [[HumongousMecha Undead Dwarf God]], the Sprite God, the Slime God, the [[WhenTreesAttack Ent God]], the [[JokeCharacter Evil Chicken God]], '''{{Cthulhu|Mythos}}'''... the list goes on and on.

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* Exceptionally powerful enemies in ''VideoGame/RealmOfTheMadGod'' have the title of Gods, even though [[BigBad Or]][[MadGod yx]] is the only truly omnipotent being in the game. So we have Medusa, the [[BigRedDevil Red Demon]], the [[LightIsNotGood White Demon]], the Ghost God, the [[HumongousMecha Undead Dwarf God]], the Sprite God, the Slime God, the [[WhenTreesAttack Ent God]], the [[JokeCharacter Evil Chicken God]], '''{{Cthulhu|Mythos}}'''...'''Franchise/{{Cthulhu|Mythos}}'''... the list goes on and on.
22nd Dec '16 12:00:44 PM justanid
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* AncientEgypt and their household gods. Given the sheer size of their pantheon, it's no wonder that the {{ancient Egypt}}ians had a lot of these, including:
** Nefertem, the god of the sunrise and the morning sun, but also perfumes and lilies.
** Iabet, the goddess of the east.
** Sopedu, the god of the east.
** Mafdet, the goddess who protects people from snakes and scorpions.
** Tayet, the goddess of weaving and mummy bandages. (Justified, given how much attention they gave to preparation of the dead and funerals.)
** Ihy, the god of [[ComboPlatterPowers music and beer.]]
** Qadesh, the goddess of (sexual) ecstasy. (Originally a Syrian fertility goddess.)
* AncientRome called them lares, and most houses had a small shrine called a lararium. For ordinary Romans, they were typically the most important gods as they were most commonly involved. After all, you don't want to bother Jupiter Optimus Maximus when cooking dinner.
** Mike Judge didn't make up the Sterculius character mentioned in Western Animation. There really was a Roman god called Sterquilinus who was God of Manure.
** Cloacina, god of sewers; goddesses of doorways/hinges, menstruation and weeding and rust. Good story here: Cloacina was the goddess of a stream that ran through where Rome is now. Eventually, this stream was paved over and made into the sewer. As a sort of apology and thanks to her, there were lots of little shrines to Cloacina; eventually, she became the general goddess of sewers.
** Just about every step of agricultural production had its own minor god: Sator for sowing, Messor for harvesting, Conditor for storing the harvested grain, etc.
* Catholicism has a long tradition of appointing {{Patron Saint}}s with job descriptions often based on what they did in real life or what happened them in their martyrdom; also you can generally expect them to be the patron saint of the place where their remains are kept. It should be pointed out that saints are not gods and are not worshipped by mainstream Catholics but in some cultures local deities have been known to assume the personality of saints, and vice versa.
** St. Clare of Assisi, the Patron Saint of [[TVTropes Television]].
** St. Nicholas is the patron saint of basically everyone. (The list includes children, sailors, fishermen, merchants, the falsely accused, prostitutes, repentant thieves, pharmacists, archers, and pawnbrokers). This is quite probably the main reason that his story was used to create SantaClaus.
** Saint Isidore, patron saint of TheInternet.
** Ava, saint of children learning to walk
** Saint Lawrence of Rome is, among other things, the patron saint of cooks. This attribution is due to the fact that [[BlackComedy he was martyred by being roasted alive]]. He's also the patron saint of comedians, as he supposedly joked during his execution, "[[GallowsHumor Turn me over, I'm done on this side!]]"
** A more mundane explanation of his patronage of comedians is that, while serving as a bishop in Rome, he would entertain house guests by reading from his vast collection of joke books.
** Mother Frances Xavier Cabrini, the first U.S. citizen to be canonized (a New Yorker, natch) is, according to this humorous [[http://www.bustedhalo.com/features/saint-finder-of-keys/ site]], "official" patron saint of parking spaces. However, St. Therese of Lisieux is listed as a rival there, and [[http://www.friscovista.com/news/2006/12/28/dont-follow-leaders-and-watch-your-parking-meters/ this site]] lists yet others.
** The Catholic Church has a habit of adding to a popular saint's portfolio if they could justify the connection. Thus, you have St. Joseph (Jesus' adopted dad) being the patron saint of fathers and social justice (among others), St. Matthew (writer of the first book of the New Testament and a former tax collector) being the patron saint of tax collectors and stock brokers, St. Isidore of Seville (he wrote an encyclopedia in the seventh century) now patron saint of computers and the Internet[[note]]Not "officially" (the Holy See has not spoken on the issue), but he was voted as such in an Italian poll[[/note]] and St. Thomas Aquinas (noted Catholic theologian) standing for learning but somehow against lightning.
*** Sometimes the connection is a little laboured. For instance, the martyrdom of Saint Agatha (of Catania) involved having her breasts cut off, so somewhat unsurprisingly she is invoked against illnesses of the breast. But she is also patron saint of bronze-founders, which is said to originate in the passing resemblance between church bells and female breasts. She was also promoted to patron saint of the the fictitious island of Catan from the board game ''[[SettlersOfCatan Die Siedler von Catan]]'', but this last job was not recognized by the Catholic church.
** St. Jude (mentioned in the bible as "the apostle called Jude who was NOT Iscariot") who is, by this sad naming coincidence, now the patron saint of hopeless causes (as people were afraid to pray to him for fear of it being interpreted as a prayer to Judas who ''was'' Iscariot).
** St. Anthony the Hermit, also known as the Father of Monks, Anthony the Abbot and Anthony the Great, is often depicted with a pig (because the 11th century Antonite order had the right to let a so-called Antonius pig run free through a village to fend for itself). Proceeding from that pig, St. Anthony became patron saint not just of pigs and swineherds, but eventually of all domestic animals and against their diseases, of butchers and brushmakers, and also against various human diseases.
** St. Anthony of Padua, the patron saint of finding lost things.
** The winner of this unfortunate competition is probably St. Drogo, patron saint of bodily ills, broken bones, hernias, sick people, insane people, ugly people, orphans, shepherds and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking coffee shop owners]]. No, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Drogo we're not making that one up.]]
** In fact, the syncretistic aspect of the Catholic Church's patron saints is what made Vodun and Santeria possible as viable religions -- by equating their native pantheon with the saints of the Church, it was possible for Caribbean slaves to keep aspects of their native religions alive in the New World with minimal risk of reprisal from slaveholders.
** Not a saint recognized by the Catholic Church, but [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jesús_Malverde Jesús Malverde]] is known as the patron saint of drug trafficking.
** A [[http://www.snopes.com/religion/chad.asp joke]] has named [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chad_of_Mercia St. Chad]] a patron saint of disputed elections.
* The Russian Orthodox Church has patron saints of nuclear missiles, strategic bombers and other weapons of mass destruction.
** St. Barbara is the heavenly patron of the Strategic Missile Forces of Russia.
*** Much older tradition. St. Barbara has been recognized as the patron saint of artillery, fireworks, and other gunpowder objects since the invention of the European gunpowder, in Catholicism as well as in Orthodoxy. Indeed, she is also the heavenly patron of U.S. Army and Marine artillery as well as artillery arms of many other countries.
** Admiral Fyodor Ushakov (an actual admiral who was canonized by the Russian Orthodox Church) is the patron saint of long-range nuclear bombers.
** And St. Seraphim of Sarov is the patron of all Russian nukes, both tactical and strategic.
* Shinto believes that essentially all items have a spirit or god (This translates better as spirit than god).
** Shinto deity Inari - god of fertility, industry, success, agriculture, rice and foxes. He was the patron kami of blacksmiths and warriors - currently accepted by the cosmetics company Shiseido as their patron kami. He's an all-round god.''ShinMegamiTensei'' loves this fact. All the gods listed under their entries in Video Games? Real.
* Myth/AztecMythology had a few gods like this. One quite unusual assortment included vanity, fog, and fame, ruled over by Ayauhteotl.
* Myth/ChineseMythology, being a CelestialBureaucracy, has plenty of these, too, including:
** the god of oil lamps, who nearly caused TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt because he wasn't being well cared for or worshipped.
** the god of ovens, who has the secondary job of spying on the household to report good and bad deeds (and would thus have to be bribed often with sweeties to keep his mouth shut). This is the Chinese kitchen god made well-known in the West through several literary works (such as the Amy Tan novel, ''Kitchen God's Wife'') and other media. He is somewhat of a Santa Claus figure, as he is supposed to bring gifts for good families (or good children) on the night before Chinese New Year's Day.
** the god(s) of doorways, occasionally said to be the spirits of ancient fearsome warriors. Specifically, the tradition started with two famous generals of the Tang Dynasty, Weichi Jingde and Qin Qiong, who served as physical gate guardians for Emperor Taizong. Supposedly, when the actual generals could not serve as the guardians for whatever reason, the emperor put up their pictures instead, which started the tradition.
** Guan Yu, the God of War, legendary hero, protector of all of China, champion against demons, and once one of the most popular gods among all the classes. He is also the patron god of bean curd (tofu) since before he became a warrior he was a bean curd merchant. It's more important than it sounds since bean curd has traditionally been an important food in China.
*** Another interesting aspect of Guan Yu is the fact that he is the patron of both law enforcement and organised crime, since both are activities which emphasise loyalty and being a badass.
** Wenchang, Taoist god of literature, writing, and education- and the god you pray to for help passing your exams. Given the importance of the imperial examinations- which determined who got a government job and basically were the only means of social mobility most of the time- it's not that surprising that there was a specific god for it. (In modern times, where he is invoked respecting the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Higher_Education_Entrance_Examination National Higher Education Entrance Examination]]--a.k.a. "the Big Test," as it decides which university, if any, you will attend--scallions seem to be a popular offering.)
** The god of rice scoops is often cited as an example of extremely minor and extremely unimportant Chinese deities.
* Pre-islamic Arabia had Wadd, a god of snakes, the Moon and friendship.
* [[Myth/ClassicalMythology The Greeks]] liked to append random attributes to Apollo, which eventually made him god of "light and the sun; truth and prophecy; medicine, healing, and plague; music, poetry, and the arts; and more" according to Wikipedia.
** Hermes was nearly as versatile, being god of messengers, travelers, merchants, thieves, sports, commerce, shepherds, and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking weights and measures]].
** Most of the major gods get in on the action; Zeus, for instance, besides being King of the Gods and god of the sky, was also called ''Zeus Xenios'', the patron of SacredHospitality, while Hades served as a god of wealth (hence the Roman name ''Pluto''--a Latinization of the Greek euphemism ''Plouton'', meaning "wealthy"). It made sense because as the god of the Underworld, all the riches found underground (gemstones and precious metals) were said to belong to him.
** There's also Dionysius, God of Wine and Parties. The wine part makes a bit more sense when you realise how much more common a drink it was back then.
** A legend has Artemis sitting at Daddy's knee asking for three wishes, one of which was to never be outdone by her twin. Zeus was supposedly delighted by her wishes and granted them all, which might explain why she became goddess of wild animals ''and'' hunting, wilderness in general, the moon (eventually), young women, chastity, painless childbirth (due to circumstances of the twins' birth), etc.
** Hestia, who was goddess of the hearth, ancient Greek architecture, and the right ordering of domesticity, the family, and the state. She was also firstborn of the original Titan-born gods along with Zeus, Hera, Hades, Poseidon, and Demeter. What's that, you never heard of her? That's probably because after the Titan war, she spent all her time tending the hearth at Olympus.
** [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Koalemos Koalemos]] is the [[Myth/ClassicalMythology Greek]] god of stupidity.
* Myth/NorseMythology also has a bunch:
** Bragi, god of poetry (which isn't quite so odd, considering [[MagicMusic poets were ascribed powerful magic in many cultures.]])
** Skadi, goddess of skis (though she was also associated with hunting, and with mountains as an environment).
** Thor himself was revered as the god of male fertility because you wear a Thor's Hammer pendant the way it's supposed to be [[IncrediblyLamePun hung]] (with the hammer's head pointing down), then it kind of looks like an [[PhallicWeapon erect peen]]. It is truly a mighty weapon, even if the handle is unusually short.
* Chess people also have their own goddess named Caïssa.
* Pagan Lithuania had Ruguczis, the god of fermentation and fermented foods.
* The Innu have Matshishkapeu (whose name literally means 'fart man'). The story goes that when the Caribou Master didn't give the Innu any caribou to eat, Matshishkapeu cursed him with terrible constipation until he gave in to their demands.
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[[folder:Real Life]]
* AncientEgypt and their household gods. Given the sheer size of their pantheon, it's no wonder that the {{ancient Egypt}}ians had a lot of these, including:
** Nefertem, the god of the sunrise and the morning sun, but also perfumes and lilies.
** Iabet, the goddess of the east.
** Sopedu, the god of the east.
** Mafdet, the goddess who protects people from snakes and scorpions.
** Tayet, the goddess of weaving and mummy bandages. (Justified, given how much attention they gave to preparation of the dead and funerals.)
** Ihy, the god of [[ComboPlatterPowers music and beer.]]
** Qadesh, the goddess of (sexual) ecstasy. (Originally a Syrian fertility goddess.)
* AncientRome called them lares, and most houses had a small shrine called a lararium. For ordinary Romans, they were typically the most important gods as they were most commonly involved. After all, you don't want to bother Jupiter Optimus Maximus when cooking dinner.
** Mike Judge didn't make up the Sterculius character mentioned in Western Animation. There really was a Roman god called Sterquilinus who was God of Manure.
** Cloacina, god of sewers; goddesses of doorways/hinges, menstruation and weeding and rust. Good story here: Cloacina was the goddess of a stream that ran through where Rome is now. Eventually, this stream was paved over and made into the sewer. As a sort of apology and thanks to her, there were lots of little shrines to Cloacina; eventually, she became the general goddess of sewers.
** Just about every step of agricultural production had its own minor god: Sator for sowing, Messor for harvesting, Conditor for storing the harvested grain, etc.
* Catholicism has a long tradition of appointing {{Patron Saint}}s with job descriptions often based on what they did in real life or what happened them in their martyrdom; also you can generally expect them to be the patron saint of the place where their remains are kept. It should be pointed out that saints are not gods and are not worshipped by mainstream Catholics but in some cultures local deities have been known to assume the personality of saints, and vice versa.
** St. Clare of Assisi, the Patron Saint of [[TVTropes Television]].
** St. Nicholas is the patron saint of basically everyone. (The list includes children, sailors, fishermen, merchants, the falsely accused, prostitutes, repentant thieves, pharmacists, archers, and pawnbrokers). This is quite probably the main reason that his story was used to create SantaClaus.
** Saint Isidore, patron saint of TheInternet.
** Ava, saint of children learning to walk
** Saint Lawrence of Rome is, among other things, the patron saint of cooks. This attribution is due to the fact that [[BlackComedy he was martyred by being roasted alive]]. He's also the patron saint of comedians, as he supposedly joked during his execution, "[[GallowsHumor Turn me over, I'm done on this side!]]"
** A more mundane explanation of his patronage of comedians is that, while serving as a bishop in Rome, he would entertain house guests by reading from his vast collection of joke books.
** Mother Frances Xavier Cabrini, the first U.S. citizen to be canonized (a New Yorker, natch) is, according to this humorous [[http://www.bustedhalo.com/features/saint-finder-of-keys/ site]], "official" patron saint of parking spaces. However, St. Therese of Lisieux is listed as a rival there, and [[http://www.friscovista.com/news/2006/12/28/dont-follow-leaders-and-watch-your-parking-meters/ this site]] lists yet others.
** The Catholic Church has a habit of adding to a popular saint's portfolio if they could justify the connection. Thus, you have St. Joseph (Jesus' adopted dad) being the patron saint of fathers and social justice (among others), St. Matthew (writer of the first book of the New Testament and a former tax collector) being the patron saint of tax collectors and stock brokers, St. Isidore of Seville (he wrote an encyclopedia in the seventh century) now patron saint of computers and the Internet[[note]]Not "officially" (the Holy See has not spoken on the issue), but he was voted as such in an Italian poll[[/note]] and St. Thomas Aquinas (noted Catholic theologian) standing for learning but somehow against lightning.
*** Sometimes the connection is a little laboured. For instance, the martyrdom of Saint Agatha (of Catania) involved having her breasts cut off, so somewhat unsurprisingly she is invoked against illnesses of the breast. But she is also patron saint of bronze-founders, which is said to originate in the passing resemblance between church bells and female breasts. She was also promoted to patron saint of the the fictitious island of Catan from the board game ''[[SettlersOfCatan Die Siedler von Catan]]'', but this last job was not recognized by the Catholic church.
** St. Jude (mentioned in the bible as "the apostle called Jude who was NOT Iscariot") who is, by this sad naming coincidence, now the patron saint of hopeless causes (as people were afraid to pray to him for fear of it being interpreted as a prayer to Judas who ''was'' Iscariot).
** St. Anthony the Hermit, also known as the Father of Monks, Anthony the Abbot and Anthony the Great, is often depicted with a pig (because the 11th century Antonite order had the right to let a so-called Antonius pig run free through a village to fend for itself). Proceeding from that pig, St. Anthony became patron saint not just of pigs and swineherds, but eventually of all domestic animals and against their diseases, of butchers and brushmakers, and also against various human diseases.
** St. Anthony of Padua, the patron saint of finding lost things.
** The winner of this unfortunate competition is probably St. Drogo, patron saint of bodily ills, broken bones, hernias, sick people, insane people, ugly people, orphans, shepherds and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking coffee shop owners]]. No, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Drogo we're not making that one up.]]
** In fact, the syncretistic aspect of the Catholic Church's patron saints is what made Vodun and Santeria possible as viable religions -- by equating their native pantheon with the saints of the Church, it was possible for Caribbean slaves to keep aspects of their native religions alive in the New World with minimal risk of reprisal from slaveholders.
** Not a saint recognized by the Catholic Church, but [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jesús_Malverde Jesús Malverde]] is known as the patron saint of drug trafficking.
** A [[http://www.snopes.com/religion/chad.asp joke]] has named [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chad_of_Mercia St. Chad]] a patron saint of disputed elections.
* The Russian Orthodox Church has patron saints of nuclear missiles, strategic bombers and other weapons of mass destruction.
** St. Barbara is the heavenly patron of the Strategic Missile Forces of Russia.
*** Much older tradition. St. Barbara has been recognized as the patron saint of artillery, fireworks, and other gunpowder objects since the invention of the European gunpowder, in Catholicism as well as in Orthodoxy. Indeed, she is also the heavenly patron of U.S. Army and Marine artillery as well as artillery arms of many other countries.
** Admiral Fyodor Ushakov (an actual admiral who was canonized by the Russian Orthodox Church) is the patron saint of long-range nuclear bombers.
** And St. Seraphim of Sarov is the patron of all Russian nukes, both tactical and strategic.
* Shinto believes that essentially all items have a spirit or god (This translates better as spirit than god).
** Shinto deity Inari - god of fertility, industry, success, agriculture, rice and foxes. He was the patron kami of blacksmiths and warriors - currently accepted by the cosmetics company Shiseido as their patron kami. He's an all-round god.''ShinMegamiTensei'' loves this fact. All the gods listed under their entries in Video Games? Real.
* Myth/AztecMythology had a few gods like this. One quite unusual assortment included vanity, fog, and fame, ruled over by Ayauhteotl.
* Myth/ChineseMythology, being a CelestialBureaucracy, has plenty of these, too, including:
** the god of oil lamps, who nearly caused TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt because he wasn't being well cared for or worshipped.
** the god of ovens, who has the secondary job of spying on the household to report good and bad deeds (and would thus have to be bribed often with sweeties to keep his mouth shut). This is the Chinese kitchen god made well-known in the West through several literary works (such as the Amy Tan novel, ''Kitchen God's Wife'') and other media. He is somewhat of a Santa Claus figure, as he is supposed to bring gifts for good families (or good children) on the night before Chinese New Year's Day.
** the god(s) of doorways, occasionally said to be the spirits of ancient fearsome warriors. Specifically, the tradition started with two famous generals of the Tang Dynasty, Weichi Jingde and Qin Qiong, who served as physical gate guardians for Emperor Taizong. Supposedly, when the actual generals could not serve as the guardians for whatever reason, the emperor put up their pictures instead, which started the tradition.
** Guan Yu, the God of War, legendary hero, protector of all of China, champion against demons, and once one of the most popular gods among all the classes. He is also the patron god of bean curd (tofu) since before he became a warrior he was a bean curd merchant. It's more important than it sounds since bean curd has traditionally been an important food in China.
*** Another interesting aspect of Guan Yu is the fact that he is the patron of both law enforcement and organised crime, since both are activities which emphasise loyalty and being a badass.
** Wenchang, Taoist god of literature, writing, and education- and the god you pray to for help passing your exams. Given the importance of the imperial examinations- which determined who got a government job and basically were the only means of social mobility most of the time- it's not that surprising that there was a specific god for it. (In modern times, where he is invoked respecting the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Higher_Education_Entrance_Examination National Higher Education Entrance Examination]]--a.k.a. "the Big Test," as it decides which university, if any, you will attend--scallions seem to be a popular offering.)
** The god of rice scoops is often cited as an example of extremely minor and extremely unimportant Chinese deities.
* Pre-islamic Arabia had Wadd, a god of snakes, the Moon and friendship.
* [[Myth/ClassicalMythology The Greeks]] liked to append random attributes to Apollo, which eventually made him god of "light and the sun; truth and prophecy; medicine, healing, and plague; music, poetry, and the arts; and more" according to Wikipedia.
** Hermes was nearly as versatile, being god of messengers, travelers, merchants, thieves, sports, commerce, shepherds, and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking weights and measures]].
** Most of the major gods get in on the action; Zeus, for instance, besides being King of the Gods and god of the sky, was also called ''Zeus Xenios'', the patron of SacredHospitality, while Hades served as a god of wealth (hence the Roman name ''Pluto''--a Latinization of the Greek euphemism ''Plouton'', meaning "wealthy"). It made sense because as the god of the Underworld, all the riches found underground (gemstones and precious metals) were said to belong to him.
** There's also Dionysius, God of Wine and Parties. The wine part makes a bit more sense when you realise how much more common a drink it was back then.
** A legend has Artemis sitting at Daddy's knee asking for three wishes, one of which was to never be outdone by her twin. Zeus was supposedly delighted by her wishes and granted them all, which might explain why she became goddess of wild animals ''and'' hunting, wilderness in general, the moon (eventually), young women, chastity, painless childbirth (due to circumstances of the twins' birth), etc.
** Hestia, who was goddess of the hearth, ancient Greek architecture, and the right ordering of domesticity, the family, and the state. She was also firstborn of the original Titan-born gods along with Zeus, Hera, Hades, Poseidon, and Demeter. What's that, you never heard of her? That's probably because after the Titan war, she spent all her time tending the hearth at Olympus.
** [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Koalemos Koalemos]] is the [[Myth/ClassicalMythology Greek]] god of stupidity.
* Myth/NorseMythology also has a bunch:
** Bragi, god of poetry (which isn't quite so odd, considering [[MagicMusic poets were ascribed powerful magic in many cultures.]])
** Skadi, goddess of skis (though she was also associated with hunting, and with mountains as an environment).
** Thor himself was revered as the god of male fertility because you wear a Thor's Hammer pendant the way it's supposed to be [[IncrediblyLamePun hung]] (with the hammer's head pointing down), then it kind of looks like an [[PhallicWeapon erect peen]]. It is truly a mighty weapon, even if the handle is unusually short.
* Chess people also have their own goddess named Caïssa.
* Pagan Lithuania had Ruguczis, the god of fermentation and fermented foods.
* The Innu have Matshishkapeu (whose name literally means 'fart man'). The story goes that when the Caribou Master didn't give the Innu any caribou to eat, Matshishkapeu cursed him with terrible constipation until he gave in to their demands.
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21st Dec '16 7:10:42 AM MisterApple
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* AncientRome called them lares, and most houses had a small shrine called a lararium. For ordinary Romans, they were typically the most important gods as they were most commonly involved. After all, you don't to bother Jupiter Optimus Maximus when cooking dinner.

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* AncientRome called them lares, and most houses had a small shrine called a lararium. For ordinary Romans, they were typically the most important gods as they were most commonly involved. After all, you don't want to bother Jupiter Optimus Maximus when cooking dinner.
28th Nov '16 8:11:05 AM hszmv1
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** A more mundane explanation of his patronage of comedians is that, while serving as a bishop in Rome, he would entertain house guests by reading from his vast collection of joke books.
11th Nov '16 7:20:03 AM dotchan
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** Thor himself was revered as the god of male fertility because you wear a Thor's Hammer pendant the way it's supposed to be [[IncrediblyLamePun hung]] (with the hammer's head pointing down), then it kind of looks like an [[PhallicWeapon erect peen]]. It is truly a [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mj%C3%B6lnir mighty weapon]], even if the handle is unusually short.

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** Thor himself was revered as the god of male fertility because you wear a Thor's Hammer pendant the way it's supposed to be [[IncrediblyLamePun hung]] (with the hammer's head pointing down), then it kind of looks like an [[PhallicWeapon erect peen]]. It is truly a [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mj%C3%B6lnir mighty weapon]], weapon, even if the handle is unusually short.
11th Nov '16 7:19:12 AM dotchan
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** Thor himself was revered as the god of male fertility for some reason.
*** Well, if you wear a Thor's Hammer pendant the way it's supposed to be [[IncrediblyLamePun hung]] (with the hammer's head pointing down), then it kind of looks like an [[PhallicWeapon erect peen]]. It is truly a [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mj%C3%B6lnir#Sk.C3.A1ldskaparm.C3.A1l mighty weapon]], even if the handle is unusually short.

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** Thor himself was revered as the god of male fertility for some reason.
*** Well, if
because you wear a Thor's Hammer pendant the way it's supposed to be [[IncrediblyLamePun hung]] (with the hammer's head pointing down), then it kind of looks like an [[PhallicWeapon erect peen]]. It is truly a [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mj%C3%B6lnir#Sk.C3.A1ldskaparm.C3.A1l org/wiki/Mj%C3%B6lnir mighty weapon]], even if the handle is unusually short.
11th Nov '16 7:11:23 AM dotchan
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** Another interesting aspect of Guan Yu is the fact that he is the patron of both law enforcement and organised crime, since both are activities which emphasise loyalty and being a badass.

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** *** Another interesting aspect of Guan Yu is the fact that he is the patron of both law enforcement and organised crime, since both are activities which emphasise loyalty and being a badass.
30th Oct '16 6:31:57 AM SayaAensland
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** Not a saint recognized by the Catholic Church, but [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jes%C3%BAs_Malverde Jesús Malverde]] is known as the patron saint of drug trafficking.

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** Not a saint recognized by the Catholic Church, but [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jes%C3%BAs_Malverde org/wiki/Jesús_Malverde Jesús Malverde]] is known as the patron saint of drug trafficking.
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