Alt Title: Precursor Gods
, Old Gods
, Elder Gods
It seems in almost every mythology known to man, there is mention of beings that came before and/or are above the current set of gods. This trope is about them.
This type of being can occasionally be an Eldritch Abomination
. In fact, they usually are if you check most mythologies. This also has a large overlap with Precursors
, for gods at least.
See Death of the Old Gods
, for an explanation on why they're not around anymore.
If there's only one of them, see God of Gods
. See also, Divine Ranks
Mythology and Religion
- The "Old Gods" from American Gods.
- In A Song of Ice and Fire, the Old Gods are nameless beings that you can pray to, but that have no temple or worship. The Seven are the Crystal Dragon Jesus septinity, and the Lord Of Light is... something spooky.
- The Elder Gods of Styricum are of the Eldritch Abomination variety, before they were overthrown and imprisoned by the Younger Gods in a Titanomachy-esque series of events. Azash was even castrated, Cronos style.
- In The Silmarillion, Illuvatar, who created the world, is a God of Gods who effectively delegates running the world after creation to the Valar, the main group of gods/goddesses. Thereafter, he steps in only when the Numenoreans attack Valinor, at which point the world needs to be re-shaped to take the Blessed Realm outside the physical realm.
- There's the Titans in Greek Mythology.
- Arguably, Izanami and Izanagi in Shintoist beliefs. They were the first humans, created by one god, who had them make more gods.
- Norse Mythology has Ymir, a gigantic being who slept in Ginnungagap, the emptiness of the cosmos. Odin, Ville and Ve were his children, who murdered him and used his body to create the Earth - from his bones, the mountains - from his blood, the seas - from his flesh, the land - from his skull, the heavens - from his teeth, the stars - from his eyeballs, the sun and the moon. Also, while Odin went on to fame as the King and Father of the Gods, Ville and Ve - who helped make the earth, AND who helped create mankind from a piece of driftwood - were ultimately forgotten, arguably making THEM examples as well.