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List of knowledge deities

A statue of Athena, the Greek goddess of wisdom

A knowledge deity is a deity in mythology associated with knowledge, wisdom, or intelligence.


  • Celtic mythology 1
  • Chinese mythology 2
  • Egyptian mythology 3
  • Etruscan mythology 4
  • Greek mythology 5
  • Hindu mythology 6
  • Hittite mythology 7
  • Japanese mythology 8
  • Mesopotamian mythology 9
  • Norse mythology 10
  • Persian mythology 11
  • Polynesian mythology 12

Celtic mythology

  • Ogma, a figure from Irish and Scottish mythology, said to have invented the Ogham alphabet
  • Lugh, a figure from Irish mythology, said to be skilled in all arts.
  • Brighid

Chinese mythology

  • Confucius, sage of education
  • Laozi, god of wisdom
  • Wenchang Wang, god of literature and scholarship.
  • Lü Dongbin, patron of scholars
  • Bao Zheng, star of scholars
  • Dou Kui, god of examination achievements
  • Guan Yu, god of military scholars
  • Ju Qi, god of essay/scholar paper being accepted at exams
  • Nüwa

Egyptian mythology

  • Neith, goddess sometimes associated with wisdom.
  • Thoth, originally a moon deity, later became god of wisdom and scribe of the gods.
  • Sia, the deification of wisdom.
  • Seshat, goddess of wisdom, knowledge and writing. Scribe of the gods. Credited with the invention of writing and the alphabet. Later demoted in pantheon of Egyptian deities to consort of Thoth.
  • Isis, goddess of wisdom, magic,health and marriage.
  • Serapis, god of knowledge and education.

Etruscan mythology

Greek mythology

  • Apollo, Olympian god of light, music, poetry, knowledge, and the sun.
  • Athena, Olympian goddess of wisdom, warfare, civilization, strength, strategy, crafts, and justice.
  • Coeus, Titan, god of intellect, grandfather of Apollo.
  • Eidyia, an Oceanid, sometimes sources call her "the goddess of knowledge".
  • Metis, Oceanid of wisdom, wise counsel and cunning, skill, and crafts.
  • Muses, personification of knowledge and the arts
  • Prometheus, he is said to be the god of forethought, the god of intelligence, a trickster, and as a champion of humanity, because he stole fire from Hephaestus, and brought it to mortals (for which he suffered great consequences)

Hindu mythology

Ganesha, the Hindu god of knowledge and wisdom
  • Saraswati, goddess of knowledge and all literary arts including music, literature and speech.
  • Ganesha, god of intellect and wisdom.

Hittite mythology

Japanese mythology

  • Fukurokuju, god of wisdom and longevity.
  • Kuebiko, scarecrow god of wisdom and agriculture.
  • Omoikane, Shinto god of wisdom and intelligence.
  • Tenjin, god of scholarship.
  • Benzaiten, a Japanese form of Saraswati, goddess of everything that flows: water, words, speech, eloquence, music and by extension, knowledge

Mesopotamian mythology

Norse mythology

  • Tīwaz/Týr, "Týr, known for his great wisdom and courage".
  • Odin, the ruler of Asgard, who sacrificed his eye and was hung for nine days from the world tree Yggdrasil in order to gain the wisdom of the ages.
  • Mímir, a god renowned for his knowledge and wisdom; Odin is advised by his severed head.
  • Sága, goddess of wisdom.
  • Vör, goddess associated with wisdom.
  • Snotra, goddess associated with wisdom.
  • Gefjon, goddess of knowledge, chastity and agriculture.

Persian mythology

  • Anahita, goddess of 'the Waters' (Aban) - fertility, healing and wisdom.

Polynesian mythology

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