HELIOISM = A religion with the belief that the Sun is one’s god. For it provides food, warmth and light for everybody on the Earth.
PRAISE THE SUN! The primary belief of helioism is the belief that we are all born from the Sun and will return to it when we die.
HELIOPHILE = a lover or worshipper of sunlight; someone who loves, adores, or worships bright, sunny days.
A solar deity is a god or goddess who represents the Sun, or an aspect of it, usually by its perceived power and strength. Solar deities and sun worship can be found throughout most of recorded history in various forms. The following is a list of solar deities:
- Anyanwu, Igbogod believed to dwell in the sun
- Magec, Tenerifegod of the sun and light
- Mawu, Dahomeygoddess associated with the sun and the moon
- Ngai, Kamba, Kikuyuand Maasai god of the sun
Australian Aboriginal mythology
- Bila, cannibal sun goddess of the Adnyamathanha
- Gnowee, solar goddess who searches daily for her lost son; the light of her torch is the sun
- Wala, solar goddess
- Wuriupranili, solar goddess whose torch is the sun
- Yhi, Karraurgoddess of the sun, light and creation
- Chup Kamui, a lunar goddess who switched places with her brother to become goddess of the sun
- Huitzilopochtli, god of the sun and war
- Nanauatzin, god of the sun
- Teoyaomicqui, god of lost souls, the sun and the sixth hour of the day
- Tonatiuh, god of the sun and ruler of the heavens
- Xiuhtecuhtli, god of fire, day and heat
- Saulė, goddess of the sun and fertility
- Ekhi, goddess of the sun and protector of humanity
- Marici, goddess of the heavens, sun and light
- Surya, the deity of the sun (Suriya Pariththa, Suthra Pitaka, Pali canon, Theravada Buddhism)
- Shapash, goddess of the sun
- Áine, Irishgoddess of love, summer, wealth and sovereignty, associated with the sun and midsummer
- Alaunus, Gaulishgod of the sun, healing and prophecy
- Belenos, Gaulishgod of the sun
- Gronw Pebr, Welshfigure occasionally constructed as a god of light.
- Étaín, Irish sun goddess
- Epona, horse deity occasionally linked with Étaín.
- Grannus, god associated with spas, healing thermal and mineral springs, and the sun
- Olwen, female figure often constructed as originally the Welshsun goddess.
- Sulis, British deity whose name is related to the common Proto-Indo-Europeanword for “sun” (and thus cognate with Helios, Sól, Sol, Usil and Surya) and who retains solar imagery, as well as a domain over healing and thermal springs. Probably the de facto solar deity of the celts.
- Doumu, sun goddess sometimes conflated with Marici.
- Yuyi, the sun god
- Xu Kai, the god of the sun-star
- Xihe, sun goddess and mother of the ten suns
- Zhulong, dragon deity of daylight.
- Bastet, cat goddess associated with the sun
- Horus, god of the sky whose right eye was considered to be the sun and his left the moon
- Amun, creator deity sometimes identified as a sun god
- Atum, the “finisher of the world” who represents the sun as it sets
- Aten, god of the sun, the visible disc of the sun
- Khepri, god of rebirth and the sunrise
- Nefertem, god of healing and beauty, who represents the first sunlight
- Ra, god of the sun
- Sekhmet, goddess of war and of the sun, and sometimes plagues and creator of the desert
- Sopdu, god of war and the scorching heat of the summer sun
- Ptah, god of craftsmanship, the arts and fertility, sometimes said to represent the sun at night
- Khnum, god of sunset
- Albina, goddess of the dawn and protector of ill-fated lovers
- Thesan, goddess of the dawn, associated with new life
- Usil, etruscan equivalent of Helios
- Alectrona, goddess of the morning and man’s waking sense
- Athena, goddess of wisdom and crafts, with solar deity characteristics
- Apollo, Olympian god of light, the sun, prophecy, healing, plague, archery, music and poetry
- Eos, Titan goddess of the dawn
- Helios, Titan god of the sun
- Hyperion, Titan god of light
- Neaera, goddess of the rising sun
- Phanes, protogenoiof light and life, described with “golden wings”, surrounded by the signs of the Zodiac and equated with Mithras
- Theia, a titan goddess associated with the sun
- Agni, god of fire, associated with the sun
- Aryaman, god of the sun
- Mitra, god of honesty, friendship, contracts, meetings and the morning sun
- Ravi, god of the sun
- Saranyu, goddess of the dawn
- Savitr, god of the sun at sunrise and sunset
- Surya, god of the sun
- Ushas, the goddess of light and dawn
- Inti, god of the sun and patron deity of the Inca Empire
- Ch’aska (“Venus”) or Ch’aska Quyllur (“Venus star”) was the goddess of dawn and twilight, the planet
- Akycha, solar deity worshipped in Alaska
- Malina, goddess of the sun found most commonly in the legends of Greenland
- Amaterasu, goddess of the sun
- Endovelicus, god of health and safety. Worshipped both as a solar deity and a chthonic one.
- Neto, claimed to be both a solar and war deity.
- Ah Kin, god of the sun, bringer of doubt and protector against the evils associated with darkness
- Kinich Ahau, god of the sun
- Hunahpu, one of the Maya Hero Twins; he transformed into the sun while his brother transformed into the moon
- Tohil, god associated with thunder, lightning and sunrise
- A solar goddess of some sort, possibly the Snake Goddess.
Native American mythology
- Baldr, god associated with light, beauty, love and happiness
- Dagr, personification of the daytime
- Freyr, god of fertility, sexuality, peace and sunlight
- Sól, de facto solar goddess.
- Nahundi, god of the sun and law
- Beiwe, goddess of the sun, spring, fertility and sanity
- Belobog, reconstructed deity of light and the sun who may or may not have been worshipped by pagan Slavs
- Dažbog, god of the sun
- Hors, god of the sun
- Radegast, god of hospitality, fertility and crops, associated with war and the sun, who may or may not have been worshipped by pagan Slavs
- Zorya, two daughters of Dažbog
- Zorya Utrennyaya, the morning star, who opens the palace gates each dawn for the sun-chariot’s departure
- Zorya Vechernyaya, the evening star, who closes the palace gates each night after the sun-chariot’s return
- The Zunbil dynasty and the subjects of Zabulistanworshipped the sun, which they called Zun. They believed that the sun was the god of justice, the force of good in the world and, consequently, the being that drove out the darkness and allowed man to live another day.