Kama (left) with Rati on a temple wall of Chennakesava Temple, Belur, India
Kama (left) with Rati on a temple wall of Chennakesava Temple, Belur, India
Eos by Evelyn De Morgan (1895) depicts Eos, a Greek dawn goddess
Eos by Evelyn De Morgan (1895) depicts Eos, a Greek dawn goddess

A love deity is a deity in mythology associated with romance, sex, lust, or sexuality. Love deities are common in mythology and may be found in many polytheistic religions. Female sex goddesses are often associated with beauty and other traditionally feminine attributes.

Sub-Sahara Africa

Western African-Congo

Efik

Vodun

Yoruba

Afroasiatic Middle East

Canaanite

Egyptian

Hausa

Mesopotamian

Western Eurasia

Albanian

Balto-Slavic

Lithuanian

Slavic

The Birth of Venus by Sandro Botticelli (1485), depicting Venus, the Roman goddess of sex and beauty
The Birth of Venus by Sandro Botticelli (1485), depicting Venus, the Roman goddess of sex and beauty

Celtic

Esoteric

Norse-Germanic

Eros Farnese MAN Napoli 6353
Eros Farnese MAN Napoli 6353

Greaco-Roman

Greek / Hellenic

Roman

Etruscan

Western Asia

Armenian

Hindu-Vedic

Persian Zorostarian

Turkic-Altai

Asia-Pacific / Oceania

Filipino

Main article: List of Philippine mythological figures

Far East Asia

Chinese

Japanese

Vietnamese

Buddhist

Native Americas

Central American and the Caribbean

Aztec

South America

Guaraní

Fictional


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