Polytheism might've had a bad rap in the Bible, but it’s given rise to some of humanity’s most fascinating and enduring narratives. Some ancient pantheons, like the Greek and Norse gods, have traditionally been more prominent in the Western imagination; in recent years, these narratives have been incorporated into popular stories like the Thor comic books and the Percy Jackson saga.
But not only do these stories leave out many of the world’s most compelling mythologies, they also privilege the accomplishments and powers of male deities over their female counterparts. So below, we’re celebrating 10 totally badass goddesses from belief systems all over the world. From the solar deities of ancient Egypt and the Shinto faith, to goddesses of the sky and the realms of death, these mythological women are the heroes of their own fascinating stories:
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