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Just throwing this out on a limb here - can anyone think of any ancient male gods depicted as being largely human shaped but with batlike wings? Specifically your good old fashioned death-and-destruction kind, but I'm interested in any sort and have no idea where to look.
The Mayans had a bat-god http://www.blueroadrunner.com/camazotz.html

Other than that, I dunno.....Mothman? <!-- s:lol: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_lol.gif" alt=":lol:" title="Laughing" /><!-- s:lol: -->
I may be completely wrong, but I believe Czernebog had bat-like wings. <!-- sSmile --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_e_smile.gif" alt=":)" title="Smile" /><!-- sSmile -->
Thanks for the ideas, but Camazotz had a bat head, and I can find very few non-fiction references to Czernebog (and no information about him). The Mothman on the other hand isn't so much a big winged god as a big bird in bad light <!-- sWink --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_e_wink.gif" alt=";)" title="Wink" /><!-- sWink -->

Camazotz is worth another look from my end, any other suggestions?
It's kinda sad that we get so many deities with dove wings, but so few with good sturdy leather ones. *shows off own*
Later depictions of the figure of Baphomet had batwings, but that is the first that comes to mind, and as for being a God, that depends on your take really, as well as whether Baphomet is ancient, or male (as they are often displayed as a Hermaphrodite)
Oddly enough, I found something. It might prove interesting for you, Archer.

There was a war god called Acloran, a sky god, in Bergonian mythology. He is red and black, armed, helmeted, and has terrible yellow eyes like the preba-cat, and his wings were like the wings of a bat. There's more about him here: <!-- m --><a class="postlink" href="http://www.bergonia.org/Rel/gods.htm">http://www.bergonia.org/Rel/gods.htm</a><!-- m --> for you to peruse. *looks triumphant* I *knew* there had to be more bat-winged gods than two!

Did you have an interesting visitor one night?
The god Moloch has a long history of being demonized, as no surprise a demon, fallen angel, and god of child sacrifice in the Bible, Paradise Lost, and Gustave Flaubert's Salammb├┤. In the later a statue of the god is described as having wings, though they are not described in detail. It should be noted however that Salammb├┤ adds this description of wings as well as a couple of other features not mentioned anywhere else so it is probably an invention of the author. That said in medieval times Moloch was associated with Satan and hell as a demon and at the time the art was known for depicting demons with bat wings. So Moloch is a possibility.

In Babylonian and Assyrian mythology Pazuzu, demon king of winds, was depicted with two pairs of wings, taloned feet, and often with the head of a dog or lion and a scorpion's tail.


On a side note, I am curious as to the sudden interest in winged gods of possibly dark or chaotic tendencies who favor the appearance of wings. Whats up? Anyway, I hope this has been of some interest to you Archer.




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freelanceangel Wrote:Oddly enough, I found something. It might prove interesting for you, Archer.

There was a war god called Acloran, a sky god, in Bergonian mythology. He is red and black, armed, helmeted, and has terrible yellow eyes like the preba-cat, and his wings were like the wings of a bat. There's more about him here: <!-- m --><a class="postlink" href="http://www.bergonia.org/Rel/gods.htm">http://www.bergonia.org/Rel/gods.htm</a><!-- m --> for you to peruse. *looks triumphant* I *knew* there had to be more bat-winged gods than two!

. . . are there any others that aren't the result of a left winger's fantasy website? As Bergonia is not real I'm not convinced its mythology is, either <!-- sTongue --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_razz.gif" alt=":P" title="Razz" /><!-- sTongue -->

WhiteFox Wrote:Did you have an interesting visitor one night?

Well the way you phrase it makes it sound like some kind of disturbing incest <!-- sTongue --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_razz.gif" alt=":P" title="Razz" /><!-- sTongue -->

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Nameless Wrote:On a side note, I am curious as to the sudden interest in winged gods of possibly dark or chaotic tendencies who favor the appearance of wings.

It's not really sudden . . . the original post was almost a year ago <!-- s;-) --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_e_wink.gif" alt=";-)" title="Wink" /><!-- s;-) --> (Though as a perfect example of my "lost time" due to being ill, if you asked me to guess I would have said I posted it two months ago at most.)

Short answer is, I know a guy, and I'm wondering totally without foundation if he's been noticed by other people. I have a fairly extended network of "astral family", that is to say non-physical entities who hang around me, or who I hang around. While I don't think for a moment that any of them worked their way into human mythology, it's an interesting idea for me to research.

Quote:Whats up? Anyway, I hope this has been of some interest to you Archer.

Yep, definitely some stuff for me to get Googling!
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