From A-a, the sun goddess of Mesopotamia, to Zurvan, the Persian god of fate, this encyclopedia provides the most comprehensive source of reference on the worlds deities. More than 2,500 names are listed & detailed. The references span the world from Siberia to South America, & the gods of ancient mythology & contemporary religion are given equal emphasis. Each entry provides details of the relevant culture, the role of the god or goddess & the characteristics & symbols which will assist in identification. For many of the important personalities temples, references in art & literature & dates of worship are also described.