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The following list of art deities is arranged by continent with names of mythological figures and deities associated with the arts. Art deities are a form of religious iconography incorporated into artistic compositions by many religions as a dedication to their respective gods and goddesses. The various artworks are used throughout history as a means to gain a deeper connection to a particular deity or as a sign of respect and devotion to the divine being.

Africa and the Middle East

Afroasiatic Middle East




Western Eurasia





Greek / Hellenic


Western Asia

Anatolian - Urarte



Asia-Pacific / Oceania


Far East Asia






  • Bait Pandi: the Bagobo goddess of weavers who taught women weaving [12]
  • Fu Dalu: the T'boli goddess of the abaca; speak and guide weavers on how to create patterns and designs, which are remembered in dreams [13]
  • Mamiyo: the Ifugao stretcher of skeins, one of the twenty-three deities presiding over the art of weaving [14]
  • Monlolot: the Ifugao winder of thread on the spindle, one of the twenty-three deities presiding over the art of weaving [15]
  • Rirryaw Añitu: place spirit Añitus who played music and sang inside a cave in Sabtang, while lighting up fire; believed to have change residences after they were disturbed by a man [16]
  • Tumungkuyan: leaders of the Salakap from Batak beliefs who paint tree trunks that support the sky using the blood of the epidemic-dead [17]



Native Americas

North America

  • Kokopelli (shared among various Southwestern Native American mythologies)



Haitian Vodou


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