In today’s post, we will be discussing the goddesses of fire across cultures and religions around the world. Without further ado, here is the complete list of female deities of fire.
Oya, African/Yoruban Goddess of Weather, Fire, Death and Rebirth
Mainly known as a goddess of weather, Oya is the Yoruban and West-African spirit and goddess of fire, storms, lightning, death and rebirth.
In addition to the Yoruba religion, she is venerated in many cultures and religions including Haitian Vodou, Santeria, Quimbanda, Candomble, Umbanda, and folk catholicism.
She is also known as the patron of the Niger River and she is the wife of another Yoruba god, Shango.
Pele, Hawaiian Volcano Goddess
The second one on our list of fire goddesses is Pele, the Hawaiian goddess of volcanoes and fire.
Daughter of Haumea and Ku-waha-ilo, Pele is one of the most important figures in Hawaiian mythology.
Also known as “Tūtū Pele” and “Madame Pele”, she is believed to be the creator of the Hawaiian Islands. Today, some Hawaiian people believe that she still lives inside the pit crate named Halemaʻumaʻu in Hawaii.
Chantico, Aztec Goddess of Fire
Chantico is the goddess of fire and hearth in the Aztec religion. Her name is interpreted to mean “she who makes/organizes the house” or “she who dwells in the house”. In that sense, it would not be so wrong to call her the Aztec counterpart of the Greek goddess of home, fire and hearth, Hestia.
Sekhmet, Egyptian Fire Goddess
Also known as the goddess of war, healing, plague, chaos and the desert sun as well as the destroyer of the enemies of Ra, Sekhmet is the goddess of fire in ancient Egyptian religion. It is believed that the burning mid-day sun represented Sekhmet and that is why sometimes she was called as “Nesert” meaning “the flame”.
Agneya, Hindu Goddess of Fire
The daughter of Agni, the Hindu god of fire and the sun and Svaha, Agneya is the Hindu goddess of fire.
Her name is interpreted to mean “the daughter of Agni, the god of fire” as well as “the one consecrated from fire” or “the one born from fire”.
She was of special importance in Vedic times with some Vedic texts mentioning her to be “the most powerful holy energy” created. It is known that most Vedic rituals began with blessings to Agneya.
Hestia, Greek Goddess of Fire and Hearth
Being one of the 12 Olympian gods, Hestia is the goddess of fire in Greek mythology. She is also known as the goddess of the hearth, domesticity, family, state, and virginity. Her name is literally translated as “fireplace”.
Although not being a flashy character in Greek mythology like her brothers, Zeus and Poseidon, Hestia was widely worshipped in Greece. Ancient Greeks worshipped her around the hearth (the fireplace in a home) and it was a custom to make the first offering to Hestia after sacrifices.
Aetna, Greek Goddess-nymph of Fire and Volcanoes
Aetna was the Greek goddess-nymph of the volcano Mount Etna on the island of Sicily. According to mythology, she was the daughter of Uranus, god of the sky, and Gaia, the goddess of the earth. Aetna was known as a passionate and impulsive deity and a fierce protector of her people.
Some people believed that she gave birth to the Palikoi, the gods of hot-water springs and geyser from Zeus, while some believe it was Hephaestus the Greek god of the forge who fathered them.
Brigit, Celtic Goddess of Fire and Wisdom
Being one of the most prominent Celtic goddesses, Brigit is the goddess of fire, poetry, wisdom, and smithing in Celtic mythology. Brigit is also known as a triple goddess, having the aspects of maiden, mother, and crone but with one difference; all her aspects being called the same name.
She is also associated with the sun and the hearth, as in the fireplace inside the houses. Although being a goddess of the hearth makes her closer to Hestia in nature, her counterpart in Greek mythology is Athena, therefore, Minerva is her counterpart in Roman mythology. Brigid is also a fertility goddess.
Feronia, Roman Goddess of Fire, Fertility and Freedom
Feronia was a goddess of fire, wildlife, agriculture, fertility, growth and freedom in Roman mythology. She was also known as the liberator of slaves and she was largely worshipped by common people of the Roman Empire and freedmen, the men who were formerly enslaved.
This wraps up our list of fire goddesses around the world. If you liked reading the post, you should definitely check out our articles on Hestia here and the symbols of femininity here. Thanks for reading with us.