The gods of Tamriel are as varied as the many cultures' traditions of worship. Individual gods (used as a general term to indicate any entity worshipped by one of Tamriel's cultures) are listed alphabetically on each of the sub-articles listed above. This article provides some general information about relationships between the different gods.
Types of Gods
Generally, there are several distinct groups into which the various gods fall:
- Many versions of Anu and Padomay, the two primal forces. These two entities are recognized under various names in most faiths.
- The et'Ada are the "original spirits", a race of divine beings resulting from the interplay of Anu and Padomay, including:
- The Aedra combine both Anuic and Padomaic basis; these are the gods who helped to create Mundus.
- The Daedric Princes have a Padomaic basis; these are the gods who refused to help create Mundus and created their own Planes in Oblivion filled with lesser Daedra.
- Magna Ge have an Anuic basis; these are the gods who refused to help create Mundus and fled into Aetherius after Magnus, creating the stars while Magnus created the sun.
- Other divine spirits, or Ada, such as Morihaus and Pelinal Whitestrake, are descended from the et'Ada.
- On occasion, a mortal, such as Talos and the Tribunal, will achieve apotheosis, becoming a god, or will be worshipped as a god, such as Reman.
In Tamriel, cultural pantheons of certain provinces have different gods that they worship, though some gods are worshipped in several areas.
- In Cyrodiil, worship of either the Nine Divines or the Daedric Princes is common, especially among the native Imperials.
- In Morrowind, the Daedric Princes and the Tribunal are commonly worshipped, specifically among the native Dunmer.
- In Skyrim, worship of the old Nordic pantheon still persists in some Holds, while others have adopted the modern Imperial pantheon.
This table contains the names of beings worshipped by some of Tamriel's major races. Notably, Orcs and Argonians are not listed. The former is because they don't have a specific province, but instead a kingdom in High Rock—Orsinium; they predominantly worship Malacath and/or Trinimac. The latter is because little is known about the culture of Black Marsh. This table is therefore not a complete list of all known gods.
- For more information, see the article on Daedric Princes and/or Nine Divines.
- For various reasons, the following deities are not on the table above:
- Varieties of Faith in the Empire by Brother Mikhael Karkuxor of the Imperial College — An expansive list of the pantheons and associated divine spirits of Tamriel's dominant cultures (The original source for most of the information under Pantheons)
- The Monomyth — A theological book containing the common creation myths (Intercomparison of different pantheons)
- The Annotated Anuad — Early religious book providing a simplified version of The Anuad creation myth from the Mythic Era (A simplified/children version of the creation myth)
- The Light and the Dark by Irek Unterge — A man describes the Light and the Dark to his two grandchildren (Another children story about the creation of et'Ada)
- Sithis — Text detailing an apparent connection between Sithis and Lorkhan (An alternative view on the Aedra)
- Children of the Root by Solis Aduro — An Argonian creation myth
- Words of Clan Mother Ahnissi by Clan Mother Ahnissi — How a Khajiit explains the origin of the world
More on the Khajiiti pantheon:
- The Adversarial Spirits by Amun-dro, the Silent Priest
- The Dark Spirits by Amun-dro, the Silent Priest
- The Sky Spirits by Amun-dro, the Silent Priest
- The Wandering Spirits by Amun-dro, the Silent Priest
- The Worldly Spirits by Amun-dro, the Silent Priest