Throughout human existence many civilizations have praised the life giving abilities of the Sun and have treated it as a deity. Below are a list of different Gods and Goddesses associated with the Sun.
In many mythologies the Sun is often a male and he chases a female Moon goddess across the skies. This is reversed in Norse mythology as the Sun (Sol) is a female and the Moon (Mani) is male.
|Name||Nationality/Religion||God or Goddess?||Notes|
|Amaterasu||Japan||Sun Goddess||Major deity of the Shinto religion.|
|Arinna (Hebat)||Hittite (Syrian)||Sun Goddess||The most important of three Hittite major solar deities|
|Freyr||Norse||Sun God||A fertility god associated with the sun.|
|Helios||Greek||Sun God||Before Apollo was the Greek sun god, Helios held that position. Helios road a chariot.|
|Huitzilopochtli (Uitzilopochtli)||Aztec||Sun God|
|Hvar Khshaita||Iranian/Persian||Sun God|
|Inti||Inca||Sun God||The national patron of the Inca state.|
|Liza||West African||Sun God|
|Ra||Egypt||Mid-day Sun God||An Egyptian god shown with a solar disk. Center of worship was Heliopolis. Later associated with Horus as Re-Horakhty. Also combined with Amun as Amun-Ra, a solar creator god.|
|Sol (Sunna)||Norse||Sun Goddess||She rides in a horse-drawn solar chariot.|
|Sol Invictus||Roman||Sun God||The unconquered sun. The title was also used of Mithras.|
|Surya||Hindu||Sun God||Rides the sky in a horse-drawn chariot.|
|Utu (Shamash)||Mesopotamia||Sun God|