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Pronunciation guide

This pronunciation guide is mainly for English speaking readers. The pronunciation of Greek and Latin words in other languages, such as Dutch or German or Spanish, is quite different. We can expect that the pronunciation of some words will remain highly disputable and we will never get consensus about. The main function of this guide is to give readers at least some idea of how to pronounce the names of the various deities mentioned in this encyclopedia.

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ArticlePronunciationArea
Acheron{ack-uh-ron}Greek
Achilles{uh-kil'-eez}Greek people
Actaeon{ak'-tee-uhn}Greek people
Adrasteia{a-dras'-tee-uh}Greek
Aeacus{ee'-uh-kuhs}Greek people
Aegisthus{ay'-gis-thus}Greek people
Aeneas{ay-nay'-uhs}Roman
Aeolus{ee'-oh-luhs}Greek
Agamemnon{ag-uh-mem'-nahn}Greek people
Aganippe{ag'-uh-nip-ee}Greek
Aias{i'-uhs}Greek people
Al Borak{al baw'-rak}Islamic
Alcestis{al-ses'-tis}Greek
Alcinous{al-ki'-no-uhs}Greek people
Alcyone{al-sy'-uh-nee}Greek
Allanque{awl lawn' kay}Native American
Alowatsakima{ah-lo-wat-sa-kima}Native American
Amaltheia{am-al-thee'-uh}Greek
Amaterasu{ah'-mah-tay-rah-soo}Japanese
Ambrosia{am-broh'-zhuh}Greek
Amphitryon{am-fi'-tree-ahn}Greek people
Ananke{a'-nan-kee}Greek
Anchises{an-ky'-seez}Roman
Andromeda{an-drahm'-uh-duh}Greek people
Ankou{ahn-koo}General folklore
Annwn{an'oon}Celtic
Antaeus{an-tee'-uhs}Greek
Antilochus{an-til'--o-kuhs}Greek people
Antinous{an-ti'-no-uhs}Greek people
Antiope{an-ty'-oh-pee}Greek people
Anu{ay'-noo}Mesopotamian
Anubis{uh-noo'-bis}Egyptian
Aphrodite{af-roh-dy'-tee}Greek
Apollo{a-pol'-lo}Greek
Arachne{uh-rak'-nee}Greek
Ares{air'-eez}Greek
Arethusa{ar-uh-thoo'-zuh}Greek
Ariadne{air-ee-ad'-nee}Greek people
Arioch{ar'iok}Other
Aristaeus{air-i-stee'-uhs}Greek
Armageddon{ahr-muh-ged'-uhn}Other
Arondight{ah'ron-dit}Arthurian
Artemis{ahr'-tuh-mis}Greek
Asclepius{as-klee'-pee-uhs}Greek
Astarte{uh-stahr'-tee}Other
Astyanax{as-tie'-a-naks}Greek people
Athena{a-thee'na}Greek
Atreus{ay'-tree-uhs}Greek people
Augeas{aw-jee'-uhs}Greek
Aunggaak{awn'gak}Native American
Ausautas{ow'-shaow-tas}Other
Ausonia{aw-so'ni-uh}Roman
Ausrine{ow-shri'-nay}Other
Austeja{ow-stay'-jay}Other
Automedon{aw-tom'idon}Greek people
Autrimpas{ow-trim'-pas}Other

B
Ba Xian{bah shee-en}Chinese
Baal{bay'-uh}Judaic
Bacchus{bak-uhs}Roman
Badoura{ba-doo'rah}Islamic
Balkis{bol'-kis}Islamic
Balor{b'-lor}Celtic
Baobhan Sith{baa'-van shee}General folklore
Basilisk{baz'-uh-lisk}General folklore
Bean Nighe{ben-nee'-yeh}General folklore
Bellerophon{buh-lair'-uh-fahn}Greek people
Bile{bee'-leh}Celtic
Bona Dea{boh'-nuh day'-uh}Roman
Boreas{bohr'-ee-uhs}Greek
Bragi{bray'-gee}Norse
Briseis{bri-say'-is}Greek people

C
Cabiri{kah-bi'ri}Greek
Cader Idris{kad'er id'ris}General folklore
Calchas{kal'-kuhs}Greek people
Caliburn{kal'iboen}Arthurian
Callisto{kuh-lis'-toh}Greek
Calypso{ka-lip'-so}Greek
Camlann{kam'lan}Arthurian
Cassandra{kuh-san'-druh}Greek people
Cassiopeia{kas-ee-oh-pee'-uh}Greek people
Cecrops{see'-krahps}Greek
Cephalus{sef'-uh-luhs}Greek
Cerberus{sur'-bur-uhs}Greek
Ceres{sir'-eez}Roman
Chaos{kay'-ahs}Greek
Charon{kair'-uhn}Greek
Charybdis{kar-ib'-dis}Greek
Chiron{ky'-rahn}Greek
Circe{sur'-see}Greek people
Cliodhna{Cleena}Celtic
Clytemnestra{kly-tem-nes'-truh}Greek people
Coatlicue{coh-ah-tlee'-cooeh}Aztec
Cornucopia{kohr-noo-koh'-pee-uh}Greek
Coyolxauhqui{coh-yohl-shau'-kee}Aztec
Crom Cruach{crom croo'-ach}Celtic
Cronus{kroh'-nuhs}Greek
Cuchulainn{koo-hoo'lin}Celtic
Cyclopes{sy'-klahps}Greek
Cylleneius{si-le'ni-uhs}Greek

D
Danae{dan'-ay-ee}Greek people
Danaus{dan'-ay-uhs}Greek
Demeter{dih-mee'-tur}Greek
Demon{dee'-muhn}Other
Deucalion{ue-kay'-lee-uhn}Greek
Di-cang{dee-zang}Chinese
Dido{dy'-doh}Greek people
Dimste{dim'stay}Other
Diomedes{dy-oh-meed'-eez}Greek people
Dionysus{dy-uh-ny'-suhs}Greek
Dodona{doh-doh'-nuh}Greek
Dyaus Pita{dowse pee-ta}Hindu
Dyavaprthivi{day-va-prit'hi-vee}Hindu

E
Ea{ay'-ah}Mesopotamian
Echidna{e-kid'nah}Greek
Echo{ek'o}Greek
Edda{ed'-uh}Norse
Egeria{ee-jir'-ee-uh}Roman
Elara{ee-lah'-ruh}Greek
Electra{ee-lek'-truh}Greek
Electra{ee-lek'-truh}Greek people
Enceladus{en-sell'-ah-dus}Greek
Endymion{en-dim'-ee-uhn}Greek
Eos{ee'-ahs}Greek
Epimetheus{ep-ee-mee'-thee-us}Greek
Erebus{air'-i-buhs}Greek
Erechtheus{ir-ek'-thee-uhs}Greek people
Eris{ee'-ris}Greek
Eros{air'-ohs}Greek
Eumenides{u-men'-i-dez}Greek
Europa{yur-oh'-puh}Greek
Eurynome{ue-rin'-ah-mee}Greek

F
Fauna{fawn'-ah}Roman
Fauns{fawn}Roman
Faunus{fawn'-uhs}Roman
Fenrir{fen'-rir}Norse
Finn Mac Cumhail{fin muh-kool'}Celtic
Fionnuala{finn-oo-lah}Celtic
Freischütz{fry'shutz}General folklore
Freya{fray'-ah}Norse
Freyr{frayr}Norse
Furies{fyur'-eez}Roman

G
Gaia{jee'-uh}Greek
Galatea{gal-uh-tee'-uh}Greek
Garuda{guh'-ruh-duh}Hindu
Gemini{jem'-in-y}Greek
Glas Ghaibhneach{glas gain'-ach}General folklore
Glaucus{glaw'-kuhs}Greek
Gorgons{gohr'-guhns}Greek
Griffin{grif'-in}General folklore
Gruagach{groo-ah-gak}Other
Gui{guay}Chinese

H
Hades{hay'-deez}Greek
Haole{hah-o-lay}Polynesian
Hathor{hat'hor}Egyptian
Hawenniyo{ha-wen-neeyo}Native American
Hebe{hee'-bee}Greek
Hecate{hek'-a-tee}Greek
Hector{hek'-tur}Greek people
Hecuba{hek'-yoo-buh}Greek people
Heimdall{haym'-dahl}Norse
Helen{hel'-en}Greek people
Helenus{hel'-uh-nuhs}Greek
Helios{hee'-lee-ahs}Greek
Hephaestus{huh-fes'-tuhs}Greek
Hera{hir'-uh}Greek
Hercules{hur'-kyoo-leez}Roman
Hermaphroditus{hur-maf-roh-dy'-tuhs}Greek
Hermes{hur'-meez}Greek
Hermione{hur-my'-uh-nee}Greek people
Hero and Leander{hieer'-oh, lee-an'-dur}Greek people
Hesperides{hes-pair'-i-deez}Greek
Hestia{hes'-tee-uh}Greek
Himalia{hy-mal'-ee-uh}Greek
Hippolyta{hi-pahl'-i-tee}Greek people
Hippolytus{hi-pahl'-i-tuhs}Greek people
Horus{hohr'-uhs}Egyptian
Houris{hoo'ri}Islamic
Huitzilopochtli{wee-tsee-loh-poch'-tlee}Aztec
Hyacinthus{hy-uh-sin'-thuhs}Greek
Hygieia{hy-jee'-uh}Greek
Hyperion{hy-peer'-ee-uhn}Greek

I
Icarus{ik'aruhs}Greek people
Inghean Bhuidhe{een'awn boo'ee}Celtic
i'noGo tied{ihn'uh goh tyd'}Native American
Inua{ihn'oo ah}Native American
Io{ee'-oh}Greek
Iphigenia{if-uh-juh-ny'-uh}Greek people
Iris{y'-ris}Greek
Irus{i-ruhs}Greek people
Isis{y'-sis}Egyptian
Ixion{iks'-ee-ahn}Greek people

J
Jabberwock{jab-er-wah-kee}General folklore
Janus{jayn'-uhs}Roman
Jason{jay'-suhn}Greek people
Jimaninos{heem-awn-neen-yo's}General folklore

K
Kishelemukong{keesh ay lay mukong}Native American
Kraken{Krah'kun}General folklore

L
Laestrygones{lie-stri-go'-nays}Greek people
Lamia{lam'-ee-uh}Greek
Laomedon{lay-ahm'-ih-dahn}Greek
Larissa{la'-ree-suh}Greek
Lasair{loh'seer}Celtic
Leda{lee'-duh}Greek
Lethe{lee'-thee}Greek
Leto{lee'-toh}Greek
Lir{leer}Celtic
Lliannan-She{le-an'uhn-shee}General folklore
Loki{loh'-kee}Norse
Lotophages{lo-to-fag'-es}Greek people
Lysithea{ly-see'-thee-uh}Greek

M
Macha{mak-kha}Celtic
Maenads{mee'-nadz}Greek
Manetuwak{mah nay'too wahk}Native American
Manitou{man'uh-too}Native American
Manu{muh'-noo}Hindu
Marduk{mah'-duk}Mesopotamian
Marsyas{mahr-see-uhs}Greek
Matagi{matangi}Polynesian
Medea{meh-dee'-uh}Greek people
Medusa{muh-doo'-suh}Greek
Meleager{mel-ee-ay'-jur}Greek people
Memnon{mem'-nahn}Greek people
Menelaus{men-uh-lay'-uhs}Greek people
Meteinuwak{may tay'inu-wahk}Native American
Metis{mee'-tis}Greek
Midas{my'-duhs}Greek
Mimas{my'-mas}Greek
Mimir{mee'-mir}Norse
Minos{my'-nuhs}Greek
Mnemosyne{nemoz'ini}Greek
Moddey Dhoo{maw-dhu doo}General folklore
Morpheus{mohr'-fee-uhs}Greek
Morrigan{mor-rig-ahn}Celtic

N
Nagas{nah'-guhs}Hindu
Naiads{nay'-ads}Greek
Narcissus{nahr-sis'-uhs}Greek
Nemesis{nem'-uh-sis}Greek
Neoptolemus{nee-ahp-tahl'-i-muhs}Greek people
Nereids{nee'-reeds}Greek
Nereus{nee'-ree-uhs}Greek
Nestor{nes'-tur}Greek
Niflheim{nee'-ful-hym}Norse
Nike{ny'-kee}Greek
Niobe{ny'-oh-bee}Greek
Nisse{niss-eh}General folklore

O
Odin{oh'-din}Norse
Odysseus{oh-dis'-ee-uhs}Greek people
Ohtas{oe'tahs}Native American
Ometeotl{oh-meh-teh-ohtl'}Aztec
Orestes{ohr-es'-teez}Greek people
Orion{oh-ry'-uhn}Greek people
Orpheus{ohr'-fee-uhs}Greek people

P
Palamedes{pal-uh-meed'-eez}Greek people
Pandora{pan-dohr'-uh}Greek
Paris{par'-is}Greek people
Patroclus{pa-tro'-kluhs}Greek people
Pegasus{peg'-uh-suhs}Greek
Pele{pay'-lay}Polynesian
Peleus{pe-lay'-uhs}Greek people
Pelops{pee'-lahps}Greek people
Penates{puh-nay'-teez}Roman
Penelope{puh-nel'-uh-pee}Greek people
Persephone{pur-sef'-uh-nee}Greek
Perseus{pur'-see-uhs}Greek people
Phaeton{fay'-uh-thuhn}Greek
Philoctetes{fil-ahk-tee'-teez}Greek people
Philomela{fil-oh-mee'-luh}Greek people
Phobos{fo'-bos}Greek
Phoebe{fee'-bee}Greek
Phoenix{fee'-niks}Greek
Pirithous{py-rith'-oh-uhs}Greek people
Pleiades{plee'-uh-deez}Greek
Pluto{ploo'-toh}Roman
Polyphemus{pah-luh-fee'-muhs}Greek
Poseidon{puh-sy'-duhn}Greek
Priam{pri'-am}Greek people
Priapus{pry-ay'-puhs}Roman
Prometheus{proh-mee'-thee-uhs}Greek
Proteus{proh'-tee-uhs}Greek
Prthivi{prit'hi-vee}Hindu
Psyche{sy'-kee}Greek
Ptah{ptah}Egyptian
Pygmalion{pig-mayl'-ee-uhn}Greek
Pyramus and Thisbe{peer'-uh-muhs thiz'-bee}Other
Python{py'-thahn}Greek

Q
Quaoar{kwah'-o-ar}Native American
Quetzalcoatl{keht-sahl-coh'-atl}Aztec
Quirinus{kwir'-in-uhs}Roman

R
Ragnarok{rag'-nuh-rahk}Norse
Remus{ree'-muhs}Roman
Rhea{ree'-uh}Greek
Romulus{rahm'-yoo-luhs}Roman

S
Sarpedon{sahr-pee'-duhn}Greek
Satan{say'-tuhn}Judaic
Satyrs{say'-tur}Greek
Scathach{scou'-ha, or skah'-thakh}Celtic
Sciron{si'ron}Greek people
Scylla{sil'-uh}Greek
Selene{suh-lee'-nee}Greek
Semele{sem'-uh-lee}Greek
Semiramis{sem-ir'-uh-mis}Other
Sibyl{sib'-ul}Greek
Sidhe{shee}General folklore
Silenus{sy-lee'-nuhs}Greek
Sinon{si'non}Greek people
Sinope{see'-noh-pee}Greek
Sisyphus{sis'-i-fuhs}Greek
Sluag{sloo-ah}General folklore
Somnus{sahm'-nuhs}Roman
Styx{stiks}Greek

T
Taime{ty-may'}Native American
Tantalus{tan'-tuh-luhs}Greek people
Tartarus{tahr'-tuh-ruhs}Greek
Telemachus{tuh-lem'-a-kuhs}Greek people
Tethys{thee'-thus}Greek
Tezcatlipoca{tehs-cah-tlee-poh'-cah}Aztec
Thalassa{tuh-lass'-uh}Greek
Thanatos{than'-uh-tahs}Greek
Thebe{thee'-bee}Greek
Theseus{thee'-see-uhs}Greek people
Thetis{thee'-tis}Greek
Thisbe{thiz'-bee}Other
Thor{thohr}Norse
Thoth{thahth}Egyptian
Tir na n-Og{teer na no-'gue}Celtic
Tiresias{ty-ree'-see-uhs}Greek people
Titans{ty'-tuhns}Greek
Tlaloc{tlah'-lohk}Aztec
Triton{tryt'-uhn}Greek
Tuatha Dé Danann{thoo'a-haw day dah'-nawn}Celtic
Twm Shon Catti{toom shon kat'i}Celtic

U
Ultor{uhl'tawr}Roman
Ulysses{yoo-lis'-eez}Roman
Uranus{yoo-ray'-nuhs}Greek

V
Valhalla{val-hal'-uh}Norse
Valkyries{val-keer'-eez}Norse
Veeteni{ve-e-te-ni}Polynesian
Vesta{ves'-tuh}Roman
Vulcan{vuhl'-kuhn}Roman

W
Wakan{wah'k'n}Native American
Wananikwe{wah nuh nihk'way}Native American
Wendigo{win-dee-go}Native American
Wovoka{who-voh'kuh}Native American

X
Xevioso{he-vi-o'so}African

Y
Yaaru{yah'roo}Egyptian
Ymir{ee'-mair}Norse
Yuwipi{yoo-wih'pee}Native American

Z
Zeus{zoos}Greek

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