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What gods were there in ancient religions related to games? I know there were gods related to chance, but even in the ancient world, not all games relied on luck (Olympic games, other sports competitions, Go, Chaturanga).

I'm searching for gods, but will welcome other mythical creatures as well, for the sake of this question most prominent immortals/wise kings/saints etc. can be swapped for gods. The relation between them and games has to be direct, no "well they were about strategy, so they are also gods of strategy games" etc.

Unfortunately, when searching for gods related to games on google, your results are flooded with modern game titles with "god" in the title, and I can't seem to find a related page on Wikipedia.

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Hermes - was the emissary and messenger of the gods. Wikipedia don't says that, but he was a god of games and luck too.

  • Hello. Could you please provide a source - preferably ancient - that associates Hermes with games? – yannis Jan 30 '18 at 13:00
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    This is correct. In the 27th Orphic Hymn, he is called "studious of contests" (still trying to track down the Greek so I can see the actual word, but it is though to be a reference to the athletic games.) Encyclopedia Mythica also talks about Hermes presiding over the game of dice, and has references. – DukeZhou Jan 31 '18 at 21:15
  • Good answer, and since no other people answered, this will be THE answer. – Xyzk Aug 8 '18 at 11:18

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