I know there are dog gods like the Inugami but are there any evil dog gods? By this I mean a god that is clearly evil but still represented as a dog. Cerberus would fit the bil if it where a god and evil. That is the direction I am going for



is a possibility, if you're,willing to stretch the meaning of "dog" a bit.

Set is one of the oldest gods in Egyptian mythology. He is usually represented by a mythical sha or "Set-animal" 𓃩 which appears to be some sort of canid in general, combined with some other supernatural characteristics. As time passed, Set himself had an anthropomorphic form with the head of a sha.

One problem with this relates to the "evilness" of Set. Although the Osiris myth where Set murders and mutilates Osiris dates from the 24th Century BCE, Set was also a protector of Ra from the chaos god Apep. Some Pharaohs such as the 19th Dynasty Seti I and II chose Set-based names instead of Horus or Amun-based ones.

Set didn't really become an "evil" deity until the 11th century BCE and onwards, when Egypt was conquered by the Nubians, Assryians, and Persians.

  • Certainly interesting! I kinda discardet Seth because I did not know it as evil only as protector of Ra (coincidentally from Gods of Egypt but that movie was horrible). If you could expand on whyit became evil i might accept the answer, if you have time of coursze – PrincessFrooFroo yesterday

The closest one (it's not really a god) that comes to my mind is the Norse hellhound Garmr, who is given a mostly evil connotation (he's described as howling and blood-stained, and is associated with the coming of Ragnarok).

Also, in his article The Hellhound, Bruce Lincoln describes a widespread Indo-European motif of two otherworldly dogs: a "white dog of life" and a "black dog of death", of which clearly the latter seems to be characterized as evil, or at least menacing. If you are interested, I recommend you take a look at the article, as he provides many references on otherworldly dogs in Indo-European myth and folklore.

  • Thank you for answring. these are not gods though – PrincessFrooFroo Feb 12 at 12:20
  • Yes, indeed. I'm afraid that as far as Indo-European mythologies go this is a good as it gets... You might want to look up the Atzec dog-headed god Xolotl, but on that I'm much more ignorant and I cannot provide any sources. – Gullintanni Feb 12 at 14:42

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