God of the Week: Yama

01/23/2012: Yama

In Hinduism and Buddhism, Yama is the lord of death, being assigned this role because he was the first man to die.

YAMA IS the god of death, the sovereign of the infernal regions. Sinister and fearful, he judges the dead whom his messengers drag before his throne. He is the embodiment of righteousness (dharma) and the king-of-justice (dharma-rāja). He is, however, amenable to pity.

The Myths and Gods of India, Alain DaniélouSoma is personified as a deity and is one of the most important gods of the Vedas. All of the 114 hymns of the ninth book of theṚg Veda are in praise of Soma. There are six more hymns addressed to him in other books of the Ṛg Veda. The whole of theSāma Veda is dedicated to Soma. Soma is represented as an all-powerful god, healer of all diseases, bestower of riches, lord of all the other gods, and is sometimes identified with the Supreme Being.

The Myths and Gods of India, Alain Daniélou

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