Beer Gods

Beer Gods

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You have already get to know Ninkasi the Mesopotamian goddess of brewing and beer, but the list of alcohol deities contains much more weird and curios gods and goddesses (or rabbits) than her. Let’s see a small collection of them!

Acan, the Mayan god of alcohol usually makes a fool of himself. Also, his name literally means “groan” so he’s also a great summary on nowadays comic relief characters.

Aegir, the Norse god of the seas was not only the possibly first Northern homebrewer (check this, BrewDog!) alongside his nine daughters, but the greatest host ever in the history of the catering industry. They brewed their beer for their fellow gods in a giant cauldron given by Thor and served it in mugs that always refilled themselves. Automatic water inlet at its best.

Ashnan, the Sumerian goddess of grains and server of the other gods once got so hammered that not only she became the goddess of drunkenness, but it made Enlil, one of the supreme gods so annoyed that he had to create humans as future servants. Thanks, Ashnan! Or, even, thanks, beer!

Bieresals, these German kobolds have been commonly known of cleaning all bottles and jugs in the cellar. The tablet for these preindustrial washing machines was a portion of the family’s supper beer. Little known fact that Brewie has two Bieresals, and yes, they created your Brewie Pads also.

Centzon-Totochtin is not simply a name for an Aztec god, but they are the Four Hundred Drunken Rabbit Gods that depict the infinite (400 equaled infinite for Aztecs) ways of being intoxicated. As drinking is instinctively a social program, there are gods with the names of “Two Rabbits” or even “Five Rabbits”. Disclaimer: do NOT try to get 400 rabbits drunk at home.

Cerridwen, as a Celtic goddess provides us a great relief. As goddess of barley, she used the witches’ cauldron of inspiration to make beer, so anytime you see a hag bending over some concoction, do not flinch, as it might be a nice IPA.

Dagon, the Phoenician god of grains only got into the list to alert you: this Dagon is definitely NOT the Dagon you might read about in a H. P. Lovecraft story. Drink a beer with this Dagon - run away from that one!

We know very little of Mamlambo, the Zulu goddess of beermakers, but what we know is enough for a bunch of other deities. She is mostly depicted as a river reptile, with the torso of a horse, the lower body of a fish, a neck of a snake and short legs. Now we know also that snakes have necks.

Read more about zany characters here:
http://brookstonbeerbulletin.com/know-your-beer-gods-goddesses/