Indigenous Terms From Around the World for Vættir

Written by Dyami Millarson

Vættir, a concept which blurs the line between the spiritual and divine, are called:

  • 神 (Kami) among the Japanese
  • カムィ(Kamuy) among the Ainu
  • 神 (Shén) among the Mandarin Chinese speakers
  • 神 (Sin) among the Koreans
  • Тэнгэр (Tenger) among the Mongolians
  • Таҥара (Taŋara) among the Yakuts
  • ᡝᠨᡩᡠᡵᡳ (Enduri) among the Manchus
  • Thần among the Vietnamese
  • ຜີ (Phi) among the Laotians
  • ผี (Phi) among the Thai
  • Anito among the Tao people of Taiwan and Filipinos
  • Aniti among the Micronesians
  • Hantu among the Malays and Indonesians
  • Atua among the Māori and Samoans
  • Akua among the Hawaiians
  • Aitu among the Tahitians
  • Òrìṣà among the Yoruba
  • Lwa among the Afro-Haitians
  • Vodon among the Fon
  • Alusi/Arusi among the Igbo
  • Winti among the Afro-Surinamese
  • Minkisi/Nkisi among the Kongo people
  • Apu among the Quechua speakers (descendants of the Incas)
  • Angels and Devils among the Christians
  • Kabouters among the Dutch
  • Tomtar and Älvor among the Swedes
  • Tuftar among the Norwegians
  • Nisser among the Danes
  • Fairies among the English
  • Ierdmantsjes among the Shire Frisians
  • Δαίμονες (Daímones) among the Ancient Greeks
  • Nūmina among the Ancient Romans
  • Jinn among the Ancient Arabs
  • ᠲᠩᠷᠢ (Tngri) among the Ancient Mongolians
  • Teōtl among the Aztecs (Classical Nāhuatl speakers)

This list is by no means exhaustive.

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