For most part, it seems that the Asgard have the names of (and presumably interacted with humans in the past as) Norse pantheon; whereas Goa'uld impersonated Ancient Egyptian pantheon.

Were there any cases when either of the two (or any other aliens) represented gods outside Norse and Egyptian (but actual real-world) Earth myths?

  • I don't think the other races impersonated ancient earth pantheon, rather the pantheon followed the alien races. Ancient humans not able to understanding what they were seeing/experiencing became the religion/folk lore. – Chris L Feb 23 '16 at 19:17

The Goa'uld have actually impersonated gods from various mythologies. For example Ba'al was a Caananite deity, Cronus was the father of Zeus in the Greek mythology, and Nirrti was a Hindu goddess.

See Goa'uld Characters in Stargate.


There are a considerable number of Goa'uld (and other alien) characters in Stargate that represent figures from a range of Earth mythologies;

  • Ba'al, Moloc, Qetesh and Marduk represent Canaanite gods
  • Cronus, Ares, Nerus, Athena, Pelops and Thanos (aka Thanatos) represent Greek gods
  • Nirrti and Kali represent Hindu gods
  • Lord Yu represents a Chinese emperor (interestingly not considered a god in Chinese mythos)
  • Amaterasu represents a Japanese god
  • Camulus and Morrigan represent Celtic gods
  • Olokun represents a Yoruba god
  • Ishkur represents a Messopotamian god,
  • Svarog represents a Slavic god
  • Telchak (also known as Chaac) and Zipacna represent Mayan gods
  • Tiamat (a Goa'uld) and Omoroca (an Ohne) represent Babylonian gods
  • Sokar (Satan) represents a figure from Christianity (h/t to @Greenstone Walker)
  • Oma Desala (an ancient) is a literal translation of Mother Earth from Buddhist mythos.
  • Merlin (an ancient) represents a figure from Arthurian legend.
  • Very comprehensive list across a wide range of myths, well done. – Ihor Sypko Dec 26 '13 at 18:51
  • We shouldn't forget the various ascended beings which probably correlate with the deities from Zoroastrianism (basically a duotheist religion if you've never heard of it). – John O Dec 27 '13 at 1:32
  • Interesting point, John. I was unaware of any direct connection with any Ascended and Zoroaster. Anubis represents an ancient Egyptian god, Oma Desala is a literal translation of Mother Earth from Buddhism, the Ori and the Ancients embody various pagan characters (including Merlin and Morgan le Fay) and Orlin and the other ascended don't appear to have any special religious meaning. Can you give a specific example? – Valorum Dec 27 '13 at 11:43
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    Also Satan, from Christian mythology. – Greenstone Walker Dec 1 '14 at 3:13
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    @talonx - The trick is to make a couple of other minor edits to bring the letter count up. For example, adding or removing some periods or commas. – Valorum Feb 23 '16 at 17:59

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