sun god

noun, often capitalized S&G

Definition of sun god 

: a god that represents or personifies the sun in various religions

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According to historians, the Incas believed each year’s winter solstice marked the rebirth of a sun god who watched them from above and ruled over whether crops withered or grew in abundance. Washington Post, "AP PHOTOS: Incan festival pays homage to sun across Andes," 25 June 2018 Today, remnants of twin temples—to the north, a blue one dedicated to the Aztec rain god Tláloc, and to the south, a red one dedicated to the Aztec sun god Huitzilopochtli—still top the pyramid’s central platform, joined by parallel staircases. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "Earthquake Reveals 12th-Century Temple Hidden Within Aztec Pyramid," 12 July 2018 On Sunday, indigenous communities along the path of the once powerful Incan Empire gathered for the Southern Hemisphere’s winter solstice to honor the ancient sun god Inti. Washington Post, "AP PHOTOS: Incan festival pays homage to sun across Andes," 25 June 2018 Mount of Apollo Found beneath the ring finger, the Mount of Apollo derives its name from the sun god of classical antiquity. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "A Beginner's Guide to Reading Palms," 4 June 2018 The novel is a loose retelling of Ovid’s myth of Daphne and Apollo, in which the forest nymph prefers her freedom over the greedy love of the sun god. Natalie Serber, New York Times, "A Debut Novel Upends the Myth of Apollo and Daphne," 27 Feb. 2018 After his success in theater, Evans booked his first major film role, playing the sun god Apollo in 2010’s Clash of the Titans. Aurelie Corinthios,, "Luke Evans: Everything You Need to Know About the Hunky Star of The Alienist," 22 Jan. 2018 In uniquely Egyptian symbolism, the pyramids were associating the pharaohs buried in them indissolubly with the supreme creator and sun god, Ra, metaphorically assuring their resurrection. Klara Glowczewska, Town & Country, "A Passage To Egypt," 18 Sep. 2014 Long, long ago, the ancient Egyptian sun god Re grew angry with humanity. Jacob Brogan, Smithsonian, "Why the Ancient Egyptians Loved Their Kitties," 11 Oct. 2017

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circa 1592, in the meaning defined above

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: a god that represents the sun in various religions

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