What I particularly want to know is whether any god or major entity in any religion has been primarily associated with cruelty, understood as taking pleasure in causing pain.

I have been unable to find anything on my own on Google. Perhaps a list of major deities and their defining traits as a resource could be enough. If such a deity does exist, I would appreciate a list if possible.

  • Can you define cruelty a bit? There are God's of war which you could consider cruel, or are you looking for ________ the god of cruelty? – EvanM Apr 19 '17 at 11:15
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    Not entirely sure this is history. Mythology might be more appropriate. Sekhmet perhaps? Artemis to unwelcome suitors? The ensuing arguments are certainly not resolves let through historical sources & methods. – Mark C. Wallace Apr 19 '17 at 11:34
  • @EvanM The latter. A deity focused on cruelty, understood as "taking pleasure in causing pain or suffering to others". – The lightbringer Apr 19 '17 at 12:22
  • @MarkC.Wallace I posted my question here because I saw other questions related to mythology, and this one seemed to fit. I believe that whether such a deity existed or not is a matter of historical importance, however small. – The lightbringer Apr 19 '17 at 12:23
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    I would have to agree with @MarkC.Wallace on this one. That being said, Tartarus, maybe a fit for what you are looking for. He was the Roman's answer for Hell and Satan. Let me know if that matches what you are looking for. – EvanM Apr 19 '17 at 12:33

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