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10 Badass Ancient Goddesses Tougher than Angelina Jolie's Movie Characters ...

By A.J.

If you're used to enjoying a nice cup of Gloria Jean's coffee while watching Tomb Raider on Netflix, get ready for your world to be shaken up. These ancient goddesses mean business, and they're a lot more intimidating than Lara Croft, Aeon Flux and The Black Widow put together.

1 Anat

A really badass ancient goddess, this deity of love and war from Semitic mythology was a virgin famous for her ferocity in battle. She'd burn, cut or otherwise strike down practically any guy who ticked her off.

2 Hel

If you were impressed by the movie Thor, any film made about Hel, the most powerful goddess of Norse mythology will probably keep you glued to your seat. Daughter of Loki, she ruled over the underworld, Helheim, and had the job of judging the dead.

3 Mami Wata

In African mythology, Mami Wata is the most badass female deity you'll find. An embodiment of the spirit of water, she often appears as a mermaid with a serpent around her neck, and, according to ancient legends, she's volatile, seductive and highly dangerous – a lot like The Bride in Kill Bill.

4 Athena

The goddess of wisdom and military victory in ancient Greek mythology, Athena was somewhat like Leeloo – the Supreme Being from the Fifth Element. Helping heroes like Hercules and Perseus and stopping global catastrophes from happening, she's smart, strong and resourceful, and you definitely want her on your side in a fight.

5 Tefnut

Tefnut was the goddess of moisture, dew and rain in ancient Egyptian mythology and the grandmother of Horus, Isis, Osiris and Set. Not only was her appearance incredibly scary (lion head and the body of a snake), but her rage caused droughts that could cause some serious damage in a place like Egypt.

6 Louhi

In Finnish mythology, Louhi or Lovatar was a goddess that took many shapes and forms and gave birth to seven frightening diseases, including the plague and cancer. At one time she even tried to steal the Sun, the Moon and the stars.

7 Mazu

Also known as Tin Hau, Mazu was the goddess who protected sailors from pirates and the dangers of the sea in ancient China. She was hailed as a miracle worker and believed to have had supernatural powers.

8 Ixchel

The Mayan goddess of childbirth and war was a baddass ancient female deity. She's often portrayed with jaguar claws and ears, and she wears a serpent as a headdress. Mayan women even founded an island dedicated to her worship.

9 Hera

Hera was probably one of the most vengeful goddesses ever, especially when it came to payback time for Zeus' many affairs with mortals. She was a lifelong foe of Hercules – Zeus' illegitimate son – and turned the queen of Libya, Lamia, into a horrible monster who ate her children, just because Zeus loved her.

10 Tiamat

Known as the “Chaos Monster”, Tiamat was depicted as a feathered dragon in Babylonian mythology, and she led an army of demons against the gods, after they had killed her beloved Apsu due to his defiance. The gods then split Tiamat's body in two, creating the sky and the Earth.

Lara Croft is certainly an impressive female role model these days, but you have to agree that she will never be a match for these truly badass goddesses. Which of them would you want on your side when you get into trouble?


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