word for God
, originally thought of as feminine. The modern word Goddess
has changed connotations to represent a lesser form of divinity
. Deva had the meaning we typically think of as the word God today, however God was thought to be the Great Mother
In Buddhism Deva's are highly evolved beings who inhabit different levels of existence. Deva's are commonly associated with great beauty and bliss.
Modern New Age
versions of Deva's are thought of similarly to angels, nature spirits, or fairies.
Deva gave life to all things.