For as long as humans have existed on this Earth, their various civilisations have developed religious beliefs surrounding the importance of the Sun. As time has passed, some of these early ideas have developed and established themselves into cultures of todays.
A number of religions and ethnic groups not only see significant in the sun itself but worship their own solar deities, or gods and goddess, who represent the Sun, or one of its features for example it’s strength, warmth and power.
Our infographic below looks at a variety of different solar deities, from the ancient Greek Sun God Helios who rode through the skies in his horse-led chariot to Aztec Huitzilopochtli, a fearsome blue warrior who wore hummingbird feathers on his head. How many of these sun gods and goddess have you heard of before?