Lovatar is a goddess who takes many forms and has many names, featured in the ancient Finnish epic The Kalevala. Blind daughter of the god of death, Lovatar gave birth to nine diseases (including plague, sterility and cancer). Yikes! In the Kalevala, Lovatar takes the form of a powerful, shape-shifting witch named Louhi who does fierce battle with the epic’s protagonists for the magical artifact Sampo (depicted above). Later on in the epic, Louhi attempts to steal the sun, moon and stars.