Erlik was a Tenger, sired by Tengri, the god of the Eternal Blue Sky who predated all things in central Asia, and coupled with Gaea to create the god Erlik, Gaea providing a physical body by shaping it from mud, and Tengri imbuing it with life essence (or kut).

Erlik became prideful and arrogant, forcing Tengri to banish him to the underworld, where he became the god of death and evil. Tengri replaced Erlik as architect of the Earthly plane with Ulgen. The banished Erlik descended upon humanity with sin and disease, even finding a small group of worshipers during the Hyborian Age centuries before the other gods became popular.[1]

Pre-Cataclysmic Age

In the days ancient Zarfhaana, Erlik was stated to be "but a devil to frighten children".[13]

In ancient Valusia, mortally wounded nobleman Vonndhar was granted eternal life by Erlik, in exchange for his service.[1]

Hyborian Age

The Tarim

After the Great Cataclysm circa 18,000 BC, the prophet known as the Tarim was worshiped as Erlik's living avatar and brought Erlik worship to Hyrkanian tribes, who founded the Turanian Empire.[1]


Around the same time, Erlik was worshiped in Pathenia, a remote northern realm.[1] where was located the Temple of Erlik.[14][15]

13,000 BC

Circa 13,000 BC, Erlik was considered a "minor godling of the steppes", at least by Acheronian priest of Set Kheperu.[16]

10,000 BC

Erlik achieved prominence around 10,000 BC.[17] and was worshiped in Turan[18] and Hyrkania,[19]

Around that point, Vonndhar relinquished his life to Erlik to restore his would-be-lover Jenna of Shadizar.

Through the Tarim, and allied with the Celtic goddess Scathach, Erlik arranged for Sonja of Hyrkania to become a mighty warrior.

The Lemurians, Hyrkanians and Turanians were the ancestors of the Huns, Mongols, Tartars and Turks.[1]

Modern days

Erlik is worshipped by the xenophobic Khirgiz tribe of Afghanistan, descendants of the Mongols.[1]

Discover and Discuss


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 1.9 Thor & Hercules: Encyclopaedia Mythologica #1; The Tenger's entry
  2. Conan the Barbarian #66
  3. Savage Sword of Conan Vol 2 #1; The Shadow of Vengeance: Chapter I
  4. Conan the Barbarian #26
  5. Conan the Barbarian #155
  6. 6.0 6.1 Conan the Barbarian #120
  7. Savage Sword of Conan #31; The Flame Knife
  8. 8.0 8.1 Handbook of the Conan Universe #1; Hyrkania's entry
  9. Savage Sword of Conan Vol 2 #10; The Shadow of Vengeance - Chapter X
  10. 10.0 10.1 Savage Sword of Conan #235; Daughter of Raktavashi
  11. Conan the Barbarian #38
  12. Marvel Zombies Handbook #1; Demons' entry
  13. Savage Sword of Conan #37; Sons of the White Wolf
  14. Savage Sword of Conan #31; A Gazetteer of the Hyborian Age Part II, Erlik, Temple of's entry
  15. Savage Sword of Conan #38; A Gazetteer of the Hyborian Age Part VI, Panthenia's entry
  16. Savage Sword of Conan #230; Shall Python Fall
  17. All-New Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe #3; Council of Godheads's entry
  18. Conan the Barbarian #19
  19. Conan the Barbarian #21

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