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Cynothoglys, also The Mortician God or She Whose Hand Embalms, is a Great Old One which features in the H.P. Lovecraft-inspired Cthulhu Mythos.


Whilst information on Cynothoglys is somewhat scarce, it is known that when summoned, she manifests as a formless mass of protoplasm from which protrudes a single arm. She uses this appendage to catch those who summon her and deliver to them a blissful death, possibly the reason for which she is called forth in the first place. This may mean that, unlike so many others of her kind, The Mortician God is actually a benevolent entity.

Worshiped by an exclusive cult in ancient Italy as a deity whose purview was the preparation of the dead, Cynothoglys is not merely the embalmer god of mortal creatures but also of the gods themselves.


  • The Prodigy of Dreams (1994), by Thomas Ligotti.
  • The Seed of the Star-God (1984), by Richard L. Tierney.

See Also

  • Etepsed Egnis, another Great Old One with a very similar description.