MESOPOTAMIAN MYTHOLOGY PART #1
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Mesopotamian Mythology Part #1.
When you hear the words Mesopotamian Mythology, you may
be very confused as to exactly where this religion originated and what it is
really all about. Well, to answer these questions short and sweet, Mesopotamian
Mythology is a combination of Babylonian, Assyrian, Akkadian, and Sumerian
religions. Within these groups the people had their own beliefs and myths,
however since they were all close many of the religions became intertwined.
Mesopotamian Mythology was even influenced by other cultures in the area such as
the Phoenicians and the Hitties. Because of this some of the myths are
Today, the area in which the Mesopotamian Mythology
began is what we know as Iraq. Many religions we know today have roots in the
Mesopotamian area including Judaism, Islam, and Christianity.
The most prominent figures in Mesopotamina
Mythology are as follows:
These were the seven Sumerian wise men that
resembled fishlike men. They were the caretakers of the god Enki.
Apsu was an ancient Sumero-Akkadian god. He
represented the waters that were considered to be sweet below the earth’s
surface. In later writings, the sweet waters (Apsu) and the salty waters (Tiamat)
joined to create a third element, which is believed to be the cloud that created
the first gods. All of mankind was believed to have been created from the clay
that was made by Apsu.
Anu was the god of the “great above” for the
Sumerians and Babylonians. He was known as the father of gods. His parents were
Ansar and Kisar and he was in the second generation of gods. The first triad of
Mesopotamian god included Anu, Enlil, and Ea.
Dagon was known as the god of vegetation by the Mesopotamian culture. He is the
god that is believed to have invented the plough and shared his knowledge with
mankind in order for them to grow crops for food. He is one of the oldest gods
on record and was depicted as half man and half fish.
Ea was the Summerian and Babylonians god of sweet
waters. He was the son of Ansar and Kisar. He was known to be one of the wisest
of all gods with knowledge of never-ending. He was believed to have aided
mankind with their knowledge of medicine and the arts. Marduk was the son of Ea.
Ea told the plans of Enlil to destroy the earth and its inhabitants with a
flood. This is the Babylonian version of Noah and the Ark in Christianity.
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