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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 inconsistent.

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:

Abgal
These were the seven Sumerian wise men that resembled fishlike men. They were the caretakers of the god Enki.

Apsu
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
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
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
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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