Myths from Mesopotamia: Creation, the Flood, Gilgamesh, and Others Characters

Stephanie Dalley
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Anu

As the god of Uruk and the father of the older generation of gods, Anu plays a vital role in several Mesopotamian myths. In "Atrahasis", Anu tells the other gods who to look for in order to create mankind. In "Anzu", it is Anu who calls for the death of the thief of the Tablet of Destiny. In "Erra and Ishum", it is Anu who gives the seven terrors to Erra as destroyers of mankind. Further, Anu is father to Ellil, Adad, Gerra, Shara, and in some areas, Ishtar. Without Anu, many of these stories would not have characters, nor a "father" figure for the gods. Anu is the son of Anshar and Kishar.

Atrahasis

Also known as Ut-napishtim in the myth of "Gilgamesh", Atrahasis is the savior of mankind. Atrahasis, through his relationship with his god Ea, saves the population of the earth several times prior to...

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