Questions tagged [sumerian]

For questions relating to the mythology of Sumer, the land of the Sumerians around the Euphrates and Tigris rivers, which was later called Mesopotamia by the Ancient Greeks. See also the [mesopotamia] tag.

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What is the meaning of the star symbols appearing on seal VA 243?

Here is the picture of cylinder seal VA/243. Image credits: Z. Sitchin This seal was named like that because it is number 243 in the collection of the Vorderasiatische Museum in Berlin. What is the ...
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What was the plant that Gilgamesh found after Utnapishtim's story?

I'm assuming that the Gilgamesh myth is fairly distinct from the Mesoamerican Fountain of Youth and the Hindu Soma, but are there any corroborating myths or other research into the details of the ...
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Why is Gilgamesh considered to be one-third human and two-third god?

Most of the time, the term "demigod" is used to describe people who are the offspring of a god and a human. As far as I know, Gilgamesh is the child of a goddess and a king. Why then is Gilgamesh ...
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How many Great Gods did the Sumerians have?

How many Great Gods did the Sumerians have? Was it twelve, as counted on Wikipedia, or it's just a coincidence? Does the number of Great Gods have any meaning? For example in this article it's ...
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Are Noah and Ziusudra the same person?

There are similarities between the stories of Noah from the Bible and Ziusudra hero of the Sumerian flood epic. Both stories describe a flood myth. Based on what kind of information/similarities we ...
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What demons/fabulous creatures did the Sumerians mention?

I'm looking into fabulous creatures and demons specifically in Sumerian texts, or, if possible, in Akkadian texts but where the creature/demon still had a Sumerian origin. I can't seem to find a ...
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What is the difference between Igigi and Anunnaki deities?

On Anunnaki Wikipedia page we can read: Their relation to the group of gods known as the Igigi is unclear – at times the names are used synonymously but in the Atra-Hasis flood myth the Igigi are the ...
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What is the meaning of the word “me” in The Descent of Inanna

In The Descent of Inanna, the word "me" is used as a noun in several places: With the me in her possession, she prepared herself: ... She who receives the me of the underworld does not return. ...