Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Dumuzi and Sarpanit

: A mother goddess and the consort of the chief god, Marduk. Their marriage was celebrated annually at New Year in Babylon. She was worshipped via the rising moon, and was often depicted as being pregnant. She is also known as Erua, Zarpanit, Zarpandit, Zerpanitum, Zerbanitu, and Zirbanit. She may be the same as Gamsu, Ishtar, and/or Beltis.

Dumuzi- A god of vegetation and fertility, and also of the underworld. He is called 'the Shepherd' and 'lord of the sheepfolds'. As the companion of Nigizzida 'to all eternity' he stands at the gate of heaven.

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