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By David Leeming

Esteemed pupil David Leeming, who has authored greater than twelve books on mythology, the following bargains the 1st finished narrative examine of the mythology of the center East, that tumultuous zone that used to be the cradle of civilization. Leeming starts with a quick, enticing historical past of the center East, spanning Neolithic cultures, the Bronze Age and the Iron Age, the discovery of writing and the increase of Egypt and Babylonia, Israel and Roman rule, and the early heritage of the Jews, Christians, and Muslims. this is often through an in-depth dialogue of the mythology of the quarter, overlaying person pantheons, cosmic myths, mythic heroes, and lots more and plenty extra. Leeming levels from prehistoric figures similar to the mum Goddess of ?atal H?y?k to Mesopotamian gods akin to Marduk and mythic heroes akin to Gilgamesh, to the pantheon of Egyptian mythology, together with the falcon-headed sky-sun god Horus and jackal-headed Anubis. the writer additionally bargains an illuminating exploration of the mythology of the 3 nice monotheistic religions of the zone: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. In a provocative Epilogue, Leeming depicts cutting-edge trouble within the center East as "violent, truly immoral, and unlawful activities" justified by way of "what can basically be referred to as myths." He notes that fundamentalists within the area's 3 religions all see their method because the in basic terms method, forgetting that myths characterize truths which are religious and philosophical--not historic occasions that may be used to justify acts of violence. With key maps, illustrations, bibliography, and index, Jealous Gods and selected humans presents an inclusive, authoritative, and beautiful account of a mythology that continues to be a potent--and frequently destructive--force on the earth this day.

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Their son Asarluhi was later assimilated in Babylon into the god Marduk. Like most trickster gods, Enki possessed an insatiable sexual appetite, a fact that probably was a metaphorical expression of his role as a god of fertility and irrigation. Inanna Eventually the most important of the Mesopotamian goddesses was Inanna (Ishtar), also known as Innin or Ninnin. " In her assimilation with the Akkadian Semitic astral goddess Ishtar, she was called "mistress of the me" making her (with An and Enlil) one of the most powerful of deities.

After destroying the city of Ugarit and other Canaanite centers and establishing their own state with cities such as Gaza and Ekron in what is now southern coastal Israel, the Philistines would gradually assimilate much of the indigenous Canaanite culture, including language and mythology. The name of their state, Philistia, would evolve still later into Palestine, the term eventually used for southern Canaan. E. Hebrew influx into Canaan is shrouded in mystery. This is because at first it was too insignificant in size to have much impact when compared to more unified and larger cultures such as the Assyrian, Egyptian, or Hittite.

But Ninhursaga wiped excess semen from the young goddess's body—the body of "vegetation"—and created eight new plants. In order to name these plants—that is, to declare their fates—Enki had first to eat them. " Presumably the dust signifies that the land had dried up, deprived of Ninhursaga's fertile presence and of Enki's vital fluids, eight parts of his body now in a sense being clogged by the eight plants he had eaten. It was a little fox who determined a way of bringing the great goddess back.

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