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Gods, Goddesses, Demons and Monsters   Leave a comment

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The people of Mesopotamia believed that their world was controlled by gods and goddesses, demons and monsters.Ishtar (Innana)

There were hundreds of gods who were responsible for everything in the world, from rivers and trees to making bread and pottery.

Each city was protected by its own special god or goddess and their family. Large temples were built in the centre of the city for these gods to live in. Priests looked after the gods with special rituals. There were also smaller temples throughout the city where ordinary people could make offerings.

Bull manBull manDemons were created by the gods with human bodies and animal or bird heads. They could be either evil or good. Monsters were a mixture of animals and birds.

The following list of the most important gods, goddesses, demonsand monsters uses their Akkadian names with their Sumerian names in brackets.  

 

Adad (Ishkur)
Adad (Ishkur)
Amurru (Martu)
Amurru (Martu)
Anu
Anu (An)
Anzu
Anzu
Apkallu fish
Apkallu fish
Apkallu griffin
Apkallu griffin
Apkallu human
Apkallu human
Apsu (Abzu)
Apsu (Abzu)
Ashur
Ashur
Bull Man
Bull Man
Bull of Heaven
Bull of Heaven
Dumuzi
Dumuzi
Ea (Enki)
Ea (Enki)
Ellil (Enlil)
Ellil (Enlil)
Ereshkigal
Ereshkigal
Gula
Gula
Human-headed bull
Human-headed bulls
Humbaba (Huwawa)
Humbaba (Huwawa)
Ishtar (Inanna)
Ishtar (Inanna)
Lama
Lama
Lamashtu
Lamashtu
Lamassu
Lamassu
Marduk
Marduk
Mushhushshu
Mushhushshu
Nabu
Nabu
Nergal
Nergal
Ninhursag
Ninhursag
Ninurta
Ninurta
Pazuzu
Pazuzu
Scorpion People
Scorpion People
Shamash (Utu)
Shamash (Utu)
Sin (Nanna)
Sin (Nanna)
Tiamat
Tiamat
Ugallu
Ugallu
Usmu (Isimud)
Usmu (Isimud)
'Queen of the Night'
‘Queen of the Night’
 

 

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After keeping us waiting for a century, Mark Twain will finally reveal all – News, Books – The Independent   Leave a comment

 

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After keeping us waiting for a century, Mark Twain will finally reveal all – News, Books – The Independent.

via After keeping us waiting for a century, Mark Twain will finally reveal all – News, Books – The Independent.

Exactly a century after rumours of his death turned out to be entirely accurate, one of Mark Twain’s dying wishes is at last coming true: an extensive, outspoken and revelatory autobiography which he devoted the last decade of his life to writing is finally going to be published.

The creator of Tom Sawyer, Huckleberry Finn and some of the most frequently misquoted catchphrases in the English language left behind 5,000 unedited pages of memoirs when he died in 1910, together with handwritten notes saying that he did not want them to hit bookshops for at least a century.

That milestone has now been reached, and in November the University of California, Berkeley, where the manuscript is in a vault, will release the first volume of Mark Twain’s autobiography. The eventual trilogy will run to half a million words, and shed new light on the quintessentially American novelist.