Middle Eastern Goddesses

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The Middle East is often called the "cradle of civilization". It was here that written language was invented, crop farming first began and a settled organized way of life originated. The area gave birth to religions such as Judaism, Islam, Christianity and Zoroastrianism. All of these have their foundations in the ancient Sumerian mythology.

These stories relate how the Gods and Goddesses created the first humans, how they were banished from their paradise upon earning the wrath of the God Enlil, who was later to become Marduk for the Babylonians, El Elyon or El Shaddai to the Canaanites, and Yahweh or Jehovah to the Israelites.



The modern religions chose to ignore the fact that originally there was a council of gods and goddesses called the Elohim by the Hebrews, and Anunnaki by the earlier Sumerians. The decision to destroy mankind by a great flood was taken at a council meeting, but Nin-khursag (The Lady of Life) and Enki the Wise (a brother of Enlil) disagreed and warned King Zi-u-sudra (later to become Noah in Jewish mythology) to build a boat and escape the deluge.

According to the Sumerians the Annunaki decided to devise humans as laborers to lessen the manual workload of the gods. Nin-khursag (later to be associated wit Eve) and Enki performed this task.



Enki the Wise, also known as the Serpent-Lord, proved to be the champion of mankind and it was he who interfered by convincing Eve to eat from the Tree of Knowledge. Enlil furiously commented that "the man is become as one of us". The infighting amongst the Annunaki probably led to the eventual collapse of the Sumerian Empire in 1960 BC after invasions by the Akkadians, Amorites and Elamites and the gods deserted the human Sumerians.