Antu

March 23rd, 2009 by sabrina

I’ve been trying for awhile now to fight my way through the confusion of the Mesopotamian Goddesses. It’s confusing because first there were the Sumerians, then the Akkadians, Assyrians, Hurrians, and finally the Babylonians, all passing along the same myths. Some of the deities had their names changed over the centuries, some were dropped altogether, and some were added along the way. Each time I try to figure out “Is that just another name for that Goddess, or is that another Goddess altogether?” I find conflicting information. I think that in a lot of cases they were actually separate Goddesses, perhaps worshipped only in one location, that were brought together as stories were collected. At least that’s the premise I’m going to work under!

antuAntu is the Babylonian Goddess of the sky. She is the consort of Anu, God of the sky, and the mother of the Gods Enlil and Ea (Enki in Sumerian). Where Anu’s consort in Sumerian mythology was Ki, a Goddess of the earth, the Babylonians instead gave him a consort who ruled the sky, as he did. Antu’s name is also seen as Antum.

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