October 10th, 2008 by sabrina

Lama is the Sumerian Goddess of intercession and protection. Also known as Lamassu by the Akkadians, she acted as an intermediary between people and the Gods. Lama was usually depicted in human form, often appearing on seals introducing a king to a God or Goddess. In this form, she wore a long tiered robe and sometimes a horned tiara. As Lamassu, she was more often portrayed as a winged bull or lion with a woman’s face, and served to protect temples and palaces. Lamassu is often confused with Lamaštu, an Akkadian demon Goddess. Lama’s name means “protective spirit.”

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