Sarpanit

April 26th, 2010 by sabrina

I thought I was working on another Z Goddess, but she morphed into an S!

star-of-heavenSarpanit is the Babylonian Goddess of pregnancy. As the consort of Marduk, God of the sun, she is later associated with the moon, as well as all of nature after Marduk rises to prominence. With this change, her name was also changed to reflect her new status—while Sarpanit means “the shining lady,” her new name, Zerbanit, means “she who brings forth the seed.” Sarpanit was also associated with water, which she inherited when the Goddess Erua, also a Goddess of pregnancy, was incorporated into her persona. Sarpanit’s name is also seen as Sarpanitu, Sarpanitum, Zerbanit, Zirbanit, Zerpanit, Zarpanit, Zarpanitu, and Zarpanitum, and epithets for her include “lady of the abyss,” “lady of the deep,” “voice of the deep,” and “mistress of the place where the fish dwell.”

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