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[ProgSoc] Suggested names for the G3 box
In keeping with the theme of demons I've been peeking at some middle-eastern
Ereshkigal: Queen of the underworld, originally Sumerian then moved on to
by used by Mesopotamian, Assyrian & Babylonian empires.
Her sister was to the Sumerians Inanna (love & fertility similar
to venus) who was a sworn enemy of Ereshkigal. The Babylonians
regarded her sister as Ishtar (love, fertility & war) who made
regular visits to the underworld in keeping with the seasons.
Nergal: Also Erragal, Erra, Engidudu and 'lord who prowls by night' was the
husband of Ereshkigal and god of lots of evil things including
hunting, plague, war, population culling and trying to destroy Babylon.
Ereshkigal proposed marriage while he held her by the hair.
(Note that there is an obscure link from Lovecraft's Cthulu to
the city of Kutha or Cutch (cult city of Nergal) and also the
Sumerian gatekeepers of the underworld were ``Chthonic Anunnaki'')
Humbaba: (Humbaba is the Babylonian name, in Sumer it was known as Huwawa)
The monster that stood guard over the cedar forests. Eventually
defeated by Enkidu and Gilgamesh.
Anzu: A Sumerian demon that was half lion, half eagle and used as a guard by
Enlil (god of air, wind, storms, and a creation god). Anzu stole Enlil's
Tablet of Destinies which conveys the power to turn words into reality.
Namtar: An embodyment of fate, the bringer of death and disease and the
messenger of Ereshkigal. Has no hands nor feet, neither eats nor
Tiamat: For the Babylonian's she was the primal mother of both sky and earth
and an embodyment of primeval chaos. For the Sumerians, An (heaven,
sky, father) and Ki (earth mother) where the primal beings. The
Babylonian's introduced Tiamat who gave birth to Anshar (whole sky) and
Kishar (whole earth) who in turn were parents of Anu (heaven).
Thus Tiamat probably doesn't qualify as a demon.
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