Mythologies of the Ancient World, Sumerian and Akkadian Philosophy


No Sumerian myths have been recovered dealing directly and explicitly with the creation of the universe; what little is known about the Sumerian cosmogonic ideas has been inferred and deduced from laconic statements scattered throughout the literary documents. We have several myths concerned with the organization of the universe and its cultural processes, the creation of man, and the establishment of civilization. The deities involved in these myths are relatively few: the air-God Enlil, the water-God Enki, the mother goddess Ninhursag (also known as Ninh and Ninmah), the god of the south wind Ninurta, the moon-God Nanna-Sin, the Eridu-God Martu, and above all the goddess Inanna, particularly concerning her unlucky spouse Dumuzi.

Verteller: Alex White