“Sumerian Religion” 4500 BC

Gods who walked amongst Us

Sumerian religion has its roots in the worship of nature, such as the wind and water. The ancient sages of Sumer found it necessary to bring order to that which they did not understand and to this end they came to the natural conclusion that a greater force was at work. The forces of nature were originally worshipped as themselves. However, over time the human form became associated with those forces. Gods in human form were now seen to have control over nature.

The gods of Sumer were human in form and maintained human traits. They ate, drank, married, and fought amongst each other. Even though the gods were immortal and all-powerful, it was apparent that they could be hurt and even killed.

The major deities in the Sumerian pantheon included An, the god of the heavens, Enlil, the god of wind and storm, Enki, the god of water and human culture, Ninhursag, the goddess of fertility and the earth, Utu, the god of the sun and justice, and his father Nanna, the god of the moon. During the Akkadian Period and afterward, Inanna, the goddess of sex, beauty, and warfare, was widely venerated across Sumer and appeared in many myths, including the famous story of her descent into the Underworld.

Sumerian religion heavily influenced the religious beliefs of later Mesopotamian peoples; elements of it are retained in the mythologies and religions of the Hurrians, Akkadians, Babylonians, Assyrians, and other Middle Eastern culture groups. Scholars of comparative mythology have noticed many parallels between the stories of the ancient Sumerians and those recorded later in the early parts of the Hebrew Bible.

This is why I made the comment yesterday that you might as well throw out the New Testament accounts of Jesus as being a God that walked among us.  It has its roots in ancient mythology spanning thousands of years across time.  There is a difference between the Hebrew Bible and the Aramaic Philosophy of life.  There is one God of Nature that created everything you see.  He did not walk among us.  

Mankind’s Role

Sumerians believed that their role in the universe was to serve the gods. To this end the ancient Sumerians devoted much of their time to ensuring their favor with the gods with worship, prayer, and sacrifice. The high gods, however, were believed to have more important things to do than to attend to the common man’s every day prayers, and so personal gods were devised as intermediaries between man and the high gods. The personal gods listened to the prayers and related them to the high gods.

The temple was the center of worship. Each city usually had a large temple dedicated to their patron god, and might also have small shrines dedicated to other gods. Daily sacrifices were made consisting of animals and foods, such as wine, beer, milk, and meats. Additionally special occasions called for spectacular festivities that would sometimes last for days. Special feasts took place on the day of the new moon, on the 7th, 15th, and last day of the month. However, the most important day by far was the New Year.

The head of the temple was called the sanga. The sanga was responsible for ensuring the temple’s finances, buildings, and day-to-day activities were all in good order. The en was the spiritual leader of the temple. The en could be a man or woman depending upon the deity. Under the en were various priest classes, such as the gudamahgalanindingir, and ishib. The roles of all of these classes is not known, though the ishib was in charge of libations, and the gala was a poet or singer.

The city’s main temple was usually dedicated to their patron deity. Patron deities often assumed the powers of other deities, which tended to result in confusion and contradiction in the literature of ancient Sumer. For example, ancient legends would often change to reflect the new-found popularity of a particular god. If Marduk rose to prominence, then certain legends would alter to reflect such.

The Sumerian religion is where all of man’s ethnic religions come from that flowed out from the Delta regions of the Tigris and Euphrates river basins across the world to the present day.  Man does not have the ability or knowledge to recreate the Laws of Nature.  He can only create what he sees before his eyes his imagination for political governance of the common person.

As far as the New Testament goes, many also draw a parallel between Dumuzi and Jesus because Dumuzi is a shepherd-king and he is resurrected from the dead. This is perhaps appealing to some as Dumuzi’s Akkadian analog, Tammuz, appears in the Bible, however Dumuzi’s periodic return from the underworld is not unique even in Sumerian literature. His sister Geshtinanna also rises from the dead, and if one counts those born as deities, Inanna does as well. Periodic death and rebirth is a common theme in agricultural myths where the return of the deities from the earth mirrors a return to life of plants.

With this all being said, “Where does that leave Me?”.

I believe there is a God who created the worlds and heavens and all for me to see.  I serve one God but I am not a slave by virtue of ablutions or other sacrifices to appease the gods of mans imaginations.  What I do today is influenced by what I was taught or mimicked behaviours in my past.  No one can see tomorrow our much less become a prophet to sway your mind.  To some futuristic event like being resurrected from the dead.  I have the power to resurrect your soul but not your spirit of life that is already within you.  It is easy to damn someone with lies harder to resurrect their soul from a spiritual death.

Def; Spirit—-the non physical part of a person which is the seat of emotions and character; the soul.

Def. Soul–the spiritual or immaterial part of a human being or animal, regarded as immortal.

And the LORD God formed man [of] the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.  [body, soul and spirit]

………..in·nostrils-of·him  breath-of-lives (pl mankind) and he is becoming the human to-soul living…….

Your life is made up of bricks, words that can save you to an idea of servitude or one that frees your spirit like an eagle and you soar to new heights.  If you believe that gods came down and walked amongst us.  I would cast that brick away.

Bricks have four sides; words have four sides;  but at the end of the day Bricks only have two sides facing you; Good or Evil.  Depends on what you see in the images swirling in your mind your soul that lifts or bends your spirit.

For Me it is simple;

Oneness of God in Nature

Oneness of Man

Oneness of Woman

 

I do not belong to any of the ethnic religious organizational governance of the  Christian, Jewish, Islam, Buddha, Hindu; only the oneness of God who put words before my eyes to reveal My Nature as a Man that inspired me to stand up.   To strengthen the family unit and protect the Woman and her children from the hands of man’s ablutions and sacrifices.

The life we leave our children our legacy their inheritance their oneness in the Laws of Nature

Happy Trails Till We Meet Again

 Peace and Quiet

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