Mesopotamian-Epic of Creation
Cast of Characters (Gods and Goddesses)
Apsu- Primordial god personifying the subterranean realm from which freshwater emanates.
Tiamat- Primordial goddess of salt water. She and Apsu produced the next generation of gods. She is killed by Marduk in battle.
Marduk- First born of Ea/Enki who slays Tiamat. Becomes chief god of Babylon
Anu- Name mean heaven. Supreme source of authority among the gods, rules the sky.
Anshar-Primordial deity, who is father to Anu (god of the sky)
Ea/Enki- God of the ocean saves mankind from the “Great Flood”
Ellil/Enlil- Second only to Anu in importance, God of the earth directs the forces of nature. Keeper of the Tablet of Destinies that decrees the fate of gods and men.
Other Important Gods and Goddesses
Aruru-mother goddess of Babylon
Humbaba- Monster of the forest with the face of a Gorgon.