Myths of Babylonia and Assyria by Donald A Mackenzie

By Donald A Mackenzie

With ancient Narrative and Comparative Notes. Illustrations.

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The offering of golden mice representing "your mice that mar the land",[43] made by the Philistines, suggests that Dagon was the fertilizing harvest god, among other things, whose usefulness had been impaired, as they believed, by the mistake committed of placing the ark of Israel in the temple at Ashdod. The Philistines came from Crete, and if their Dagon was imported from that island, he may have had some connection with Poseidon, whose worship extended throughout Greece. This god of the sea, who is somewhat like the Roman Neptune, carried a lightning trident and caused earthquakes.

Here, amidst the shifting rivers in early times, the agriculturists may have learned to control and distribute the water supply by utilizing dried-up beds of streams to irrigate the land. Whatever successes they achieved were credited to Ea, their instructor and patron; he was Nadimmud, "god of everything". [28] 2 Kings, xviii, 32. [29] Herodotus, i, 193. [30] Peter's Nippur, i, p. 160. [31] A Babylonian priest of Bel Merodach. c. he composed in Greek a history of his native land, which has perished.

35] In serving Ea, the embodiment or the water spirit, by leading him, as the Indian Manu led the Creator and "Preserver" in fish form, from river to water pot, water pot to pond or canal, and then again to river and ocean, the Babylonians became expert engineers and experienced agriculturists, the makers of bricks, the builders of cities, the framers of laws. Indeed, their civilization was a growth of Ea worship. Ea was their instructor. --the divine patron of the arts and crafts. "Ea knoweth everything", chanted the hymn maker.

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