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mesopotamia etc - Death And Afterlife In the Regions of the...

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– Mesopotamia Babylonia Constantly conquered and re-conquered MISSING NOTES! MISSING NOTES! Sumerian Animism Gods of salt, grain, fire, etc. Semitic Polytheism anu (sky) Enlil (mid air) of Nippur Enki (earth) Ea (water) of Eridu Marduk of Babylon vs Tiamay (in Enuma Elish) Tammuz- Ishtar (fertility couple) – Ancient Mesopotamian notion of death as "the great leveler" underworld for all the dead where all the humans meet the same fate, being fed with dust and clay it is the land of no return, gloomy and uninviting, but at least there will be no more slave drivers, nor vexers and tormentors tormenting you. It is not a land you look forward to going to, but at least there will no earthly suffering anymore. Ancient Mesopotamian buried their dead under the Earthen floor of their houses and kept on living on top of them-that is to say, they did no accord separate architectural structures for the dead They viewed the celestial world of stars as a realm of clashing ills and intentions of cosmic powers this is the reflection of the earthly conflicts of kingdoms and empire in that region what about Ziggurats not mortuary, but religious structures Tower of Babel compete with god and build a higher and higher structure and meet god invade the realm of god Hubris (hybris) excessive self-pride or arrogance, egos modeled after ziggurat "Gilgamesh Epic"
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This note was uploaded on 04/03/2008 for the course RELIGION 300 taught by Professor Obayashi during the Fall '08 term at Rutgers.

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