Myths of Babylonia and Assyria
Ashur had a spouse who is referred to as Ashuritu, or Beltu,
"the lady". Her name, however, is not given, but it is possible
that she was identified with the Ishtar of Nineveh. In the
historical texts Ashur, as the royal god, stands alone. Like the
Hittite Great Father, he was perhaps regarded as the origin of
life. Indeed, it may have been due to the influence of the
northern hillmen in the early Assyrian period, that Ashur was
developed as a father god--a Baal. When the Hittite inscriptions
are read, more light may be thrown on the Ashur problem. Another
possible source of cultural influence is Persia. The supreme god
Ahura-Mazda (Ormuzd) was, as has been indicated, represented,
like Ashur, hovering over the king's head, enclosed in a winged
disk or wheel, and the sacred tree figured in Persian mythology.
The early Assyrian kings had non-Semitic and non-Sumerian names.
It seems reasonable to assume that the religious culture of the
they represented must have contributed to the
development of the city god of Asshur.