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Myths of Babylonia and Assyria

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Bero´sus, 27, 30, 83, 148, 164, 170, 198, 466, 470, 492.
Bhima (bhee´ma), the Indian, like Gilgamesh and Hercules, 187.
Birds, as ghosts and fates, 65; owl as mother's ghost, 70; demons enter the, 71; Sumerian Zu bird and Indian Garuda, 74, 75, 168, 169; in Germanic legends, 147 n.; as symbols of fertility, 169; birth eagle, 168, 169, 171; imitation of and musical culture, 238; associated with goddesses, 423 et seq.; fairies as, 429. See Doves, Eagle, Raven, Swan, Vulture, Wryneck.
Birth, magical aid for, 165; strawgirdles, serpent skins, eagle stones, and magical plant, 165.
Bi-sexual deities, Nannar, moon god, Ishtar, Isis, and Hapi as, 161, 162; Nina and Atargatis as, 277, 278; Merodach and Ishtar change forms, 299; Venus both male and female, 299; mother body of moon father, 299; Isis as a male, 299.
Bitumen, Mesopotamian wells of, 25.
Blake, W., double vision, 336.
Blood, as vehicle of life, 45, 47, 48; inspiration from, 48; corn stalks as, 55; sap of trees as, 47.
Boann (bō´än), Irish river and corn goddess, 33.
Boar, offered to sea god, 33; demon Set as, 85; Babylonian Ninshach as, 86; Adonis slayer as, 86, 87; Attis slain by, 87; Diarmid slain by, 87; the Irish "green boar", 87; the Totemic theory, 293, 294; Ninip-Ber as lord of the wild, 302; Nergal as, 304; Ares as, 304; Ninip and Set as, 315; the Gaulish boar god and Mercury, 316, 317.
Boghaz-Köi (bog-häz´-keüi), prehistoric pottery at, 5; Hittite capital, 262; mythological sculptures near, 268; Winckler cuneiform tablets from, 280, 367.
Bones, why taken from graves, 214; Shakespeare's curse, 215.
Borsippa (bor´sip-pa), observatory at, 321.
Botta, P. C, excavations of, xix, xx.
Bracelet, the wedding, Ishtar's, 98; the Hindu, 98 n[123].
Brahmä, the Indian god, like Ea, 27; Anu and, 38; wife of, 101; eagle as, 169; Ashur and, 328.
Brähmans, algebra formulated by, 289; Assyrian teachers and, 352.
Breath of Apis bull, inspiration from, 49.
Britain, the ancestral giant of, 42; Tammuz myth in, 85; birth girdles in, 165; "Island of the Blessed" of, 203; in Egypt and Persia, 357.
Brood of Tiamat, in Creation legend, 141.
Brown, Robert, on Babylonian culture in India, 199, 200, 308, 309, 310, 318, 322.
Brown Race, the. See Mediterranean Race.
Buddha (büd´hă), Babylonian teachers like, 42.
Budge, E. Wallis, on oldest companies of Babylonian and Egyptian gods, 36, 37.
Bull, offered to sea god, 33; Ninip as the, 53, 302, 334; of Mithra, 55; the winged, 41, 65; Osiris as, 85, 89, 99; Tammuz as, 85; Attis and the, 89; Enlil as, 159; of Ishtar in Gilgamesh myth, 176; seers wrapped in skin of, 213; Horus as, 301, 302; as sky god, 329; Ashur as, 334; the lunar, 135, 334.
Burial customs, cremation ceremony, 49, 50, 350; "house of clay", 56; "houses" and charms for dead, 206, 207, 212; Palaeolithic and Neolithic, 207; the Egyptian, 209; religious need for ceremonies, 268, 209; Sumerian like early Egyptian, 211, 214; priestly fees, 210, 211; food, fishhooks and weapons in graves, 212; why dead were clothed, 213; honey in coffins, 214; disturbance of bones, 214, 215; burnings at Hebrew graves, 350, 351.
Buriats, the, "calling back" of ghosts by, 69, 70; earth and air elves of, 105.
Burkans (boor´kans), "the masters", spirits or elves of Siberians, 105.
Burnaburiash I (bür´na-bür´i-ash), Kassite king, 274.
Burns, Robert, 72; the John Barleycorn myth, 170.
Burrows, Professor, Cretan snake and dove goddess, 430.
Byron, star lore, 325.

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Cailleach (käl´yăk), the Gaelic, a wind hag, 73; as eternal goddess, 101.
Calah (kä´lah), the Biblical. See Kalkhi.
Calendar, the early Egyptian, 14; the Babylonian, 305.
Cambyses (kam-bī´sēz), as King of Babylon, 495; sacrifice of Apis bull to Mithra by, 495; wife of a Semiramis, 496.
Canaan, Abraham arrives in, 245; tribes in, 245, 246; Elamite conquest of, 247, 248, 249; first reference to Israelites in, 379.
Canaanites, Hittites identified with, 266.

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