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Myths of Babylonia and Assyria

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159; King of Cuthah's battle against, 214, 215; disease germs as, 234.
De Morgan, pottery finds by, 263.
Derceto (der-ke´to), fish goddess, Semiramis and, 277, 418, 423; mermaid form of, 426; Atargatis legend, 426, 427; dove symbol of, 432; legends attached to, 437.
De Sarzec, M., xxiii.
"Descent of Ishtar", poem, 95 et seq.
Destroyer, the, "World Mother" as, xxx, 100; Ninip as, 53; goddess Ninsun as, 57; Enlil and Nergal as, 62, 63, 303; Egyptian and Indian deities as, 63, 85, 157, 336; Cronos as, 64; "Shedu" bull as, 65; Set boar as, 85; Babylonian boar god as, 86; eagle as, 168, 169; "winged disk" as, 336; sun as, 336; Thor, Ashur, Tammuz, and Indra each as, 340.
Diarmid, the Celtic, Tammuz-Adonis and, 84, 87; water of life myth, 186, 187; Totemic boar and, 293.
Dietrich (dēt´rēch: 'ch' as in loch) as the thunder god, 74, 164.
Diodo´rus, on Babylonian star lore, 309.
Disease, Nergal the god of, 53, 54; goddess of, 77; demons of, 60, 63, 77.
Divorce, in Babylonia, 227.
Doctors, laws regarding, 230, 231; Herodotus on, 231; Assyrian king and, 231, 232.
Doves, goddesses and, 418; Semiramis protected after birth by, 424; goddess of Cyprus and, 426; Aphrodite and, 427; Ishtar and Gula and, 427, 428; associated with temples and homes, 428; in Gilgamesh epic, 428; deities identified with, 429; ravens and, 429; sacred at Mycenae, 430; snakes and in Crete, 430; sacred among Semites and Hittites, 430; Egyptian lovers and, 431; pigeon lore in England, Ireland, and Scotland, 431; fish and, 432; Totemic theory, 432 et seq.; antiquity of veneration of, 433, 434; sacrificed in Israel, 439; the Persian eagle legend and, 493.
Dragon, the, of Babylon, 62; in group of seven spirits, 63; Tiamat as the female, 38, 64; Tiamat as ocean, 15, as "fire drake", "worm", &c., 151; "Ku-pu" of Tiamat, 147; heart of, 147 n.; liver vulnerable part of, 153; the male, 156 (see Apsu); Biblical references to, 114, 157, 158; Eur-Asian variations of myth of, 151, 152; well of at Jerusalem, 152; the Egyptian, 156; Sutekh as slayer of, 157; Merodach as slayer of (see Merodach).
Drake, the Fire, the Babylonian, 66, 67; dragon as, 151.
Dreams, the fairy goddess of, 77, 78.
Drink traffic, women monopolized in Babylonia, 229.
Drinking customs, religious aspect of, 45; inspiration from blood, 48; the gods drunk at Anshar's banquet, 144.
Dungi (dün´gi), King of Ur, 130; daughters of as rulers, 130; an Ea worshipper, 131.
Dyaus (rhymes with "mouse"), displaced by Indra, 302.
Dying gods, the eternal goddess and the, 101 et seq.; death a change of form, 305.

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Ea (ā´ä), god of the deep, Ashur-banipal and, xxii, xxiii; a typical Babylonian god, xxviii, xxix, 27; Oannes and, 27, 30; as world artisan like Ptah and Indra, 30; connection of with sea and Euphrates, 28, 29, 39; as sea-demon, 62; names of, 30, 39; as fish and corn god, 32; Dagon, Poseidon, Neptune, Frey, Shony, &c., and, 31, 33; Dagon and Dagan, 31; Ea as Dagan at Nippur, 131; as Ya, or Jah, of Hebrews, 31; Totemic fish of, 294; Indian Varuna and, 31, 34, 209; wife of as earth lady, 33; wife of as mother, 105; Anu and, 34; Enlil and, 35; demons of, 35, 63; in early triad, 36, 37, 463; Indian Vishnu and, 38; as dragon slayer, 38, 140, 153, 157; Adapa, son of, a demon slayer, 72, 73; in demon war, 77; as "great magician", 38, 46; moon god and, 40, 50, 51, 53; solar attributes of, 50, 51, 53; food supply and, 43; beliefs connected with, 44; Nusku as messenger of, 50; Nebo a form of, 303, 435; gods that link with, 57, 58; as form of Anshar, 125; family of including Merodach and Tammuz, 72, 73, 82; daughter of, 117; Merodach supplants, 158; Enlil as son of, 139; Ashur as son of, 348; planetary gods and, 304; worshipped at Lagash, 116; earliest form of, 134; under Isin Dynasty, 132; in Creation legend, 138 et seq.; astral "field" of, 147, 307; constellations and, 296; Merodach directs decrees of, 149; Etana and eagle visit heaven of, 166; in flood legend, 190 et seq.; as Aos, 328; the goat and, 333; as "high head", 334; Sargon II and, 463.

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