Tiamat ~ Primordial Mother Picture

"When in the height heaven was not named,
And the earth beneath did not yet bear a name,
And the primeval Apsu, who begat them,
And chaos, Tiamut, the mother of them both
Their waters were mingled together...
Lahmu and Lahamu were called into being."

~ From the Enuma Elish, the Babylonian creation myth; translated by L.W. King


In Babylonian mythology, Tiamat is the primordial mother of all existence. She is portrayed as an enormous female dragon and represents the saltwater ocean and all that it commands -- from life and nourishment to death and unbridled elemental fury. Her lover was Apsu, the primal being who sprang from the sweet, freshwater abyss beneath the earth's surface. Their union bore children: the twin serpentine deities of Lachmu and Lachamu, who represent the silt which gathers where saltwater and freshwater meet.

Tiamat and her children remind us that creation originates from chaos.

And as the mother of (mortal, non-serpent) twins, sometimes I can totally relate to her.

All resources used in the production of this work are owned by, created by, or licensed to me for personal and commercial use. They include: Hellborn Dragon HD for the Daz Dragon3 (DAZ3D), Morphing Python (DAZ3D), Cold-Blooded (IgnisSerpentus), Ron's Water (deviney), and "The Moon" stock by Photosbykev (photosbykev.deviantart.com/art…)

Rendered in DAZ Studio 4.8 beta with Iray. Postwork in Photoshop CS6.
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