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Lecture 11

Lecture 11 - Dying Gods

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Lecture 11Dying Gods Wednesday November 23 2011 136 PMSimilarities are due to borrowing3000 BC writing cylinder seals decorative walls in Egypt borrowed from Mesopotamian cultureToday we will talk about the core elements and the important detailsThe King o If something goes wrong its the Kings fault o Mortalcauses a great deal of consternation and is a crisis when he dies o Acquainted with a god whos name is Dumuzidying and regenerating god The Sumerian form of Tammuz A god of vegetation and fertility and also of the underworld He is called the Shepherd and lord of the sheepfolds As the companion of Nigizzida to all eternity he stands at the gate of heaven In the Sumerian Descent of Inanna he is the husband of the goddess Inanna the Sumerian counterpart of Ishtar According to the Sumerian KingList Gilgamesh was descended from Dumuzi a shepherd Dumuzi was originally a mortal ruler whose marriage to Inanna ensured the fertility of the land and the fecundity of the womb This marriage however according to a myth whose denouncement has only recently come to light ended in sta
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