Study Guide for Exam 2
Affan: one of the sahaba (companions of Islamic prophet Muhammed) [The Thousand and One Nights]
Agni: Hindu deity, one of the most important of the Vedic gods. He is the god of fire and the
acceptor of sacrifices.
Sister of Astarte and Baal; Goddess; Burning down villages and kills
people and furniture; apparently a virgin War Goddess (like Athena)
Anu: (SKY) Gives Ishtar the Bull of heaven [Epic of Gilgamesh]; [Epic of Creation] Anu is the
child of Anshar and Kishar and gives birth to Ea/Nudimmud
Apsu: Ocean gods (fresh water) [Epic of Creation]; plan to kill their kids (Tiamat’s kids) Father
of creation killing his kids.
Asherah: El’s wife: Asherah: Before they go to Asherah they have to get gifts of gold and
wonderful gifts to her.
•Asita: Ascetic (a hermit/fasting/meditate/etc) who foresses that Buddha
will do and recognizes that he has “marks” of a great man/savior like
web feet/hands, wheels on his feet, a dot on forehead
•Asita weeps/distressed because he is going to die soon of old age and
won’t be able to see Buddha in his lifetime and the things he will do.
Buddha’s father, Suddhudana is also distressed because he (Buddha)
has to leave his kingdom to do these savior acts and won’t be the
earthly king to succeed his father.
Azazyel: Azazel (here spelled ‘ăzā’zyēl) was one of the chief Grigori, a group of fallen angels
who married women. This same story (without any mention of Azazel) is told in Genesis 6:2–4:
Baal/Haddad: Defeats death the main problem in battle
Babylon: an Akkadian city-state (founded in 1894 BC by an Amorite dynasty) of ancient
bodhi tree: under which Siddhartha Gautama, the spiritual teacher later known as Gautama
Buddha, is said to have achieved enlightenment, or Bodhi. In religious iconography, the Bodhi