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15 09, 2017

Monotheism and polytheism – West Asian religion

By |2019-09-04T06:00:37-07:00September 15th, 2017|West Asia|0 Comments

The Mesopotamian goddess Ishtar or Inanna What is polytheism? The earliest people in West Asia were all polytheistic: they all worshipped many gods. From 3000 BC to 539 BC, the Sumerians, the Akkadians, the Assyrians and the Babylonians all worshipped pretty much the same set of gods, despite their cultural differences. The most important of these gods was Ea. Ishtar was the most important [...]

15 09, 2017

Who is Ahura Mazda? Zoroastrianism and West Asian religion

By |2019-09-04T07:30:29-07:00September 15th, 2017|West Asia|0 Comments

A carving of the Zoroastrian god Ahura Mazda, from the Louvre museum in Paris Who is Ahura Mazda? About 1500 BC, people in India and Iran worshipped a sky god they called Ahura Mazda. More about Zoroastrianism Monotheism and polytheism All our West Asia articles An Indo-European god Ardashir I was the first Sassanian [...]

21 07, 2017

The god Varuna – Hinduism – India

By |2017-07-21T13:25:30-07:00July 21st, 2017|India, Religion|0 Comments

Monsoon rain (Goa) Around 1000 BC, in the Vedic period in India, Varuna was an important Hindu god. Varuna was originally a sky god - his name means "the one who covers everything." Often people think of Varuna as a rain god. He represented order in the universe (against the forces of chaos). Some parts of Varuna's identity, at [...]