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15 09, 2017

Zoroastrianism – Iran – West Asian religion

By |2019-09-04T05:58:45-07:00September 15th, 2017|West Asia|0 Comments

An Iranian fire sacrifice Zoroaster/Zarathustra himself Around 1000 BC (probably), about the same time that people in India were writing the Rig Veda, a man named Zoroaster (also called Zarathustra) was a priest in a small temple in the eastern part of West Asia, in an area with a lot of small kingdoms and no major power. Zoroaster believed that [...]

15 09, 2017

Who is Tammuz? Mesopotamia – West Asian religion

By |2019-09-04T05:58:59-07:00September 15th, 2017|West Asia|0 Comments

The god Tammuz (probably) with grain growing from his shoulders A West Asian god Tammuz (or Dumuzi) was a West Asian god who personified growing food, like Persephone in Greece or Osiris in Egypt. Like Osiris, Tammuz was male. The Sumerians worshipped Tammuz as early as 2600 BC - and probably much earlier - and so did all the other people [...]

15 09, 2017

What is Nowruz? Zoroastrians – West Asian holidays

By |2019-09-04T05:59:52-07:00September 15th, 2017|West Asia|0 Comments

Persepolis may have been built in the 500s BC as a place to celebrate Nowruz. What is the holiday of Nowruz? Zoroastrianism became much more popular suddenly when the Persian kings became Zoroastrians around 550 BC. Soon after that, Zoroastrian worshippers began to celebrate the first day of spring as an important holiday. That was the first day [...]

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 was Mithra? Zoroastrian god – West Asian religion

By |2019-09-04T06:57:40-07:00September 15th, 2017|West Asia|0 Comments

Ardashir II becomes the Persian king, in the center, with Mithra and Ahura Mazda by his side (Taq-e Bostan, Iran, 300s AD) (They're trampling on the Roman Empire Julian.) Mithra was the most important Zoroastrian god on the side of Truth. He was the god of contracts and keeping your promises, like the German god Tyr. [...]

15 09, 2017

Who is Ishtar? A Mesopotamian god

By |2019-09-29T12:01:04-07:00September 15th, 2017|West Asia|0 Comments

The Mesopotamian god Ishtar or Inanna Who was Ishtar? Ishtar (also called Inanna) was an important god of West Asia. Beginning at least by 3000 BC  the Sumerians,  the Akkadians, the Babylonians, and the Assyrians all worshipped the god Ishtar. What about Astarte? West Asian religion All our West Asia articles What was Ishtar the [...]

15 09, 2017

West Asian religion – Enuma Elish to Islam

By |2019-09-04T07:28:49-07:00September 15th, 2017|West Asia|0 Comments

Sumerian clay worshippers from Tell Asmar Why did so many religions start in West Asia? West Asia has been the home of many of the world's most popular religions, and has always been a hotbed of new religious ideas. Some of the religions that started in West Asia are Zoroastrianism, Judaism, Christianity, and [...]

15 09, 2017

Holy men and holy women in ancient West Asia

By |2019-09-04T07:29:33-07:00September 15th, 2017|West Asia|0 Comments

Apollonius of Tyana (or some other holy man) Closer to the gods There is a long tradition in West Asia (and in India and China) that some men and women, and some children, are closer to the gods than other people are. These holy men and women and children are thought to be able to talk to [...]

15 09, 2017

What’s the Enuma Elish? West Asian religion

By |2019-09-04T07:29:46-07:00September 15th, 2017|West Asia|0 Comments

Clay tablets with cuneiform writing of the Enuma Elish Story of Creation By about the time of Hammurabi, about 1700 BC, people in the Babylonian Empire were beginning to write down this story about the creation of the world. Hammurabi of Babylon Mesopotamian religion West Asian cuneiform All our West Asia articles The name, Enuma Elish, comes [...]

15 09, 2017

Who was Enlil? – Mesopotamia – West Asian gods

By |2019-09-04T07:29:54-07:00September 15th, 2017|West Asia|0 Comments

Who was Enlil? This is what one of the tablets that was found in the Assyrian king's library looks like. This one tells the story of the Flood. The Sumerian god Enlil The god Enlil, according to Sumerian stories dating back to about 3500 BC, was a god of air and wind, weather and storms. He also was [...]