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Who was Enlil? – Mesopotamia – West Asian gods

By |2018-04-16T08:46:50-07:00September 15th, 2017|Religion, West Asia|

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 [...]

Ba’al – the Levant – West Asian gods

By |2019-02-07T09:28:13-07:00September 15th, 2017|Religion, West Asia|

Ba'al from Ugarit (Louvre Museum, Paris) He who shall not be named? All along the eastern coast of the Mediterranean Sea, in what's now Lebanon, Syria, and Israel, and down into the Arabian Peninsula, there was (and still is) a feeling that it's wrong to say the name of your god aloud. Instead, people called [...]

Attis and Cybele – West Asian mythology

By |2019-02-06T06:18:45-07:00September 15th, 2017|Religion, West Asia|

Cybele and Attis standing together, while two much smaller human worshippers pray to them. From the Hellenistic kingdoms, in what is now Turkey, in the 100s BC Who was Cybele? Cybele was also called Magna Mater or the Great Mother. She was a West Asian fertility goddess like Isis or Demeter. You sacrificed to Cybele to make sure [...]

Who is Astarte? West Asian religion

By |2019-02-04T05:52:51-07:00September 15th, 2017|Religion, West Asia|

The goddess Astarte in the Late Bronze Age The goddess Astarte As early as about 3000 BC,  Astarte was a Semitic goddess of love and fertility. People worshipped her in Mesopotamia and in the Levant. More West Asian religion The Bronze Age All our West Asia articles Like the Roman goddess Venus or the Greek goddess Aphrodite, Astarte started out [...]

Who is Ahura Mazda? Zoroastrianism and West Asian religion

By |2019-01-19T11:58:04-07:00September 15th, 2017|Religion, West Asia|

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 [...]

West Asian religion – Ottoman and Safavid, Sunni and Shiite

By |2018-04-25T23:21:42-07:00September 11th, 2017|Islam, Religion, West Asia|

Shah Mosque, Ishfahan, Iran (1611-38) West Asia was divided into two big empires in the 1500s AD - the Ottoman Empire and the Safavid Empire. Both the Ottomans and the Safavids followed Islam, but they followed two different kinds of Islam. The rulers and most of the people of the Ottoman Empire followed Sunni Islam, but in the Safavid Empire most people followed Shiite Islam. [...]

Maya gods and rituals – Central American religion

By |2017-09-10T13:09:15-07:00September 10th, 2017|Central America, Religion|

Maya pyramid at Tonina (ca. 700 AD) Maya people believed that the world was created by One Deer. One Deer created the mother and father of the gods (like Brahma and Gayatri or Gaia and Kronos). Then the mother and father created many other gods. They created the gods of the crops like the Corn God, the god [...]

Central and South American religion

By |2019-03-08T21:30:13-07:00September 10th, 2017|Central America, Religion, South America|

Maya Corn King on a plate Polytheism in the Americas The people who lived in South and Central America before 1500 were polytheistic - they believed in many different gods. Because they lived pretty near one another, and ate many of the same foods, some of their gods were pretty much the same. What is [...]

Mayan Corn God – Central American religion

By |2018-04-11T09:22:20-07:00September 10th, 2017|Central America, Religion|

Maya pyramid to the Corn God at Tonina (ca. 700 AD) Because corn (maize) was Mayan people's main food, their most important god was the Corn God. A popular Mayan story was the story of the Maize Mountain - click here to read the story. More about Mayan religion More about the Maya people Bibliography and [...]

Aztec gods and rituals – Central American religion

By |2019-02-07T06:27:10-07:00September 9th, 2017|Central America, Religion|

The Aztec god of seeds, Xipe Totec (ca 1500 AD) Who were the Aztec gods? Aztec people were polytheistic - they had many gods. That's the same as like the people of China, India, or Africa at this time. Who were the Aztec? Religion of the Maya All our Central America articles Aztec nature gods Many of the Aztec gods [...]