Enki and Sumerian Mythology, the importance of the Trickster Deity


"The Lord of the Earth"

As we've discussed in a previous section, Enki is the god of water and earth. He was known as Lord of the Earth, and was associated with fertility and magic. In Mesopotamian mythology, Enki was also associated with healing. Enki was sometimes represented as a snake or goat. Here are some things this ancient god represents:

  • Snake-headed human

  • Water flowing from rocks or a tree

  • Goats

Sprung from the waters of Apsu

In the Sumerian creation epic Enki and the World Order (or Eannatum, as he is sometimes called), there's a more colorful version of how water was created. The story tells us that in their first days on Earth, when mankind had just come into existence, there were two opposing forces at work: one represented by Enlil, god of the air and father of Nammu; and one represented by Enki, god of the water and son of An.

Enlil was always eager for humans to follow his path through religion and culture. He wanted them to worship him as their only god—for he believed that only those who honored him would receive his blessings. But Enki still clung to his father's side out of fear; faithful to An, he wanted humans to follow their benevolent orders without interference from others. In this way, these gods disagreed throughout history and even fought against each other at times—for example, during the flood that nearly destroyed humankind in the Epic of Gilgamesh .

Despite Enlil's efforts to spread his messages throughout Sumeria , his son remained loyal to An. To keep watch over his people while also overseeing their affairs in moderation (as well as providing them with guidance on how best to operate in life), Enlil created another deity: Shamash—the sun god . Yet even though most people were now devoted followers of both Aga and Shamash (and hence were considered polytheistic), they still worshipped Nammu mostly due to her role as the mother goddess . For if you want your family or friends to respect you or believe in what you have to say, it helps if they believe you're a good role model—which is likely why most people subscribing today are interested in using points and miles because they see them as a means by which they can purchase general goods while having some left over for themselves without spending too much money on themselves or others else's goods/services



Loved by Nammu, who is the mother of all living things

In Sumerian mythology, Nammu is the mother of all living things. She is also the mother of Enki, which makes Enki an important figure in this mythology.

Nammu was there before anything else existed—she existed even before the universe did. At one point, she came up with a plan to create land by mixing dirt and clay together with her own body. After some time, she created something from all that mud: a man named En-Ki (also known as EA by other cultures). Clearly dedicating herself to her children, Nammu created more gods for company until there were 120 in total.

All of these gods had different responsibilities (the god Ninhursag was made responsible for agriculture and fertility), but it was pretty clear who their mother was. The Sumerians often referred to her as "mother of the gods" or "mother of all living things".

Half brother of Enlil

Enki is a half brother of Enlil - the god of air. Enki, the water god, is one of the two sons of An and Ki. Enlil, who is the god of storms, is also the son of An and Ki. In ancient Mesopotamia, it was believed that these two gods controlled nature such as wind and rain as well as fresh water sources like rivers and lakes. This meant that people had to worship both gods equally if they wanted good fortune with agriculture since each one could affect their crops in different ways. For example: if there were too much rain, then crops would not grow well but if there weren't enough water then they couldn't survive either; so having access to both gods' blessings was essential for survival.

Marrying the Abzu's daughter, Ninsikila, who bore him ninmah

Enki fell in love with Ninsikila, the daughter of Abzu, the god of fresh water. Together Enki and Ninsikila produced eight children: Nanshe (the goddess of wisdom), Azimua (god of craftsmen), Enshag (god of incantations), Ninmug (god of crops), Ningiszida (patron saint of magic); Uttu (patron saintess to weaving); Ninkasi and Ninazu.

Fathering eight children through her and eight more through other goddesses

Enki, who is known by many names and who has many aspects, is not only the god of water but also a god of fertility. He fathered eight children through Ninsikila, and then—in his capacity as a messenger god—he fathered eight more children through other goddesses.

Enki's sister Ninhursag may have been the goddess who set this all in motion. Exiled from her home city because she had angered its king after seducing him, Ninhursag came to Enki's temple and told him that, in order to make up for his prior actions against her, he must father eight children with her.

Falling in love with Ninhursag

In the Sumerian creation myth, the god Enki is credited with creating everything that exists. He's usually depicted as being very handsome (as opposed to the less attractive, stubby-necked figure of Ninhursag) and is often associated with water, which holds a special place in his mythology. In addition to being an inventor and a god, Enki was also known as Lord of Wisdom from where he gained his handle: Enki means "Lord of Wisdom." It's no wonder Enki could be so powerful since he was said to have invented water—life itself—and the ability to spin yarn.

According to legend, Enki fell in love with his sister Ninhursag (or "Lady Night), who gave birth to their son Ninsun after marrying him—a claim that we're now able to confirm since DNA evidence has shown that people can trace ancestry back thousands of years through mitochondrial DNA. While she did marry Ninsun, Ninhursag didn't want her brother's love for her. Rather than admitting she'd been wrong about him, she decided on vengeance against him by turning herself into a snake and tricking Ninsun into eating what would later become humans.

This story showcases how even when things seem perfect at first glance they may not be as good or as bad as it seems at first glance later on… or in this case how two people can both fall in love but they don't always share each other's affections… and how sometimes it can still turn out well without ending up well at all!

The birth-goddess Ninhursag created him to cure or fix the evils he brought upon mankind.

Many people are aware of the role Enki played in Sumerian Mythology. He was a god responsible for creating mankind, but he also became known as the god who brought destruction and suffering upon us. Why was Enki such an important figure in the beginning of Sumerian civilization?

The answer is simple: he was created by Ninhursag, or "mother of all living", to cure or fix the evils he had inflicted upon himself and others. Ninhursag used eight deities—Ninti being one of them—to heal Enki's wounds. His life after this point became much more productive in some ways, since he helped bring life to plants and animals. However, his actions up until then were often destructive; Ninti gives many examples of this destruction throughout her stories. She shows that it is possible to be both destructive and helpful at once, if one is willing to work hard enough to make changes within themselves and their surroundings.

If you are looking for an interesting deity to research and write about, Enki should be near the top of your list.

If you're looking for an interesting deity to research and write about, Enki should be near the top of your list. He was the god of wisdom, magic, and the arts. As king of Sumerian gods, he was also the god of fresh water and the patron of craftsmen. He was not just associated with waters though; he was seen as their very embodiment. Water was very vital in ancient Sumerian society because it provided irrigation to farmers along with being a source of fish and game birds. In this way Enki could be viewed as the chieftain of "all that is fertile" which in turn made him basically like an agriculturalist's best friend!

The second paragraph can be written by anyone who has ever studied mythology before: Enki had many names throughout history but one constant remained: his presence as king over all life forms on earth (or at least those that lived above ground). This included human beings which he fathered through his wife Ninhursag or even other deities such as Inanna--the goddess who brought prosperity into our world through her love affair with Dumuzi."

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