Taken from the Merriam-Webster’s Encyclopedia of World Religions
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Today’s religious topic is as follows:
“Anu”, (Akkadian), Sumerian An, in MESOPOTAMIAN RELIGION, the sky god. Anu, although theoretically the highest god, played only a small role in the mythology, hymns, and cults of Mesopotamia. He was the father not only of all the gods but also of evil spirits and DEMONS; Anu was also the god of kings and of the calendar. He was typically depicted in a headdress with horns, a sign of strength.
His Sumerian counterpart, An, dates from the oldest Sumerian period, at least 3000 BCE. Originally he seems to have been envisaged as a great bull, a form later envisioned as a separate mythological entity, the Bull, a form later envisioned as a separate mythological entity, the Bull of Heaven, which was owned by An. His holy city was Erech, in the southern herding region, and he may originally have belonged to the herders’ pantheon. In Akkadian myth Anu was assigned a consort, Antum (Antu), but she seems often to have been confused with ISHTAR (Inanna).
The ancient Akkadians, Assyrians, Chinese, and Phoenicians had known Anu to be the king of the Anunnaki. In Babylonian hymns and incantations, the Igigi and Anunnaki play a very prominent part, in which Anu is represented as the father of both groups. The Anunnaki, who as children of Enki were the special friends of the newly created men.
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