Monday, February 27, 2012

Mesopotamian Religion article from Ancient History Encyclopedia

The following is my article on Ancient Mesopotamian Religion on the Ancient History Encyclopedia site. Ancient History Encyclopedia was launched in 2009 by Jan van der Crabben, known for his work in game design but also, since, for his intense interest in, and commitment to, ancient history. His vision was to create a free-access, peer-reviewed site providing scholarly articles and definitions on ancient history and he has succeeded admirably. Jan van der Crabben is also an excellent editor with a keen eye for detail and narrative form and it has been an honor and a pleasure working with him the past three years. Anyone out there with an interest in this subject is invited to contribute or peer review articles and definitions on the site. Please have a look. Enjoy. It's a great journey whether you're writing or reading.

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The article begins:

In ancient Mesopotamia, the meaning of life was for one to live in concert with the gods. Humans were created as co-laborers with their gods to hold off the forces of chaos and to keep the community running smoothly. According to the Mesopotamian creation myth, the Enuma Elish, (meaning,'When on High') life began after an epic struggle between the elder gods and the younger. In the beginning there was only water swirling in chaos and undifferentiated between fresh and bitter. These waters separated into two distinct principles: the male principle, Apsu, which was fresh water and the female principle, Tiamat, salt water. From the union of these two principles all the other gods came into being.

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