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Powers Of Mesopotamian Female Gods Essay

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The powers of Mesopotamian deities are seen in the various ways affecting lives of people in that era. These powers can be observed in the art, culture, traditions, religious activities, civilization and many more. Mesopotamian culture and their civilization started upon the development of the first cities on the end of the fourth millennium up to the near beginning of the years of the Roman Empire. In this era, Mesopotamian religion, which pertains to the religious practices and principles pursued by the Sumerian and Akkadian had a great influence in the different aspects of Mesopotamia, such as in their behavior, political planning and decision making and ways of living. Akkadian is also ...view middle of the document...

Other goddesses are linked with real animals like lions, bulls, wild oxen and many more. There are also imaginary representations of creatures such us fire- spitting dragons. According to the Sumerian song “Enlil in the E-Kur”, she is described as having the nature of the god who is a alive and have power over the place. As these Goddesses are considered the most powerful supreme beings, however, though they are very far away from the people, they still serve as their inspiration in doing things and so they considered them as the awesome figures that they can depend on and follow through. Not all the Goddesses were being loved and served as an admiration for them, others were feared, and others were regarded as masters’ too. In their mythology, during Mesopotamian era, great female deities showed inconsistent characters in spite of their kindness. These changeable traits of the goddesses made it hard for the society to depend on them and worshipped them fully. These qualities did not give the female deities as well as the whole Mesopotamia positive effect rather it contributed to the poor decision making of the Goddesses which made the mortal beings to endure suffering, hardships, and trials, as these people used to do the value, honors, and teachings of their female deities. In addition, all of the inculcated teachings, doctrines, principles that human beings believe in and live at, hailed from their female deities, so whatever they believe in they do no matter what is the consequences of these. During those periods, all of those doctrines, traditions, beliefs, teachings and principles led to whatever culture Mesopotamia is having before and in the present days all of those are still aspects are still adopted and become basis of the people’s lives in that region.
Different sect of people worshipped their deities in different ways at different places. Priests do their worship service at the “cultic centers” which can be referred to us nowadays, as pagodas, temples, or churches. It was belief that priests have more direct contacts with these deities rather than the ordinary people. To show their respect, love and harmonious relationship with these deities, ordinary people worshipped them at home. Unlike the priest who do their rituals at those sacred places, the ordinary people put their personal gods in their homes and plead through them to ask for help, guidance, ensure good health, protection for everyone and blessings as well.
Many female deities, from about the middle of the third millennium B.C, portrayed in different human appearances which could not be mistaken as human beings as they have different sizes than the mortals. Goddesses have horned headgear. Figure of Goddesses, were mostly sculpture which were generally created, designed out of wood, with the wrap of gold all over and on the other side with gold as well and made it beautiful by decorating her with ornamented garments. The goddess Inanna, also known as the descent of...

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