Nergal PR4

Take arms against the lions of death, the kings of sunset.

Definition/Summary:

Religion and mythology

  • Underworld deity worshipped throughout Mesopotamia
  • God of war, plague and death
  • Part a solar deity, sometimes identified with Shamash, but only later phase of the sun
  • As war and pestilence, he represent the sun of noontime and of the summer solstice that brings destruction, high summer being the dead season

“The king of sunset”

  • Became god of the underworld

    Expanded info:

    Nergal pairs with his consort Laz. Nergal appears as a lion, and monuments symbolise him with a mace surmounted by the head of a lion.

    • Nergal’s fiery aspect appears in names or epithets such as Lugalgira
    • Nergal has epithets such as the “raging king,” the “furious one,” and the like 

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