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Babylonian gods and goddesses are very important to their culture. They have a total of twenty gods, but not all of them are honored equally. Babylonian mythology is similiar to Greek mythology reguarding to their gods, and the importance of them. The many gods in Babylonian mythology help fill the needs of individuals and tells the consequences of disrespecting them.

The Babylonian gods
Anu is the Bayblonian god in charge. He has a similiar role to the greek god Zeus. Anu is the father of the skys, and lives in the third heaven. He is known for being able to turn his beliefs and words into reality. Anu also had the ability to judge criminals. Because he was the god of the skies, the stars served as his army and were said to be made to destroy the wicked people.external image tiamat.jpgMarduk started out as a non-important person, and became very powerful and heroic . According to Babylonian mythology he created the heavens and Earth, helped arrange our calender by seperating days into weeks, months, and years. He is known as a "double god" because it could hear and see everything with his four ears and four eyes. external image marduk_and_his_pet_dragon_poster-p228061301202787145trma_400.jpg



Enlil is basically the god of Earth. He controlled all land, air, and every man's fate. He is known as one of the four original creation gods, and at one point he was the king of all gods. His short temper is thought to be the main reason for the great flood. His anger often gives people the impression that he was not a nice god, but he would favor people who were in need of help, and is an important god in Babylonian culture.

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Apsu was the king god. He is known as being the king of all nature and humans. Along with controlling the gods, he also controlled the underworld oceans. Because of his power and control over everything, he was killed by the god Ea.
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Ea is the god of wisdom. He was able to turn his words into reality, similar to the god Anu. He was also the god of magic, farming, waters, writing, and building. He is the ruler of all gods, following Apsu. He is very powerful and the Babylonian culture honors and adores him greatly even though he is responsible for the god Apsu.
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Anshar is Anu's creator. He is the son of Apsu, and helped with creating the sky and the heavens. He is a great leader of advice, as he proved to Marduk when planning attack on the dragon goddess Tiamat.
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Sources
http://www.gods-heros-myth.com/godpages/enlil.html
http://www.gods-heros-myth.com/godpages/anu.html
http://www.gods-heros-myth.com/godpages/marduk.html
http://www.gods-heros-myth.com/godpages/ea.html
http://ancienthistory.about.com/cs/egypt/a/babygodsindex.htm
http://www.gods-heros-myth.com/godpages/apsu.html
http://www.bible-history.com/babylonia/BabyloniaBabylonian_Gods00000027.htm