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Mesopotamia / Religions / Gods and goddesses /
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In Mesopotamian religions, god of healing, magic incantations, and of the underworld. Although residing in the underworld, he was largely a benevolent god, but there is much uncertainty to his actual nature. His name may be translated with Water Knower.
He is appears mainly in Sumerian religion.
He was the patron god of the cities Enegir and Eshnunna, until the time when replaced by Tispak. There were two main sanctuary dedicated to him here.
In some myths he is son of Enlil and Ningil, in other myths, esprecially those of Enegir, he was son of the goddess Ereshkigal and the god Gugalana. Myths varied on his spouse too, some made this Ninsutu, others Ningirda.

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By Tore Kjeilen