Battle Between Marduk and Zu, Relief at Nimrud. Marduk was a god from ancient Mesopotamia and patron deity of the city of Babylon. Zu is a lesser divinity of Akkadian mythology, a divine storm-bird and the personification of the southern wind and the thunder clouds. This demon, half man and half bird, stole the Tablets of Destiny from Enlil and hid them on a mountaintop. Anu ordered the other gods to retrieve the tablets, even though they all feared the demon. Marduk took up the challenge and killed it.
June 16th, 2014
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