alt. name for fresh water from underground aquifers that was given a religious quality in Sumerian and Akkadian mythology n. name for fresh water from underground aquifers that was given a religious quality in Sumerian and Akkadian mythology
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Apsu \Apsu\ n. (Akkadian mythology) father of the gods and consort of Tiamat.
Usage examples of "apsu".
The Older (genealogically) Gods: Apsu The underworld ocean, masculine.
When Apsu and Mummu suggested that they kill the younger gods, she grew furious, calmed down and rejected the plan.
Her restless subservient gods goaded her into action after Apsu is slain.
When Tiamat's retaliation for Apsu's death was discovered, Anshar sent him on a peace mission to her, but he returned unsuccessfully.
He discovered the plot of Apsu and Mummu, put Apsu under a sleeping spell, and slew him and put Mummu into a daze, tied him up, and slew him.
He then named his quarters Apsu, the underworld ocean that supports the world.
He is very fond of Apsu and colludes with him to disperse the younger gods when they disturb Tiamat, even after Tiamat rejects the plan.
Nissaba performs a purification ceremony on him and he receives the following new names and shrines: Duku - 'holy mound' in Sumerian, Hurabtil - an Elamite god, Shushinak - patron god of the Elamite city Susa, Lord of the Secret, Pabilsag - god of the antediluvian city Larak, Nin-Azu - god of Eshunna, Ishtaran - god of Der, Zababa -warrior god of Kish, Lugalbanda - Gilgamesh's father, Lugal-Marada - patron god of Marad, Warrior Tishpak - similar to Nin- Azu, Warrior of Uruk, Lord of the Boundary-Arrow, Panigara - a warrior god, and Papsukkal - vizier of the great gods.
He leveled Apsu, measured it and established numerous shrines for many of the gods.
It describes how Tiamat and Apsu, the first gods, were coexisting in Mummu, the primordial chaos.
This plateau was bounded by mountains on which rested the vault of heaven, and it floated on the waters of the Apsu.