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originally posted by: Ove38
I think everything came out of Earth, all life on Earth.
The Abzu (Cuneiform: 𒍪 𒀊, ZU.AB; Sumerian: abzu; Akkadian: apsû) also called engur, (Cuneiform:𒇉, LAGAB×HAL; Sumerian: engur; Akkadian: engurru) literally, ab='water' (or 'semen') zu='to know' or 'deep' was the name for fresh water from underground aquifers that was given a religious fertilizing quality in Sumerian and Akkadian mythology. Lakes, springs, rivers, wells, and other sources of fresh water were thought to draw their water from the abzu.
In the city Eridu, Enki's temple was known as E2-abzu (house of the cosmic waters) and was located at the edge of a swamp, an abzu. Certain tanks of holy water in Babylonian and Assyrian temple courtyards were also called abzu (apsû). Typical in religious washing, these tanks were similar to the washing pools of Islamic mosques, or the baptismal font in Christian churches.
The Sumerian god Enki (Ea in the Akkadian language) was believed to have lived in the abzu since before human beings were created. His wife Damgalnuna, his mother Nammu, his advisor Isimud and a variety of subservient creatures, such as the gatekeeper Lahmu, also lived in the abzu.
Abzu (apsû) is depicted as a deity only in the Babylonian creation epic, the Enûma Elish, taken from the library of Assurbanipal (c 630 BCE) but which is about 500 years older. In this story, he was a primal being made of fresh water and a lover to another primal deity, Tiamat, who was a creature of salt water. The Enuma Elish begins:
When above the heavens did not yet exist nor the earth below, Apsu the freshwater ocean was there, the first, the begetter, and Tiamat, the saltwater sea, she who bore them all; they were still mixing their waters, and no pasture land had yet been formed, nor even a reed marsh...
originally posted by: Indigent
a reply to: Deny Arrogance
I get no problem with the bible, its as good as peter pan or any other fantasy book i just dont like the obsession people got with it that have to relate everything to their fantasy novel
originally posted by: BO XIAN
a reply to: Grimpachi
Actually, the text has always indicated that the earth was a sphere hanging in space.
Idiotic claims otherwise are just that.
originally posted by: Meldionne1
Better not let anyone get ahold of that "blue rock" they'll be trying to make jewelry out of it, and will pelleted the earth of it...just enough to collapse the earth......kidding....on a serious note, ....can fracking injure or harm this in anyway? ...and does the mean that the water tables rising is actually the center of the earth oozing out,,and not the polar ice caps?
originally posted by: MichiganSwampBuck
Seems strange that so many people can embrace the Atlantis flood myth, but so many more get down right nasty about the Biblical flood myth.
With so many cultures having epic flood myths, I don't see why anyone should single out one cultural myth to beat on like a dead horse.