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"the Seven from the source of the Apsu grew up in a cella in the source of the Apsu
They are neither male nor female, they neither marry nor bear children."
"has no mouth has no limbs has no face"
"in bed at night, copulates with a man in his sleep"
"urinates like an ass while crouching over a man"
"always flies about like a bat in the clefts at night"
"always flies around at night like a bird in the dark"
covers the victim like a gill net snares the victim like a hunting net"
"prowls about quitely at night like an urban fox"
"grasped in my right hand the raven, the herldic bird of the gods"
"sent off the falcon, the noble bird, from my left hand towards your evil face."
"put around my neck against you a terrifying red scarf"
"dressed my pure body against you in a red cloak, a cloak of awe."
"hung a mouse from the door lintel"
"hung the soot of a single thornbush from a peg"
"seared your body with a whip like a stray donkey."
. ...from the mountain, the pure place, it came,from the netherworld, it rose, falling on the breast of the virgin, falling on the neck of the lad, falling on the yoke of the donkey falling on the thick shoulders of the oxen as it came from the mountain as it rose from the netherworld,the samānu-demon
" ‘Storm-demon of life,’ born in Ur,
‘Storm-demon of abundance’ of the good denizen of Nippur,
‘Storm-demon of celebration,’ growing up in Eridu,
‘Benevolent Storm-demon,’ which came forth in Kullab,
‘Storm-demon with the fair face,’ offspring of Kis^,
‘Just Storm-demon,’ august judge of Lagas^,
‘Storm-demon which grants a threatened man life
They are the swooping vultures which darken the daybreak."
"They cast off fearsome radiance like an Alu^-demon, they are concealed by an aura."
"the first of them is the furious South Wind,and the second is a predator whose mouth is open , the third one is a furious panther
The fourth one is a fearful serpent,the fifth one is a raging lion , the sixth one is a rising wave ,the seventh one is a storm, a harmful gale.
The Seven of them act as messenger of Lord Anu.
... they walk on the right side of Adad the storm god, and continually flash like lightning on the horizon."
"Ishtar plots the eclipse of the moon ,
At that time, the Seven of them were evil gods who were whirling about in the base of heaven, they kept circling furiously in front of the crescent moon.
Once the hero Samas and valiant Adad were deflected,Istar, together with Lord Anu, occupied the holy residence and was plotting against the rule of heaven."
Ea called to his son Marduk ‘Go, my son Marduk, moon Sin is being cruelly darkened in heaven --his eclipse is apparent in heaven.’
The Seven of them constantly circle before the crescent moon.
Once the hero Samas and valiant Adad had been deflected,the great gods went into hiding the wild animals devour each other darkness has encircled the whole of the lands."
"It is the king, the son of his personal god, who, like the moonlight, supports the population,bearing radiance on his head like the new moon."
"They have darkened Sin in the midst of heaven,they have torn off his corona and stripped off his ornaments, they have darkened his beloved face."
"the evil Utukku-demons are spawned from the seed of Anu;
"they are offspring of earth spawned by the seed of Anu."
Weakening both heaven and earth, the spirit weakens lands, the demon, whose arms are lofty, weakens lands, he one whose arms are lofty and his gait is lofty.
The galla-demon is a goring ox, a great ghost, a ghost who always climbs over all the houses.
The gallu-demons, the Seven of whom have no shame, know not how to act kindly.
They ground down the land like flour, and know not how to spare (anyone), raging against people, eating flesh, causing blood to flow, (then) drinking from the veins.
At this time they are the very images of the gods the house of the Holy Mound where the Ewe and Wheat abound - the gallu-demons are filled with malevolence, they do not cease consuming blood.
Unto Enmešarra, the adorned, speaking the word, Marduk has spoken thus:
"Oh lord, steady-one, thy children are these seven.
Once again mightily I will work their overthrow".
The relation of this messenger to the goddess obviously parallels that of dusk Bararitu,“evening watch” to evening star a manifestation of Ishtar. In the hymn to the Queen of Nippur the goddess punishes a sinner by putting Bararitu on on his case as her representative, the latter fulfils her assignment by deranging the sinner’s mind
Thus “She who comes at dusk” visualizes Ishtar's bad mood “wrath”and its verbal expression “hostile words”, and communicates them to mankind, as the embodiment of an atmospheric phenomenon and a member of Ishtar’s court, she must be found among the unidentified winged nude goddesses of the period. If so, she would closely resemble the spirit of the South Wind and the harpy-like figure of the Burney Relief.
Ishtar’s other high-profiled messenger Kilili,reveals a character trait of the being’s Akkadian counterpart,since together with Abbasusu (“She who spills through the window”), Abtagigi(“She who retires from the window”), and 15 other deities she constitutes Ishtar’s diplomatic service; eighteen in all, they are her “messengers.
Generally most sex Demons were seen as Female however perhaps because it was seen to be the case that it was mainly men deserving to have their minds deranged with regards to sexual misdemeanour, or perhaps simply because that department was run by a Female Deity.
Not for the faint hearted...
originally posted by: Kantzveldt
a reply to: Wifibrains
Generally in Sumeria it all comes down to the desirability of Order over Chaos,
whether the sane and ordered mind of an individual or [and?] a greater society and nature itself, anything detrimental to this in relative terms is perceived as an evil,
however often Demonic agency can be seen employed by Deities in order to facilitate change, so in some senses encounters with Demons could be seen as for one's own good if positive change was the result, i guess the Demons would claim to be just doing their job.
The phenomena itself is non-existential and can best be related to phenomena such as the wind that blows were it will.
originally posted by: Kantzveldt
It does raise questions as to whether the Hebrew concept of Satan was simply the personification of principles that had long been an aspect of Mesopotamian Demonic lore, that High Deities could direct undermining and corrosive spiritual influence against individuals and institutions in order to facilitate their collapse into chaos and ultimate negation, in the interest of change.
The Mesopotamians themselves probably had the whole thing covered with Nergal who could bring outdated teachings to destruction, undermine anything through disease and general corruption, the E-Kur world mountain of Enlil established above the underworld of Nergal, a son of Enlil, in that sense the Demons would be part of a cyclic process, Nergal as a destructive aspect of the Sun.
Satan as the negative aspect of Saturn bring evil and destruction to established Jovian order and Nergal also as that aspect of Saturn, untoward planetary influences...