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Annunaki

Ancient Kalamic seal depicting the Annunaki

The Anunnaki (also transcribed as Anunna, Anunnaku, Ananaki and other variations) are the gods of Kalam (Gaea) in Ungasangi mythology. The name means something to the effect of 'those of royal blood' or 'princely offspring'.

The Anunnaki, who number 60, first appear in Dú-kalam, the Ungasangi creation epic. After the creation of mankind, En divides the Anunnaki and assigns them to their proper stations, in heaven or on gaea. In gratitude, the Anunnaki, the "Great Gods", built E'an, the splendid: "They raised high the head of E'an equaling An-šár. Having built a stage-tower as high as An-šár, they set up in it an abode for En and Ereš." Then they built their own shrines.

The various gods and goddesses are not considered equal, and have a distinct hierarchy, although the ranking changes from place to place - especially surrounding the saǧéntar, the patron deities of each city. In all places, however, En and Ereš are held to be the highest of the Annunaki.

WorshipEdit

Worship of the Anunnaki is widespread in Ušú-kalam and the regions to the north and east of the country, and is conspicuous through the massive ziggurats and smaller shrines dedicated to various gods in the cities and scattered across the countryside. The south of Ušú-kalam, around the cities of Zanakeš, Mušen-danna, and Túgallak, is the 'stronghold' of the Anunnakine faith, with a number of its most holy sites, including the Great Ziggurat of E'an , located there.

The AnunnakiEdit

  • Abzu is Lord of the Seas, and an infrequent visitor to Kalam. He has no wife, and spends much of his time alone in the ocean depths. Sailors fear finding Abzu in a wrathful mood, and often make offerings to placate him.
  • Adama the Warrior is the Lord of Combat, and son of Mešen. He is unparalleled in single combat, and a master military strategist. Adama does not have the reckless streak of his father, and bears arms only at the behest of En, or of the city of Šen, where he is saǧéntar.
  • Ama is the Goddess of Marriage and Motherhood, and daughter of Mahki.
  • Aštil is the Goddess of Love and Beauty, able to hold men enthralled with a single smile. She is the daughter of Idámu and Tíla.
  • En is the Lord of An-šár and ruler of the Anunnaki. He comes rarely to Kalam, instead spending his time in An-šár, or with his wife Ereš, the Star Queen. En and Ereš are the saǧéntar of E’an in Zanakeš, although due to their long absenses the guardianship of E'an and the city is usually handled by Ninǧir, the Herald of En. En is also the 'father' of the Uǧasaǧi people.
  • Ezen is Lord of Wine, and of Festivities, and is the son of Tušír and Kala. Ezen rarely stays in one place long, instead travelling around the cities of Kalam where he is always found at times of celebration.
  • Gašam is the Patron of Artists and the Arts, and son of Utu and Naǧara. He is the most subtle and nuanced amongst the Anunnaki, and An-šár is said to be festooned with the scuptures and paintings of Gašam.
  • Gianna the Night Queen watches over the period between sunset and sunrise. She is the daughter of Sin, and saǧéntar of E’sakar of Zalid in her mother’s honour.
  • Idámu is the son of Abzu and Lord of Rivers. He also presides over springs, wells, and all other fresh water from E’engur in Uššáridim, where he is saǧéntar with his son Ásal. Idámu’s wife is Tíla, Goddess of Life, daughter of Mahki, who is rarely found in the city, and rather dwells with the wild animals and plants she nurtures.
  • Kala the Healer is the daughter of Idámu and Tíla, and is regularly called upon to aid the sick and injured. Her husband is Tušír the Minstrel, who fills the city of Risilim, where he and Kala are saǧéntar, with music and poetry.
  • Kaš the Fleet is son of Pa-an and Mira, and messenger of the Gods. He is easily the fastest runner of all the Anunnaki, and is also able to run across the clouds strewn across the sky by his parents.
  • Lumma is the daughter of Idámu and Tíla, and the Goddess of agriculture, and fertility. She lives at E’buru in Gánapeš as the city’s saǧéntar.
  • Mahki is the Earth Mother, who dwells everywhere within the body of Kalam, but most often at E’sahar as saǧéntar of Darišé.
  • Malagal the Mariner, the son of Abzu, is the Patron of sailors and saǧéntar of the port city of Túgallak. It is he that sailors appeal to to guide them through the tempests conjured up by Abzu or Mira.
  • Mamud the Dreamweaver is the son of Sin, and the best storyteller among the Anunnaki. Sleep is his realm.
  • Mešen is the God of War, and is constantly agitating the Uǧasaǧi, to the displeasure of the other Anunnaki. He is great friends with Namuš, and the presence of both together is the illest of omens.
  • Nam-tar the Doomsayer is the Lord of prophecy and fate. He is widely consulted by the Uǧasaǧi on the outcome of everything from gambling to war, although, like his mother, Um, he has a cryptic nature. He also delivers prophecy for the Gods at the behest of En and Zušarra, his father.
  • Namuš is Lord of the Dead, and he presides over Arala, the Underworld. His wife is Aníre the Tearful, who perpetually grieves for the dead. While both Namuš and Aníre come to Kalam from time to time, they are rarely encountered together.
  • Pa-an is the Lady of the Sky, and of the Air, and all between An-šár and Kalam. She is the saǧéntar of E’anzu in Mušen-danna, with her husband Mira, the Storm-bringer, son of En.
  • Sin is the Moon Goddess, daughter of En and Ereš. She is revered for her beauty and feared for her cold and sometimes callous nature.
  • Simu the Smith is the Lord of smithying and metallurgy, and is the son of Utu. He is also the de-facto saǧéntar of E’su in Anbar in the absence of his father. His wife is Lúua the Horse Mistress , daughter of Lumma. They have a son, Tizú the Hunter, who is able to catch any beast.
  • Utu the Sun God casts heat and light over Kalam during his daily westward journey across the sky. At night, he is with his wife, Naǧara, the Goddess of crafts and weaving. Utu is saǧéntar of E’su in Anbar, but he leaves this post to his son Simu for fear of burning the city.
  • Zušarra is Master of all Knowledge and he delights in the advancement of the Uǧasaǧi. He deals only in truth, and can be difficult to get an answer from if you ask the wrong questions. However his wife Um the Wise, daughter of Ereš, often imparts more useful, if cryptic, information, which clearly rankles Zušarra. Zušarra and Um reside at E'šu, where they are the saǧéntar of Girza, although Zušarra in particular spends much of his time at in the nearby libraries of Inim-Šar.

SaǧéntarEdit

The saǧéntar are the patron deities of a city, charged with protection of the city and its people in addition to their regular spheres of influence. The nature of their custodianship often precludes the saǧéntar from being present at their shrine, in which case another Anunnaki (normally a close relative) acts as proxy.

City Ziggurat Saǧéntar
Zanakeš E'an En and Ereš (represented by Ninǧir, the Herald of En)
Anbar E'su Utu (represented by Simu the Smith, his son)
Darišé E'sahar Mahki
Gánapeš E'buru Lumma
Girza E'šar Zušarra and Um
Mušen-danna E'anzu Mira and Pa-an
Risilim E'táán Kala and Tušìr
Šen E'damhara Adama
Túgallak E'aba Abzu (represented by Malagal, his son)
Uššáridim E'engur Idámu and Ásal
Zalid E'sakara Sin (represented by Gianna, her daughter)

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