Getting Started with Sumerian — Institute for the Study of the Ancient WorldMesopotamian religion , beliefs and practices of the Sumerians and Akkadians , and their successors, the Babylonians and Assyrians , who inhabited ancient Mesopotamia now in Iraq in the millennia before the Christian era. These religious beliefs and practices form a single stream of tradition. Sumerian in origin, Mesopotamian religion was added to and subtly modified by the Akkadians Semites who emigrated into Mesopotamia from the west at the end of the 4th millennium bce , whose own beliefs were in large measure assimilated to, and integrated with, those of their new environment. For historical background, see Mesopotamia, history of. As the only available intellectual framework that could provide a comprehensive understanding of the forces governing existence and also guidance for right conduct in life, religion ineluctably conditioned all aspects of ancient Mesopotamian civilization.
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The origins of human beings according to ancient Sumerian texts
Sumerians created an advanced civilization with its own system of elaborate language and writing, architecture and arts, astronomy and mathematics. Their religious system was a complex one comprised of hundreds of gods. According to the ancient texts, each Sumerian city was guarded by its own god; and while humans and gods used to live together, the humans were servants to the gods. The Sumerian creation myth can be found on a tablet in Nippur, an ancient Mesopotamian city founded in approximately BC. The creation of Earth Enuma Elish according to the Sumerian tablets begins like this:.
Skip to main content., The ancient Sumerians , who flourished thousands of years ago between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers in what today is southern Iraq, built a civilization that in some ways was the ancient equivalent of Silicon Valley.
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Ancient Sumer was a conglomeration of city states located in the southern part of Mesopotamia , in the region where the rivers Tigris and Euphrates meet. This area falls mainly in modern Iraq. Each city had its own patron god or goddess and a ruling priest or priest king. Sumerian innovations include irrigation, writing, the wheel, mathematics, laws, astronomy and architecture. The river valley between the Tigris and Euphrates forms part of the so-called fertile crescent and was the site of some of the earliest civilisations, including that of ancient Sumer. Although earlier populations had lived in small settlements along the banks of the rivers, the Sumerian civilisation was built around city states. Each city had its own ruling god or goddess , served by priests and a king who may also have had priestly duties.