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In Sumerian mythology Abzu or Apsu was the god of fresh water, also representing the primeval water and sometimes the cosmic abyss. He was sometimes associated with the ocean, but he was not a deity of salt water. See also Tiamat, Enûma Elish.




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Apsû - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (254 words)
The apsû (also known as abzu or engur) was the name for the mythological underground freshwater ocean in Sumerian and Akkadian mythology.
In Eridu Enki's temple was known as E-abzu ("the abzu temple").
Certain tanks of holy water in Babylonian and Assyrian temple courtyards were also called apsû or abzu.
Sumerian Gods, Demons and Immortals whose Names Start with 'A' (2057 words)
Abzu (Sumerian AB=father; ZU=wise; wise father) was the primeval male god, the husband of Tiamat.
Abzu's body became the original Earth, which was entirely water, and Enki, (En=lord, ki=Earth) Lord of the Earth, became its first tutelary god.
According to Sumerian mythology, Abzu became the vast fresh water sea that was later overlaid by Tiamat's corpse (land).
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