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Encyclopedia > Scorpion men

Scorpion men feature in several Babylonian and Sumerian myths, including the EnĂ»ma Elish and Gilgamesh. They are also known as aqrabuamelu or girtablilu. They were first created by the mother goddess Tiamat in order to wage war against the younger gods for the betrayal of her mate Apsu. In the Epic of Gilgamesh, they stand guard outside the gates of the sun god Shamash at the mountains of Mashu. These give entrance to Kurnugi, the land of darkness. The scorpion men open the doors for Shamash as he travels out each day, and close the doors after him when he returns to the underworld at night. They also warn travellers of the danger that lies beyond their post. Their heads touch the sky, their "terror is awesome" and their "glance is death". One famous image found on a relief carving pictures a scorpion man aiming with a bow and arrow. The Scorpion man in Latin was aptly called "Chigga Man", Chigga referring to the deadly poison sting. This relief was the basis for the Scorpion Man figurine that is #55 in the Monster in My Pocket series. Babylonia was an ancient state in Iraq), combining the territories of Sumer and Akkad. ... Sumer (or Shumer, Sumeria, Shinar, native ki-en-gir) formed the southern part of Mesopotamia from the time of settlement by the Sumerians until the time of Babylonia. ... For the computer game, see Myth (computer game). ... Enûma EliÅ¡ is the creation epic of Sumerian Babylonian mythology. ... Gilgamesh, according to the Sumerian king list, was the fifth king of Uruk (Early Dynastic II, first dynasty of Uruk), the son of Lugalbanda, ruling circa 2650 BC. Legend has it that his mother was Ninsun, a goddess. ... It has been suggested that Mother (neopaganism) be merged into this article or section. ... Tiamat is a mother goddess in Babylonian and Sumerian mythology, and a central figure in the Enûma Elish creation epic. ... In Sumerian mythology Abzu or Apsu was the god of fresh water, also representing the primeval water and sometimes the cosmic abyss. ... The Epic of Gilgamesh is an epic poem from Babylonia and is among the earliest known literary works. ... Shamash or Sama, was the common Akkadian name of the sun-god in Babylonia and Assyria, corresponding to Sumerian Utu. ... The Mashu is a great mountain which Gilgamesh passes through (via a tunnel) on his journey after leaving the cedar land, a forest of ten thousand leagues. ... In the art of sculpture, a relief is an artwork where a modelled form projects out of a flat background. ... Monster in My Pocket was a toy line developed by Morrison Entertainment Group, headed by Joe Morrison and John Weems, and released by Matchbox in 1990 consisting of small, soft plastic monsters from religion and mythology, literary fantasy, and unexplained phenomena. ...

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