Sumerian Religon

By Michael Williams

Belief

In mesopotamia the meaning of life was for one to live in concert with the gods humans were created as co laborers with their gods to hold off the forces of chaos. Its said that God Ea created the earth and Marduk created the sky

Sumerian religion has its roots in the worship of nature such as the wind and water

The forces of nature were originally worshipped as them selves over time the human form became associated with those forces gods in human form were now seen to have control over nature

THE GODS

The gods of Sumer were human in form and maintained human traits they ate, drank and fought amongst each other though the gods were immortal and all powerful it was apparent that they could be hurt and even killed each god made a set of rules of divine authority known as me the me ensured that each god was able to keep the cosmos functioning according to the plans handed down to them by Enlil

HUMANS ROLE

Sumerians believed that their role in the universe was to serve the gods Ancient Sumerians devoted much of their time to ensuring their favor with the gods with worship and sacrifice. The high gods however were believed to have more important things to do than to attend to the common mans every day prayers and so personal gods were between man and the high gods the personal gods listened to the prayers and relayed them to the high gods