Enuma elis narrates a battle against a chaos monster Ti'amtu, (14) who threatens the divine order, a victory that establishes Marduk
as the supreme god.
According to this story, Marduk
, the male God split the body of the female god, Tiamat, lifted up one half of her body, divided the waters above and set stars and planets underneath.
Like Shaikh Khalid, Bahrain's Abdulrahman Al Saad on Marduk
had to withdraw from the race after five stages.
In the Mesopotamian Epic of Creation, the absolute ruler, Marduk
, slays the bull man (kusarikku, or "bison") so that he may become "the bestower of ploughland who fixes [its] boundaries, creator of grain and linseed, producer of vegetation" (Tablet VII).
As I read them, I could not help but wonder how Abraham reacted to the account of the fighting of the many gods, to the chief male god's (Marduk
's) killing of the head female deity (Tiamat), his standing on her body and then cutting her in two to make the heavens and earth, and then using the blood of another god he had killed to make humans to be slaves of the deities.
His traveling companion and old friend, Melchior, called the Father of Fathers Mihr, while others referred to Him as Bel, Marduk
, Zeus, or Mylitta.
Babylon's soaring, pyramid-shaped Temple of Marduk
is thought to have inspired the tale of the Tower of Babel, while their conquest of the Kingdom of Judah in the early sixth century BC led to the deportation and exile of the nation's Jewish population.
He was a follower of the Mesopotamian moon god, Sin, worshipped at Al-Ula, whereas the official god of Babylon was Marduk
. He remained in Al-Ula for ten years before returning to Babylon.
There are black metal bands like Dark Funeral (Vobiscum Satanas [Metal Blade 14173, 1998]), Dissection (Storm of the Light's Bane [Nuclear Blast Records 6129, 1996]), and Marduk
(Plague Angel [Candlelight 167, 2005]), who are every bit as serious in their commitment to the dark side as their Norwegian brethren.