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Enki, a deity worshiped in ancient Mesopotamia, was originally the patron god of the city of Eridu, but his worship later spread throughout the region. His portfolio included crafts, mischief; water, seawater, lakewater, intelligence, and beer brewing. He was a clever trickster figure.

While Enki was a trickster and always up to something, he was also often the problem-solver and troubleshooter who had to clean up messes that Ishtar created for the gods.

Enki was married to Ningikuga, the goddess of the reeds, and they had a daughter, Ningal the goddess of the moon. However, Enki also had a mistress, Sirtur the sheep goddess, and they had a son, Tammuz.

His sacred animals were the fish and the goat, and sometimes a composite monster that mixed goat with fish.

His main temple/cult was in the city of Eridu.

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See Also: Mesopotamian Mythology



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