Neti (deity)

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In Sumerian, Babylonian, and Akkadian mythology, Neti is a minor god of the Underworld. He is the chief gatekeeper of the Netherworld and the servant of the goddess, Ereshkigal. Neti features prominently in the epic legend of "Inanna's Descent into the Underworld," when he opens the seven gates of the realm and admits the goddess, removing one emblem of her power at the threshold of each gate until she is ultimately left naked and powerless.[1]

Neti fulfills a similar role to Charon, the ferryman of the Underworld in Greek mythology.


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