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First paragraph[edit]

In the first paragraph, one can learn the following: He was believed to have the power to judge those who had committed crimes, and to have created the stars as soldiers to destroy the wicked. Is there any source for this? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Skibbereen4567 (talkcontribs) 07:57, 23 October 2016 (UTC)


Someone keeps updating this page with some truly weird 'pop culture'. Can someone keep an eye on it and make sure whomever this is gets booted? Kaligraphia (talk) 04:09, 21 December 2011 (UTC)kaligraphia

I want to add that Sumerians didn't believed they were gods, they actually said in their own writings that they were an alien race who created humans and rule the world. So, for the sumerians the Anunakis were aliens instead of gods. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 12:39, 22 November 2013 (UTC) [1]

People still believe in Sitchin? The man was a con-artist and a charlatan and as a source is far from credible. To learn what those writings actually say, I suggest you learn Sumerian yourself or ask someone well-versed in Sumerian cuneiform, instead of believing con-men who know nothing about ancient languages.--WANAX (talk) 14:11, 22 November 2013 (UTC)

Unverified supposition[edit]

Someone keeps updating this page with some truly weird 'pop culture'. Can someone keep an eye on it and make sure whomever this is gets booted? Kaligraphia (talk) 04:13, 21 December 2011 (UTC)

"The oldest reference to the name" cannot be in Sanskrit or Tamil. Sanscrit is believed to have separated from Indo-Iranian about 1,500 BCE. Anu is attested in Sumerian civilisation from 3,000 BCE. The oldest extent work in Tamil dates to 200 BCE. The Brahmi script (the earliest in India) dates from 600BCE and Karoshthi dates from 400BCE. So how can they be the first references. I am deleting this section as it is inaccurate. John D. Croft 18:39, 4 February 2007 (UTC)

Sorry, but I think Mr Sitchin's theory should be considered as a supposition and not an affirmation.-- The Warlock 10:09 15 Jun 2003 (UTC)


History is a supposition.


Can someone verify the supposed Sumerian belief here? RickK 23:26, 30 Apr 2004 (UTC)

Unless somebody can verify this, I'm going to delete it in about 48 hours. RickK 20:08, 1 May 2004 (UTC)

- Sumerian for "heaven", a sky god, father and king of the gods. He is the son of Anshar and Kishar. He lives in the third heaven. The Eanna in Uruk was dedicated both to him and consort. His first consort was Antu. They produced the Anunnaki - the underworld gods, and the utukki - the seven evil demons. His second consort was Innina (Ishtar). He is a god of monarchs and is not friendly to the common people. He is a "King of the Igigi". He is assigned the sky as his domain in 'Atrahasis'. His 'kishru's (shooting stars) have awesome strength. He has the ability that anything he puts into words, becomes reality. He is Niudimmud's (Ea's) father. When Anzu stole the Tablet of Destinies from Ellil, he called for one of the gods to slay Anzu and thereby greatly increase his reputation.

He gave Marduk the four winds to play with. He made a whirlwind and a flood wave and stirred up Tiamat on purpose. When Tiamat's retaliation for Apsu's death was discovered, Anshar sent him on a peace mission to her, but he returned unsuccessfully. He helps form a princely shrine for Marduk prior to his battle with Tiamat, and gives him the Anu-power of decreeing fates, such that his word is law.

He calls Dumuzi and Gizzida speak on Adapa's behalf.

He and Earth father the Sebitti. He gives them fearsome fates and powers and puts them at Erra's command, to aid in killing noisy, over-populous people and animals.

He agrees to send the Bull of Heaven after Gilgamesh on Ishtar's behalf, if she has made sure that the people of Uruk are properly provisioned for seven years. He decrees that either Gilgamesh or Enkidu must die for the slaying of Humbaba and the Bull of Heaven. He sends Kakka to Kurnugi to tell Ereshkigal to send a messenger to receive a gift from him. (See also the Sumerian An and the Hittite Anus)

Symbol: sacred shine surmounted by the divine horned cap. Sacred number: 60 Astrological region: heavenly equator Sacred animal: the heavenly Bull

here's the link with bibliography.

The link above cannot be accessed as it is locked.

Last paragraph[edit]

...seems irrelevant and isn't cited. Should it be pruned?

I agree with that. If there was some sort of reliable citation attached to it, I suppose it'd be fine, but there isn't. Besides, is there any proof that the name Anu is given profusely in Thailand and is given to mainly dark-skinned people? I really think someone should cut that statement if no one's going to give reasons for stating it. Ryan 04:21, 10 March 2006 (UTC)

Yes, Anu is female name in Finland, but that doesn't have anything to do with the Sumerian pagan god Anu! Anu is Hannah's Finnish diminutive name form, as also Annushka in Russia. 00:39, 29 December 2006 (UTC)

Needing Rewrite[edit]

This article seems largely based upon ancient (pre-World War I) material, reflecting a highly obsolete viewpoint.

For example, Is Bel = Marduk or Enlil. The three way dision does not wor as Bel as Enlil (Nippur) = Air, not Earth.


John D. Croft 11:30, 25 February 2006 (UTC)

I believe we may need to include something from Stephen H. Langdon, he was post WWI at least.--Faro0485 (talk) 12:19, 14 February 2011 (UTC)

Origin of the name "An"[edit]

I cleaned up that paragraph and added a citation for the Sumerian cosmogony bit I added. I fail to see how that paragraph has anything to do with the origin of the name. If anyone can help us out with that I would appreciate it. NJMauthor (talk) 00:39, 20 February 2008 (UTC)

Anu and Metatron[edit]

In comparative religion, I feel that it may be possible to detect common attributes between Anu and Metatron ; I would dare anyone to try. (talk) 13:17, 15 November 2008 (UTC)

In comparative religion, it would be possible to detect common attributes between Anu and The Jade Emperor. What's your point? NJMauthor (talk) 23:02, 6 December 2008 (UTC)

Someone has vandalized this article, I plan to return this article to an earlier form. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 00:08, 24 November 2009 (UTC)

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Same as Levantine El and ancient Greek Cronus[edit]

Anu -> Enki (Sea) and Enlil (Storm) and Ereshkigal (Death)

Cronus -> Poseidon (Sea) and Zeus (Storm) and Hades (Death)

El -> Yam (Sea) and Hadad (Storm) and Mot (Death)

There are many cross-references in all these mythologies to further establish these facts. Even the Hindu, ancient Egypt, Aztec, Mayan, etc. mythologies ultimately are based on these few deities. The difference is mostly in name and attribute only. We can find these deities even in Norse mythology... (talk) 06:59, 22 July 2012 (UTC)

Font use?[edit]

I have been looking at various cuniform pages, most display ok, the unicode (presumably) symbols in the first para here do not display properly (the box with numbers in it). Is this a wiki encoding issue, or do I need another font.

Other pages, when examining the html, show font family e.g.

< span style="font-size: 125%; font-family: Akkadian; transition: transform 1s ease 0s;" title="Classical Sumerian cuneiform" xml:lang="sux-Xsux" lang="sux-Xsux">𒅴𒂠< /span>

Whereas this page has

<span style="transition: transform 1s ease 0s;" xml:lang="akk" lang="akk">𒀭𒀭</span> — Preceding unsigned comment added by Mimarx (talkcontribs) 23:09, 18 August 2017 (UTC)