GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Babylonian mythology) The Babylonian god of war and agriculture, in an older pantheon.
- n. Babylonian god in older pantheon: god of war and agriculture
“For example, in Lagash the patron deity was Ningirsu.”
“In order to maintain the large household represented by such an organization as that of the temple of Enlil of Nippur, that of Ningirsu at Lagash, that of Marduk at Babylon, or that of Shamash at Sippar, large holdings of land were required which, cultivated by agents for the priests, or farmed out with stipulations for a goodly share of the produce, secured an income for the maintenance of the temple officials.”
“On the day in which destinies were fixed in heaven and earth, Enlil, the chief of the gods, and Ningirsu, the city-god of Lagash, held converse; and Enlil, turning to Ningirsu, described the sad condition of Southern Babylonia, and remarked that”
“Ningirsu and Gatumdug; and then, repairing to Ninâ's temple, he recounted to her the details of his vision.”
“It is true that Gudea states that he did not understand the meaning of the god's message, and so required an interpretation; but he was equally at a loss as to the identity of the god who gave it, although Ningirsu was his own city-god and was accompanied by his own familiar city-emblem.”
“That this is sound reasoning is proved by a second vision vouchsafed to Gudea by Ningirsu.”
“So the fact that Ningirsu does not communicate directly with the patesi, but conveys his message by means of a dream, is particularly instructive.”
“He offered a prayer to Ningirsu himself, saying that he wished to build the temple, but had received no sign that this was the will of the god; and he prayed for a sign.”
“The sign was that he should feel his side touched as by a flame, (1) and thereby he should know that he was the man chosen by Ningirsu to carry out his commands.”
“The man whose stature was so great, and whose head was that of a god, was the god Ningirsu, and the words which he uttered were an order to the patesi to rebuild the temple Eninnû.”
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