from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Mythology The Babylonian goddess of ocean waters.
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- proper n. A Babylonian goddess who personifies the sea, considered the monstrous embodiment of primordial chaos.
- proper n. A supposed planet once located between Mars and Jupiter.
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- n. (Akkadian) mother of the gods and consort of Apsu
She first realized what happened when the word Tiamat is burned into the door of her restaurant the New Moon.
Tiamat is a backwater world in an interstellar empire, kept in its place by the empire’s high-tech aristocracy.
The Sumerians said Earth was really half a planet called Tiamat, which broke up in a collision with Nibiru,
The creation story of the Babylonians, for example, describes gods and goddesses who were involved in a cosmic conflict and were constantly massacring one another, until the god Marduk seized power and murdered the goddess Tiamat, from whom he created the heavens and the earth.
Marduk collages harrowing news reports of female political activists abducted, tortured or "disappeared" in places such as Paraguay, Turkey, and China, and juxtaposes them with an equally violent script: a Sumerian creation myth in which the god Marduk murders and disembowels the goddess Tiamat, splitting her "like a flat fish into two halves" to make "a covering for the heavens".
Our ancient myths are full of them, from the Babylonian chaos mother Tiamat, whom Marduk slays in order to create the world from her body; to the biblical sea serpent Leviathan in Psalm 74, whom God kills in order to form a habitable place of homeland security for God's people; to the book of Revelation's great red dragon, "that ancient serpent who is called the Devil and Satan."
If you like them, there's a certain window of time over which the Swedish band Tiamat might appeal.
Justice Tiamat would just sit there, but the Kefka/Sephiroth Court would rule that the Constitution mandates global thermonuclear war.
Ingersoll traces all images of the dragon back to Tiamat, the watery, primordial goddess slain by Marduk in the Enuma Elish, a Babylonian version of the combat myth; as they appear in various myths around the world, dragons are typicallly associated with water, though in different contexts, so that some are rain gods, some are guardians of underground pools, and some are chthonic representatives of the chaotic sea.
The body of the Sumerian-Babylonian Earth Mother, Tiamat, also defined the division between the watery realms above and below, like a horizon differentiates the heaven from the deep blue sea.
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