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  • Paraphrased from Wikipedia: a name for a group of deities in ancient Mesopotamian cultures (i.e. Sumerian, Akkadian, Assyrian, and Babylonian), meaning something to the effect of ‘those of royal blood’ or ‘princely offspring’. According to The Oxford Companion to World Mythology, the Anunnaki ‘are the Sumerian deities of the old primordial line; they are chthonic deities of fertility, associated eventually with the underworld, where they became judges. They take their name from the old sky god An (Anu).’

    They don’t seem to be named specifically, and it sounds like there were purported to be some hundreds of them. So, to my mind, analogous to other cultures’ cohorts of demigods, angels, Titans, or what-have-you, but with a netherworld spin.

    March 4, 2014