Nabu (Myths and Legends of the World)
Nabu was the god of wisdom and writing in the ancient Near Eastern lands of and Assyriakingdom of the ancient Near East located between the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers. His was introduced to Babylonia shortly after 2000 B.C., and he became known as the son of Marduk, patronspecial guardian, protector, or supporter god of the city of .
Nabu later became one of the principal gods in Assyria. He even surpassed Marduk in popularity, perhaps because of Marduk's association with Babylonia, which was Assyria's rival. The Assyrians addressed many prayers and inscriptions to Nabu and named children after him. As god of writing and scribes, Nabu was the keeper of the Tablets of Destiny, in which the fate of humankind was recorded. In addition, he was sometimes worshiped as a fertility god and as a god of water.
See also MARDUK; SEMITIC MYTHOLOGY.
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