Adapa

Mesopotamian - The first man in the lore of the Akkadians. One of the Apkallu. Son and priest of Ea. He is credited with the invention of speech. He broke the wings of Shutu, the south wind, when it buffeted him. When he was summoned to heaven to explain why the wind no longer blew he refused the food and drink that was offered to him by An, not realising that it would have made him immortal. In some accounts, there are two separate beings called Adapa - the deity, son of Ea, and the wise man, one of the Apkallu, but the story of the visit to the heavens seems to be common to both. Occasionally identified as Adapa.

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