Nergal

Mesopotamian - A Babylonian war-god, god of death, fire and the underworld. Son of Enlil and Nininsinna or Ninlil. Son of Inanna, some say. Husband of Allatu, Ereshkigal or Laz. He was born in the underworld when Ninlil followed Enlil who had been banished to that place for raping her. When Nergal was exiled to the underworld, or summoned there by Ereshkigal for having failed to speak to Namtar, her attendant, who had been invited to collect her share of a feast laid on by the gods, he threatened to kill her. She saved herself only by sharing power with him. In some accounts, he raped her on the first occasion and forced her to share power with him when the god An ordered him back to the underworld. In another version, Nergal consented to marry Ereshkigal only because she threatened to desolate the world if he refused. In the form of the Bull of Heaven he was killed by Gilgamesh and Enkidu. Nergal is sometimes identified with Irra. He is depicted with the body of a lion, holding a sword and a decapitated head. Identified as Nergal, Alad, Alad, Nergal, Gugulanna, Gugulanna, Bull of Heaven, Gugulana, Nergal, (Great) Gugulana, Meslamtea, Meslamtea, Mes Lam Taea, Meslamtaea, Meslamtaea, Ne-iri-gal, Ne-iri-gal, Nergal, Nerigal, Nerigal, Nergal, Qaru, Qaru, Marduk or Nergal.
General - A demon acting as a spy. In black magic, one of the Ministers, head of the Secret Service. On occassion, referred to as Nergal, Alad, Alad, Nergal, Gugulanna, Gugulanna, Bull of Heaven, Gugulana, Nergal, (Great) Gugulana, Meslamtea, Meslamtea, Mes Lam Taea, Meslamtaea, Meslamtaea, Ne-iri-gal, Ne-iri-gal, Nergal, Nerigal, Nerigal, Nergal, Qaru, Qaru, Marduk or Nergal.

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