Namtar (Namtaru, Namtara)

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Namtar is a hellish deity, god of death, and the messenger of An, Ereshkigal, and Nergal.

Namtar is responsible for diseases and pests, commanding sixty diseases in the form of demons.Offerings to him are made to prevent those illnesses. The beloved son of Bêl. and the personification of death.

In the story of Ishtar's Descent to earth, acting as Ishkegal's 'messenger', Namtar curses Ishtar (the daughter of Sin) with 60 diseases, naming 5 of the head, feet, side, eyes, and heart, after she arrives to earth.

References

Michael Jordan, Encyclopedia of Gods, Kyle Cathie Limited, 2002

Descent of the Goddess Ishtar into the Lower World

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