What were the religious beliefs of Mesopotamians?


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Religion was central to Mesopotamians as they believed the divine affected every aspect of human life. Mesopotamians were polytheistic; they worshipped several major gods and thousands of minor gods. Each Mesopotamian city, whether Sumerian, Akkadian, Babylonian or Assyrian, had its own patron god or goddess.

Mesopotamian Religion. The cultures of Mesopotamia had a polytheistic belief system, which means that the people believed in multiple gods instead of just one. They also believed in demons created by the gods, which could be good or evil.

Additionally, how many gods did Mesopotamians believe in? seven gods .

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Evelynn Mackenzie   |   Member since 2015  |  10+ Answers Submitted  |  ✔ Verified

Subsequently, one may also ask, what gods did the Mesopotamians worship?

Some of the most significant of these Mesopotamian deities were Anu, Enki, Enlil, Ishtar (Astarte), Ashur, Shamash, Shulmanu, Tammuz, Adad/Hadad, Sin (Nanna), Kur, Dagan (Dagon), Ninurta, Nisroch, Nergal, Tiamat, Ninlil, Bel, Tishpak and Marduk.


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What did the Mesopotamians do with their dead?

For the burial, they buried the deceased in graves or tombs depending on their social status. Those of royalty, such as a king or queen, received more extravagant tomb burials and offerings. They also believe that they sacrificed their servants, family, and musicians to bury with them.


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