Hittite Mythology

The Gods of the Hittites and Hurrians

KUMARBI

Hurrian Creator God

Creator God

A God who created three new deities by deposing his father Anu.

The only memorable one was Teshub who didn’t feel obliged to have any affection for his father and couldn’t wait to shoulder him out of the way.

Kumarbi wasn’t having his spitting image son taking over without a struggle and enlisting the aid of his old supporters he created a gigantic stone monster called Ullikummi that could only be carried by Ubelluris — a Hittite type Atlas who complained bitterly as whatever it was he was now carrying seemed to be still growing.

Teshub had a go at it using all his storm armory with no effect. He then did a quick abdication and ran to Ea, who had a word with Enlil, who popped down to have a word with Ubelluris, who was moaning about the pain in his right shoulder. Enlil looked up and saw an enormous pair of stone feet. So he ran to the God’s Workshop and selected the biggest stonemason’s saw he could find and rushing back hacked through the giant’s feet and toppled it.

There the story ends. Although you can’t tear the last page from a clay tablet, they do get dropped and mislaid.

Kumarbi Facts and Figures

Name: Kumarbi
Pronunciation: Coming soon
Alternative names:

Gender: Male
Type: God
Area or people: Akkadia, Hittite
Celebration or Feast Day: Unknown at present

In charge of: Creating
Area of expertise: Creation

Good/Evil Rating: Unknown at present
Popularity index: 282

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Article last revised on May 24, 2019 by Rowan Allen.
Editors: Peter J. Allen, Chas Saunders

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