Mesopotamian Mythology

The Ancient Gods of Sumer and Babylon...

APSU

Akkadian Water God

Also known as ABSU, ABZU

God of Sweet Waters and the Heavenly Oceans of Wisdom

In the beginning this primordial deity encircled the Earth and filled it with optimistic goodness.

However, the salty sea waters of Chaos produced by Tiamat were very bitter. So Apsu merged with Tiamat and became her consort. The waters blended very nicely — he’d obviously allowed fermentation to cease before adding his extra sugar.

As a result of their union, Anu and Ea were born, along with all the other Gods, who rapidly took control and started running things. Apsu was not too happy about this, so he declared war on them all but was slain by Ea and sent to a watery grave.

Apsu Facts and Figures

Name: Apsu
Pronunciation: Coming soon
Alternative names: ABSU, ABZU

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

In charge of: Water
Area of expertise: Water

Good/Evil Rating: Unknown at present
Popularity index: 172

Cite this article

Here's the info you need to cite this page. Just copy the text in the box below.

Article last updated on September 26, 2018 by Rowan Allen.
Editors: Peter J. Allen, Chas Saunders

References: Coming soon.

Permissions page