Mesopotamian Mythology

The Ancient Gods of Sumer and Babylon...

GULA

Babylonian Healer Goddess

Goddess of Healing with her trusty long-tongued assistant

She was known in Sumeria as ‘The Great Doctoress’ or possibly the Great Dogtoress. Because she never went anywhere without her faithful hound at her heels. (“Heal, boy, heal!”)

She was a firm believer, as were many, that dog’s tongues were all you needed in the way of antiseptic. Where do you think the phrase ‘Licking your wounds’ comes from?

Interestingly, modern research has shown that saliva does indeed have medicinal properties and can aid the healing process. Not necessarily dog saliva though. Do not try that at home without expert medical advice and a magic Sumerian dog.

Gula Facts and Figures

Name: Gula
Pronunciation: Coming soon
Alternative names:

Gender: Female
Type: Goddess
Area or people: Sumer
Celebration or Feast Day: Unknown at present

In charge of: Healing
Area of expertise: Healing

Good/Evil Rating: Unknown at present
Popularity index: 190

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

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