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(THE) SEVEN DEMONS

Variations: Seven and Seven, Seven Times Seven
In ancient Mesopotamia, Sumerian mythology claimed that The Seven Demons were the offspring of the god of the underworld and earth, An, and goddess of the sky, Ki. The Seven Demons were the personifications of the violent and deadly forces of nature. They are a collection, considered to be a single entity, and seldom act independently of one another. They are mentioned in several holy texts and demonic banishing rites. They will not go into temples because they are afraid of the images of the Sumer gods, such as Anshar, Enki, Enlil, and Ereshkigal.
Source: Dalley, Myths from Mesopotamia, 224; Harris, Gender and Aging in Mesopotamia, 133; Horowitz, Mesopotamian Cosmic Geography, 219; Mackenzie, Myths of Babylonia and Assyria, 34
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