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The Illuminator; Lord of Wisdom

Also known as: Nanna

Origin: Mesopotamia

Sin, as in “venal” or “deadly,” does not derive from the lunar deity Sin’s name, but Mount Sinai does. Sin is his Akkadian (Semitic) name; his Sumerian name is Nanna. Sin is the Sumerian spirit of the moon and the father of Inanna-Ishtar. He was a major deity whose cult was long lasting: the mother of the last king of Babylon (556–539 BCE) served as his priestess.

Sin was chief deity of the city of Ur, birthplace of the patriarch Abraham. During the era when Ur was in political ascendance, Sin was considered head of Mesopotamia’s spiritual pantheon. His other primary cult center was the biblical city of Harran, where Abraham settled with his clan after leaving Ur. It is theorized that ancient Hebrew tribes carried devotion to Sin with them from Mesopotamia to the Sinai Desert.

Favored people: Astrologers

Iconography: He was envisioned as an old man with a long, flowing lapis lazuli beard.

Attribute: A tripod (possibly for incense or for divination purposes)

Emblem: Crescent Moon

Creature: Bull

Mineral: Lapis lazuli

Sacred site: Mount Sinai (literally the “Mountain of the Moon”) and the Sinai Desert

Number: 30

Offerings: Butter, honey, wine

See also: Inanna-Ishtar

Judika Illes
From the Encyclopedia of Spirits: The Ultimate Guide to the Magic of Fairies, Genies, Demons, Ghosts, Gods & Goddesses – Written by : Judika Illes Copyright © 2009 by Judika Illes.

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