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Mesopotamia / Religions / Gods and goddesses /
Nanna
Sumerian: Dnanna



Fragment of a stele of king Ur-Nammu, with a seated Nanna blessing the symbols of kingship, the rod and the ring.
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Fragment of a stele of king Ur-Nammu, with a seated Nanna blessing the symbols of kingship, the rod and the ring.

In Mesopotamian religions, the god of the moon. There are few distinct characteristics to him, judged from hymns he was a god of flexible, almost unlimited number of qualities and could be revered under all circumstances.

Sumerian religion
In Sumerian religion, he was the son of Enlil and Ninlil. The main cult centre of Nanna was Ur, the sanctuary was called House of the Great Light.

Babylonian and Assyrian religion
In Babylonian and Assyrian religion, the cult of Nanna followed ancient patterns, he was was revered in several centres of Babylonia and Assyria.

Akkadian religion
In Akkadian religion, the concept of Nanna was transferred into the Semitic god, Sin.





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