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Mesopotamia / Religions / Gods and goddesses /
Sin
Akkadian: Su'en; Sin



Impression of cylinder seal of the high priest of Sin at Ishkun-Sin. The seated is probably king Ur-Nammu. The god is represented with just a crescent. From ca. 2100 BCE.
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Impression of cylinder seal of the high priest of Sin at Ishkun-Sin. The seated is probably king Ur-Nammu. The god is represented with just a crescent. From ca. 2100 BCE.

In Akkadian religion, 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. He corresponds to Nanna of Sumerian, Babylonian and Assyrian religions
Sin was an older god of Akkadian religion, but the concepts of Nanna were transferred to him. His main cult centre was at Harran, the sanctuary was called House of Joys.
Sin could be represented in several ways, either as a bull; or as an old man with a long beard next to a crescent; or with 4 horns and a crown of moonlight.
His wife was Ningal, his children were Utu or Shamash, reflecting the sun, and Inanna or Ishtar, reflecting the planet Venus.

Sin is related to the Sumerian, Babylonian and Assyrian god of
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By Tore Kjeilen