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Mesopotamia / Religions / Gods and goddesses /
Other spellings: Namtaru, Namtara

In Mesopotamian religions, god of death and the underworld, messenger of Ereshkigal, the queen of the underworld.
Namtar was in particular responsible for diseases and pests. He ruled over 60 diseases that all could invade the human body in the form of demons. Together with Nergal, he was responsible for all diseases in the world. Offerings were given to him to secure oneself against these diseases.
The belief in, or fear of, Namtar persisted from Sumerian religion, all the way through to Assyrian.

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