I’ve been trying to match up the gods/deities of the old Sumerian mythos with the elemental correspondences in a system, for example, like Qabalism which has four archangels to match the elements and some LHP systems use demon names such as EA’s here. I’ve tried to match and so far I have come up with this:
Fire=Gibil (he was the Sumerian god of fire, easy enough)
Air=Enlil (called the Lord of Air, also easy enough)
Beyond those two, not sure who would be most appropriate for earth and water.
I’ve seen that Enki has been referred to as Lord of the Earth but also as Lord of the Water. I suppose that means he could be assigned to either but I wonder which is most fitting for this particular deity. I’ve also seen where Ninhursag is considered a goddess of the earth so the female form would be appropriate there since earth is considered a feminine element like water. So Enki could go to the water slot in the event I used Ninhursag for earth.
I’ve read a number of books on Sumerian religion and mythology by people like Noah Kramer so I have some understanding and knowledge of the civilization. I’m also not looking to use any other Mesopotamian deities like Marduk and others but purely Sumerian ones. I read some of Joshua Free’s writings on Sumerian religion but his stuff isn’t really what I was looking for.
Thoughts, experience or know any previous elemental references using the Sumerian pantheon? I have been drawn to experimenting with a self styled Sumerian based system for a while now but want to try to have some things matched as accurately as I can before I begin. I would like to create a fusion of Sumerian with a Golden Dawn style system I suppose, or traditional western style if you prefer. Once I’m comfortable with what I have at the starting line I can build from there.
Here’s an image taken from Sumerian pottery dated 5000 BC. It’s been referred to by some as a Sumerian swastika. Would make a nice seal. I also like the idea of using Sumerian cuneiform hand scribed by myself on some pieces.
Thanks for any input.