Alternatives to “Cancel Culture,” Part 30

I discussed Zeus as the father of Helen of Troy and her siblings. Now that we’ve brought up the sacrifice of Iphigenia, we should pull together this father god’s connection to the earliest known gods (at least from India to Europe.) Wikipedia summarizes the quasi-sacrificial myth of The Song of Kumarbi or Kingship in Heaven (under “the Kumbari cycle”,) a Hittite version of the Hurrian myth dating to the 14th or 13th century BC:

… Alalu, a primordial king of the gods, was overthrown by his cupbearer Anu after a symbolic period of 9 years. Anu was in turn overthrown by Kumarbi, a descendant of Alalu, under similar circumstances. When Anu tried to escape to heaven, Kumarbi bit off his genitals. Anu told him that he was now pregnant with Teshub, Tigris, and Tašmišu, the storm god's vizier, whereupon Kumarbi spat the semen upon the ground, causing it to become impregnated with two children. Kumarbi's head was then split apart by the god Ea to deliver Teshub; it seems Kumarbi was then tricked into devouring a stone instead of his newborn son. Teshub, presumably aided by Anu, eventually managed to depose Kumarbi …

(Scholarly citations removed.)

Wikipedia then points out the similarity of this myth to the myth of Uranus-Chronos-Zeus, also noting, “The account of Teshub’s birth from Kumarbi’s split skull is regarded as similar to the myth of Athena’s birth.” We can see this myth as representing various stages of evolution: Alalu to fertilization, Anu to miscarriage, Kumarbi to mutation, and Teshub/Zeus to adaptation. I would also connect this myth to the sacrificial Dionysis/Osiris myths that Cogniarchae describes in its analysis of the worship of the constellation Orion.

The supreme Hindu deity’s vahana is the swan. The water jug connects him with Aquarius
(from cogniarchae.com)

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