What does ningishzida mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Ningishzida(noun)

    an underworld Babylonian deity; patron of medicine


  1. Ningishzida

    Ningishzida is a Mesopotamian deity of the underworld. His name in Sumerian is translated as "lord of the good tree" by Thorkild Jacobsen. In Sumerian mythology, he appears in Adapa's myth as one of the two guardians of Anu's celestial palace, alongside Dumuzi. He was sometimes depicted as a serpent with a human head. Lagash had a temple dedicated to Ningishzida, and Gudea, patesi of Lagash in the 21st century BC, was one of his devotees. In the Louvre, there is a famous green steatite vase carved for king Gudea of Lagash, dedicated by its inscription: "To the god Ningiszida, his god Gudea, Ensi of Lagash, for the prolongation of his life, has dedicated this". Ningishzida is sometimes the son of Ninazu and Ningiridda, even though the myth Ningishzidda's journey to the netherworld suggests he is the son of Ereshkigal. Following an inscription found at Lagash, he was the son of Anu, the heavens. His wife is Azimua and his sister is Amashilama. He was one of the ancestors of Gilgamesh. Ningishzida is the earliest known symbol of snakes twining around an axial rod. It predates the Caduceus of Hermes, the Rod of Asclepius and the staff of Moses by more than a millennium. One Greek myth of origin of the caduceus is part of the story of Tiresias, who found two snakes copulating and killed the female with his staff. Although Wadjet 'the Green One', the serpent Goddess of Lower Egypt from the Pre-dynastic period demonstrates the earliest known representation of a single serpent entwined around a pole – in this case a papyrus reed: Wadjet Hieroglyph


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of ningishzida in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of ningishzida in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

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