Artist's depiction of two winged deities that represented Enlil. They are kneeling in front of a sacred tree, often associated with the worship of the Earth god.
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Enlil was the Sumerian god of Earth and air. Sumerians were living more than three thousand years ago. He was especially worshipped in the city of Nippur.
Even though Enlil was "the Father of the Gods", he was banished to the world of the dead for doing wrong. Ninlil, his wife, followed him to the underworld. She had her son, the Moon god Sin, there.
They gave their next three children to the gods, so Sin could leave and go up into the night sky.
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