Mesopotamia Religion

Mesopotamia Religion
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Ancient Mesopotamia for Kids

Ancient Mesopotamia

By Liane Hicks

Ancient Mesopotamia, “the land between the rivers” was the world’s first civilization. This region that lay along the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers in modern-day Iraq is also nicknamed the “Fertile Crescent” for its crescent moon shape and cultivable land. Learn more with Storyboard That!

Ancient Mesopotamia

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G.R.A.P.E.S.: Geography, Religion, Achievements, Politics, Economy and Social Life. This storyboard explains the religious beliefs of Ancient Mesopotamia.

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  • Ziggurats were massive temples built in a step formation to honor the gods. They were built in the center of the city-state and towered over the rest of the buildings.
  • Polytheism is the belief in many gods. Ancient Mesopotamians believed in more than 3,000 gods and goddesses! Marduk was the patron god of Babylon, god of thunder, and lord of all the gods. His planet was Jupiter, and his sacred animals were horses, dogs, and the dragon.
  • Priests and Priestesses were the only ones allowed inside the ziggurat and were in charge of making sacrifices and offerings to appease the gods. They had a lot of power in ancient Mesopotamia because it was believed that they were the conduit between the people and the gods.
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