Given Name TIAMAT

GENDER: Feminine
OTHER SCRIPTS: 𒀭𒋾𒊩𒆳, 𒀭𒌓𒌈 (Akkadian Cuneiform)
PRONOUNCED: TEE-ə-maht (English), TYAH-maht (English)  [details]

Meaning & History

From Akkadian tâmtu meaning "sea". In Babylonian myth Tiamat was the personification of the sea, appearing in the form of a huge dragon. By Apsu she gave birth to the first of the gods. Later, the god Marduk (her great-grandson) defeated her, cut her in half, and used the pieces of her body to make the earth and the sky.

Categories

dragons, earth, goddesses, legendary creatures, monsters, mother goddesses, mothers, mythology, ocean, ocean deities, sky, water
Entry updated July 11, 2018