The subterranean ocean of freshwater beneath the earth and realm of the god Enki, as believed in by the Sumerians. This is the archetypical stream of the underworld steadily flowing from West to East, and of which the sky was supposed to be only a reflexion. Thus passed away ancestors could appear as stars.
The Greek word is Abyssos.

see also
Takht-e Suleiman

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this entry was last changed Jun 06, 2005