Origins and attributions
He was the benevolent god of justice and of the beneficial aspects of the sun.
It was believed that Shamash traveled the skies by day to provide warmth and lights to humans. At dusk, he descended to Irkalla to assist in judging the worthiness of the souls heading towards the underworld, helping to ensure that innocents are treated justly and wrongdoers are punished.
- Shamash was a deity within the Semitic peoples, originated from a mesopotomatian deity.