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Tammuz was a member of the race of beings known as the Annunaki.[2] He was the son of Anu, and the benevolent[1] god of shepherds and fertility.[2]

He married his sister Inanna,[4] and became the gatekeeper of Dilmun, along with Ningizzida,[1] and a rival to Nergal.[2]

Pre-Cataclysmic Age

Before Kull's reign over Valusia circa 18,500 BC, a mystic relic Nergal had empowered, the Hand of Nergal, fell to Earth.[5] Tammuz empowered a counter-talisman known as the Heart of Tammuz to oppose it.

Another recounting stated that the talisman fell on Earth during the Hyborian era.[2]

Hyborian Age

Tammuz was worshiped during the Hyborian era, and was also known as Adonis.[1]

The Hand was used by many dark sorcerers, including Xaltotun of Acheron around 13,000 BC, and was always by the Heart of Tammuz.[5]

Circa 10,000 BC,[2] when Conan and his friends brought the Heart of Tammuz side by side with the Hand of Nergal, the gigantic figure of intolerable light, dimly manlike in configuration, appeared from the magical amulet and began fighting his counterpart. After his vengeful embrace of all-pervading brightness dissolved Nergal, Tammuz also consumed the senseless, motionless form of Munthassem Khan before leaving.[6]


Tammuz of the Annunaki

The Annunaki were worshipped as gods by the Ancient Mesopotamians.[2]

Around 2700 BC, Inanna attempted to add Gilgamesh to her list of sexual conquests. When Gilgamesh rejected her, she had Anu send the Bull of Heaven to attack him, but Gilgamesh slew him. Inanna killed Gilgamesh's friend Enkidu in return. The Bull of Heaven was wed to Inanna's sister Ereshkigal, and his death caused a deep enmity between the two sisters. Soon, when Inanna descended to Ereshkigal's Irkalla, she was trapped within the netherworld realm and could only escape after Tammuz was seized by Ereshkigal's demons and forced to take Inanna's place.[4]

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