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Babylonian and Assyrian Religion Religion is the backbone of all cultural societies The Rev Professor E O James has assembled a great collation of studies on Babylonian and Assyrian religions E O James has chosen a wide view of their ancient culture through their temple building rituals mythology and daily life and government world Anyone studying Babylonian and Assyrian religion will find it somewhat similar to early western civilization religions Early western civilization compared to Babylonian and Assyrian with a hierarchy with kings and priests being the highest rulers It is hard to realize that very little more than a century ago the script and languages in which the records of the great civilizations of the Tigris-Euphrates valley lay concealed were completely unknown Anyone who reads this book can fascinate the process of bring to light after so many centuries of oblivion and the vast treasures of Babylonian and Assyrian civilizations Much of this has been done since the Flood story was translated and revealed to the world the astonishing resemblances between the Hebrew story of the Flood and its more ancient Babylonian predecessor Students of anthropology the science of man are beginning to recognize that a Babylonian myth may be as worth of study The author shows how the Ibo myth for the light is may throw on mans early reactions to his environment and his early social patterns The myths of Assyrian and Babylonian religion are given here to explain the book and why it is not possible to prevent Assyrain religion in a separate treatment Broadly speaking Babylonian religion built on the foundation laid by Sumerians was a mystic religious system based on the fear of evil sprits and other incalculable elements in the social environment Also the author points out the existence of important differences between the civilization of Assyria and that of Babylon in spite of the facts a that an earlier
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