A Mesopotamian notion of intelligence and creativity: the ingenious nature of Enki/Ea

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Abstract

In Antiquity, by the banks of the Tigris and the Euphrates, throughout more than three millennia, several intertwined innovations were developed that would forever change the course of history. When analysed together these innovations manifest a rather dynamic, pragmatic, and imaginative mental framework, where intelligence, creativity and fantasy run side by side.
Deeply religious, the Mesopotamians also created a complex mythical discourse, where the transcendental nature of deities was accommodated through the hyperbolised and metaphorical projection of their own reality. Following a History of Religions perspective, with this chapter, we aim to examine a Mesopotamian notion of intelligence, by linking its historical agents with the envisioned nature of Enki/Ea, god of wisdom and knowledge.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIntelligence, Creativity and Phantasy
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 5th International Multidisciplinary Congress (PHI 2019), October 7-9, 2019, Paris, France
EditorsMário S. Ming Kong, Maria do Rosário Monteiro, Maria João Pereira Neto
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherCRC Press
Pages321-327
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)9780429297755
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Event5th International Multidisciplinary Congress PHI 2019: “Intelligence, Creativity and Fantasy". - Sorbonne Nouvelle, Paris, France
Duration: 7 Oct 20199 Oct 2019
Conference number: 5
http://phi.fa.ulisboa.pt/phi2019/index.php/en/

Conference

Conference5th International Multidisciplinary Congress PHI 2019: “Intelligence, Creativity and Fantasy".
Abbreviated titleIntelligence, Creativity and Fantasy
CountryFrance
CityParis
Period7/10/199/10/19
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Keywords

  • History of Religions
  • Sumero-Akkadian Mythology
  • Mesopotamian Literature
  • Wisdom Deities
  • Ancient Knowledge

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