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Tiamat

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Published: March 9, 2010
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An enanced version of the tiamat i done for "Myths: Pantheons the last year" :)... Dunno, maybe some of you cant remember, but there was an awesome animated television series based on TSR's D&D role-playing game, I was a big fan when I was a boy: Dungeon & Dragons. Tiamat was the nemesis of the main villian, Venger... and was F***ing scaring!. if you can, take a lot to the serie, still is wonderful :)

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Oh well, enough chat, let´s Wikiattack!
In Babylonian mythology, Tiamat is a goddess who personifies the sea. Tiamat is considered the monstrous embodiment of primordial chaos. Although there are no early precedents for it, some sources identify her with images of a sea serpent or dragon. In the Enûma Elish, the Babylonian epic of creation, she gives birth to the first generation of deities; she later makes war upon them and is killed by the storm-god Marduk. The heavens and the earth are formed from her divided body.

Tiamat was known as Thalattē (as variant of thalassa, the Greek word for "sea") in the Hellenistic Babylonian Berossus' first volume of universal history. It is thought that the name of Tiamat was dropped in secondary translations of the original religious texts because some Akkadian copyists of Enûma Elish substituted the ordinary word for "sea" for Tiamat, because the two names essentially were the same, due to association.


psu (or Abzu, from Sumerian ab = water, zu = far) fathered upon Tiamat the Elder deities Lahmu and Lahamu (the "muddy"), a title given to the gatekeepers at the Enki Abzu temple in Eridu. Lahmu and Lahamu, in turn, were the parents of the axis or pivot of the heavens (Anshar, from an = heaven, shar = axle or pivot) and the earth (Kishar); Anshar and Kishar were considered to meet on the horizon, becoming thereby, the parents of Anu and Ki.

Tiamat was the "shining" personification of salt water who roared and smote in the chaos of original creation. She and Apsu filled the cosmic abyss with the primeval waters. She is "Ummu-Hubur who formed all things".

In the myth recorded on cuneiform tablets, the deity Enki (later Ea) believed correctly that Apsu, upset with the chaos they created, was planning to murder the younger deities; and so slew him. This angered Kingu, their son, who reported the event to Tiamat, whereupon she fashioned monsters to battle the deities in order to avenge Apsu's death. These were her own offspring: giant sea serpents, storm demons, fish-men, scorpion-men and many others.

Tiamat possessed the Tablets of Destiny and in the primordial battle she gave them to Kingu, the god she had chosen as her lover and the leader of her host. The deities gathered in terror, but Anu, (replaced later, first by Enlil and, in the late version that has survived after the First Dynasty of Babylon, by Marduk, the son of Ea), first extracting a promise that he would be revered as "king of the gods", overcame her, armed with the arrows of the winds, a net, a club, and an invincible spear.

And the lord stood upon Tiamat's hinder parts,
And with his merciless club he smashed her skull.
He cut through the channels of her blood,
And he made the North wind bear it away into secret places.

Slicing Tiamat in half, he made from her ribs the vault of heaven and earth. Her weeping eyes became the source of the Tigris and the Euphrates. With the approval of the elder deities, he took from Kingu the Tablets of Destiny, installing himself as the head of the Babylonian pantheon. Kingu was captured and later was slain: his red blood mixed with the red clay of the Earth would make the body of humankind, created to act as the servant of the younger Igigi deities.
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slicervanguard27's avatar
im familiar with her playing an important part in the sumerian creation legend
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babylonkid Artisan Crafter
Thats awesome. Great work.
Redjyk's avatar
I played a LOT of 1st ed. Advanced Dungeons & Dragons when I was in my late teens and 20's

But this? THIS is the way Tiamat SHOULD have looked!!! Totally awesome work.

I LOVE your female demons, but, give credit where credit is due. when you do monsters like Leviathan, Apophis, and Nidhogg. You do them justice (And major extra credit for including just which mythology they come from, origins, major enemies, final end, etc)

Keep up the good work!!!
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KunYKAHobbyist General Artist
But fans ressurected her and gave an immortality and 4 additional heads to enormous ancient dragoness.
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Bladeninja76Hobbyist General Artist
Man that's scary. Fiery base is also nice.
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Dragonlord-DaegenHobbyist General Artist
as awsome as this rendition of Tiamat is,

i prefer the the origianl version (where her heads are white,blue,green,black and red)
Reaper1998's avatar
It can kill gods?!
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This is nightmare material! RUN! :sprint:
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Sauric1Hobbyist Artist
Hello genzo i sauric i loved your digital art , I wanted to know if you would not mind to use this image as cover art for my new track edm?
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I see you went with the D&D interpretation :D!

Well, I love it, regardless!
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RavillenStudent Filmographer
found this and maybe few others, the style seemed to be yours, in facebook
www.facebook.com/theothergodsp…

not sure if they got permission or not
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xXCamper61XxStudent General Artist
I shit myself
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shadow-wolf01.deviantart.com/a…

Sorry, I couldn't trace this back to you. I'll delete it if you want me to
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EaohkanHobbyist Digital Artist
Thought you should know this person is passing your art off as their own.
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AceOfKeys72Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is beautiful. i mean its quite intense. the backstory and mythology is a very good touch ;)
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Very fearsome. Great clarity and use of color.
Chardactyl's avatar
Excelent Tiamat. I love how you unified the color scheam so she didnot look like a red dragon with a rainbow of extra heads. She feels like a solid creature instead of a Frankendragon. Well done. :D
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MyLittlePrimoStudent Traditional Artist
Looks great, but I couldn't help feeling confused while TRYING to read the description; which Tiamat is this?
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Buena mitologia, buena historia, buen dibujo.
WarriorDan's avatar
love the coloring, but...
As far as I know marduk killed tiamat with an arrow to the...err he shot in her opened mouth.
Wassn't Marduk known as "lord of the twin headed ax"?
Also ...she seems a lot smaller than in my imagination. (hahaha)
sidenote: same story reads better in the necronomicon.
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AirkeyHobbyist Traditional Artist
I've always had a fascination for mythology that centered around dragons~
Tiamat is no exception!

Wonderful work once again! :iconyaayplz:
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Awesome!!!
In the lasts comics from the series "Witchblade", before the reBoot, Tiamat is depicted as a female enemy! I think it was 3 comics of it and it was really interesting!
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PinkoPrintStudent General Artist
Awesomeness
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