The Historical Sumerian Deity Xastur
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It is good to see that the Necronomicon tradition is now taking form after centuries of oppression by those ignorant to our tradition. I will discuss this grand history in a new article shortly. A few year back our staff had the privilege of conducting an Interview With Historian Denny Sargent who gave us some good advice to those interested in our Tradition:
“Know ALL the gods and spirits in that book. Do your homework. Don’t be sarcastic, stoned, slack or silly- you will get burned. Before you do one single thing in that book, read the whole thing, get some books on Sumerian & Mesopotamian mythology and read them etc etc. “
Unfortunately, some who engage in the workings of our Tradition never take the time to research what forces they are employing. Some candidate’s take the easy way out by looking into Wikipedia, or just online. they never ask themselves why a certain entity appears in a particular section of the book? They never look at analyzing the spellings of certain words. Sometimes we find that these words can be phrases and not just one individual word, or what have you. In any event, I though that it would be good to shed some light on the Sumerian deity Xastur. We find the following concerning this goddess in the Simon Necronomicon’s Urilia Text:
“And XASTUR is a foul demoness who slays Men in their Sleep, and devours that which she will. And of her no more may be said, for it is unlawful; but know that the worshippers of TIAMAT know her well, and that she is beloved of the Ancient Ones.”
Some people reading this passage have mistakenly confused DinGir Xastur with “Hastur” of Cthulhu Mythos fame. While the phonetic value may seem similar, the fictional “Hastur” should not be confused with DinGir Xastur. Jonathan Sellers in The Legacy of the Gift, makes the following observation on page 175:
“These numbers are pregnant with symbolism to the Kabbalist, to the reader of The Canon, by William Stirling. Perhaps 1 la- Styr is related to XASTUR, a Sumerian word, found in the texts of old.”
Information about DinGir Xastur should be known by Initiates of the Necronomicon Tradition. Warlock Asylum in The Atlantean Necronomicon observes:
“The name Xastur is composed of two Akkadian terms, xas, meaning “to cut,” and tur, or dur, meaning “umbilical cord.” The name Xastur means to cut the umbilical cord. This represents the completion of the self-deification process, where the Initiate is fully transformed into a new creation.”
In both references cited, we can see that DinGir Xastur is, in all actuality, an ancient deity, but the evidence goes even further amongst scholars. In the Dictionary of Near Eastern Mythology by Gwendolyn Leick, we find the following on page 135:
“..she is identified with the Akkadian Sassurum (=sag tur), ‘Lady Womb’….In a mythological context she is mentioned in the Sumerian Flood-myth and also appears in Enki and the New World Order, where she is called the umbilical cord-cutter’,…”
The information cited from Leick’s work is about the Sumerian deity Nintur. We can see the terms “sag, tur” also apply here, meaning lady womb. What is interesting about this is that if the term sag-tur applies to Lady Womb, then the term xas-tur would mean to ‘cut the ‘umbilical cord.’ In any event, the goddess Nintur was known as the “umbilical cord-cutter.” Xastur is an attribute of DinGir Nintur.
The Goddess Nintur is popularly known as DinGir Ninhursag. Since the Xastur described in the Urilia Text is another word for “Nintur,” it would also be another name for Ninhursag as well. The New Encyclopedia Britannica: Volume 24 states:
“Equal in rank to An and Enlil was the goddess Ninhursag (also known as Nintur and Ninmah),..”
It is interesting to note that the Urilia Text describes “Xastur” as a slayer of men in their sleep, but in The Treasures of Darkness by Thorkild Jacobsen, we find the following about DinGir Nintur:
“Without (warrant of) the great mountain Enlil, (the birth goddess) Nintur could not let die (at birth), could not slay, “
DinGir Nintur could not slay without the permission of DinGir Enlil. Why so? In the famous mythology entitled “When Sud gets the name of Ninlil, wife of Enlil,” we read:
“In the sleeping quarters, in the flowered bed fragrant like a cedar forest, Enlil made love to his wife and took great pleasure in it. He sat her on his dais appropriate to the status of Enlil, and made the people pray to her. The lord whose statements are powerful also determined a fate for the Lady (Aruru) , the woman of his favour; he gave her the name Nintur, the ‘Lady who gives birth’, the ‘Lady who spreads her knees’.”
This mythology clearly indicates that Enlil’s wife, the goddess Ninlil, was given the name Nintur and from this connection we can now determine why the Urilia text describes her as a deity that slays men in their sleep. Sacred Tropes by Roberta Sabbath, states the following on page 178:
“As such, Lilith is also linked to Ninlil “Lady of Air,” a Sumerian mother goddess.”
It is well-known that DinGir Ninlil, the wife of Enlil,has a popular dark aspect, which is none other than Lilith. This is common knowledge, and based on this we can say that this connection would apply to Nintur, as Xastur as well. However, we discover something else in all of this.
“And a Dead God may be also summoned, and the formulae is that which follows. It must be spoken clearly aloud, and not a word changed, else the Spirit of the God may devour thee, as there is no Food and no Drink where they are.”
The Dead God ritual that appears in the Simon Necronomicon is used in extreme cases when a governmental figure needs to be removed. Rituals of this sort also exist in Tibetan Buddhism. i must also state that this ritual is how the Watcher can be invoked after initiation. This ritual also has a history with DinGir Nintur. Semetic Mythology by Stephen Lagdon states:
“Man, the mortal one, whose life-blood and flesh sprang from a god himself, walks forever in the shadow of death, as does his divine brother the god Lil, or Nesu/ 0 A Sumerian hymn also speaks of the dying god as the brother of Nintur ..”
The Sumerian “dying god” cult practices are actually honored by the Necronomicon tradition’s Initiate in the Calling of the Watcher or directly in the Dead God working once the 7th Gate has been achieved. The Simon Necronomicon states:
“After the long and poetic MAGAN text, comes the URILLIA text which might be Lovecraft’s R’lyeh Text, and is subtitled “Abominations”. It has more specifically to do with the worship of the Serpent, and the nature of the cults that participate in the Concelebration of Sin.”
2 thoughts on “The Historical Sumerian Deity Xastur”
Great article! Especially because this Deity is seldom discussed…
very informative, and once again you have managed to aswer a question before i have managed to ask it. Cheers.