Sumerian Werewolves

The Healing Bites of Bau

Bau was a healing and protection goddess who lived around 2,500 BCE. She was said to be the daughter of the sky god An and the god of the south wind, named Ninurta. Her temples contained an area known as “The Kennel” where sick and injured people were brought for healing. Murals in these temples show how Bau healed a sick person: by transforming them into either a dog or a wolf.

Wolf-shaped protection statues devoted to Bau bear the motto, “Don’t stop to think, bite!”

And thats just what she did. Bite. If a Sumerian patient could not be healed any other way, Bau or one of her devotees, might transform into a wolf and do just that: bite. Then she would send the patient home with one of her statues and a foggy memory of the event. The healed person would find the statue and hide it in the walls of their house, not knowing for sure what it meant. Until the next full moon it all became clear – Bau had saved his life by turning him into a werewolf.

Bau herself went on to have seven daughters named after the days of the week and also two sons. They all inherited her lycanthropy gene. Werewolves descended from Bau still find healing and protection from her figurines and talismans.

13 thoughts on “Sumerian Werewolves

  1. My spiritually epiphany is that I learned that God is God, but there are other deities in existence as well. Now I understand why God says to worship no other deities because some are bad. All deities that proceeded Him either serve or oppose Him. This life is real and these mythologies are very, very real. I am communicating with Nanna, the Sumerian moon god. If he is real, than certainly God is too. The universe is nothing that expands into anything and everything.

  2. Sumerian Penitential Prayer to Every God

    May the wrath of the heart of my god be pacified!
    May the god who is unknown to me be pacified!
    May the goddess who is unknown to me be pacified!
    May the known and unknown god be pacified!
    May the known and unknown goddess be pacified!

    The sin which I have committed I know not.
    The misdeed which I have committed I know not.

    A gracious name may my god announce!
    A gracious name may my goddess announce!
    A gracious name may my known and unknown god announce!
    A gracious name may my known and unknown goddess announce!

    Pure food have I not eaten,
    Clear water have I not drunk.

    An offense against my god I have unwittingly committed.
    A transgression against my goddess I have unwittingly done.

    O Lord, my sins are many, great are my iniquities!
    My god, my sins are many, great are my iniquities! . . .

    The sin, which I have committed, I know not.
    The iniquity, which I have done, I know not.
    The offense, which I have committed, I know not.
    The transgression I have done, I know not.

    The lord, in the anger of his heart, hath looked upon me.
    The god, in the wrath of his heart, hath visited me.
    The goddess hath become angry with me, and hath grievously stricken me.
    The known or unknown god hath straitened me.
    The known or unknown goddess hath brought affliction upon me.

    I sought for help, but no one taketh my hand.
    I wept, but no one came to my side.
    I lamented, but no one hearkens to me.
    I am afflicted, I am overcome, I cannot look up.
    Unto my merciful god I turn, I make supplication.

    I kiss the feet of my goddess and [crawl before her] . . .
    How long, my god . . .
    How long, my goddess, until thy face be turned toward me?
    How long, known and unknown god, until the anger of thy heart be pacified?
    How long, known and unknown goddess, until thy unfriendly heart be pacified?

    Mankind is perverted and has no judgment.
    Of all men who are alive, who knows anything?
    They do not know whether they do good or evil.

    O lord, do not cast aside thy servant!
    He is cast into the mire; take his hand.

    The sin which I have sinned, turn to mercy!
    The iniquity which I have committed, let the wind carry away.
    My many transgressions tear off like a garment!

    My god, my sins are seven times seven; forgive my sins!
    My goddess, my sins are seven times seven; forgive my sins!

    Known and unknown god, my sins are seven times seven; forgive my sins.

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