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Sin, the Mesopotamian Moon God.


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I've been wanting to see if anyone else wants to talk about this. The ancient Mesopotamian/Amoritic/Semitic god Suen or Sin (written in cuneiform as Enzu) was worshiped as the primary or chief deity in the pantheon of many city states in the cradle of civilization, most notably Ur. His symbol, the crescent moon, can still be seen across that region in a very prominent world religion. It's been said by many scholars (one that comes to mind immediately is Sir Woolley) that perhaps the conversion of the early Muslims was as simple as suggesting that instead of Sin (called Alilah or "the deity" by his followers) being the chief of gods --that he was the only god. The prime directive of Islam is "Allah hu akbar" Which is typically translated to English as "God is great" but in the descriptive context of the Arabic language actually means "God is the greatest" in a pantheotic scheme of all things. I guess what I'm getting at is that I'm looking for info/sources/discussions that are either laid out in a scholarly framework or in a pagan or witchcraft related one. So far the best I can find is speculation from Xtian conspiracy sites that claim (perhaps rightfully so) that Islam is not an Abrahamic religion at all, it was founded under the pretense that most of the pagans in the region during the time of Muhammed were already worshiping a moon deity they called Allah or Alilah.

 

On another note, I'm sure we all are familiar with what the word "Sin" is equated with in the Judaic religion. Perhaps when it's mentioned that Israel falls because of it's "idolatry" in the books of Kings it is referring to the rise of the cults of Sin? A lot of speculation and a lot of potential discussion if anyone wants to bite into it.

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This is really funny.... Under the same logic, you could argue that Christianity isnt a Abrahamic religion, but actually a pagan one in disguise! (worshiping pagan holidays instead of ones in the Bible ect) But that would require a mirror for the Christians to see themselves in....

 

Had never heard about the "Sin" cult - thank your for sharing!

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I've had that conversation before. Apparently, quite a few Christians think that the Wiccans have stolen the holidays from us. :deadhorse:

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Regarding the word sin and the deity Sin, I don't think they are related. Sin is an English word used to translate numerous Hebrew and Greek words used in the Bible. Sin in Old English was synn, and originally it was a term used to describe an offense against the laws, not a Christian religious term, the word just got applied differently later, when a fitting word was sought in translating the Bible.

 

Both Christianity and Islam are full of paganism, a fact I love pointing out when a Christian or Muslim goes lyrical on me about how superior their religions are. I had a conversation with a Muslim neighbour the other day, and I seriously pissed him off by pointing out that the Ka'aba (their most sacred site) was originally a place of pagan worship.

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