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"Kur, Part 2"

This is the second of two legends related to Kur, a Sumerian dragon god who ruled in the underworld.

In this telling, Kur's foe is the hero-god Ninurta. Ninurta had his origins as a god of agriculture, specifically barley. As Sumerian life changed, with small farming villages becoming powerful city-states, Ninurta's role also became more martial. Eventually he was something like Hercules in Greek myth a hot-tempered god who ran around having adventures while the other gods minded their celestial business.
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