Origin of the name NINIB.
Etymology of the
Meaning of the baby name NINIB.
NINIB. Assyrian-Babylonian god of war, invincible in battle. He had a temple in
Calah. He is also, like Nergal
(q.v.), a god of the chase. Also spelled Ninip.
Originally Ninib seems to have
been a solar deity, a personification of the sun. He was early
identified with the solar deity Nin-girsu
(q.v.) He is described as the offspring of Ekur, the earth, and as
"the one who pursues his path over the wide world." Sargon
celebrates him as "Nin-ib, who lays the foundations of the
city." In the Deluge-story he plays an active part in
producing the storm. And it is he who tells Bel
(q.v.) that Ea
(q.v.) has allowed some of mankind to escape. His consort was Gula
(q.v.). He was identified with Saturn
(q.v.). It has been pointed out that the morning sun came to be
represented by Ninib, the sun of the early spring by Marduk
(q.v.), and the mid-day sun by Nergal. (An
Encyclopedia of Religions, Canney, 1921)