Ninlil, Mesopotamian (Sumerian), was goddess of air and grain. She was the daughter of Haia, the god of stores, and Ninsebargunnu, the barley goddess. Her consort Enlil impregnated her with water to give birth to Nana, the moon god; she also conceived Nergal when Enlil, disguised as the gateman Kippur, impregnated her. In like manner she conceived the underworld god Ninazu when Enlil impregnated her disguised as the “man of the river of the nether world, the man-devouring river.” And, according to some texts she mothered Ninurta, god of the plough and thunderstorms. A.G.H.


Jordan, Michael, Encyclopedia of Gods, New York, Facts On File, Inc. 1993, p. 185