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Hurrite god whose name eludes interpretation; his cult site is the town of Urkeš in the upper Ḫābūr region (Tell Mōzān). A link between K., Father of the gods, and Kronos arises primarily from the close parallels between a Hurrite succession myth, passed down in Hittite, and the Theogony of Hesiod. According to this myth, three world ages preceded the kingdom or rule of the weather god Teššub over the cosmos. These world ages were represented by the three divine kings Alalu, Anu (the god of the heavens) and K.

Like Kronos, K. emasculates his predecessor Anu, thus depri…

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Haas, Volkert (Berlin), “Kumarbi”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 23 October 2021 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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