These are some of the strangest facts involving the worlds first civilization!
- Mesopotamian Religion did not believe in the after-life. They believed that all good and bad people go under-ground as ghosts and eat dirt.
- They’re religion also believed that they were servants of god. If you were to ask a person today why they are here they would say because god loves me. Back in Mesopotamia they would say to be a servant of the gods. Pretty depressing huh?
- Mesopotamia invented the wheel, plow, irrigation systems and the sailboat!
- Priests would read the livers of chickens or lambs to see what the gods wanted for sacrifices
- Priests controlled the irrigation systems and also had more power than the king and queen!
- Mesopotamia was the very first civilization
- The Mesopotamian king ordered the construction of the Hanging Gardens for his wife because she grew up in the mountains and was homesick!
- Mesopotamia was made up of individual City-states controlled by different powers. They would eventually attack each other and end up under 1 ruler. The people would retaliate and go back to being city-states. This process was repeated many times.
- Each City-state had its own god!
- In the Mesopotamian religion there are 4 main gods of Earth, Water, Air and the Heavens. And there were 3,000 lesser gods and each represented an everyday item like a pickaxe. If you were mining and the pickaxe slipped and fell on your foot, the god of the pickaxe hated you!