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Elu, or Bel, was a great god in the Babylonian mythology. Elu is the most active of the gods in the general affairs of mankind, and was so generally worshipped in early times that he came to be regarded as the national divinity, and his temple at the city of Nipur was regarded as the type of all temples. He is the Lord of the city of Nipur, and the extensive worship and high honour in which he was held seem to point to a time when his city was the metropolis of the country.[1]


  1. George Smith, The Chaldean Account of Genesis (London: Sampson Low, Marston, Searle, and Rivington, 1876), 58.