The chief god of Assyria was Ashur, or Assur, whose name was the same as the Assyrians' name for their country and most important city
believed that many gods directed human destiny and controlled the sky, the earth, water, storms, and fire. The Assyrians also believed in good and evil spirits, and in magic.
Assyrian kings served as both rulers and head priests, and the people considered them Ashur's governors on the earth.
Assyrians worshiped other gods, including Nabu, the god of learning and patron of scribes; Ninurta, the god of war and agriculture; and Ishtar, the goddess of love and war
ssyrians offered food and precious objects to the gods. Priests tried to foretell the future by examining sacrificed animals and by observing and interpreting such natural things as the weather and animals' behavior.
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