Enkimdu is the Sumerian god of farming, in charge of canals and
ditches, a task assigned to him by the water god
Enki during his
organization of the world.
Enkimdu is featured prominently in the myth "
Inanna Prefers the
Farmer," in which both he and the god Dumuzi are attempting to win the
hand of the goddess Inanna. While
Inanna is quite infatuated with the
down-to-earth farmer, her brother Utu/
Shamash attempts to convince her
to marry Dumuzi instead. Both Dumuzi and
Enkimdu face off in an
argument over who will win Inanna. While Dumuzi is aggressive in his
arguments, attempting to prove that he is far better,
Enkimdu is more
docile and peaceful, attempting to resolve the situation
The clay tablet on which the myth is written has been damaged over the
passage of time, but from later myths such as "Dumuzi and Inanna" and
"Inanna's Descent into the Underworld," it is clear that Inanna
eventually selects Dumuzi as her spouse.
Enkimdu in modern usage
ENKIMDU is a name of an agent-based modeling platform used to study
socio-ecological interactions in ancient Mesopotamia and
villages in modern Thailand, "implemented entirely in standard
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^ Christiansen, John; Altawee, Mark (2005). "Agent-Based Holistic
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^ Christiansen, John H.; Altaweel, Mark R. (2006) [Composed 2005].
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