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Kingu, also spelled Qingu, meaning "unskilled laborer," was a god in Babylonian mythology, and — after the murder of his father Abzu — the consort of the goddess Tiamat, his mother, who wanted to establish him as ruler and leader of all gods before she was slain by Marduk. Tiamat gave Kingu the 3 Tablets of Destiny, which he wore as a breastplate and which gave him great power. She placed him as the general of her army. However, like Tiamat, Kingu was eventually slain by Marduk. According to one traditional story, Marduk mixed Kingu's blood with earth and used the clay to mold the first human beings. Kingu then went to live in the underworld kingdom of Ereshkigal, along with the other deities who had sided with Tiamat. Enûma Elish.1

Popular culture

Kingu occasionally appears as a demon or beast in popular culture:

  • In the video game Shadow Hearts There is a boss monster called "Qinggu" which is a mistranslation of "Kingu".2


  1. ^ "Babylonian Creation Myth". Retrieved 2010-09-12. 
  2. ^ "Qinggu is most likely a mispelling of of Kingu or Qingu, a Babylonian God". 

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