Meaning: “Sea”
Gender: Female
Pronunciation: TEE-a-maht
Origin: Akkadian
Other forms of the names: N/A

According to the Chinese Zodiac, 2012 is the Year of the Dragon. People born under the Dragon are strong, proud, self-assured, passionate, artistic and generous. Unfortunately they are also violent, demanding, tactless, and brash. I thought it would be the perfect time to profile a name having to do with the mythical creature.

So today we are looking at Tiamat. Tiamat is the Babylonian personification of the sea. She appears as a huge dragon and gave birth to the first generation of Gods. Unfortunately she later made war upon them which ended in her death at the hands of her grandson, the storm God Marduk. From her body which had been cut into two, they created the heavens and Earth.

Dragons are a fascinating subject. Western dragons are usually depicted as evil while Eastern dragons are more peaceful. They are known for their love of jewels and usually keep a large stash in their dens. According to the “New Testament” the Devil took on the form of a red dragon with seven heads and ten horns in his battle with the archangel Michael. This is probably where we got the whole red with a pitchfork and tail association the Devil has. Usually the typical dragon is depicted as reptilian with horns and wings and four legs. However there is also a wyvern which has only two front legs. Wyverns are common as mascots or on coat of arms in Britain. 

Happy New Year!

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