Top 10 wine gods and goddesses11th January, 2013 by Rupert Millar
The Hurrian and later Hittite pantheon is thought to contain over 1,000 deities. Luckily, their wine god, Teshub, was also one of the most important.
The son of the king of the gods, Kumarbi, he eventually deposed his father, as his father had deposed his, and became king of the gods himself.
He was he god of storms and the sky but also of wine and is often depicted clasping both a convenient thunderbolt and bunches of grapes (as seen here).
The Hurrian Teshub is thought to have morphed into Tarhun under the Hittites although he kept his celestial powers and control of the heavens.
Interestingly, one of the most prestigious positions in the palace (usually held by a member of the royal family) was the Gal Gestin or chief of the wine stewards.
However, this rank was largely military in nature and did not make the holder a sort of proto-MS.