Top 10 wine gods and goddesses

11th January, 2013 by Rupert Millar

5. Nin-kasi

1_ninkasiThis Sumerian goddess is possibly the oldest on this list. She was the brewer of the gods and taught humans how to brew as well.

One clay tablet from Sumer has been translated as “A hymn to Ninkasi” and is a recipe for making beer involving bread and malted grains left to ferment in a pot.

In ancient Mesopotamia, beer was both a staple of the diet and used in religious offerings and events.

No imagery of Nin-kasi is thought to have survived the centuries but many Sumerian carvings depict beer drinkers and drinking beer – often through a straw.

Her legacy currently lives on at Ninkasi Brewing Co. in Eugene, Oregon, which apparently shares “the ancient Sumerian belief that beer is an important and valued part of civilization.”

 

5 Responses to “Top 10 wine gods and goddesses”

  1. Robert says:

    It seems that the ancients knew to mix alcohol consumption and sex.

  2. Wes says:

    You missed out Jesus. Turned water into wine… and told us to drink it in memory of him.

    • A learned Pagan says:

      However, he himself is not a god. Kind of has to be to make the list.

      • A learned Pagan says:

        Granted, he is a part of a (monotheistic by name only) pantheon in which he is the SON of a god. Making him by definition a demi-god. He however turned water into wine, but was never named or claimed as a deity of drink.

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