There is no evidence, however, to show that the displacement of Enlil by Merodach had any legendary sanction of like character.
The stream of Enlil bringeth not good water like the Tigris.
Enlil, the god of Nippur, had a similar career; originally local, he became supreme.
For here there can be no question of any subterfuge in the method employed, since Enlil was a consenting party.
Enlil thereupon changes his intention, and going up into the ship, leads Ut-napishtim forth.
Enlil, the second of the four Sumerian creating deities, eventually ousted his rivals.
He appears also to have been a worshipper of Enlil of Nippur, to whose influence he credited his military successes.
Anu, who heads the list and plays with Enlil the leading part in the Sumerian narrative, was clearly his chief rival.
Similarly Ninip took the place of his father, Enlil, as the champion of the gods.
The first of these, however, the hymn to Enlil, may be regarded as introductory to the offering of sacrifices.