But by the side of Namtar stand a large number of demons, whose task is similar to that of their chief.
The idea is that the Namtar, on beholding his own likeness, will flee from it in dismay!
As an illustration of this principle he gives an incantation against "the wicked Namtar."
Allat turned to her chief minister Namtar, the god of Pestilence—meet servant of the queen of the dead!
Her chief attendants are the terrible Namtar and a scribe—also a female—known as Belit-seri.
Allatu calls upon her messenger, Namtar, to strike the goddess with disease in all parts of her body.
She was unable to leave her gloomy Underworld, and sent her messenger, the plague demon Namtar, to obtain her share.
The various deities honoured Namtar, except Nergal, by standing up to receive him.
The demon at her side would then be the special messenger of this goddess, Namtar.
Long enough, creature of Namtar, hast thou worked destruction among us.