He appears also to have been a developed form of Tammuz, who was an incarnation of Ea.
Tammuz and Gishzida looked at one another, broke out in lament. '
From Tammuz we naturally pass to Istar, one of the few goddesses of old Babylonia, and by far the most famous of them.
Up to this point, Tammuz has not been mentioned in the story.
Tammuz was the solar god of spring vegetation, and closely associated with Ishtar, also an agricultural deity of fertility.
Of this group of deities, Tammuz and Nin-gishzida are the most important.
Pigs were sacrificed also to Osiris, whose cult, as has been shown, had much in common with that of Tammuz and Adonis.
Several references have already been made to the Tammuz festival.
Of Tammuz, the popular myth related that it was Ishtar, represented as his consort, who carried him off.
There was in the worship of Ishtar wailing for Tammuz (Adonis).
Babylonian and Assyrian god (identified with Adon), probably from Babylonian Du'uzu, contraction of Dumu-zi "the son who rises," also interpeted as "the faithful son."
a corruption of Dumuzi, the Accadian sun-god (the Adonis of the Greeks), the husband of the goddess Ishtar. In the Chaldean calendar there was a month set apart in honour of this god, the month of June to July, the beginning of the summer solstice. At this festival, which lasted six days, the worshippers, with loud lamentations, bewailed the funeral of the god, they sat "weeping for Tammuz" (Ezek. 8:14). The name, also borrowed from Chaldea, of one of the months of the Hebrew calendar.