Origin of the name BELIT.
Etymology of the name BELIT.
Meaning of the baby name BELIT.
and Assyrian goddess, mentioned in inscriptions prior to 2300 B.C. The
name means "the lady" par excellence. Also spelled Bilit.
Also see Nin-Gelal.
Belit is the "mistress of
the lower world." She received the title Nin-khar-sag,
"lady of the high or great mountain," that is to say, the
mountain on which the gods were thought to dwell. When in the days
of Khammurabi Bel became Marduk, Belit did not at the same time become
Marduk's consort. But Belit did apparently come to be applied in its
general sense of "mistress" to the consort of the chief
god. Thus Tiglathpileser I, speaks (c. 1140 B.C.) of Belit,
"the lofty consort and beloved of Ashur"; and Nabopolassar,
referring to the consort of Shamash at Sippar, speaks of "Belit of
Sippar." As a general title, "mistress," the term is
also applied to Ishtar
(q.v.), Ashurbanipal apparently referring to her as "Belit mati"
or "the lady of the land." This would involve in course of
time the transference of the qualities of Belit, the consort of Bel, to
other consorts, just as the qualities of Bel were transferred to
Marduk. From the names of the eight gates of Sargon's palace, it
appears that Belit was a goddess of fertility. (An
Encyclopedia of Religions, Canney, 1921)